Wednesday @ 7 p.m., Sept. 17—Nov. 26, Landmark Theatres (Pen Centre)


Ideal for movie-lovers looking for an alternative to the usual box office blockbusters, rom-coms and buddy comedies, The Brock University Film Series features screenings of films that would otherwise be absent at local theatres. Ranging from international to domestic films, documentaries to dramas, familiar faces to new talents, the season always includes films of high critical acclaim. If you missed the Toronto International Film Festival this past week due to start-of-the-school-year obligations, this is your chance to make up for it.

I love attending BUFS because, for the most part, I’ve rarely heard of the movie ahead of time, which makes for a refreshing cinematic experience in light of the over-promoted practices of wider-screened movies today. I may not always love the movie after the fact, but more often than not I’m glad for the chance to broaden my horizons.

The first film on the series, screening Sept. 17, is The Immigrant, the story of a newcomer in 1921 Manhattan, played by Marion Cotillard, alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. Tickets cost $10 (tax included), by cash or cheque only, starting at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Landmark Theatres at the Pen Centre. You can check out previews of upcoming BUFS films in the Arts & Life section of The Brock Press each week, or find them online, complete with links to trailers.

You can check out BUFS online under Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film page, the BUFS Facebook group and on Twitter @BUFS.

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