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Free Screening: THE HOLIDAY

Nothing chases away the winter blues quite like a Christmas rom-com! Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, but they have the same problem—the men in their lives are no-good cheaters! They need to get out of town for a fresh start. Luckily, they find each other online and agree to swap houses for a holiday vacation. Will a trip across the pond help turn their love lives around? Jack Black and Jude Law support in this film from Nancy Meyers, director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want.

Tickets: FREE

RAMEN HEADS

Ramen, the beloved and deceptively simple combination of slurpable broth and noodles, is a traditional Japanese dish that many may enjoy, but that a few elevate to an art. Osamu Tomita, one of the most revered ramen chefs in Japan, takes viewers on a tour of the best ramen shops in his country while serving up secrets, recipes and insight into the philosophy and history of the culinary phenomenon.

NAPLES '44

This beloved and iconic Italian city is the subject of this singular documentary that brings remarkable stories of courage and survival to life while capturing the exotic sights and sounds of one of the world's most colourful and mysterious places. Naples ’44 is adapted from the notebook of Norman Lewis, a British officer who entered Naples during WWII with the American Fifth Army. Writing down all the unbelievable things he saw, Lewis created a vivid record of history from an on-the-ground perspective.

Free Screening: ELF

Buddy does not look like your usual Christmas elf. For one thing, he's six foot three and he’s had a beard since he was 15. But that might have something to do with the fact that he’s actually a human who wandered into Santa’s toy sack as a baby and grew up among the elves. The hilarious story of Buddy the Elf’s return to the realm of humans has become a holiday classic. Whether seeking out some comedic holiday cheer, or just hoping to meet another human that shares your affinity for elf culture, Elf does not disappoint.

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BLUEFIN

Off the breath-taking coast of Prince Edward Island in North Lake-the so-called “tuna capital of the world”- the prized giant Bluefin tuna disappeared after years of overfishing, only to recently return in staggering numbers. But something isn’t right. Once wary of humans, they are now seemingly unafraid. Just what has happened to this majestic creature and its habitat? John Hopkins’ eye-opening documentary unravels this baffling mystery, revealing of how our exploitation of resources can alter environments and ecosystems in unexpected ways.

Free Screening: LOVE ACTUALLY

Love is in the air this holiday season—a lot of love, and a lot of laughter. From the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill, comes a singularly splendid romantic comedy that’s overflowing with heartwarming romance, witty banter and Christmas cheer. Love Actually shares the stories of eight couples and all the ways their lives intertwine with a star-studded cast featuring Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley.

Tickets: FREE

Free Screening: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Yes, Bob Clark’s hilarious perennial holiday classic A Christmas Story is back again this year! Poor little Ralphie. Like other nine-year-old children all over the country, all he wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. gun with a compass and “this thing that tells time.” But his mother, his teacher, not to mention Santa Claus, have other ideas. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Whether this is your first or 50th time watching, A Christmas Story is great for young and old alike. Join the Parker family for another year of dodging snowballs and smelly hound dogs!

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Exhibition on Screen: CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE

In this alluring Exhibition on Screen season opener, become immersed in the life and work of Venice view-painter Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768). Known for his paintings of Italy's most magical city, Canaletto created over 200 works that immortalize Venice’s scenery, architecture and daily life in the 18th century. Embark on a breathtaking tour of the sites that inspired him, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

Free Screening: NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION

Chevy Chase leads this National Lampoon's holiday favourite as family man Clark Griswold, whose attempts to put on a proper Christmas for his kin goes terribly and hilariously awry. From electric shocks to exploding turkeys to being under siege by a SWAT Team, it’s an unforgettable holiday get together that will make you better appreciate your dysfunctional family’s Christmas dinner snafus.

Free Screening: WHITE CHRISTMAS

Michael Curtiz’s timeless Christmas musical is back! Irving Berlin’s excellent score features many cherished Christmas songs, including the film’s namesake ”White Christmas” itself! Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are old army buddies and entertainers, and they set out to save their friend’s struggling inn in Vermont with a grand gesture?and hopefully win over their sweethearts in the process.

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