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Check out these upcoming special events and screenings at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema!

Opens Tuesday, December 5

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Kokomo City The Hottest Docs

In this wildly entertaining and refreshingly unfiltered documentary, filmmaker D. Smith passes the mic to four Black transgender sex workers in Atlanta and New York City.  

  • D: D. Smith
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 73 min
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Sunday, December 10, 1:00 PM

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Mary Berg and Anna Olson Celebrate Holiday Cooking Curious Minds Author Talks

At this one-of-a-kind in-person celebration, two beloved food experts offer tips and advice for your upcoming holiday feasts—and inspiration for cozy winter meals.

Moderated by Tara O’Brady.

Opens Sunday, December 10

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The Disappearance of Shere Hite The Hottest Docs

The Hite Report, a groundbreaking study of the intimate experiences of women, presaged current conversations about gender and sexuality, and made its author a target. 

  • D: Nicole Newnham
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 116 min
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Monday, December 11, 6:30 PM

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Eyes Wide Shut Festive Favourites

When your seasonal affective disorder is so bad that you're drawn into a dangerous web of conspiratorial erotic fantasy, you know it must be Christmas time in the world of Stanley Kubrick.
  • D: Stanley Kubrick
  • United Kingdom & USA
  • 1999
  • 159 min
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Opens Tuesday, December 12

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The Eternal Memory The Hottest Docs

Oscar-nominated director Maite Alberdi (The Mole Agent) tells the uplifting and heartbreaking love story of Augusto and Paulina, whose lives were forever changed by Augusto’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. 

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Stick around for a pre-recorded Q&A with director Maite Alberdi.

  • D: Maite Alberdi
  • Chile
  • 2023
  • 85 min
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Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 PM

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Thirst Talks: Timothée Chalamet

The Thirst Experts are back to examine the hotness of Timothée Chalamet: Greta’s Gerwig go-to soft boy, Paul Atreides in science epic Dune, and (controversially) a young Willy Wonka.

Opens Wednesday, December 13

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To Kill a Tiger The Hottest Docs

Follow the story of a father whose love for his daughter in the face of a horrific sexual assault forces a social reckoning in his small Indian village.

In Hindi and Nagpuri with English subtitles.

Join director Nisha Pahuja with special guests Anita Lee and Mike Munn for a Q&A after the December 13 screening. Moderated by filmmaker Yung Chang.

  • D: Nisha Pahuja
  • Canada
  • 2022
  • 125 min
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Opens Wednesday, December 13

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Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project The Hottest Docs

A look at the life of poet Nikki Giovanni and the revolutionary historical periods through which she lived, from the civil rights movement to the birth of Black Lives Matters.

Stick around for a pre-recorded Q&A with directors Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster.

  • D: Michèle Stephenson & Joe Brewster
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 102 min
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Opens Friday, December 15

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The Mission The Hottest Docs

From National Geographic, discover the story of American missionary John Chau, who was killed when he attempted to make contact with one of the world’s most isolated Indigenous communities. 

  • D: Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 103 min
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Friday, December 15, 8:30 PM

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Elf: Naughty or Nice Edition with Ginger Darling Festive Favourites

‘Tis the season for a drunken rewatch. Kick off the festive season and experience the family classic with an adult twist. Hosted by Ginger Darling from Canada’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe, Boylesque.

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10) Under 25? Get your FREE Bronze membership 

Please consider bringing a donation of cash or non-perishable food item to support Spadina-Fort York Community Care.

  • D: Jon Favreau
  • USA
  • 2003
  • 97 min
  • OC
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Saturday, December 16, 9:15 PM

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Festive Favourites

Come down to the Cinema to catch one of the most unhinged, chaotic, hilarious and true-to-life depictions of the stressful season. 
  • D: Jeremiah S. Chechik
  • USA
  • 1989
  • 97 min
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Opens Sunday, December 17

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Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe The Hottest Docs

Kindness, creativity and a touch of magic makes the world a brighter place. Explore the story and impact of Canadian entertainer Ernie Coombs and his iconic series, Mr. Dressup

Join director Robert McCallum, Nina Keogh (Truffles), Jim Parker (Alex), Jani Lauzon (Granny), and Cathie LeFort, Daughter of Ernie Coombs for a Q&A after the December 17 screening. Moderated by Heidi Reitmaier.     

  • D: Robert McCallum
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 90 min
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Sunday, December 17, 7:45 PM

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Black Christmas Festive Favourites

One part frosty Christmas atmosphere, one part stalk ‘n’ slash magnificence, and all parts awesome, Black Christmas is a timeless and terrifying holiday tradition.
  • D: Bob Clark
  • Canada
  • 1974
  • 98 min
  • 14A
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Wednesday, December 20, 3:30 PM

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Festive Favourites

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey) who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
  • D: Ron Howard
  • USA & Germany
  • 2000
  • 104 min
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Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 PM

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Titanic with Carley Thorne and Blair MacMillan

Our hearts have not gone on from the Titanic, and neither have comedians Carley Thorne and Blair MacMillan’s. Join them for a big-screen reprise of this blockbuster for the ages.
  • D: James Cameron
  • USA
  • 1997
  • 194 min
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Thursday, December 21, 4:00 PM

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The Muppet Christmas Carol Festive Favourites

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
  • D: Brian Henson
  • USA
  • 1992
  • 85 min
  • G
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Friday, December 22, 1:00 PM

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Home Alone Festive Favourites

Cheer on your fave 90s child star as he outwits the nefarious Wet Bandits in a series of genius Rube Goldberg-inspired hijinks.
  • D: Chris Columbus
  • USA
  • 1990
  • 103 min
  • PG
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Friday, December 22, 9:15 PM

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Die Hard Festive Favourites

Kick off the season with a big-screen viewing of a Christmas classic unlike any other. Watch detective John McLane coolly take down Hans and his gang of terrorists while spouting iconic line after iconic line. Yippee ki-yay, now that’s entertainment!
  • D: John Mctiernan
  • USA
  • 1988
  • 131 min
  • 18A
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Saturday, December 23, 4:00 PM

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A Christmas Story Festive Favourites

Tag along with the eccentric Parker clan as they navigate the trials and tribulations of familhood at yuletide...but careful not to shoot your eye out!
  • D: Bob Clark
  • USA, Canada
  • 1983
  • 94 min
  • PG
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Saturday, December 23, 6:30 PM

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32 Sounds The Hottest Docs

Join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green as he takes the audience on a journey through time and space to experience in new ways the astonishing sounds of our everyday lives. 

  • D: Sam Green
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 97 min
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Friday, December 23, 9:30 PM

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Batman Returns Festive Favourites

Batman stays home for the holidays, battling the mounstrous sewer-dwelling Penguin who has teamed up with Max Shreck and Catwoman in this dark and twisted Christmas classic.
  • D: Tim Burton
  • USA
  • 1992
  • 126 min
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Monday, December 25, 3:45 PM

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It's a Wonderful Life Festive Favourites

An angel is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
  • D: Frank Capra
  • USA
  • 1946
  • 130 min
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Opens Thursday, December 28

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The Deepest Breath The Hottest Docs

The story of a champion freediver and expert safety diver, whose lives seemed fated to converge at the height of their careers.  

In English and Italian with English subtitles.

  • D: Laura McGann
  • Ireland, United Kingdom & USA
  • 2023
  • 108 min
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Friday, December 29, 3:45 PM

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The Pigeon Tunnel The Hottest Docs

Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris crafts a deeply human and engaging exploration of author John le Carré's extraordinary life and career. 

Stick around after the screening for a pre-recorded Q&A with director Errol Morris.

  • D: Errol Morris
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 92 min
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Opens Friday, January 5

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Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

Experience Taylor Swift’s Eras tour on the big screen and immerse yourself in the once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. Friendship bracelets and Eras outfits highly encouraged.
  • D: Sam Wrench
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 169 min
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Thursday, January 11, 7:00 PM

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Michael Cunningham on Day Curious Minds Author Talks

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours, Michael Cunningham, is back with his first novel in almost a decade and joins us to discuss it with Canadian audiences for the first time.

Sunday, January 14, 2:00 PM

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Frozen 2 Princess Sing-Along Family Screening

Princes and princesses young and old are encouraged to dress in costume and don tiaras for the ultimate kid-friendly sing-along.
  • D: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  • USA
  • 2019
  • 103 min
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Tue, January 16, 7:30 PM

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Trivia at the Cinema

Gather your friends for the ultimate trivia night at the most unique venue in town—Hot Docs Cinema! Grab a drink and test your knowledge of everything pop culture, music and more.

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