Wednesday Cinema Presents... 'Personal Shopper'
Wed. May 3, 2017 Screenings @ 1:30 matinee & 7pm evening
Run time 110m ..... Excellent reviews from all sources!

Director: Olivier Assayas.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin, Pascal Rambert, Nora von Waldstätten, Audrey Bonnet, Hammou Graïa, Benjamin Biolay
Producer: Charles Gillibert, Artemio Benki, Fabian Gasmia .... Writer: Olivier Assayas

At Cannes 2016, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas won Best Director for Personal Shopper, a scary, supernatural thriller starring Kristen Stewart as an American living in Paris and trying to connect with her twin brother who recently died. This marks Stewart’s second outing with Assayas, following Clouds of Sils Maria. Maureen (Stewart) is a personal shopper who scoots around upscale Paris – with a side trip to London – buying pricey couture fashions for her celebrity client (Nora von Waldstätten ). Maureen also moonlights as a medium who relates to the likes of writer Victor Hugo and artist Hilma af Klint, both of whom communed with the beyond. Trying to receive any sort of sign from her brother, Maureen pays a visit to a dark mansion in the woods. Is that a ghost in the corner? Then she begins receiving mysterious phone texts. Maureen is a personal shopper who serves wealthy clients in major cities, buying clothes and accessories, and taking care of some tasks. She lives in Paris but travels to London and other cities. Her fraternal twin and brother has recently died; they both had a similar genetic heart problem. The two siblings believed they had connections to the spirit world, her brother more than she. In the opening passages, Maureen stays over at her late brother's house, hoping he will reach her beyond death. His partner Lara wants to sell the house, and buyers want to know it is free of unhappy spirits. The film suggests what she sees and reacts to, including a series of knowing texts received even while she is on a train to and during her time in London, from "Unknown". She believes she is in touch with ghosts.



Fri., May 5 @ 7pm
Sat., May 6 @ 7pm
NO SHOW SUNDAY (Corb Lund in playing)
Mon. May 8 @ 1:30 matinee and 7pm evening
RUN TIME 115m *** Rating F
Adults $8 Students $7

Starring Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett, Billy MacLellan
Director - Aisling Welsh Written by. Sherry White

Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Maud Lewis is among the most inspiring figures in Canadian art. Afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she spent her early life dismissed for what was presumed to be her limited ability. But Lewis' colourful paintings, made on surfaces ranging from beaverboard to cookie sheets, established her as one of our country's premier folk artists. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke (also appearing at the Festival in The Magnificent Seven), this moving film explores Lewis' life in all its heartbreak and triumph.

Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, 1937. Maud Dowley (Hawkins) is stuck living with her unsympathetic aunt. Desperate to break away, she responds to a local fish peddler's call for a housekeeper. Everett Lewis (Hawke) is disagreeable and initially cruel to Maudie, but the two quickly acknowledge that each is in their own way a social outcast. They need and understand each other. Within weeks, they marry.

One day a summer resident comes calling. She's a New Yorker, wears alluring clothing and talks like Katharine Hepburn. She sees something in Maudie's paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maudie's pastime is recognized as having real value. People come from far and wide. Eventually her work will hang in the White House.

Cinematographer Guy Godfree fills Maudie with majestic images of maritime landscape and light, while director Aisling Walsh focuses on character, drawing performances of emotional complexity and great physical detail from her leads.

Though set in the past, Maudie speaks to the present in many ways — this is, after all, a tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce. But it is also a story of the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.

Corb Lund 'Solo' (with Andrew Frelick opening)

Sunday May 7, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Tickets are $35

(with Andrew Frelick opening)

The Astor is very pleased to announce that we'll be having Corb Lund on our stage here in May. With nine studio albums under his belt and multiple CCMA, Juno, and Industry award wins, Corb's three decade long music career is a force to be reckoned with. His seventh album, “Cabin Fever” (2012) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Charts. Three of his albums have been certified GOLD, while his latest release, “Things That Can’t be Undone” (2015), cemented his status as one of the top country storytellers, and placed him on Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” The record received rave reviews from all parts of the globe.

"Finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact." - Rolling Stone Country
"The album is a high mark of a long career." - NPR
“Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.” - Popmatters

The Native Albertan has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Aside from the many summer festival appearances planned for his band, Corb will embark on his first SOLO tour in his home country starting April 30th and running until May 20th covering most of the Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador. This follows late ’16 successful USA shows in New York, Washington, LA and San Francisco among others.

THANK YOU to the Atlantic Presenters Association, RADART and the Canadian Government for their support for the Canada 150 Series Tour.

The Lost City of Z

Fri. May 12 @ 7pm
Sat. May 13 @ 7pm
Sun. May 14 @ 7pm
Mon. May 15 Matinee @ 1:30 - Evening @ 7pm
Adults $8 Students $7 - Rating 13 PG - run time 141min

Starring: Charlie Hunnam,, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Fate of the Furious

Fri. May 19 @ 7pm
Sat. May 20 @ 7pm
Sun. May 21 @ 7pm
Mon. May 22 Matinee @ 1:30 and Evening @ 7pm
Adults $8 Students $7 Rated 13 PG - Run time 2 h16 m

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson (based on characters created by)
Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson


Ian Janes

Thursday June 8, 2017
Show 7:30 pm Doors open 7:00pm
Adults $26 Students $20

It’s an occasion when a great East Coast songwriter releases new material, so we’re very happy to have Ian Janes, here at the Astor.
A confident, and soulful, record Yes Man creatively mixes Ian’s deepest influences and experiences. It is a combination of singularly written songs, as well as collaborations with other great writers from across North America. The album includes co-writes with Andy Stochansky (Goo Goo Dolls, Ani Di Franco, Shannon Noll), Jamie Hartman (Joss Stone, James Bay, Christina Aguilera) Lee Ann and Daryl Burgess (Irma Thomas, Colin James, Patty Loveless) and iconic Canadian songwriter, Joel Plaskett.
The first single from the album, Broken Record, has been receiving regular play from CBC, Clic Franco, Sirius XM, CKBW, as well as Stingray radio and has kept Ian busy with interviews and in-studio performances.

Maclean’s magazine has named Ian one of 100 Canadians to watch, he has performed on the nationally televised ‘East Coast Music Awards’ show, CBC Radio’s ‘Canada Live’ and ‘Definitely Not The Opera’. He has been nominated for 5 East Coast Music awards to date and won Record Of TheYear at the Music Nova Scotia Awards. His songs have been featured in Thom Fitzgerald’s internationally acclaimed film, The Event; CBC-TV drama, North/South; the Anchor Bay Entertainment picture, Hiding and the hit U.S. Series Nashville.
Yes Man continues his pattern of consistently creating music with depth and musicality. Through every track you can clearly hear the confidence and individuality that comes from experience, combined with the fire and vitality of an artist at the top of his game. Ian has also been keeping busy writing songs for other artists. His song Can’t Remember Never Loving You, co-written with Byron Hill, was featured prominently in the mid season finale of Nashville Ian’s always been one of the very best talents in our part of the world and while the albums are always too long coming for most of us fans, they always prove to be well worth the wait; at least now the most recent wait is over!