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I Like Movies
ShowtimesMay 24:5:00 pm, 7:00 pmMay 25:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
For Lawrence Kweller (Isaiah Lehtinen), the 17-year-old cinephile protagonist of I Like Movies, the film’s title isn’t just a statement of fact. It’s also a suit of armor and an earnest attempt at connection. Connection isn’t easy for Lawrence. He’s sullen, callous, condescending, stubbornly delusional, and even a bit sexist. But he’s also intelligent, ambitious, hyper-articulate, and as vulnerable as a baby bird that’s fallen from its nest. I Like Movies takes place in the very specific setting of Burlington, Ontario in 2003. The passage of time is marked by the rotating titles on the shelves of Sequels, the video store where Lawrence gets a job at the beginning of the movie. For cinephiles of a certain age, the video store scenes will be achingly nostalgic. Backed by strong writing and even stronger performances, the result is a film that is small but not slight, sweet but not cloying, and the kind of thing that can make even a cynical critic like movies again.—IndieWire
“It authenticates catharsis through the fantastical world of cinema while giving us a vital lesson in the real-world toxicity that can feed into that culture. I Like Movies is a pitch-perfect coming-of-age story.”—Movie Maker