The city’s newest cinema – the Playhouse Cinema just opened its doors on March 1st – has a week’s worth of family entertainment and March Break Matinees won’t break the bank; all seats are just $5. https://playhousecinema.ca/movie-calendar/playhouse
Located at 177 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton (Barton & Sherman) with free or super-cheap parking.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS: Just as all hope seems lost, Michael – now a grown-up with kids of his own – receives the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins returns to save the day. And WHAT a magical day it is! A delightful, fun-filled adventure that’s consistent in tone and texture to the original. Weekdays at 11:30 am.
A DOG’S WAY HOME: Bella misses her owner so much that she runs away. She sets off across on a 400-mile journey through the dangerous Colorado wilderness in order to return home. Bring Kleenex.
Mon, Mar 11 – 4:30 pm; Tue, Mar 12 – 4:30 pm; Wed, Mar 13 – 2:15 pm; and Fri, Mar 15 – 2:15 pm
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE: Five stars (and a shiny gold Oscar) to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse for boldly doubling down and telling not one Spider-Man origin story, but five. Mon, Mar 11 – 2:00 pm; Tue, Mar 12 – 2:00 pm; Thurs, Mar 14 – 2:00 pm; and Fri, Mar 15 – 4:30 pm
But wait, there’s more…
For older kids (and kids at heart), the greatest animated film of all time – Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, SPIRITED AWAY – is screening Sunday, March 17, 4:15pm in English (the original Japanese with English subtitles on Tuesday, March 19, at 9:15pm). Tickets are normal prices, but it’s still way cheaper than Cineplex!
Part fantasy, part adventure, part dream, and part metaphor, this 2001 Japanese classic follows a 10-year-old girl who’s forced to work in fantastical bath-house for ghosts and demons after a mysterious spell turns her parents into pigs. Of this classic, Rolling Stone magazine goes on to say, “Scarcely a minute of this movie goes by without some kind of strange or scary vision, dredged up directly from Miyazaki’s subconscious – including floating frogs, oozing stink-gods, chattering skull-phones, and trains that glide across the water. It’s all held together by a thrilling and poignant story, about a kid on the cusp of adulthood, discovering how complicated it can be to live in a world that’s constantly changing.”