FOR­EVER HIP

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“It was just a dream,” Trag­i­cally Hip front man Gord Downie de­clares in Long Time Run­ning, the new be­hind-the-scenes doc­u­men­tary about the now-le­gendary sold-out Man Ma­chine Poem Cana­dian tour last sum­mer in the wake of the singer’s brain can­cer diagnosis. “It’s the best I ever felt on stage. I wanted the shows to go on for­ever.” Hip fans that crammed are­nas from Vic­to­ria to the band’s home­town of Kingston, Ont., – in­clud- ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau – felt the same way, tear­fully cheer­ing on Downie, out­fit­ted in metal­lic leather, a Jaws T-shirt and feath­ered hat, as he roared, and ex­em­pli­fied “Courage” from the stage. Helmed by award-win­ning di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Baich­wal and Ni­cholas de Pencier, the in­side look at the Hip’s fi­nal goaround gets the gala pre­sen­ta­tion treat­ment for its world pre­miere at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber be­fore land­ing on CTV in the au­tumn for a na­tion­wide broad­cast.

Also at TIFF, Dame Judi Dench takes the throne as Queen Vic­to­ria 20 years af­ter earn­ing an Oscar nom­i­na­tion for play­ing the mon­u­men­tal monarch in Mrs. Brown. This time around she stars in Vic­to­ria & Ab­dul, about the queen’s re­la­tion­ship with her young In­dian aide, which heads to theatres shortly af­ter the fest.

And sci-fi fans can once again take in Steven Spiel­berg’s Oscar-win­ning clas­sic Close En­coun­ters of the Third Kind on the big screen when it cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary in Septem­ber with a dig­i­tally re­mas­tered re­lease. —Mike Criso­lago

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