Lunafliks goes out with a bang 

Outdoor movie nights wrapping up this week

Summer outdoor movie nights at Lost Lake Park wrap up this week starting with LUNA’s screening of the British gangster flick Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels tonight (Thursday, Aug. 25).

The edgy black comedy from director Guy Ritchie (a.k.a. Mr. Madonna) delves into the violent criminal underground in modern London, setting the stage for the director’s later works such as Snatch.

The film has an 18A rating; this one’s not for the kiddies.

With dusk descending on Whistler a little earlier these days, expect the film to start screening at around 9:30 p.m. on the grassy shores of Lost Lake. Tickets are $3 for LUNA members, $5 for non-members. Filmgoers must provide their own seating. A WAVE transit shuttle to and from the venue will be running for 50 cents each way from the Whistler gondola exchange. Show up early and groove to DJ tunes starting at 8:30 p.m.

LUNA, an acronym for Late and Unique Nighttime Activities, organizes affordable evening alternatives to the bar and club scene for young adults. While the outdoor Lunafliks films conclude at the end of August, LUNA continues into September with Bungee Jumping on Thursday, Sept. 8 and a Happyland Mini-Putt night on Thursday, Sept. 15.

For more information about LUNA go to www.lunawhistler.com.

Reel Alternatives summer series crosses the finish line with Saint Ralph

Friday evening’s outdoor film at Lost Lake Park offers a kinder, gentler alternative to the previous night’s violent gangland fare.

The Whistler Film Festival Society is concluding its summer outdoor Reel Alternatives cinema series with a screening of the 2004 film Saint Ralph .

The film is described as a funny, heartwarming, inspirational tale about a 14-year-old Catholic schoolboy who takes it upon himself to run the 1954 Boston Marathon – a feat he believes to be a miracle that will inspire his mother’s recovery from a coma.

The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, stars accomplished actors Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly and Gordon Pinsent, with young Adam Butcher in the lead role of Ralph.

Saint Ralph is rated PG.

The film screens at dusk (9:30 p.m.) with gates at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 with kids under 12 free. In the event of rain, the film screens at Millennium Place at 9 p.m.

Following the outdoor screenings, Reel Alternatives continues as a monthly indoor cinema series. Next up is the acclaimed Ibiza club scene mockumentary film It’s All Gone Pete Tong on Sept. 21. The venue is yet to be announced.

For more information on Reel Alternatives go to www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

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