“The Hunger Games” may be rocking the box office this weekend, but we have a better bet for family night at the movies: the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The show, which brings the best of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to venues on seven continents, came through our town this week and, as usual, wowed the crowd—young and old—with its lineup of adrenaline-spiked adventure movies and call-to-action enviro documentaries.
Little powder hounds will dig the slow-mo footage and rad urban skiing in “All.I.Can,” shot in southern British Columbia, while aspiring climbers and photojournalists will watch in awe as photographer Jimmy Chin dangles off El Capitan with enormous camera in hand to get the perfect shot. But it’s the wildlife that will really win the kids: In “Spoil,” activists search for the super elusive Spirit Bear, a rare white grizzly that lives in the Great Bear Rainforest on the B.C. coast, which is threatened by a proposed pipeline. And on a lighter note, “C.A.R.C.A.” (Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association) tells the hilarious, unlikely story of house cats trained for backcountry search and rescue missions. (Don’t worry, no animals were hurt in the making of this film.)