Events for February, 2012
Directed by Alexander Payne. US. 2011. R. 115 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.
Fri, Jan 27 thru Thu, Feb 9 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“The Descendants, Payne’s long-awaited new film, is another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking — sharp, funny, generous, and moving — that writes its own rules as much as About Schmidt or Sideways did. In a funny way, Payne has become the Stanley Kubrick of serious American comedy: He takes forever to make a movie, searching every time (as Kubrick did) for the perfect book to adapt. But when he finally discovers it and gets rolling (in this case, it’s a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings), he turns each film into a masterfully realized and inhabited universe. More»
Directed by George Mihalka. Canada. 1981. R. 90 min. Private Collector. 35mm.
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- Fri, Feb 3, 10:00 pm
“My Bloody Valentine opens promisingly, with a sexy blonde (sporting a red heart tattoo above her breast) sensually stroking the tube on a miner’s gas mask mere moments before the gentleman hacks her to pieces. More»
Tickets: $8.50. 4+. 60 min.
- Sat, Feb 4, 2:00 pm
Two of a Kind and the Give ‘em a Hand Band presents an interactive family concert and album-release event, celebrating the release of their 8th CD, “Sing Me Your Story.” Two of a Kind is David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans, an award-winning, nationally-touring husband and wife duo based in the Philadelphia area. David and Jenny will be joined by “The Give ‘em a Hand Band” featuring Chico Huff (bass), Grant MacAvoy (drums), Hope Wesley Harrison (vocals), and David & Jenny’s identical twin sons Ari (French horn, vocals) & Jason (trombone, vocals).
Tickets: $20 - $33.50. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Feb 4, 8:00 pm
WXPN welcomes Marc Broussard! Rooted in the strong currents of R&B, sanctified church and the many other flavors of his Louisiana bayou home, Broussard achieves a depth in all aspects of his writing and singing through his love for and mastery of tradition. Great music, pulled from the heart, crafted impeccably and delivered with deep emotion, with the goal of every live performance “to make my audience cry, laugh, dance, and walk away emotionally spent.” Sugar + The Hi-Lows and local musician John Valerio will open this show. More»
Directed by George Cukor. US. 1936. NR. 108 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sun, Feb 5, 2:00 pm
Though nominated for this, one of the most seminal roles in her career, Greta Garbo did not receive an Oscar for this stunning exercise in romantic melodrama. (Hard to believe that this uber-star never received any Academy Awards for her acting, though she did get a “career award,” many years after she retired.) More»
Directed by Errol Morris. US. 1988. 14+. 103 min. IFC. DVD.
- Sun, Feb 5, 4:30 pm
“One dark night in 1976, a Dallas police officer named Robert Wood was shot dead by someone inside a car he had stopped for a minor traffic violation. The man who was convicted of that murder, a young drifter named Randall Adams, is currently serving the 11th year of a life sentence. The chief witness against him, David Harris, has been sentenced to death for another murder. In the tense last moments of “The Thin Blue Line,” Harris confesses to the murder of Wood. More»
2011. Magnolia. Blu ray.
Fri, Feb 10 thru Thu, Feb 16 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
Come see all of the Oscar nominated short films – animated, live action, and documentary. Please note that from what we’ve seen so far of the animated program, only La Luna and The The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore will be of particular interest to children. Screening Schedule:
- Fri 2/10 – Animated 7:30
- Sat 2/11 – Documentary 2:00, Live Action 4:30, Animated 7:00, and Live Action 9:00
- Sun 2/12 – Live Action 7:00
- Mon 2/13 – Live Action 6:30
- Tue 2/14 – Animated 7:30
- Wed 2/15 – Animated 2:00, Live Action 7:30
- Thu 2/16 – Animated 7:30
Directed by William Wyler. US. 1942. NR. 134 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sun, Feb 12, 2:00 pm
This winner of six Academy Awards (including Best Film, Best Director and – of course – Best Actress) played a major role in rousing the American public to an awareness of what “our British cousins” had been enduring, prior to our entry into World War II. It beautifully and powerfully conveys the British people’s will and dignity, as they tried to maintain an air of normalcy on the home front while facing daily bombing raids and other threats. More»
Directed by Errol Morris. US. 2003. PG-13. 95 min. Sony. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 12, 4:30 pm
Winner of the 2004 Best Documentary Oscar. “Errol Morris may have been put on earth to make The Fog of War, a stunning portrait of Robert S. McNamara that closes a year of outstanding nonfiction movies on a high note. Morris, after all, is a filmmaker whose tolerance of moral inconsistency — indeed, his empathy with flawed men — is a strength quite apart from his talent as a craftsman of meticulously collaged documentaries like ”The Thin Blue Line” and ”Fast, Cheap & Out of Control.” More»
Directed by David Giancola. US. 1994. PG-13. 89 min. Rhino. DVD.
- Fri, Feb 17, 9:45 pm
Great news MST3K fans! The fine folks over at RiffTrax are allowing us to show their short “Beginning Responsibility: Taking Care of Your Own Things” before the main feature. Written by the stars of MST3k, RiffTrax (www.RiffTrax.com) features Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett bringing the sass to Hollywood’s hit movies and to the shorts we’ve all come to be frightened of. Showtime is still 9:45, spread the word! More»
Directed by Gabor Csupo. UK. 2008. 8+. 103 min. eOne. Blu ray.
- Sat, Feb 18, 2:00 pm
Based on the book The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (JK Rowling’s favorite childhood book!). More»
Directed by Morton DaCosta. US. 1958. NR. 143 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 19, 2:00 pm
Oscar-nominated Rosalind Russell turns in a rollicking performance as the title character, whose philosophy is simply summed up as “life is a banquet, and most suckers are starving to death,” in this award-winning adaptation of the novel and stage play by Patrick Dennis. Her role as young Dennis’ eccentric and free-wheeling aunt, who takes the boy under her wing and helps him to fly, is one of the best of her long career. More»
Directed by Errol Morris. US. 2010. R. 87 min. IFC Films. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 19, 4:30 pm
“Timed serendipitously with the sudden collapse of Britain’s 168-year-old gossip rag News Of The World, Errol Morris’ Tabloid reveals, among many other things, the fierce, unscrupulous reporting that goes on at competing publications—in this case, Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Express. In spite of its title, this gossip war isn’t Tabloid’s subject, but it does underline a long-running theme in Morris’ work about the elusive, subjective, sometimes unknowable nature of the truth. In response to Joyce McKinney and the “case of the manacled Mormon,” a sensational story that gripped the country in the late ’70s, the Mirror and the Express took vastly different tacks on the same story, informed entirely by their access to McKinney. When the dust settled, some sordid truths about McKinney’s bizarre story were uncovered, but other, essential details remained in dispute, with the net effect of journalism confusing and obfuscating much more than it revealed. More»
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi. Iran. 2005. 12+. 98 min. IFC Films. DVD.
- Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 pm
“In the makeshift refugee villages of northern Iraq shortly before 2003′s U.S.-led invasion, parentless children spend their days collecting landmines and awaiting information on the impending war. With no responsible adults to guide or shelter them, the kids—led by a precocious boy named Satellite (Soran Ebrahim), whose skill with technology makes him a vital member of the temporary community—toil and suffer in quiet, resigned to their bleak fate as dispossessed orphans in a land bereft of familial and national unity, and Turtles Can Fly focuses its even-keeled gaze on these lost, physically and emotionally crippled youngsters with understated sympathy. More»
Directed by Woody Allen. US. 1977. PG. 93 min. MGM. 35mm.
- Sun, Feb 26, 2:00 pm
This is considered by many to be Woody Allen’s “breakthrough film,” in that it took him beyond the mere comedy tropes and funny one-liners of his earlier films into the domain of true romantic comedy and social insight. More»
- Sun, Feb 26, 7:00 pm
Update as of 2/21/12: Thanks to all who RSVP’d! The guest lists are now closed. More»
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. France. 2011. PG-13. 100 min. Weinstein Co. 35mm.
Fri, Feb 17 thru Thu, Mar 8 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“We rarely think of as great movies as breezy ones: Breeziness is supposedly only for disposable entertainment, though achieving filmmaking greatness in the way we normally think of it — with impressive sets, heavy-duty acting and ultra-polished cinematography — is probably easier than brushing a movie with just the right amount of gold dust. Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist is a gold dust movie, a picture whose very boldness lies in its perceived lightness. More»
- Wed, Feb 29, 11:30 am
TEDxLive is an extension of the TEDx program, launched by TED in 2010. TEDxLive events are TEDx events built around the live webcast of TED Conferences. TEDxLive events enable TED enthusiasts all over the world to experience live sessions of the TED Conference; events can be simple viewing events, and may also host live speakers. TEDxPhoenixville is pleased to host a free webcast of all four available TED2012 sessions on Wed, Feb 29 from 11:30am EST thru 9pm EST. We will not have any live speakers that day, but instead plan on immersing ourselves in the fantastic day that TED has planned. No tickets are required, but seating is limited to 50. Please email Kirsten to RSVP or if you have any questions. More»