Events for August, 2012
Directed by Richard Linklater. US. 2011. PG-13. 104 min. Millennium. 35mm.
Fri, Jul 20 thru Thu, Aug 2 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Bernie,” Richard Linklater’s gaudily vibrant, at times morbidly funny true-crime story, takes place in the East Texas town of Carthage, which, at the time when sweet Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) murdered sour Mrs. Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), had a population of 6,500. To judge from the movie and the Texas Monthly article that inspired it, nearly everyone in Carthage loved Bernie, including the minister who after the shooting preached that Bernie “needs to be with God, and he needs to know that we are with him.” The preacher didn’t say that Bernie needed to be in heaven to be with God. In the movie, at least, he seems to suggest that Carthage would do just fine. More»
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. US. 2012. R. 110 min. Warner Bros. 35mm..
Fri, Aug 3 thru Thu, Aug 9 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Magic Mike” is so much better than it needs to be that it’s sick. Yes, it’s the Channing Tatum male stripper movie; yes, it shamelessly exploits defenseless hunks for their rippling pecs and tearaway pants. No, fifty percent of America, give or take, will not be buying tickets. This is ladies’ night at the multiplex.
So, fine, guys, what you don’t watch you can’t miss. Director Steven Soderbergh is working very near the top of his game here, and if “Magic Mike” tells an old, old story about a young man, his talent, his rise, and his fall — see everything from “Saturday Night Fever” to “Boogie Nights” — he brings the confidence of a born filmmaker and a cast that’s sharper than their characters and ready to play. More»
Directed by Tobe Hooper. US. 1982. R. 114 min. Private Collector. 35mm.
- Fri, Aug 3, 10:00 pm
“A classic horror story from director Hooper, this film owes much to its writer and producer, Steven Spielberg. When spirits from the “other side” kidnap their young daughter (the adorable Heather O’Rourke), an ordinary suburban family goes through Heaven and Hell to get her back. Jo Beth Williams and Craig T. Nelson offer the right blend of playfulness and seriousness s the hapless parents, and Beatrice Straight and Zelda Rubenstein are the best ghostbusters yet. This is the finest ghost story since The Haunting and the special effects are terrific.” (TLA Film & Video Guide) More»
Tickets: $10 - $20 per day. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Aug 4, 10:00 am
- Sun, Aug 5, 1:45 pm
Eight films. Two days. One boy wizard. Join us for our annual summer marathon – this year it’s all eight Harry Potter films spread out over two days. On Day 1 (Sat, Aug 4) we’ll show the first five films, and on Day 2 (Sun, Aug 5) we’ll show films 6-8. COSTUMES are strongly encouraged! Six of the films will be shown on blu-ray with two on 35 mm film. More»
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online. Ages 5+. 75 min.
- Tue, Aug 7, 10:30 am
John Cassidy, our most popular kids performer at the Colonial, is an eccentric comedian whose bizarre antics have earned him widespread acclaim as one of the most original and unique performers today. He has also made numerous television appearances having appeared on such popular shows as Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC’s Today Show and Martha Stewart Living and regularly plays Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City and his native Philadelphia. John also holds several Guinness World Records for speed in balloon sculpting. You can learn more about John and check out some amazing videos and photos online at johncassidy.com.
Directed by Woody Allen. US. 2012. R. 112 min. Sony Pictures Classics. 35mm..
Fri, Aug 10 thru Thu, Aug 16 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“To Rome with Love — rangy, vaguely ridiculous and trepidatiously optimistic — is Allen’s film for tomorrow: It will never be listed among his greats, but its willingness to surrender — that is, Allen’s willingness to surrender — to mere pleasantness makes it charming enough. Everything in To Rome with Love, from the city traffic cop who opens the festivities with a “This-a city! It has-a the-million stories!”-style monologue, to the misunderstanding-among-young-marrieds plot thread (just one strand among many), points in the direction of breezy, stress-free pleasure. More»
Directed by Otto Preminger. US. 1962. NR. 139 min. Academy Archive.. 35mm.
- Sun, Aug 12, 2:00 pm
With the advent of this year’s political campaign (which, word has it, started somewhere around 2009), the Colonial’s Classic Film Series is proud to bring its fans a month of filmdom’s finest movies with themes of political intrigue. Starting out the group, we have a film with an all-star cast, including Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meridith, and Peter Lawford (who, ironically, was at the time the brother-in-law to then-President John Kennedy.) More»
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online. Ages 2+. 60 min.
- Tue, Aug 14, 10:30 am
Get ready! The focus is on rhythm, music, and FUN as you stomp, clap, and sing your way through a rockin’ good time with Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms, a fun, interactive music enrichment program designed for young children. This award-winning program is a Delaware Valley institution and earns rave reviews from critics, parents, teachers, and children alike. Michael Kropp (or “Mr. Mike” as the kids know him) manages Makin’ Music Gilbertsville. A local hit with his own classes, appearances at pre-schools, daycares, libraries, and other public events, Michael always puts on an upbeat show that combines a mix of traditional children’s favorites and easy-to-follow Makin’ Music original songs.
Directed by Olivier Nakache. France. 2012. R. 112 min. Weinstein Co. 35mm.
Fri, Aug 17 thru Thu, Aug 23 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“The writer-directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, found their inspiration in the true story (told in the 2004 French documentary À la vie, à la mort) of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, a wealthy aristocrat whom a paragliding accident rendered a paraplegic, and his improbable caregiver, an African-immigrant ex-con named Abdel Sellou. More»
Directed by Joe D'Amato. Italy. 1984. PG. 92 min. DVD.
- Fri, Aug 17, 10:00 pm
Joel and the ‘bots are back at the Colonial with this absolutely delightful season three episode, Cave Dwellers. This Joe D’Amato directed, Italian sword and sorcery yarn contains more O’Keefe than you can shake a stick at (Miles O’Keefe!), wimpy swordplay, distressed damsels, a mute man servant and raucous riffing. Come enjoy this fun camp fest with the crew of the Satellite of Love and your friends at the Colonial for an evening of prizes, comedy and popcorn. MST3K episode preceded by a live riffing by Dover Rover, graduates of Joel Hodgson’s Riff Camp 2012!
Directed by Franklin Schaffner. US. 1964. NR. 102 min. MGM. 35mm.
- Sun, Aug 19, 2:00 pm
In this film, based upon the stage play by Gore Vidal, we again have Henry Fonda heading up a top-flight cast. This time, Fonda is pitted against a ruthless Cliff Robertson, but both men have deep, dark secrets, in a close contest for their party’s presidential nomination. More»
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online. Ages 4+. 60 min.
- Tue, Aug 21, 10:30 am
Since his creation by Morgan Taylor in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has become an international phenomenon, acclaimed by The New York Times, which described Gustafer as “A cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Entertainment Weekly praised “The most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain- both adult and kids – absurdly appealing. Grade: A.” More»
Tickets: $5. Buy tickets online.
- Tue, Apr 17, 7:00 pm
- Tue, May 15, 7:00 pm
- Tue, Jun 19, 7:00 pm
- Tue, Jul 17, 7:00 pm
- Tue, Aug 21, 7:00 pm
As we gear up for our third annual live TEDxPhoenixville event on October 6, 2012 we’d like to introduce you to the TED format and share some of our favorite TEDTalks with you. Join us each month for a different program of compelling and inspiring talks. Each evening’s program will consist of pre-recorded TEDTalks plus one live performance curated by our TEDxPhoenixville organizing committee. The salons will take place on the third Tuesday of the month April thru August in the Colonial Theatre’s third floor screening room. Seating is limited to 50 people. More»
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. US. 2012. R. 104 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.
Fri, Aug 24 thru Thu, Aug 30 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Who hasn’t entertained a fantasy of romantic omnipotence in which a dream partner complies with your every wish? In the language of “My Fair Lady,” “Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly?” More»
Directed by Michael Ritchie. US. 1972. PG. 110 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Aug 26, 2:00 pm
Robert Redford turns in one of his best screen portrayals, as an idealistic young lawyer, the son of an ex-governor (Melvyn Douglas), who is pressed to run for senator from his state. As he becomes mired in the politics and campaigning involved, he (along with the audience) becomes more and more aware of the potential for deceit and moral duplicity that lurks behind the public facade. More than just a movie about politics, this Academy Award-winning film (for Best Adapted Screenplay) is also a cogent commentary on the subject of “winning,” and its meaning within our society. This is a film that has become increasingly relevant with each passing year. Come see it and find out why. (Bill Roth)
Directed by Lauren Greenfield. US. 2012. PG. 100 min. Magnolia Pictures. 35mm.
Fri, Aug 31 thru Thu, Sep 6 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“It has been said that we live in a new gilded age, in which the rich take it as their sovereign right and civic duty to get richer, while the rest of us look on in envy, simmer with resentment or dream of rebellion. “The Queen of Versailles,” a new documentary by Lauren Greenfield about life on the thin, fragile, sugarcoated top layer of the upper crust, captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye. More»