Events for September, 2012
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»
Directed by Otto Preminger. US. 1944. NR. 88 min. Fox. 35mm.
- Sun, Sep 2, 2:00 pm
As you may know, “film noir” is a French phrase that refers to films, primarily those made in the U.S. in the late 1940s, which manifest a certain style (often in black and white, with atmospheric shadows and effects) and an attitude of cynicism and, sometimes, hard-boiled criminal activity. Another characteristic of many films noir is the tendency to make use of flashbacks in moving the story along or providing exposition. One of the most effective and memorable of this type of film is Laura, based on the best-selling novel by Vera Caspary. More»
Directed by Stan Winston. US. 1988. R. 86 min. Private Collector. 35mm.
- Fri, Sep 7, 9:45 pm
“Pumpkinhead found its audience almost entirely on videocassette, which seems appropriate, since the film’s strengths lie almost entirely in the niche worlds of FX and creature designs. Making his directorial debut, legendary effects and makeup artist Stan Winston (The Terminator, Jurassic Park, Aliens) doesn’t show much interest in the characters or the story, which pits a bunch of city kids against a vengeance demon conjured up by Lance Henriksen, a backwoods hick who blames them for his son’s death. More»
Directed by Billy Wilder. US. 1945. NR. 101 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Sun, Sep 9, 2:00 pm
Another film that made most effective use of flashbacks is The Lost Weekend, which won Academy Awards for Best Film, Director (Billy Wilder), Screenplay (Wilder and Charles Brackett), and Best Actor (Ray Milland). The story, of a struggling writer who becomes increasingly addicted to alcohol, is told through vivid imagery and excellent, atmospheric photography, and the scenes depicting Milland going through the DTs are truly frightening. More»
Directed by Benh Zeitlin. US. 2012. PG-13. 93 min. Fox Searchilight. 35mm.
Fri, Sep 7 thru Thu, Sep 20 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“It’s difficult to explain exactly what Beasts Of The Southern Wild is, though it’s undoubtedly something extraordinary: like a live-action Miyazaki film, with Days Of Heaven narration, set in a dirt-poor community at an unspecified time of crisis. More»
Tickets: $29.50 - $40. Buy tickets online.
- Fri, Sep 14, 8:00 pm
Old friends Jorma Kaukonen and Loudon Wainwright III share the evening at The Colonial Theatre on September 14. The Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Grammy winner/actor have performed together many times and we hope the two will treat us to a collaborative evening of blues, humor and the amazing songwriting that has made them both legends. Check out this recent A.V. Club article in which Wainwright muses about some of his songs. More»
Tickets: $8.50 - $18.50. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Sep 15, 7:00 pm
After 6 years of tremendous restoration and installation work and 2 years of “shake down”ť presentations, we are now ready for the formal debut of The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley’s 3/24 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. We are very excited not only by the event, but also because of the performer. Mark Herman, an extremely talented and young fellow from Indianapolis, Indiana will be presenting a fabulous concert of theatre organ music. Mark will also accompany a short silent comedy movie as part of his program. A special occasion not to be missed! More»
Directed by Robert Siodnak. US. 1946. NR. 103 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Sun, Sep 16, 2:00 pm
Based upon the famous short story by Ernest Hemingway, this was the first film to star Burt Lancaster, here in the role of Swede, the ex-boxer who is stalked by professional killers. Though the original story gave no explanation for why the killers are after Swede, this film provides a credible and exciting back-story, told largely by means of flashback. More»
Directed by Robert H. Lieberman. US. 2012. NR. 84 min. PhotoSynthesis Productions. blu ray.
- Sun, Sep 16, 4:30 pm
“I’ve never seen a documentary with more smiling faces. The people of Burma seem sunny and cheerful, kind and eager to accept visitors. No, not all of them. Not the unsmiling ruling military class with their comic opera official hats, and not the little girl with untreated TB that has caused an ulcer to open a hole in her chest. But most of them. They have an inner glow. See for yourself. More»
Directed by Alison Klayman. US. 2012. R. 91 min. Sundance Selects. 35mm.
Fri, Sep 21 thru Thu, Sep 27 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Alison Klayman’s documentary is one of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year almost completely on the strength of Ai’s rumpled charisma and the confusion it creates in the bureaucratic mindset of the Chinese Communist Party. A big, burly bear of a man, with a caustic sense of humor behind deadpan eyes, he’s a culture jammer who began as an artist with political tendencies but has become an activist who happens to make art. More»
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. US. 1987. R. 102 min. MGM. 35mm.
- Fri, Sep 21, 9:45 pm
“RoboCop set the tone for much of Dutch auteur import Paul Verhoeven’s career in America, and not just because of Kurtwood Smith’s curt command “Bitches leave!” It was a relatively low-budget, high-concept satire in the guise of a relatively high-budget, low-concept trash-a-thon. More»
Directed by Jacques Tourneur. US. 1947. NR. 97 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Sep 23, 2:00 pm
If you ever want to show a friend a nearly perfect example of what a film noir is (or can be), bring him/her to see Out of The Past. It’s got everything: crime, seduction, betrayal, vengeance, great dialogue, and shadowy people in shadow-filled places. And flashbacks. Boy does this movie have great flashbacks. More»
Directed by David Gelb. US. 2011. PG. 81 min. Magnolia. 35mm.
- Sun, Sep 23, 4:30 pm
“Tucked away in a Tokyo subway concourse, with just 10 seats and a cramped work space behind the counter, stands Sukiyabashi Jiro, a sushi bar. This is no ordinary Japanese sushi bar, but a three-star Michelin restaurant – the guide’s highest rating, and the first ever accorded to a sushi-only establishment. It is a place where the 85-year-old chef, Jiro Ono, prepares simple trays of raw fish and rice with an obsessive quest for perfection. More»
Directed by Jonathan Demme. US. 2011. PG. 87 min. Sony Picture Classics. 35mm.
Fri, Sep 28 thru Thu, Oct 4 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“As great and intimate as Live at Massey Hall 1971 may be, it’s not as transportive as Jonathan Deem’s filming of a Neil Young performance at the venue 30 years later. On the 1971 concert album, in which the newly famous Young returned to his native Toronto to play a set after forming Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles, we listen to the singer play for an audience, and in Neil Young Journeys we’re given the illusion of being there, front row and at times seemingly alone with the singer, despite still being able to hear the audience. More»
Tickets: $19.50 - $38.50. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Sep 29, 8:00 pm
Known as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music, Eric Johnson’s list of awards and accolades are impressive. A Grammy award winner and a five time Grammy nominee, he was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine, and is enshrined in Guitar Player’s Gallery of Greats. He has a platinum selling album while his Top 10 hit “Cliffs Of Dover,” is featured in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and boasts both a signature model Fender Stratocaster electric and Martin MC-40 acoustic guitar.
Directed by Anatole Livak. US. 1948. NR. 84 min. Paramount. 35mm.
- Sun, Sep 30, 2:00 pm
Once upon a time, back in the 1930s and 40s, in the days before Facebook, video- games, computer generated scenery, or even television, the American public entertained itself by listening to live radio dramas, letting their imaginations conjure up imagery that often thrilled and frightened them much more than pictures ever could. One of the best remembered, and most unsettling, of these radio dramas (and one of the most popular shows ever produced), Sorry, Wrong Number was made into this excellent film. More»
Tickets: $10 - $25 Buy tickets online.
- Sun, Sep 30, 7:00 pm
City Rhythm Orchestra presents “Jump, Jive and Wail!” with special guest Ray Gelato. The 15-piece big band will have you dancing in the aisles to the thrilling sounds of classic swing music, including hits from the big bands, exciting vocals from Steve Ritrovato and Vicki Woodlyn, and a dazzling performance by Ray Gelato. Ray has been a successful performer in Europe for more than twenty-five years. He is an acclaimed singer and saxophonist based in London. His approach to music is full of fun, yet he never stops displaying his serious jazz talent. He can fire up an audience with the vocal stylings of singers like Louis Prima and Dean Martin, then captivate them with a ballad played on his lush sounding tenor sax. Highly regarded by critics all over the world, Ray is recognized for his reverent approach to the standards and the distinct imprint he leaves on the classic jazz tradition. More»