Events for November, 2012
Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. US. 2012. R. 107 min. Lionsgate. 35mm.
Closed on Mon, Oct 29 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“For all his leading man looks, Richard Gere has always been an uncomfortable presence onscreen: confident, sure, but strangely tense, even in supposedly laid-back roles like Pretty Woman and Dr. T and the Women. Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki puts the veteran actor to brilliant use in the insanely gripping Arbitrage, a drama about the manic, desperate calculations beneath the successful, seemingly calm veneer of a Wall Street bigwig standing on the precipice of total personal and financial ruin. More»
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. US. 2012. R. 137 min. Weinstein Co. 35mm.
Fri, Nov 2 thru Thu, Nov 8 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“There is nothing like a dame. That’s what the lusty sailors sang, in “South Pacific,” going nuts in paradise. The servicemen in “The Master” are in much the same place, and the same plight. The Second World War is drawing to its exhausted close, but these young Americans still seem to be doing battle with themselves, and, rather than expressing their quandary in song, they carve a woman out of sand on the beach. More»
Directed by Dan O'Bannon. US. 1985. R. 91 min. MGM. Private Collector. 35mm.
- Fri, Nov 2, 10:15 pm
“Not a sequel to Night of the Living Dead, but a semi-official spin-off about a military biohazzard container unleashing fast-moving, brain-eating zombies. The movie is very inventive in the way it depicts the spread of the disease: chopping up a zombie doesn’t work, so they cremate it, but the smoke created turns into acid rain that zombifies an entire graveyard. The opening scene, where the training of a new employee at a medical supply warehouse leads to the unleashing of the zombies, is especially masterful. It’s also a harsh critique of military ineptitude and callousness. The exaggerated punk rocker characters at times tip what could be a perfect balance of dark humor and intense horror, but it’s still one of the most satisfying zombie movies not directed by George Romero.” (Bryan Theiss, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)
Directed by James Clark. US. 1963. Age 6+. 87 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sat, Nov 3, 2:00 pm
Sit your kids down in front of Flipper, and they may not know what hit them. This Kennedy-era classic has everything today’s overstimulated rugrats never get to see anymore: real kids, real parents, and real animals having exciting adventures in a beautiful and interesting setting. The story couldn’t be simpler: Boy meets dolphin, boy loses dolphin, boy gets dolphin back. More»
All ages. 90 min. DVD.
Presented by Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust
- Sun, Nov 4, 3:00 pm
In celebration of their 100th Anniversary Phoenixville Federal BAnd & Trust presents a Silent Movie Fest with LIVE pipe organ accompaniment by Wayne Zimmerman of the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley! This is event is FREE and open to the community but seating is limited. Pick up your free tickets at any Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust branch. More»
Tickets: $15. Buy tickets online.
Presented by Angry Video Game Nerd
- Fri, Nov 9, 6:30 pm
James Rolfe will be hosting a screening that will include: two past Angry Video Game Nerd episodes followed by the official world premiere of the AVGN Movie Trailer. This is your chance to get a first look at the trailer before it goes online. James will also show some Behind The Scenes images. There will also be a Q&A session and a chance to get an autograph from the nerd himself. This is an “R” rated event, so those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. More»
Directed by Carroll Ballared. US. 1979. Age 8+. 118 min. MGM. DVD.
- Sat, Nov 10, 2:00 pm
Walter Farley’s classic tale has been adapted with amazing facility by Carol Ballard and executive producer Francis Ford Coppola. Even though its essential features (shipwrecked child, desert island, magical stallion, ’40s New York) represented appalling production problems, the film jettisons most of the cuteness implicit in its theme and handles the material with dream-like clarity. A magnificently well-crafted movie. (Time Out London).
Tickets: $27.50 - $42.50. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Nov 10, 8:00 pm
The Philadelphia Folksong Society welcomes Dr. Ralph Stanley to the Colonial Theatre. Since the 1940s, Ralph Stanley has been an icon of country, bluegrass and American music. A multiple Grammy winner and recipient of the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress, Stanley’s music has impacted not only his listeners, but also his former band mates who include Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and more. His contributions to the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack brought Dr. Stanley’s music back to the forefront of popular music where he has stood strong since. Opening act will be Mason Porter. More»
Directed by Rob Reiner. US. 1984. R. 82 min. Rialto and UNCA. 35mm.
Sponsored by Rock and Roll After School
- Sun, Nov 11, 2:00 pm
Bust out your leather pants and your bics because two of the greatest rockumentaries of all time are coming to the Colonial! First up is This Is Spinal Tap – doing double (heavy) duty as a classic film in our Spoofs & Satires series, and as the raison d’etre for Nigel Tufne Day (11/11). The second film is Anvil! The Story of Anvil, part of our documentary series, at 4PM. More»
Directed by Sacha Gervasi. Canada. 2008. NR. 80 min. 35mm.
- Sun, Nov 11, 4:00 pm
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, the legit 2008 doc is about the eponymous 80′s metal band that never quite reached the rock god heights of their compatriots, the Scorpions, Anthrax, Metallica, and Megadeth. But, they’re still trying. Owen Gleiberman wrote in Entertainment Weekly “It’s a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you’ve probably never heard of.” Trevor Johnston called it “a supremely entertaining, inspirational fable for our times” in Time Out. More»
Directed by Christopher Nolan. US. 2012. PG-13. 165 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
Sun, Nov 11 thru Thu, Nov 15 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“With “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan brings his Batman trilogy to a close with a majestic, almost completely satisfying crash. Everything feels epic about the film: the characters, the effects, the emotional stakes — even the missteps (and there are more than a few). Because this director puts an individualist’s stamp on all his movies, from “Memento” to “Inception” to the two films preceding this one, “Batman Begins” (2005) and “The Dark Knight” (2008), he’s that very rare creature, a blockbuster auteur. More»
Directed by Giulio Petroni. Italy. 1967. R. 114 min. Private Collector. 35mm.
- Fri, Nov 16, 10:00 pm
“It’s a Gothic title and the movie opens like a horror film, with a graphic mass murder on a dark and exceedingly stormy night. These killings constitute a prologue to what follows. Like many Italian westerns, Death Rides a Horse is a revenge story. It’s also a perverse buddy film in which a traumatized young gunslinger (John Phillip Law) and a mysterious older one (spaghetti axiom Lee Van Cleef, never better) compete with each other to wreak vengeance on the same gang of criminals. More»
Directed by Randal Kleiser. US. 1991. Age 10+. 107 min. Disney. 35mm.
- Sat, Nov 17, 2:00 pm
“Jack Conroy (Ethan Hawke) is in Alaska to follow in his recently deceased father’s footsteps in mining for gold in the breathtaking mountains surrounding Klondike. More»
Directed by Mel Brooks. US. 1974. PG. 106 min. Fox. 35mm.
Sponsored by Upattinas School
- Sun, Nov 18, 2:00 pm
This hilarious, but affectionate, spoof of the classic horror films produced by Universal studios in the 1930’s and 40s, is rated by many as being the funniest, most accomplished, parody of a classic film ever made. More»
Directed by Michael Rapaport. US. 2011. R. 97 min. Sony Pictures Classics. 35mm.
- Sun, Nov 18, 4:30 pm
“Michael Rapaport’s riveting hip-hop documentary Beats Rhymes & Life gets uncomfortably close to A Tribe Called Quest, one of the most important and influential groups of the past 25 years. It’s two things at once: a loving, magnetic, gloriously alive tribute to a golden age when a group of brilliant young black men and women joined forces to reinvent hip-hop in their own funky, Afrocentric image, and the most penetrating psychological study of a creative partnership in perpetual peril since Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster. Why do the sunniest groups often have the darkest, most fucked-up internal dynamics? Listening to A Tribe Called Quest, the Ramones, or the Beach Boys, few would imagine that the principals in each group were locked in decades-long psychodramas. More»
Directed by Terry Gilliam. US. 1974. PG. 91 min. Rainbow Releasing. 35mm.
Sponsored by Upattinas School
Fri, Nov 23 thru Sun, Nov 25 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
Consistently listed by critics and fans as one of the greatest film comedies of all times, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a very silly retelling of the epic story of King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail. More»
Directed by Dean DeBlois. US. 2010. Age 8+. 98 min. Paramount. 35mm.
- Sat, Nov 24, 2:00 pm
“How to Train Your Dragon has a kinetically dreamy, soaring-through-the-air effervescence. On some level, though, it’s just the sweetly simple tale of a boy and his dog. More»
Directed by Robert Moore. US. 1976. 94 min. Sony. 35mm.
- Sun, Nov 25, 2:00 pm
For fans of the old-fashioned “whodunnit” mysteries, this Neil Simon-written farce is pure catnip. Famous Hollywood stars of the time portray parodies of such classic detectives as Charlie Chan (Peter Sellers), Sam Spade (Peter Falk), Nick and Nora Charles (David Niven and Maggie Smith), Hercule Poirot (James Coco), and Miss Marple (Elsa Lanchester). More»
Directed by Neil Berkeley. US. 2012. NR (significant language). 90 min. Future You. blu ray.
- Sun, Nov 25, 4:00 pm
You may not know Wayne White by name, but you are unquestionably familiar with his work. A guiding force behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse, White made an indelible mark on 1980s and 1990s pop culture by creating some of the decades’ most arresting and iconic images. Beauty Is Embarrassing chronicles his ongoing struggles to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Director Neil Berkeley captures White at home, on the road, and onstage doing his one-man show, resulting in a funny, irreverent, and joyful documentary that inspires us all to follow our own passions. (LACMA) More»
Directed by Ben Affleck. US. 2012. R. 120 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
Fri, Nov 16 thru Thu, Nov 29 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“At one point in “Argo,” a smart, jittery thriller about a freakish and little-known chapter of the Iranian hostage crisis, a Hollywood producer says that history starts as farce and ends up as tragedy. He seems, as someone rightly points out, to have it backward. But as a professional dissembler, he knows better. Because much like the revolutionary shock troops who seized the United States embassy on Nov. 4, 1979, and turned the crisis into gripping political theater watched by the entire world — tune in tomorrow when America goes on trial, with the special guest star the Ayatollah Khomeini — the producer knows that historical events alone don’t cut it. You need lights, camera, action. More»
Tickets: $20 - $39.50. Buy tickets online.
- Fri, Nov 30, 8:00 pm
The BABES, Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint, and Marcy Marxer, are an original tour de force musical comedy theatre troupe with a 20+ year career on-stage and in-studio, releasing nine recordings and a full length concert DVD. And now this Fabulous Female Folkestra lets loose on winter’s holiday season with their estrogen infused, whimsically hip, and luxurious girl-group harmonies, blending their signature brand of hilarious original music with those festive familiar hits we can’t help but sing with! More»