Events for January, 2013
Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.
Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon. More»
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. US. 2007. R. 191 min. Weinstein. 35mm.
- Fri, Jan 4, 9:45 pm
“I’ve got a theory about “Grindhouse,” and it goes like this: At some point during the brainstorming/beer-bonging process by which Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino developed their multimillion-dollar ersatz-exploitation double feature, the boys finished off the super nachos, sparked up a spliff, and said “Dude, let’s just motherf*ing bring it.” More»
Directed by Tommy O'Haver. US. 2004. Ages 11+. 96 min. Miramax. 35mm.
- Sat, Jan 5, 2:00 pm
“Are kids today too knowing to accept their fantasies without a wink of self-consciousness, or are adults too jaded to supply them? Based on the popular youth novel by Gail Carson Levine, “Ella Enchanted” works in the same fractured-fairytale spirit as “The Princess Bride,” “A Knight’s Tale”, and “Shrek”, cluttering the feminine medieval world of unicorns, elves, and dashing royals with such modern embellishments as pop songs, mall openings, and teen magazine heartthrobs. The results are reasonably clever as far as they go, but the film succeeds most when it drops the hip veneer and plays things straight, mainly because star Anne Hathaway, a charming and luminous screen presence, takes so well to open-faced earnestness. More»
Directed by Howard Hawks. US. 1944. NR. 100 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 6, 2:00 pm
“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve?” And so began one of Hollywood’s greatest real-life romances, and one of the most fascinating adaptations of Hemingway ever brought to the screen. More»
Directed by Kirby Dick. US. 2012. NR. 93 min. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 6, 4:30 pm
“Of the battery of damning statistics about female sexual assault in the military, the first rolled out in Kirby Dick’s documentary “The Invisible War” is the most startling: More than 20 percent of active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted. For potential recruits, that’s a far more discouraging statistic than anything combat-related, yet for the victims, rape is only the first in a series of traumas that are institutional as much as they are medical and psychological. More»
Tickets: $19.50 - $30. Buy tickets online.
- Fri, Jan 11, 8:00 pm
SOLD OUT! THE HOOTERS drummer David Uosikkinen’s ambitious and musically tasty In the Pocket project, brings together all-star Philly musicians to cover classic Philadelphia tunes. David, and a band that includes some of Philly’s most celebrated musicians, hit the Colonial stage to celebrate the newest release “I Ain’t Searchin,’” originally recorded by The American Dream in 1970. Click more to see the amazing line-up! More»
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. US. 1993. Ages 8+. 101 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sat, Jan 12, 2:00 pm
This gorgeous, thoughtful film, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the story of a young Victorian girl, Mary Lennox, who has been sent to live with her uncle in his gloomy English manor. Left to her own devices, Mary begins exploring and uncovering the secrets of the house and garden, befriending the sickly boy who lives there and a local farm boy along the way.
Directed by Howard Hawks. US. 1946. NR. 114 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 13, 2:00 pm
After the success of To Have and Have Not, and capitalizing on the well-publicized romance between stars Bogart and Bacall, Howard Hawks next took on Raymond Chandler’s classic detective story The Big Sleep. With Bogart as heroic Philip Marlowe (private eye extraordinaire) and Bacall as the ultimate femme fatale, this is considered by many to be the definitive detective movie. More»
Directed by Katherine Fairfax. US. 2012. NR. 90 min. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 13, 4:30 pm
“Uganda’s institutionalised homophobia would be the stuff of parody if it weren’t a matter of life and death. Foaming Christian preachers denounce gay people as violent rapists, a local tabloid prints photos and addresses of suspected “kuchus” (homosexuals), and even links them to al-Qaida, protesters wave placards reading “Africans unite against sodomy”, and politicians draft a bill threatening imprisonment for citizens who fail to report gay people within 24 hours. Medieval Europe was progressive by comparison. More»
Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.
Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after More»
Directed by John Carpenter. US. 1988. R. 93 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Fri, Jan 18, 10:10 pm
“Underrated Carpenter movie about the Reagan years. Roddy Piper plays the working class loner who wanders into town and happens to discover a box of special sunglasses belonging to some sort of mysterious underground resistance group. Then he puts on the glasses and walks around town he sees the sinister truth beneath the surface: billboards have subliminal slogans like “MATE, SPAWN AND DIE” or “OBEY;” money says “I AM YOUR GOD;” and all the yuppies, cops and ladies in fur coats have skeletal alien faces. More»
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Jan 19, 2:00 pm
Two of a Kind and The Give ‘em a Hand Band will present an interactive family concert, celebrating the release of “Sing Me Your Story – The DVD”, their first DVD release. The DVD features live performances filmed right here at The Colonial Theatre, as well as music videos. Two of a Kind is the award-winning duo of David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans, and they will be joined by Hope Wesley Harrison on bass and multi-instrumentalist Justin Solonynka, with their sons Ari & Jason adding French horn and trombone.
Directed by Delmer Daves. US. 1947. NR. 106 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 20, 2:00 pm
In this, their third screen pairing, Bogart plays an escaped convict who is aided in his search for the real killer of his wife by an eager and supportive Bacall. In order to escape detection, Bogie must get a new face, via plastic surgery. To enhance this plot device, a most interesting technique is used: the first half of the film is photographed as seen through Bogart’s eyes, thus causing us to, in essence, become him. More»
Directed by Mai Iskander. US. 2011. NR. 68 min. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 20, 4:30 pm
“One of the most stirring moments in “Words of Witness,” a new documentary by Mai Iskander, is the storming of the State Security headquarters in Cairo. After the start of the revolution on January 25, 2011, many protesters were imprisoned, some rounded up in Tahir Square. Now three weeks after Mubarak’s ouster, the crowds storm the infamous bastille to see if there may still be prisoners left inside. As they force their entry, chaos spreads through the spooky hallways. This could very well be the Stasi, so generic these corridors of officialdom seem, with fluorescent lights and linoleum tiles. The camera shakes frantically. Unsure where to look, the men rip floor tiles, in search for secret passageways. What they find instead are black bags filled with secret files. In them, thousands of lives are documented, as they were spied on, interrupted, tortured, tragically cut short. To see this ocean of evidence, as the men plow through it in search of familiar names, is breathtaking. More»
Point Entertainment presents Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 featuring Jerry Goodman, Dean Brown, Gary Husband and Ric Fierabracci
- Thu, Jan 24, 7:30 pm
Released in 1973, Billy Cobham’s Spectrum is a debut album that set the jazz-fusion genre on it’s ear. Released during the peak of the fusion movement, Spectrum takes its place amongst the influential work of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, electric Miles Davis and Weather Report. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Spectrum celebrated drummer Billy Cobham is back with an all star band featuring Jerry Goodman, Dean Brown, Gary Husband and Ric Fierabracci. More»
- Fri, Jan 25, 6:00 pm
Join us at The 6th Annual ROBERT BURNS MEMORIAL WHISKY TASTING to benefit The Classic Film Series at the Colonial! Your purchase of tickets will enter you & your companions into an incomparably unique evening of fine whiskys, artisinal cheeses & outrageous chocolates. Riannon Walsh, renowned single malt whisky expert returns to bring us exceptional single malts from around the world! Riannon will engagingly & informatively speak to their qualities, taste, & cultural influences.
Each attendee will receive as a keepsake the fine whisky tasting glass they use in the evening’s festivities. The Glencairn¯ style glasses are designed to accentuate the subtle nuances of fine spirits.
This year’s event will take place at The Colonial, in our third floor screening room from 6-8PM. There are only 70 seats available, so don’t delay in purchasing your ticket to this unique event.
This event can be a great holiday gift for family, friends or business associates!
Master Distiller: $1,000 (includes 4 tickets)
Head Stillman: $500 (includes 2 tickets)
Benefit Ticket: $125
Bottle Sponsorship Ticket: $175 (incl one ticket and recognition)
Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the box office, or by calling  917-1228.
To purchase online:
Click HERE, log in or create an account, confirm or enter your contact information, then follow these steps:
- Enter $125 or $175 x the number of tickets you wish to purchase, or the appropriate sponsorship amount, in the “Contribute Now” field
- Select “Whisky Tasting 2013″ in the “How should we apply your contribution?” field
- If you are purchasing your tickets as gifts, we will mail you a gift certificate to give to the recipient. During the checkout process, please mention that this is a gift in the notes/comment section.
- If your are purchasing for yourself, no tickets will be mailed. We will add your name to our door list and will email you several days in advance of the event with detailed information.
Email Mary for more information.
Tickets: $20 - $25. Buy tickets online.
- Fri, Jan 25, 8:00 pm
Live at the Fillmore has earned the reputation as the Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band (inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of fame in 1995) which included Duane Allman, Dickey Betts (both listed in the 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time) and Berry Oakley. One of the greatest live bands of all time, their concert performances are legendary, especially those at Bill Graham’s famed Fillmore East in New York City, often referred to as the ‘Church of Rock And Roll.’ More»
Tickets: $25 - $38.50. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Jan 26, 8:00 pm
The Texas guitar tradition runs deep. It’s a gutsy school of blues playing, marked by thick tones, aggressive attack and tons of technique, all delivered in a flamboyant, swaggering style that is endemic to the Lone Star State. From T-Bone Walker and Clarence Gatemouth Brown on through Albert Collins and Freddie King, Billy Gibbons and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, the tradition of the Texas guitar slinger has lived on. One name that ranks atop that exclusive list is Johnny Winter, the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues for the last thirty years. More»
Directed by John Huston. US. 1948. NR. 100 min. Warner Bros. DVD.
- Sun, Jan 27, 2:00 pm
The fourth, and final, screen teaming of Bogart and Bacall is another winner. With a cast that includes Edward G. Robinson (as gangster “Johnny Rocco”), Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Gomez, and Claire Trevor (who won an Academy Award for her heart-breaking performance as Rocco’s girlfriend), and superb direction by long-time Bogart crony, John Huston, this is a tense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. More»
Directed by Ang Lee. US. 2012. PG. 127 min. Fox 2000. 35mm, NOT 3D.
Fri, Jan 18 thru Fri, Jan 31 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“For Life of Pi, the overcontrolled director Ang Lee has gone with his strengths and made a movie that’s passionately overcontrolled. It takes place largely on a lifeboat adrift in the South Pacific that carries radically mismatched buddies: a skinny 16-year-old Indian vegetarian with the odd name “Pi” (Suraj Sharma) and a man-eating Bengal tiger with the even odder name “Richard Parker.” The lifeboat isn’t entirely lifelike, mind you. More»