Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. United States. 1948. NR. 1 hour 20 minutes. Universal. Digital Restoration.
Hitchcock scores again with this tale of two college students (Farley Granger and John Dall) who murder a classmate “just for the thrill of it”, hide his body in an antique trunk in the middle of their apartment, and then throw a cocktail party. Inspired by the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, this was Hitchcock’s first color movie film as well as his first to star James Stewart as . . .
Directed by Harold Ramis. US. 1993. PG. 1 hour 41 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Sponsored by Friends of the Colonial
When vain, arrogant and selfish Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray in his greatest role) is dispatched to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, he believes it’s just a simple, one-day assignment and career stepping stone to the big leagues of network TV. What Phil doesn’t know is that a huge blizzard (which he incorrectly forecasted) is not only going to delay his journey . . .
Directed by George Cukor. United States. 1940. NR. 1 hour 52 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital Restoration.
This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. As Tracy prepares to wed the wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard), she crosses paths with both Dexter and prying reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). Unclear about her feelings for all three men, Tracy must . . .
Directed by Michael Curtiz. US. 1942. NR. 1 hour 42 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country. With its perfect blend of witty dialogue, superlative performances, and brilliant timing, Casablanca has earned its place as one of the . . .
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. France. 2001. R. 2 hours 2 minutes. Park Circus. Digital.
Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who glides through the streets of Paris: observing. With wide eyes and a tiny grin, she sees the world in a magical light, discovering minor miracles every day. A shy girl whose favorite moments are spent alone skimming stones into the water, Amelie was raised by a pair of eccentrics who falsely diagnosed her with a heart problem at the age of . . .
Directed by Billy Wilder. US. 1944. NR. 1 hour 47 minutes. Universal. Digital.
In this classic film noir, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who is intent on killing her husband (Tom Powers) and living off the fraudulent accidental death claim. Prompted by the late Mr. Dietrichson’s daughter (Jean Heather), an insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) looks into the case, and gradually begins to . . .
Directed by Tay Garnett. US. 1946. NR. 1 hour 53 minutes. Warner Bros. Blu-Ray.
Whenever the phrase “film noir” is used, this film of James M. Cain’s novel – about a depression-era drifter (John Garfield) and a cafe-owner’s sensual young wife (Lana Turner) who conspire to kill her husband – is almost always used as a prime example. From the moment that Garfield sees the all-too-true “Man Wanted” sign outside the cafe until the shattering conclusion, there is an aura . . .
Directed by John Huston. United States. 1941. NR. 1 hour 40 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
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Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he . . .
Directed by Orson Welles. United States. 1958. PG-13. 1 hour 51 minutes. Universal. Digital Restoration.
When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride . . .
Directed by Albert Parker. 1926. NR. 1 hour 34 minutes. DVD.
The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley presents a classic silent movie with Brett Miller at the console!
Pirates loot a ship of its riches before blowing it up. Father-and-son survivors of noble birth wash ashore of an island, and the injured father perishes. The son (Douglas Fairbanks) promises to seek revenge by infiltrating the same band of buccaneers and bringing them to justice. Posing as the . . .
Directed by David Lynch. United States. 2001. R. 2 hours 27 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the . . .