Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. US. 1940. NR. 1 hour 39 minutes. Warner Bros. 35mm.
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Alfred (James Stewart) and Klara (Margaret Sullivan), the star employees at a gift shop, are constantly at odds with each other over every little thing. As the busy Christmas season approaches, the only bit of solace they find from their daily bickering is when they write to their anonymous pen pals. As their correspondence turns to fondness, fate has a big surprise planned for the two coworkers. The Shop Around . . .
Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1946. NR. 2 hours 10 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
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One of the most popular movies of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life has come to represent all the hope, good will, and sentiment that define the holiday season. Please join us in rooting for Jimmy Stewart, Clarence the Angel, and all his friends as they discover that each of us, in our own way, is a vital part of the world. “Attaboy, Clarence!”
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Directed by Elia Kazan. US. 1945. 10+. 2 hours 9 minutes. Fox. Digital.
Growing up in the tough world of a Brooklyn tenement isn’t easy for a young girl (Peggy Ann Garner). Although she loves her hard-working mom (Dorothy McGuire), irresponsible dad (James Dunn) and rambunctious kid brother (Ted Donaldson), Francie yearns to break free from her dreary existence and live a better life. Based on the classic novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn marks the directorial debut of Elia Kazan . . .
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. US. 1940. NR. 1 hour 34 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Moved by the Christmas mood, a New York District Attorney (Fred MacMurray) lets petty shoplifter (Barbara Stanwyck) out on bail and offers her a ride to her home in Indiana. Along the way they have a run-in with a Pennsylvania sheriff, meet their respective parents, and eventually fall in love. Don’t miss your chance to see this rarely screened holiday gem on the big screen . . .
Directed by Sidney Lanfield. US. 1939. NR. 1 hour 28 minutes. Fox. 35mm.
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is intrigued by a centuries-old legend in which every generation of the wealthy Baskerville family is eventually killed by a monstrous hound. Suspecting there is more to the story than meets the eye, he sends Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to the estate to investigate. Sir Henry (Richard Greene), the only Baskerville left, is grateful for his help; but when a crazed convict escapes and footprints . . .
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. UK. 1975. PG. 3 hours 4 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Thackeray’s classic novel covers the rise and fall of a likeable young Irishman (Ryan O’Neal) who, through a series of misadventures, transforms into a conniving, manipulative rogue. Shot on location in Ireland, England and Germany, the film also showcases the groundbreaking cinematography of John Alcott (who won an Oscar for his work) who shot interior scenes entirely in candlelight . . .
Directed by Sally Potter. UK. 1992. PG-13. 1 hour 34 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. 35mm.
In 1600, nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) inherits his parents’ house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp), who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as . . .
Directed by Billy Wilder. US. 1959. NR. 2 hours 1 minutes. MGM. Digital.
60th Anniversary Celebration! Voted the Top Comedy of All-Time by the American Film Institute, Billy Wilder’s classic farce finds Chicago-based musician buddies Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) on the run after witnessing a mob hit. Disguised as women, “Josephine” and “Daphne” join an all-female band that’s headed for a gig in Miami. Soon Joe/Josephine becomes enamored with the band’s singer Sugar . . .
Directed by Gregory La Cava. US. 1937. NR. 1 hour 32 minutes. Lobster Films. 35mm.
A boardinghouse for theater actresses gets a new arrival in the form of Terry Randall (Katharine Hepburn), an upper-class woman pursuing her dreams against her wealthy father’s wishes. At first, her status makes her unpopular with the other boarders, particularly her roommate, Jean (Ginger Rogers). As Terry becomes better acquainted with the other women and their shared ambitions, rivalry — both professional and romantic — explodes among them. This classic . . .
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. US. 1950. NR. 2 hours 18 minutes. Fox. Digital.
“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night!” Backstage drama doesn’t get any bitter – or better – than the one that unfolds in this Oscar Winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders). After befriending her idol, Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) schemes to steal her mentor’s new role – and fiancée (Gary . . .
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 Roberto Rossellini. Italy. 1945. NR. 1 hour 43 minutes. Janus. Digital.
During the Nazi occupation of Rome, a resistance fighter Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) tries to avoid capture by the Nazis with the help of a priest (Aldo Fabrizi) and a pregnant widow (Anna Magnani). Rome, Open City is one of the earliest entries in the Italian neorealist movement which focused on the working class/poor, filmed on location instead of studios, and often employed non-professional actors to achieve a more . . .
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Italy. 1975. R. 1 hour 56 minutes. Kino. Digital.
While serving time in a German prisoner-of-war camp, an Italian army deserter (Giancarlo Giannini) recalls his past exploits involving an accidental murder, a stint in an asylum, the military, and his seven sisters. Director Lina Wertmüller made history when she became the first woman to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for this highly original dramatic farce . . .
Directed by John Ford. US. 1952. NR. 2hours 9 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
John Ford’s Oscar-winning fable returns to the Colonial’s big screen just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! After accidentally killing his opponent in the ring, Irish-born American boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne) returns to Ireland in an attempt to reclaim family’s farm and start a new, peaceful life. Not long after his arrival, Sean falls in love with an outspoken young woman (Maureen O . . .
Directed by Ida Lupino. US. 1953. NR. 1 hour 11 minutes. Kino. Digital.
Screen legend Ida Lupino stepped behind the camera to direct and co-write this hair-raising slice of supreme film noir! Best friends Ray (Edmond O’Brien) and Gilbert’s (Frank Lovejoy) annual fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker (William Talman AKA DA Hamilton Berger from TV’s Perry Mason) is revealed to be a vicious killer on the run from the law. Shocking and suspenseful, this . . .