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Young Audiences

Hidden Figures

Mon., February 13, 2017 thru Thu., February 23, 2017

Directed by Theodore Melfi. US. 2016. PG. 127 minutes. Fox. Digital.

“In the grand scheme, numbers mean everything: Our very bodies are made of equations. Yet movies about people who deal in numbers—often foisted on us as spinachy, good-for-us entertainment during prestige-movie season—tend to be deadly dull. Who needs to see another white dude grab a piece of chalk and start writing feverishly on a blackboard?
But even if numbers are everywhere, they still have the . . .

The Black Stallion

Sat., February 25, 2017

Directed by Carroll Ballard. US. 1979. 8+. 118 minutes. MGM. blu ray.

“The first half of The Black Stallion is so gloriously breathtaking that the second half, the half with all the conventional excitement, seems merely routine. We’ve seen the second half before — the story of the kid, the horse, the veteran trainer, and the big race. But the first hour of this movie belongs among the great filmgoing experiences. It is described as an epic, and earns the description.” – Roger . . .

Mrs. Doubtfire

Sat., March 4, 2017

Directed by Chris Columbus. US. 1993. 12+. 125 minutes. Fox. Digital.

“Heavy on the laughter as well as the sentiment, Mrs. Doubtfire is an appealing comedy in spite of it’s sprinkling of “Afterschool Special” schmaltz. Featuring a very funny performance by Robin Williams, this entertaining, high-concept comedy casts Williams as a recently divorced actor. Losing a custody battle over his three children, Williams takes advantage of ex-wife Sally Field’s search for a housekeeper and impersonates a sixty . . .

Grease

Sat., March 11, 2017

Directed by Randal Kleiser. US. 1978. 11+. 110 minutes. Paramount. Digital.

“Grease‘s gender politics are pretty screwy, and its understanding of the ’50s amounts to a few cultural signifiers: hot cars, leather jackets, soda shops, and dance contests. But there’s a reason the movie remains a slumber-party staple, and it isn’t the muddled “don’t worry about what other people think” message. It’s more the film’s dreamy look, and the way we learn more about . . .

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Sat., March 18, 2017

Directed by Tim Burton. US. 1985. 7+. 90 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

“Everything about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), is pure pleasure. Pee-wee’s beloved bicycle — a gleaming, souped-up version of every ’50s dream bike you ever saw advertised in the back of a comic book — has been stolen . . .

The Sandlot

Sat., March 25, 2017

Directed by David Mickey Evans. US. 1993. 6+. 101 minutes. Fox. Digital.

“It’s the 1960s, and soon-to-be 5th grader Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town. An avid baseball fan, Scotty is befriended by a baseball-loving group of kids who all spend an idyllic summer playing our national pastime. Things are going great until Scotty’s dad’s prized baseball, autographed by Babe Ruth, lands in a junkyard guarded by a ferocious dog. How to get it . . .

A League of their Own

Sat., April 1, 2017

Directed by Penny Marshall. US. 1992. 10+. 128 minutes. Sony. Digital.

“A marvelously entertaining baseball comedy, A League of their Own is inspired by the real-life antics of the all-girls baseball league founded in 1943. Geena Davis and Lori Petty star as sisters who are discovered by ever-acerbic scout Jon Lovitz. Whisked off to Chicago, they join the Rockford Peaches under the watchful bloodshot eyes of the team’s over-the-hill, boozing manager (Tom Hanks, who gives . . .

Sonia de los Santos

Sat., April 8, 2017

60 minutes. Live!.

A soulful and important new voice in family music, Sonia De Los Santos spreads messages of joyful community music making and builds bridges across cultures to inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Sonia De Los Santos has been touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar, mandolin, and jarana, and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award–winning group Dan . . .

The Wizard of Oz

Sat., April 15, 2017

Directed by Victor Fleming. US. 1939. 6+. 101 minutes. Warner. Digital.

14 year-old organist Brett Miller will play the pipe organ before the show from 1:30 – 2:00!

Winner of two Academy Awards, “The Wizard of Oz” is an American classic. Starring Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley. A perfect score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, highly imaginative sets and brilliant characterizations make this adaptation of the Frank Baum story a musical fantasy of . . .

Microcosmos

Sat., April 22, 2017

Directed by Claude Nuridsany. France. 1996. 4+. 75 minutes. Miramax. blu ray.

“Bugs! Those are the stars of this enthralling French nature production which takes an extremely close-up look at what lurks in the woods behind your house. But rather than going for a Life on Earth-style narrated documentary which explains the sex life of snails, Microcosmos simply shows it, with amplified sound effects and minimal musical accompaniment. The result is truly mesmerizing. The camera work and patience put into . . .

The Pop Ups

Sat., April 29, 2017

Live!. 60 minutes.

Fresh off of Headlining the kids stages at Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza, two-time GRAMMY Nominees, The Pop Ups bring their unique new show “The Great Pretenders Club” to the Colonial! Featuring songs from their critically acclaimed  Amazon Video Special, as well as classics from their two GRAMMY nominated albums,“The Great Pretenders Club” takes family audiences of all ages on a scavenger hunt for the best imaginative-play . . .