July 23, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. KIDS 10:30 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Rd., Melrose Park. $14; $12 ages 12 and under. 215-659-8550 . Abington's Storybook Musical Theatre presents Patricia Goldberg and Kevin Arruda's musical adaptation of the classic tale of a selfless young woman betrothed to an arrogant prince transformed into a hideous creature - and the true meaning of love. - Michael Harrington 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Historic Fair Hill , 2901 Germantown Ave. Free.
February 9, 2016 |
G EORGE CLOONEY may be a movie star. But he ain't a panda. "Kung Fu Panda 3" showed its might again by beating Clooney's "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" at the Super Bowl weekend box office. The "Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates yesterday. Joel and Ethan Coen 's '50s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar!" opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million. The Nicholas Sparks ' romance "The Choice" debuted with $6.1 million for Lionsgate.
January 25, 2016 |
C reed is my second-favorite Rocky movie so far, the original being my all-time favorite. In fairness, I've said that about every Rocky sequel or spin-off. I loved them all - except for Rocky IV . That one was so over-the-top red, white, and blue ridiculous from the moment Apollo Creed is beaten to death in a U.S.-U.S.S.R. "exhibition" bout by the remorseless inhumanoid Soviet champion, Ivan Drago, half man, half Dolph Lundgren. The 1985 sequel ends in a Moscow sports arena filled with Rocky-chanting Russkies after the "smaller, weaker" American boxer beat the Iron Curtain out of the suddenly human Soviet champ.
January 17, 2016
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut feature, nominated for a foreign-language Academy Award, follows five sisters in northern Turkey whose innocent games at the end of a school year scandalize a community, forcing them to be virtual prisoners in their home. Beautifully shot and beautifully performed, there is nothing beautiful in the depiction of a culture where women are at once oppressed and sexualized, where strict religious tenets and an entrenched patriarchy combine to keep them in subservient roles.
January 4, 2016 |
It would have been so easy to make Creed a mockery of Rocky , his home city, and American urban life in 2015, warts and all. Imagine the possibilities from the fairy tale peddlers of no-plastic-surgery-is-too-much-plastic-surgery Hollywood: a 21st-century franchise reboot of a lucrative 1970s working-class-hero classic in which Adonis Johnson, fabulously wealthy son of onetime world boxing champ Apollo Creed, flies first class to ...
January 3, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop-motion animation piece follows a customer service guru on a lonely sojourn to Cincinnati, where he meets a young and passionate devotee. David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan provide the voices for this daring, darkly funny enterprise. R The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a 19th-century frontiersman left for dead in the wilds, hellbent on revenge, in director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's followup to Birdman . Tom Hardy co-stars.
December 12, 2015 |
The original Rocky movie arrived in 1976, just as Philadelphia was hitting bottom, and it unfolded against a background of shuttered factories and ravaged neighborhoods. Working-class men, suddenly rendered unnecessary, were shown huddling around trash-can fires. The club fighter Rocky, who earns a living as a loan shark's enforcer, serves as the personification of the broken-down city, an underdog with nothing to lose. Forty years have passed and Philadelphia is in the midst of its own Rocky-like comeback.
December 1, 2015 |
Speaking of turkeys! Sorry, Beliebers. While you were Tweeting your sincere concerns for Justin Bieber's well-being after he canceled on the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade , the Beebs was out comporting himself in a most un-Pilgrimlike manner, according to E! News. Wednesday, he hit up a "historic biker bar" in Orange County, Calif., according to an E! eyewitness. Friday, he pregamed at a University of Southern California campus bar in Los Angeles prior to attending a concert by The Chainsmokers at the Shrine Auditorium.