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May 26, 2013
After Earth Real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith play a sci-fi father and son stranded on the planet in this postapocalyptic parable from M. Night Shyamalan. PG-13 Now You See Me Who better to stage an elaborate heist than a slick band of Vegas illusionists? Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson pull off the sleight-of-hand, while Michael Caine, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo run around in pursuit, or in cahoots, with the prestidigitators.
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March 13, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Movie Critic
10 Cloverfield Lane From producer J.J. Abrams and Philly native Dan Trachtenberg, a wickedly clever nightmare entertainment (and spiritual offspring of 2008's Cloverfield ) with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up shackled in some weird guy's underground bunker. John Goodman is the captor, John Gallagher Jr. is a fellow, um, guest, and the world outside ain't what it used to be. PG-13 Embrace of the Serpent Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful black-and-white film, set in the infinite forests of Colombia, follows two explorers - German ethnographer Theodor Koch-Grunberg in 1909 and American biologist Richard Evans Schultes in 1940 - as each encounters a shaman, the last of his tribe, in the quest for a rare plant.
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March 13, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Lunafest. William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. School House Lane, 2 p.m. today. Tickets $10. A national tour of six short films by, for, and about women, the 15th annual Lunafest program consists of Balsa Wood, about mixed-race siblings, from U.K. filmmaker Dominique Lecchi; Beach Flags, an animated piece about an Iranian lifeguard, from France's Sarah Saidan; Boxeadora, about female boxing in Cuba, from Oakland, Calif.'s Meg Smaker; Finding June, about...
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June 1, 2015
Bunny Lake  is Missing Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, 2 p.m. Sunday Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological mystery, shot in widescreen black-and-white, stars Carol Lynley as a woman who reports her 5-year-old missing from a London nursery school. Laurence Olivier is the police inspector on the case and the Zombies are on TV (singing "Just Out of Reach") in this cool, ahead-of-its-time thriller. Also in the cast: Keir Dullea and Noel Coward. Info for this and other film and live events at the Colonial: www.TheColonialTheatre.com Flicker: Your Brain on Movies Jeffrey M. Zacks , Oxford University Press, 360 pp, $26.95 Zacks, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, starts his perceptive, passionate examination of how we watch movies with a gem of a Martin Scorsese quote: "Whenever I hear people dismiss movies as 'fantasy' and make a hard distinction between film and life, I think to myself that it's just a way of avoiding the power of cinema.
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April 17, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea The historically strange 1970 tete-a-tete between the gun-totin', bling-sportin' King of Rock and Roll and a U.S. president with paranoid tendencies and a bowl of M & Ms on his coffee table is reimagined and reenacted, with Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey, doing his uncanny impression thing, as Richard Milhous Nixon. Liza Johnson ( Hateship, Loveship ) directs. R Adapted from Dave Eggers' 2012 bestseller, with Tom Hanks as a beaten down American businessman making a last-ditch effort to turn his flagging career around - by pitching a Saudi monarch on a new enterprise.
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April 17, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Movie Critic
Born to Be Blue Ethan Hawke dives into the role of cool cat jazzman Chet Baker in a speculative version of the great musician's life. Carmen Ejogo (Coretta Scott King in Selma ) is terrific as an actress cast in a movie opposite Baker, taking up with the trumpet-playing junkie in real life. R Miles Ahead Don Cheadle stars in and directs this impressionistic take on Miles Davis, zooming in on the latter half of the '70s, when the famed jazz musician went AWOL, stopping his concert tours and pretty much stopping recording, too. Ewan McGregor is the duplicitous journalist determined to find out what's up. The movie tries hard to jettison the usual music biopic cliches and doesn't entirely succeed, but Cheadle is mesmerizing.
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March 20, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Embrace of the Serpent Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful black-and-white film, set in the dense forests of Colombia, follows two explorers from the West - the German ethnographer Theodor Koch-Grünberg in 1909 and the American biologist Richard Evans Schultes in 1940 - as each encounters the same shaman, the last of his tribe, in the quest for a rare, transformative plant. One of the nominees for best foreign-language film at this year's Academy Awards. Transcendent. Ritz Bourse, no MPAA rating Farber on Film: The Complete Writings of Manny Farber (Library of America, 824 pp., $29.95)
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