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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | Staff
Yes, it's true, coffee fiends: Even in the long-ago days before pour-overs and latte florettes, before single-origin beans, small-batch roasters, soul-patched baristas and all that artisinal obsessiveness, coffee was essential stuff. People drank it to wake up in the morning, to pick themselves up in the afternoon, to keep going through those graveyard shifts. And nowhere was coffee more of a force - and a fuel - than on the soundstages and craft services tables of the Hollywood studios, where actors had to throw on makeup and costumes before dawn, where takes and retakes required constant reinvigoration, where the pages of shooting scripts were marked with coffee cup rings and splashes of java.
NEWS
January 24, 2016
Son of Saul Ritz Five A Holocaust film like no other, about a Jewish prisoner in a Nazi death camp whose job is to usher fellow Jews into the crematoriums, and then to clear the corpses for the next wave. When he discovers a dead boy whom he believes to be his son, Saul (Géza Röhrig) goes on a mission to find a rabbi and arrange a proper burial. The power of László Nemes' close-in, intense film cannot be denied. Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 7 p.m. Wednesday The title of Don Hardy's movie about the mysterious avant-garde multimedia collective called the Residents takes its title from Bavarian composer and music theorist N. Senada's concept, which states that "an artist can only produce pure art when the expectations and influences of the outside world are not taken into consideration.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012 | By Emily Fox, For The Inquirer
It was Thanksgiving 2010 when Steven Rea decided to do something with the pile of photographs of Hollywood movie stars riding bicycles that he'd collected over the years. That day, Rea, who has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992 and a biking enthusiast for even longer, started to archive the pictures of silver-screen darlings on two wheels for a blog, which he named "Rides a Bike. " The response to the images came in fast and strong. By the end of the weekend, Rea says, more than 1,000 people "liked" "Rides a Bike" on Facebook.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Steven Rea's column does not appear today.
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NEWS
January 31, 2016
The Lady in the Van Maggie Smith stars as a homeless woman who pulls into writer Alan Bennett's driveway - and stays there for 15 years - in the film adaptation of Bennett's memoir and play. Alex Jennings is Bennett, in bifurcated mode: the timid, reluctant host and the ready-at-the-typewriter artist, eager to get what he can from the unkempt, unpleasant "eccentric" he's let into his life. PG-13 Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Animation CGI from Pixar, stick figures from Don Hertzfeldt, old-school and new-school animation, all represented in this showcase of Academy Award contenders.
NEWS
January 24, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Fifty Shades of Black Marlon Wayans stars as Christian Black, a wealthy businessman who teaches Kali Hawk's inexperienced college newspaper reporter a thing or two in this 50 Shades of Grey parody. R The Finest Hours A daring nautical rescue in the stormy seas off New England. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana star in the based-on-real-events Coast Guard saga. PG-13 Kung Fu Panda 3 The second sequel in the hit computer-animated franchise, with Po (the voice of Jack Black)
NEWS
January 24, 2016
Son of Saul Ritz Five A Holocaust film like no other, about a Jewish prisoner in a Nazi death camp whose job is to usher fellow Jews into the crematoriums, and then to clear the corpses for the next wave. When he discovers a dead boy whom he believes to be his son, Saul (Géza Röhrig) goes on a mission to find a rabbi and arrange a proper burial. The power of László Nemes' close-in, intense film cannot be denied. Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 7 p.m. Wednesday The title of Don Hardy's movie about the mysterious avant-garde multimedia collective called the Residents takes its title from Bavarian composer and music theorist N. Senada's concept, which states that "an artist can only produce pure art when the expectations and influences of the outside world are not taken into consideration.
NEWS
January 17, 2016
It's Oscar catch-up time - time to see all the movies you didn't get to when they came out that now are angling for wins in the best picture race. Two of the eight just-nominated Academy Award contenders are (or are about to be) available for home viewing, while Inside Out leads the best animated feature lineup and Straight Outta Compton landed a much-deserved screenplay nod. You have six weeks to do your homework. Go! Inside Out Walt Disney, Blu-ray $39.99, DVD $29.99 The central characters in Pixar's propulsively inventive animated adventure aren't talking toys, or cars.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | Staff
Yes, it's true, coffee fiends: Even in the long-ago days before pour-overs and latte florettes, before single-origin beans, small-batch roasters, soul-patched baristas and all that artisinal obsessiveness, coffee was essential stuff. People drank it to wake up in the morning, to pick themselves up in the afternoon, to keep going through those graveyard shifts. And nowhere was coffee more of a force - and a fuel - than on the soundstages and craft services tables of the Hollywood studios, where actors had to throw on makeup and costumes before dawn, where takes and retakes required constant reinvigoration, where the pages of shooting scripts were marked with coffee cup rings and splashes of java.
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