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‘Brian Chippendale’ Doc At Cable Car

(11.1) This might be of special interest locally. A profile of Rhode Island musician (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus) and artist (screen print hanging in my bathroom) Brian Chippendale is one in a group of documentary shorts screening at 4pm Sunday at the Providence Art &

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Art & Design Film Fest At Cable Car

(11.1) The first ever Providence Art & Design Film Festival runs this weekend at the Cable Car Cinema. What a great idea. Husband and wife owners Dan Kamil and Emily Steffian formed the Providence Center for Media Culture following receipt of the R.I. Foundation innovation


Jobs Doc At Avon

(10.22) No, this is not that Steve Jobs movie. (Nor for that matter is “Coming Home” that “Coming Home.”) “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is the latest documentary from Alex Gibney, director of “Going Clear” the fascinating Scientology exposé that ran on HBO.

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Creature Double Feature — MotB

(9.24) “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” — both from 1931. Nice way to go out, and kudos to the ‘Movies on the Block’ crew for a great season. Frankenstein: Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He

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‘Royal Tenenbaums’ MotB

(9.17) Wes Anderson’s 2001 action thriller “The Royal Tenenbaums” is this week’s Movies on the Block. From A.O. Scott at The New York Times, . . . ”The Royal Tenenbaums” takes place in a fantasy New York of grand hotels and brick and limestone mansions

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‘Muppet Movie’ MotB

(9.11) [MotB will be held on Friday this week due to rain. BC] This one is beyond my purview. I have enjoyed puppet movies in the past — Team America: World Police comes to mind — is this sort of like that one? I just

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‘Gangs Of New York’ MotB

(9.3) And you thought Times Square in the 70’s was bad. Filmed in vivid Squalor-Vision™ Martin Scorsese’s 2002 epic ‘Gangs of New York’ takes us back to 1846 Five Points in lower Manhattan, where poor immigrants lived four-to-a-bed in airless five-story walk-ups — lodgings their


‘Badlands’ MotB

(8.27) The idea of shooting people one at a time seems positively quaint in these rush-rush high-capacity times. Kit and Holly never seem to be in much of a hurry, and in spite of their leisurely pace, they still manage to kill ten people. “Badlands,”

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Blood Simple — MotB

(8.20) “Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen’s ”Blood Simple” a directorial debut of extraordinary promise.” Janet Maslin got that right. This week’s entry in the downtown Movies on the Block series is the Coen Brothers 1984 debut “Blood Simple.”

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The Exorcist — MotB

(8.13) “The problem with your daughter is not her bed.” So says the patronizing psychiatrist to the possessed girl’s distraught mother. (It must be said however that, by the end of this movie, they do need a new bed.) “The Exorcist” is this week’s installment


The Last Waltz Starring Neil Diamond — MotB

(8.6) Thelma get the scissors! I’ll get this out there right up front — I am not a fan of this movie. It’s been a while, but I remember it dragging on and on with boring interviews and lots of murky, backstage nothing-is-happening footage. It

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RI International Film Festival

(8.9) The 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off with a gala celebration and screening Tuesday at PPAC. Symposiums, workshops, and screenings of 265 films from 54 countries will be held at venues across the state including in town at the Bell Street Chapel,

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‘All Fall Down’ Q&A With Director

(7.26) This true crime mystery takes place in the Baltimore of the 70’s. Film director Mary Posatko, will discuss “All Fall Down,” the telling of one woman’s attempt to unravel the circumstances of her grandfather’s murder. One night in 1972, a murder rocked a Baltimore


48HFP Screenings

(7.25) The Rhode Island Film Collaborative (RIFC) invites you to check out the 48HFP team screenings this weekend at the RISD Auditorium. Filmmakers from all over the Providence area will compete this summer to see who can make the best short film in only 48

'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Wayland Manor Ready For Its Close-up

Greetings from the Moses Brown campus on the fashionable East Side. No, the Hulk has not gone Quaker — although I guess I better assert my intellectual rights to that idea right now, you never know. The Unflappable Hulk? Rather, this shot comes from the

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane’ — MotB

(7.9) Bette Davis attacks this role hammer and tongs, earning her an Oscar nomination for ‘Most Scenery Chewed.’ Here’s another great choice for the Movies on the Block series, Robert Aldrich’s 1962 horror thriller “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” starring Miss Davis, Joan Crawford, and