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‘Snow White’ MotB

(6.30) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is the ground-breaking animated feature ‘Snow White.’ The New York Times review gives some idea of how mind-blowing this was in 1937. Nobody knew what to expect. Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay, and altogether captivating, touched the

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‘Womanimation’ At AS220

(6.25) AS220 hosts three screenings of the ‘Womanimation Film Festival’ Saturday on the main stage. A catered reception follows the final screening with DJ Madame B. Presenting a select program of eleven short films from Europe, Asia, and North America, the festival blends styles such

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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ — Roger Williams Park

(6.24) Head over to Roger Williams Park for a free screening of ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Friday night . . . under the stars. This is the Rhode Island Wes Anderson movie and one of his best. (From the Facebook event page.) The movie will start at

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‘Star Wars: Force Awakens’ MotB

(6.23) It’s all about BB-8 as far as I’m concerned. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ — starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac — is this week’s installment of Movies on the Block. Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat

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‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ MotB

(6.16) Good news for Terence Stamp fans, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is this week’s installment of Movies on the Block. From Janet Maslin’s review in 1994. Heavily mascaraed, peering out from beneath bright eyeshadow and behind a long, luxuriant Veronica Lake

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‘Clockwork Orange’ MotB

(6.9) Pack up the milk-plus and korova bars. This week’s entry in the Movies on the Block series is Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 dystopian nightmare, “A Clockwork Orange,” with Malcolm McDowell as top droog, Alex. From the NYT, “A Clockwork Orange” is so beautiful to look

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‘Sleeper’ — Matthew Bird Leads Discussion

(6.1) I’m really torn about this one. Tonight’s installation in the continuing “Portals: The History of the Future” film series is Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper’ and at this point I have lost all enthusiasm for Mr. Allen*.  However . . . the Q&A following the movie

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‘Bigger Splash’ At Cable Car

This sounds like a good one. If nothing else it should be fun to look at . . . lots of impossible scenery, terraces, pools, languid people wearing beautiful clothes . . . all the accoutrements of modern affluence. Manohla Dargis of the New York

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Dr. Who & The Daleks At Library

(5.25) Another installment in the ‘Portals: The History of the Future Film’ series at the Providence Public Library. This week the Providence Center for Media Culture presents the 1965 Whovian curiosity, Dr. Who & the Daleks with Peter Cushing. Tardis, a time machine disguised as

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Portals Film Series At Library

The Portals: History of the Future of Film series starts May 11th at the Providence Public Library with the 2015 documentary “Dreams Rewired” narrated by Tilda Swinton. Over 100 Years ago, the social anxiety we see in our hyper-mediated world of today, was already well

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‘Blue Velvet’ At Cable Car Cinema

(5.5) All systems go at the Cable Car! And perfect weather for slouching alone in the dark with a coffee and danish, watching David Lynch’s creepy ‘Blue Velvet.’ Or go with a bunch of friends! Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern are

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Cable Car Cinema Projector Temporarily On Fritz

[Looks good now. BC] But the café is still open! Checking out the Cable Car Cinema website this morning I came upon this alarming notice “Due to technical issues with the projector, all screenings have been cancelled until further notice.” I rushed over and checked

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‘Projections’ Screening — RISD Museum

(3.10) The RISD Museum invites you to the first of spring’s ‘Projections’ screenings: Emily Wardill’s “When You Fall Into a Trance” traces a series of complex relationships between a neuroscientist, her patient, an aid worker, and a synchronized swimmer. (Can you even have just one

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Prov French Film Festival At Cable Car

(3.3) Ooh la la. The Brown University French Film Festival is running at the Cable Car Cinema now through March 3rd. Check out the list of film descriptions. Seen here is Marguerite (Wednesday, March 2). 1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from

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Providence Children’s Film Festival Kicks Off

The Providence Children’s Film Festival starts Friday, February 12th. Lots to choose from: live action, animation, shorts, anime, feature length. There are also film-making workshops in sci-fi animation, claymation, green screen, and something I’ve always thought I’d be good at, Foley sound. Click here for

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Short Story Film Festival

(11/28) For the 9th year, Merging Arts Productions bestows its sometimes cute, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and sometimes weird Short Story Film Festival on Providence. One ticket covers the whole festival, which includes 35 national and international films split into two sets: the Heartstrings program