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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

The Wolfpack

‘The Wolfpack’ At The Cable Car

Look vaguely familiar? This image probably reminds you of an entirely different movie. That effect is entirely intentional and these guys must be loving it. Held over through the holiday weekend is “The Wolfpack” the true story of six brothers, locked up for years in


Womanimation! Film Festival

(6.27) This Saturday, MergingArts Productions returns with their 7th festival of films made by women around the world. In between the festival’s 90-minute screenings, DJ Madame B will play soundscapes created by women around the world. $10, AS220’s Black Box Theatre, 95 Empire Street, shows

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We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Screen

‘Jaws’ is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a two-day theatrical release across the country presented by Turner Classic Movies. From their blog, Finally, Jaws provides an excellent example for the argument that movies are best viewed on the big screen. Movies are an immersive, larger-than-life

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‘Touch Of Evil’ At Movies On The Block

(6.11) Who booked this honeymoon?  Attention budding cineastes, do not arrive late for tonight’s installment of Movies on the Block, the 1958 Orson Welles thriller “Touch of Evil” with its famous 3.5 minute opening sequence, a much-discussed tracking shot in film geek circles. The NYT