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The Goonies

‘The Goonies’ MotB

(9.11) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is the 1985 kids action/comedy “The Goonies.” Written but not directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie became the quotable nostalgia wallow of Gen Xers everywhere. The New York Times had this to say, The Goonies themselves

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‘Dazed & Confused’ MotB

(9.4) As the kids head back to school let’s remind them what they’re fighting for. This week’s Movies on the Block feature is the 1993 take on the last day of school — May 28th, 1976, to be exact — “Dazed and Confused,” directed by

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URI Shark Doc On PBS

Oh for an all-cartilage skeleton.  Life would be so easy. Tonight on PBS will be airing the URI documentary “Sharks: The Demon Fish?” I suspect their bad reputation will be somewhat rehabilitated by the end. The program, “Sharks: The Demon Fish?” examines how URI faculty

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‘Wizard Of Oz’ At MotB

(8.28) Acclaim for the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” was nearly universal when the movie first premiered . . . except for one Otis Ferguson, owner of a malignant and abandoned heart, writing for The New Republic. The Wizard of Oz was intended to

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‘The Professional’ At MotB

(8.21) Tonight at Movies on the Block, the 1994 crime thriller “The Professional” directed by Luc Besson. The NYT reviewer describes the hero thusly, He lives a quiet life, drinking milk and dusting his plant’s leaves. (“It’s my best friend,” he says about the plant,

Annie Hall

Movies On The Block — Annie Hall

(8.14) Starring Christopher Walken. The New York Times review made note of the excellent cast. Annie Hall contains more fine supporting performances than any other American film this year . . . Most prominent are Paul Simon as a recording industry promoter, Carol Kane as

48HFP

‘Best of 48HFP’ At Aurora

(8.9) Come see the best of the 2014 Providence 48 Hour Film Project in the newly-minted Aurora downtown. Cash bar, with after party in the same location. Watch these films then hang around for the after-party. (Foo will be right around the corner — plan

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‘Boyhood’ Starts At Cable Car

‘Boyhood’ opens today at the Cable Car Cinema. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before

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WASP 2014

Maybe everyone already knew that “. . .  all Allen’s shoots have the working title Woody Allen Summer Project.” The crew was still on Irving Avenue last week, but there is really never anything to see on movie locations. Nothing ever happens and photography is

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‘Animation Breakdown Roundup!’ Saturday At Columbus

The Columbus Cooperative and Peter Glantz present ‘Animation Breakdown Roundup!’ an originally-commissioned shorts festival presented in conjunction with the RI Print Expo. Says Glantz, I saw Animation Breakdown Roundup! at it’s premiere at the wonderful Cinefamily in Los Angeles and I couldn’t pull my eyes

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‘The Great Escape’ At MotB

(7.16) Tonight’s Movie on the Block is the 1963 Steve McQueen vehicle “The Great Escape.” Look, a little suspension of disbelief is required here, but it’s a good choice for an outdoor summer night. On the other hand, NYT reviewer Bosley Crowther refused to be

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‘Night Of The Living Dead’ At Black Box

(7.15) See George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” as it was meant to be seen — in a black box.  Much like a generation-skipping trust, this 1968 horror classic “Pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival!” Starring Duane Jones and

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Providence 48 Hour Film Project Screenings Start

The results of the recent Providence 48 Hour Film Project will be screened at Cinema World in Lincoln, Tuesday through Thursday. Filmmaking teams from throughout the Providence area successfully completed a weekend of filmmaking. Films were due on Sunday, July 13 and the last few

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‘Woodstock’ At Movies On The Block

(7.3) Movies on the Block — “Woodstock.” Three days of peace and music and other stuff. New York Times Critics’ Pick, This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger’s farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms

A Hard Day's Night

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ At Cable Car

Celebrate the 238th anniversary of our break with England by watching the 50th anniversary of our complete capitulation to their descendants. ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ had no greater fan than Roger Ebert, “I remember I walked into the theater. I had a short hair cut.

Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy

This just in from Dave Segal at Demand Progress: The Internet’s Own Boy will be available in theaters and On Demand Friday, June 27th. The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of