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‘Short Short Film Fest’ At AS220

(11.26) Head down to AS220 today for the Short Short Film Festival 2016. It’s the films that are short, not the festival, which runs all day from 2pm to 10:30pm. Co-organizer and creative director Toni Pennacchia explains, “This year’s programs feature both live action and

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Art & Design Film Festival

(11.6) The Art & Design Film Festival opens Thursday night with “The Happy Film,” to be followed by a Q&A with director Ben Nabors and RISD Graphic Design director, John Caserta. Emily Steffian, co-owner of the Cable Car Cinema with husband Dan Kamil, is the

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Frankenstein At Avon

(10.25) Fire bad —that much we know. But who’s playing who in this National Theatre Live Encore Presentation? Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated roles for this National Theatre Live production back in 2011 and it’s not altogether clear which will be showing

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Lovecraft Walking Tour/ Vortex Film Fest

(10.23) Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) launches its17th annual Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Film Festival “a phantasmagoric symphony of international films.” On Saturday and Sunday, the festival includes a return to its popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour presented in collaboration with the RI

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Beatles Doc At The Avon

(10.20) Still time to catch Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary “Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years” at the Avon Cinema . .  at least through Thursday. It starts with early footage in Hamburg and Liverpool, but the primary focus of the film is the

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Food Truck Friday & ‘Despicable Me’ At Roger Williams Park

(10.7) This Friday may be your last chance to see movies outdoors for a while. “Despicable Me” is the last in the Rhode Island Foundation’s new ‘Movies in the Park’ series at Roger Williams Park. “Despicable Me” is the story of a man who delights in all

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‘Young Frankenstein’ Providence Place

(10.5) Attention fans of Gene Wilder: If you have never seen this movie on the big screen, get some friends together and make a party. Sure it means going to the mall, but that’s where the movie is. Fathom Events has more screenings on tap

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Cable Car Celebrates Anniversary With Movie Marathon

(10.2) Starts at noon Saturday. Dan Kamil and Emily Steffian will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cable Car Cinema with a 24-hour marathon of movies from 1976. These two just always come up with the best ideas for special events. Here are a

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Creature Double Feature — MotB

(9.29) The last picture show of the season and it’s a great bill. Two horror classics are on tap for Creature Double Feature: ‘The Wolfman’ and ‘The Bride of Frankenstein.’ I’m a huge Claude Rains fan, but I’ve never cared much for the wolfman oeuvre.

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‘Terminator’ MotB

(9.22) This week at Movies on the Block it’s ‘The Terminator.’ Writing in The New York Times, Janet Maslin described the convoluted denouement of this 1984 action, sci-fi movie in her mostly favorable review. Both he [Michael Biehn] and Mr. Schwarzenegger’s Terminator arrive in Los

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‘True Grit’ MotB

(9.15) This week at Movies on the Block is the 2010 version of “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld. (More on her later.) I ended up liking this movie so much, it made me go watch the original John

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‘Police Academy’ MotB

(9.8) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is one of Bill Clinton’s favorite movies, ‘Police Academy.’ We learned this fact last summer while watching the Democratic National Convention when both Bill and Chelsea Clinton, in their laborious retellings of family anecdotes, shared with

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Birbigs At Avon

[Update: Happy to report that the movie is very entertaining. The ProJo ran a tepid AP review which should be ignored. Not only does the writer characterize the opening as “long, sentimental” which it just wasn’t, but she used “tenants” where she needed “tenets.” The

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ MotB

(9.1) Some serious mayhem on tap this week at Grant’s Block. Movies on the Block is playing “Mad Max: Fury Road” and this movie is a gas. I’m not usually wild about loud, hectic, action movies, but this one is clever and witty, with inventive

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‘Alfred & Jakobine’ At Columbus Theatre

(8.31) One night only, the Columbus Theatre will be screening the documentary “Alfred & Jakobine: The 48,000 km Story of a Man, a Woman & an Old London Taxi.” This is quite a story and it has a local connection. It’s 1955 and newlyweds Alfred

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Food Truck Friday & ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ At RWP

(8.26) ‘Movies in the Park’ is back this month with “In the Heart of the Sea” this Friday at 8pm on the Boathouse Lawn. Set in 1829, crewmen aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth