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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

‘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

‘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

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

‘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

‘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

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

‘Days Of Heaven’ At MotB

(8.25) This week Movies on the Block features ‘Days of Heaven,’ the hyper-atmospheric drama from the golden age of cinema. Not everyone thought this one was golden. Tepid review from the New York Times, At the beginning, it is as though this is going to

Rocky Horror Convention At Columbus

(8.20) The 41st annual world Rocky Horror Picture Show Convention tonight at Columbus Theatre! The International Rocky Horror Picture Show Unconventional Convention returns to Providence in 2016.  For those here in 2013, you know what an event this was.  Join us for the Penultimate Event

Lovecraft Film Fest

(8.21) H.P. Lovecraft was born here in Providence on August 20, 1890, and the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council will be hosting a weekend of movies and events to celebrate. From the Facebook event page. 3 days of Lovecraftian film and activities, including author readings,

‘Clue’ Movies On The Block

(8.18) This week at Movies on the Block: The 1985 comedy whodunit, “Clue,” starring Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Tim Curry. The role of Colonel Mustard is played by comedic actor and musician, and artist, Martin Mull, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of

‘Superman’ MotB

(8.11) This week’s Movies on the Block is the 1978 Christopher Reeve vehicle, “Superman.” Vincent Canby of the New York Times provides some odd historical context for 21st century viewers; The movie does nothing lightly or quickly. After opening credits that are so portentous they

RI International Film Festival

(8.14) The Rhode Island International Film Festival starts Tuesday and runs through Sunday, August 14. The movies run the gamut — documentary, sci-fi, drama, comedy, shorts, animation — and will be screened at several venues around town including: the Vets Cinemathéque, Metcalf Auditorium, the Providence

‘Captain Fantastic’ At Cable Car Cinema

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey

‘Fire Walk With Me’ MotB

(8.4) For your consideration this Thursday at Movies on the Block, David Lynch’s baffling suspense horror, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” one of the most universally reviled movies of the 90’s. Lynch devotees have called for a second look at what one critic called

Food Truck Friday And ‘Motorcycle Diaries’

(7.29) Outdoor movies have come to Roger Williams Park. Make plans for “The Motorcycle Diaries” this Friday at 8pm on the Boathouse Lawn. Set in Latin America, the movie follows an inspiring journey of self-discovery and traces the youthful origins of a revolutionary heart. The rich