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‘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

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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

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‘Hunger Games’ MotB

(7.28) This week’s Movies on the Block is “The Hunger Games.” Stephen Colbert’s ongoing ‘Salute to the Fallen Tributes’ and outlandish convention antics demonstrate the cultural penetration of Hunger Games lore. We know who these characters are by osmosis. Further evidence of their influence may

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‘Silence Of The Lambs’ MotB

(7.21) To paraphrase Muriel Spark — for those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. This week’s Movies on the Block is the 1991 crime horror “The Silence of the Lambs.” From Rolling Stone, The brutality in Silence

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Movie Extras Needed At Rhodes — Polka King

(7.20) All ages. Dress in 90’s clothing. (See email addy below.) Imdb describes Jack Black’s latest project “The Polka King,” Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail. Directors Maya Forbes and

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‘Spaceballs’ MotB

(7.14) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is Mel Brooks’ 1987 ‘Star Wars’ spoof, ‘Spaceballs.’ Movie posters around town say something else, but we’ll go with the Facebook event page. (Here’s the MotB summer schedule: It looks like they swapped this with ‘Superman’

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Jack Black Coming to Town

Who doesn’t love this man? “School of Rock” is the best. And “Bernie” needs to be seen by more people — Mr. Black must record a gospel album at some point. And of course, Tenacious D. At any rate, it’s official, Jack Black will soon

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See ‘The Wall’ On A Wall

(7.7) Head down to Grant’s Block Thursday for ‘Pink Floyd: The Wall’ this week’s Movies on the Block entry. This is not a concert film. Roger Ebert’s assessment: The best audience for this film would be one familiar with filmmaking techniques, alert to directorial styles,

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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