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A scene from Yakov Protazanov’s AELITA (1924), one of over 200 archival films included in Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart & Thomas Tode’s documentary DREAMS REWIRED.  Courtesy of Icarus Films.

Portals Film Series At Library

The Portals: History of the Future of Film series starts May 11th at the Providence Public Library with the 2015 documentary “Dreams Rewired” narrated by Tilda Swinton. Over 100 Years ago, the social anxiety we see in our hyper-mediated world of today, was already well

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‘Blue Velvet’ At Cable Car Cinema

(5.5) All systems go at the Cable Car! And perfect weather for slouching alone in the dark with a coffee and danish, watching David Lynch’s creepy ‘Blue Velvet.’ Or go with a bunch of friends! Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern are

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Cable Car Cinema Projector Temporarily On Fritz

[Looks good now. BC] But the café is still open! Checking out the Cable Car Cinema website this morning I came upon this alarming notice “Due to technical issues with the projector, all screenings have been cancelled until further notice.” I rushed over and checked

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‘Projections’ Screening — RISD Museum

(3.10) The RISD Museum invites you to the first of spring’s ‘Projections’ screenings: Emily Wardill’s “When You Fall Into a Trance” traces a series of complex relationships between a neuroscientist, her patient, an aid worker, and a synchronized swimmer. (Can you even have just one


Prov French Film Festival At Cable Car

(3.3) Ooh la la. The Brown University French Film Festival is running at the Cable Car Cinema now through March 3rd. Check out the list of film descriptions. Seen here is Marguerite (Wednesday, March 2). 1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from


Providence Children’s Film Festival Kicks Off

The Providence Children’s Film Festival starts Friday, February 12th. Lots to choose from: live action, animation, shorts, anime, feature length. There are also film-making workshops in sci-fi animation, claymation, green screen, and something I’ve always thought I’d be good at, Foley sound. Click here for


Short Story Film Festival

(11/28) For the 9th year, Merging Arts Productions bestows its sometimes cute, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and sometimes weird Short Story Film Festival on Providence. One ticket covers the whole festival, which includes 35 national and international films split into two sets: the Heartstrings program

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‘Brian Chippendale’ Doc At Cable Car

(11.1) This might be of special interest locally. A profile of Rhode Island musician (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus) and artist (screen print hanging in my bathroom) Brian Chippendale is one in a group of documentary shorts screening at 4pm Sunday at the Providence Art &

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Art & Design Film Fest At Cable Car

(11.1) The first ever Providence Art & Design Film Festival runs this weekend at the Cable Car Cinema. What a great idea. Husband and wife owners Dan Kamil and Emily Steffian formed the Providence Center for Media Culture following receipt of the R.I. Foundation innovation


Jobs Doc At Avon

(10.22) No, this is not that Steve Jobs movie. (Nor for that matter is “Coming Home” that “Coming Home.”) “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is the latest documentary from Alex Gibney, director of “Going Clear” the fascinating Scientology exposé that ran on HBO.

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Creature Double Feature — MotB

(9.24) “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” — both from 1931. Nice way to go out, and kudos to the ‘Movies on the Block’ crew for a great season. Frankenstein: Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He

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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.”