Movies on the Block

‘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 be on display at the upcoming Summer Olympics since Katniss …

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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 leaves you shaken because it’s meant to seem painful instead …

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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, and familiar with Roger Waters and Pink Floyd. I can’t …

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‘Movies On The Block’ Starts New Season

(6.4) Outdoor movie series Movies on the Block kicks off a new season this Thursday with the 1988 animated/live action feature “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Janet Maslin wrote in the NYT, The film’s only problem, and it’s a minor one, is that the gumshoe plot of the screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman …

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Movies On The Block: “The Breakfast Club”

(6.6) [Update: Due to the weather, the movie has been postponed to Friday, June 6th. See InDowncity. Ed.] Were you a zygote when “The Breakfast Club” hit theaters in 1985? No worries, you can catch it on the big screen in Providence this very evening, provided reports of the rain going away by then are …

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‘Flatliners’ Free Outdoors Downtown Movie Thursday

This week’s entry in the ‘Movies on the Block’ series is the 2009 creepy thriller ‘Flatliners’ starring Julian Roberts’ hair and Billy Baldwin. Actually it got a very favorable review from Caryn James in the New York Times, ”Flatliners” is a stylish, eerie psychological horror film laced with wit, a movie that thrives on its …

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Warriors. . . Come Out And Plaaaaay

Perhaps you heard Stephen Colbert say this recently and had no idea what he was talking about. Find out Thursday night when Movies on the Block screens Walter Hill’s 1979 awesomely awesome movie ‘The Warriors’ starring David Patrick Kelly as the villain Luther. These may not be method actors but you enjoy every minute spent …

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The Goonies Rescheduled — Friday

Tonight’s Movies on the Block feature is the 1985 comedy adventure “The Goonies”.  Janet Maslin of The New York Times had this to say when it came out, Made under the aegis of Steven Spielberg, and crammed with every pop cultural artifact from Mad Magazine to Michael Jackson’s sister, ”The Goonies” doesn’t even pretend to …

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Rocky II — Movies On The Block

The MOTB people must be thrilled with this weather forecast — they’ve been up against it all summer. Tonight’s installment in the series is the 1979 classic ‘Rocky II’. Writing for The New York Times Janet Maslin described Stallone as “unexpectedly affable”, a dream blurb for the publicity department to be sure. This film is …

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Movies On The Block Thursday

One advantage of watching a movie outdoors in the city . . . no mosquitos . . . the upside of habitat destruction. Thursday’s installment in the Movies on the Block series is the 1987 John Hughes movie ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, with Steve Martin and John Candy. Bring chairs, blanket etc. as well as …

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Rushmore Tonight — Friday

Rushmore, starring Jason Schwartzmann, is the Wes Anderson movie for people who do not normally like Wes Anderson movies. Bring along a picnic basket and cool drinks and watch a movie outdoors. [Showing postponed. Thanks for the update, commenter.] Sunset, Free, Friday, Movies on the Block, Grant’s Block, Westminster at Union Street

Movies On The Block Tonight — The Maltese Falcon

Simply one of the best films ever. Based on the Dashiell Hammett classic, the supporting cast is a who’s who of noir Hollywood character actors. And then of course. . . Bogart. Directed by John Huston. (Rave review from Bosley Crowther of the NYT.) Mr. Bogart is a shrewd, tough detective with a mind that …

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