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Dirty turns thirty

For all the incurable romantics who revere Dirty Dancing (1987), you’ve got a big-screen treat in store just before Valentine’s Day. Once again, Fathom Events, which has brought such classics pictures as Dr. Strangelove (1964), ...
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New on Netflix and Amazon Prime for January

Ian’s Picks (all Netflix, as new Amazon pickings seem pretty dire this month) Superman the Movie (1978) and Superman 2 (1980). Richard Donner’s original is overlong and inconsistent in tone and Richard Lester’s sequel has ...
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Video Vault – Dec 28, 2016

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (Wild Eye Releasing): Documentary filmmaker Andrew Leavold’s 2007 feature debut makes its DVD debut ($14.95 retail) in a special edition that includes audio commentary, extended ...
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From girl power to new theatres, the best of 2016

This year wasn’t just full of laugh-out-loud comedies, intense dramas and moving ballets. To me, the highlight reel of the performing arts in 2016 is marked by the powerful voices that had something to say. ...
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Carousel swings back onto the big screen

Fathom Events, which over the years has brought such classic motion pictures as Dr. Strangelove (1964), Jaws (1975), National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) and Thelma and Louise (1991) – to say nothing of the ever-popular ...
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New ways to enjoy theatre in 2017

The New Year is upon us and so are New Year’s resolutions. Every year I usually make the same resolution to try something new. For 2016 it was learning to make pottery on the wheel. ...
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The Films of 2016: Top to Bottom

by Mark Burger With major studios releasing fewer films each year, preferring to concentrate their efforts and money on potential franchise tent-poles, independent films have stepped into the breach, releasing seemingly more films than ever ...
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Video Vault – Dec. 21, 2016

MARK BURGER’S VIDEO VAULT DVD PICK OF THE WEEK THE PARK IS MINE (Kino Lorber Studio Classics): Director Steven Hilliard Stern’s 1985 adaptation of Stephen Peters’ novel, the first movie made for HBO, is a ...
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Star Wars … and all that jazz

** With the Force having awakened last year, Rogue One – billed as “A Star Wars Story” – purports to tell the story immediately preceding the events of the original Star Wars (1977), specifically how ...
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Holiday productions continue at Triad theaters

It’s the last week of the holidays, a time when things should start slowing down before the big celebration and traditional festivities. It’s the perfect time to take a moment and enjoy something new with ...