Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cleveland Cinemas Announces Holiday Film Schedule

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 4:53 PM

  • Ralphie!
Cleveland Cinemas has announced its line-up of Holiday films, playing through the month of December at the Capitol Theatre on the west side and the Cedar Lee on the east.

The local theater chain must've been cranking out press releases before the Thanksgiving Holiday — they announced their Late Shift roster Wednesday as well. The selections don't disappoint (they rarely do): The titles below testify to Cleveland Cinemas efforts to provide eclectic seasonal programming.

Family classics, musicals, ballet, nostalgic action romps: all that and more this December as you prepare for the holidays. Who needs Egg Nog when you can have popcorn and Diet Dr. Pepper?

(Schedule and film summaries below provided by Cleveland Cinemas).

December 3rd, 1:00 p.m., Capitol Theatre
This shot-in-Cleveland family favorite tells the story of Ralphie, who only wants a Red Rider BB Gun for Christmas. Admission is just $1. Playing in conjunction with the Gordon Square Arts District’s Wintertide event.

December 11th, 11:00 a.m., Cedar Lee Theatre
December 21st, 7:00 p.m., Cedar Lee Theatre

Despite its reputation as the bonbon of the ballet world, The Nutcracker is far from a sugary cliché. The plot is as crazy as it is convincing. The surreal action takes place in an increasingly fantastical world, leaving the cozy domesticity of Clara's parent' house far behind. As soon as the audience adapts to one new world, another follows swiftly on as transformation follows transformation. The magician Drosselmeyer sets out to find a young girl who can break the curse imposed by the Mouse King on his nephew Hans-Peter, and restore him to human form. Mice and toys stage a pitched battle. Drosselmeyer sends Clara and Hans-Peter to the Land of the Snow and then to the Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince.
Featuring: Nina Kaptsova, Artem Ovcharenko, Denis Savin, Pavel Dmitrichenko, Vyacheslav Lopatin
Admission is $15 for adults, $12.50 for children and seniors.

December 14th, cocktail party at 6:00 p.m., film starts at 7:00 p.m., Capitol Theatre
Irving Berlin's songs and dances are performed by two happy couples who discover that love, romance and a Christmas Eve snowfall make everyone's dreams come true. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Allen. Admission is $10 and includes a complimentary mini-cocktail (or soft drink) and desserts courtesy of Gypsy Beans & Baking Company.

December 17th, 11:00 a.m., Cedar Lee Theatre
December 18th, 11:00 a.m., Cedar Lee Theatre

Director Robert Zemeckis’ computer-animated adaptation of the children’s book about a young boy who finds himself on an express train to Santa. Admission is $1.
Following the show on Saturday, December 17th only stop by Dewey's Pizza (2194 Lee Rd.) and have lunch with Santa from 1 PM to 3 PM. Get a free complimentary side salad at Dewey's when you present your Cleveland Cinemas Marquee Rewards card.

December 17th, midnight, Capitol Theatre
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star in this seminal ‘80s action film that takes place during the jolliest time of year. Admission is $6.
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Cleveland Cinemas Announces Schedule for First Half of 2017's Late Shift Series

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Cleveland Cinemas has just announced the titles for the first half of its 2017 Late Shift Series, a program dedicated to the nostalgic cult and camp cinema that we love and cherish even though it’s certainly not Oscar-worthy material. The series has been a fixture at the Cedar Lee since 2006.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Matthew Dellavedova is Getting a Hollywood Biopic

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM

  • Delllllllllllllllllllllllly!!!!
Fox Sports Australia broke the news we've all been waiting for: Matthew Dellavedova, beloved Cavaliers backup point guard (who now starts for the Milwaukee Bucks) will soon be the subject of a Hollywood film.

The story will reportedly center around Delly's struggles growing up in remote Australia, and his "unlikely path" to the NBA, where he obviously won the 2015 NBA Championship as part of the Cavs.

Dellavedova and his Australian manager, Bruce Kaider, have teamed up with a couple of Hollywood heavy hitters, producers Zachary Green (Spartan) and Jason Shuman (Lone Survivor), to develop the script.

In a press release, the project's ambitions were likened to the "feel-good" sports vibes of Hoosiers and Rocky. (!!!) Delly himself will serve as co-executive producer.

"I am honored that Bruce, Zachary and Jason think enough about my journey to turn it into a feature film,” Dellavedova said. Trademark Delly modesty there.

“Everyone dreams of the one in a million chance of playing in the NBA," said Zachary Green, in the statement, "but this blue-collar kid actually achieved it. I am looking forward to bringing his story to the big screen.”

(Do note the emphasis on Delly's blue-collar roots, which perhaps naturally grew into his blue-collar on-court persona.) Delly signed a four-year contract worth nearly $40 million with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 offseason

Production on the film is expected to commence in Australia in 2017.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Sharp Dialogue Distinguishes the New Teen Dramedy 'The Edge of Seventeen'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 2:02 PM

In the past decade or so, a slew of films have offered a look at what life for teens might be like in the 21st century. Juno, which centered on teen pregnancy without coming off too preachy, stands out as one of the better movies in the genre.

While The Edge of Seventeen, currently showing at area theaters, doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the genre, it succeeds simply on the basis of its solid script and acting.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

11 Reasons Why Arrival is the Best Film of the Year

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Here are 11 reasons why Arrival, the mesmerizing sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and directed by Denis Villeneuve, is currently the best film of 2106:

1) It's as emotionally gripping, off the bat, as any movie since 2009's Up. Pixar might never be topped for its ability to move an audience to tears within the first five minutes of a film, but this opening sequence comes close.

2) The visual design of the alien space ship and the aliens themselves are both original and complex.

3) This is an alien movie. Didn't you know? But it's unlike any alien movie you've ever seen.

4) The opening shot of the space ship — a matte-black vertical mancala stone or hoagie bun, one of 12 that has landed for unknown reasons on earth — huge and mysterious, as the Montana fog rolls over the hills and the surrounding military encampment, is one of the most arresting images of the year.

5) The plot is a welcome departure from the alien action movie's traditional impulse to pit earthling protagonists against aliens. Arrival's aims are much more specific, and much nobler: They involve figuring out what it is the aliens want. Are they scientists or are they tourists? There's no real violence in the film; instead, and more powerfully, there is its constant threat.  

6) At large, the movie is a powerful (but not a preachy) argument for the limits of military might. The American soldiers, led by a stumped Col. Weber (Forest Whitaker), can't make headway in their diplomatic efforts, and so they enlist Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist, (Amy Adams) and Ian Donnelly, a physicist, (Jeremy Renner) to the landing site to try to communicate with the seven-legged creatures. Weber's impatience in one or two scenes, in the face of Dr. Banks' reasoned approach, is the only element in the script that doesn't quite scan as realistic.  

7) Even without much action, Arrival is the most gripping film in 2016 outside of Green Room. Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and Cinematographer Bradford Young (Selma, A Most Violent Year) have crafted one eerie-ass space ship. The mancala stone's interior where the diplomacy occurs is not your typical sci-fi spacecraft. In fact it's more like a coal mine, with head-spinning laws of gravity and a clear wall, beyond which the two aliens (code named Abbott and Costello) are prevailed upon to communicate with the humans. The lengthy initial sequence when Banks and Donnelly first board the ship is full of all the curiosity and fear that you'd expect when confronting an alien species. Adams, who's phenomenal, pants and nearly passes out in her hazmat suit. Nudged by a dramatic score, you share her wonderment and her terror.

8) The movie does not shy away from the burdensome work of trying to decode the unfamiliar written alien language. It gets somewhat technical, but wisely includes a brief voiceover interlude to make sure you're up to speed. The detail makes you feel like an enlightened audience member. This feels like a smart script, like a smart movie; much smarter, at any rate, than the bland and brutish conquest-antagonisms that characterize the human-alien relationships in taint-tightening flotsam like Independence Day: Resurgence. Plus, the tedious process of learning the language makes the payoff that much greater — ultimately, Banks wants to be able to ask "What is your purpose here?" And it's exciting not knowing how the aliens will respond.

9) To be clear: Not knowing whether the aliens are good or bad makes for good, tense, gripping cinema, especially when so much hangs in the balance. Isn't this obvious?

10) The third-act developments are perhaps closer to the city limits of Crazytown than some viewers might appreciate, but they are conveyed clearly and elegantly, and rewards repeat viewings (speaking from experience). The final thirty minutes unite the physical and emotional climaxes — global forces prepare to launch military strikes on the space ships while Louise Banks comes to grips with critical information she's been given about humanity, and learns her central role in the conflict.

11) You may anticipate the final revelations, but they are nonetheless portrayed with beauty and power. It's an emotionally rocking finale, and Amy Adams delivers the magnificent knockout punch. Her courage is transferable. It speaks to hope and bravery in the face of tragedy.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Cinematheque to Screen Rare African-American Films

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM

The film and video distribution company Kino Lorber has worked for years on a DVD boxset of early African-American films that were all made regionally. The boxset has finally seen the light of day.

Starting this month, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen DCP versions of some of the best titles.

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Cleveland Museum of Art to Host Series Featuring Films By Director Sidney Lumet

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 11:36 AM

  • Al Pacino in Serpico
During a career that spanned 50 years, the late writer-director Sidney Lumet delivered classic flicks such as Network, Fail-Safe, The Pawnbroker and The Verdict.

He launched his filmmaking career in 1957 with Twelve Angry Men, and his films Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico helped turn actor Al Pacino into a star. 

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