Film

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Gimme Danger’ Captures the Sound and Fury of the Stooges

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 6:11 PM

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  • Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures. Photo credit: © Danny Fields c/o Gillian McCain
 At one point in Gimme Danger, the latest film from writer-director Jim Jarmusch, Stooges singer Iggy Pop admits to being influenced by the “mega-clang” he heard when he visited a manufacturing plant near his Ann Arbor home. That incident changed his approach to making music.

Prior to that, Pop had dabbled in different genres and played drums with blues bands. But post mega-clang, he was all about kicking out the jams with an unparalleled ferocity. Featuring an extensive interview with Pop, Jarmusch’s film captures the ups and downs that the Stooges experienced during their short-but-significant tenure. The movie opens tomorrow at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hastily Made Michael Moore Movie Misses the Mark

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 1:46 PM

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Known for smart, muckraking films such as Roger and Me, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, writer-director Michael Moore tries his hand at standup with his latest endeavor, Michael Moore in TrumpLand.

While Moore has a sharp sense of humor, the movie, more concert film than documentary, doesn’t add anything significant to the debate regarding the current presidential candidates.

The film opens today at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Short Film Festival Organizers Looking for a Few Good Music Videos

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 3:53 PM

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Local rapper David "Vigatron" Norris regularly hosts hip-hop-related events around town. Now, he’s turned his attention to film. He and “some colleagues” have organized a short film festival that will mostly cater to music videos.

Dubbed Levels Film Fest, the event takes place on Nov. 17 at Tower City Cinemas.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

'London Town' Fails to Capture the Grittiness of Late '70s London

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM

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Derrick Borte, director of the new drama London Town, has said that he remembers the very first time he heard the Clash. In 1980, a friend of his gave him a cassette tape (remember those?) of the band’s first album, and he was hooked.

Borte’s attempt to depict that magical moment in London Town, which centers on 15-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) and his friendship with the Clash’s Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), falls short of the mark as the movie ultimately sanitizes a time period known for its social and cultural upheaval. The film opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Lakewood Civic Auditorium to Host Benefit Screening of Film About Bullying and Intolerance

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 11:27 AM

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A Cleveland-based nonprofit focused on “raising awareness of and ending lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth bullying,” Dare2Care will present a special advanced screening of Love Is All You Need?, a film that examines the topics of bullying and intolerance, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Untrained Teen Actors and Actresses Shine in Arthouse Drama 'American Honey'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 2:40 PM

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Brit writer-director Andrea Arnold reportedly found the inspiration for American Honey, her gritty new drama that focuses on derelict teens who go door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, from reading various articles about “mag crews” that travel the country in rented passenger vans, using teenagers to canvas neighborhoods and swindle consumers.

An Atlantic Monthly article reports that the Child Labor Coalition at one point estimated that more than 50,000 children worked for these crews. The movie opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

You Can Watch Sunday's Presidential Debate on the Big Screen at Local Regal Cinemas

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 12:03 PM

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Regal Cinemas, one of the nation's major movie theater chains, will be offering free admission Sunday to live screenings of the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. God help us all. 

Locally, viewers can check out the big screen debate at the following Regal locations: Crocker Park in Westlake, Richmond Town Square in Richmond Heights, Hudson Cinema 10 in Hudson and Montrose Movies Stadium 12 in Akron, home of last summer's Trainwreck premiere.

"While our auditoriums feature the likes of Batman V. Superman or Alien vs. Predator, we are excited to offer voters a chance to watch Clinton vs. Trump as they go head to head on the big screen," said Steve Bunnell, Regal's chief content and programming officer, in a real savvy press release. "As we continue to look at ways to bring alternative content to our screens, we invite you to come cheer and jeer the candidates at Regal this Sunday."

The cheering and jeering will be lubricated by one gratis beverage, courtesy of Regal, for those attendees who also buy a popcorn. 

The debate begins at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, and tickets — though free — must be collected at the theater box office. 
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