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New film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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New film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Directed by Matt Reeves When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” came out in 2011, one of the most surprising things about the film for anybody who had seen the trailer was how thoughtful it was. It laid out a relatively logical process of events and decisions based...

Children’s Animated Film Series at the Tower Theatre
Arts Film Review

Children’s Animated Film Series at the Tower Theatre

Reading Cinemas Tower Theatre will partner with GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, to present a retrospective of their films over eight weeks, starting Saturday, July 12, and running through Thursday, September 3. The program, titled AN ANIMATED...

Special Film Screenings This Week
Arts Film Review

Special Film Screenings This Week

  There are several exclusive screenings this week – here are a few details, taken from the venue websites and distributor press releases: Wednesday, July 9th: Crest Theatre, “And So It Goes” – 7:30pm Here’s the official synopsis: The New York Film Critics Series screening for July will...

New films: Tammy, Earth to Echo, Snowpiercer
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New films: Tammy, Earth to Echo, Snowpiercer

Three quick moviebriefs for the holiday weekend.   Tammy Directed by Ben Falcone There was a significant amount of laughter during the pre-screening of “Tammy” but I wasn’t contributing to it (except in one single scene – and it’s always a bad sign when you can remember the precise moment you...

New films: Transformers Age of Extinction, Begin Again
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New films: Transformers Age of Extinction, Begin Again

Transformers: Age of Extinction Directed by Michael Bay The first three Transformers movies are based around a central, stiff, somewhat larger than life, robotic character of dubious intent. But Shia Lebeouf isn’t even in the new one. It’s so easy to make fun of these movies that it seems a little...

New films: Jersey Boys, The Rover
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New films: Jersey Boys, The Rover

Jersey Boys Directed by Clint Eastwood I’ll start with an admission. Several years ago, when I first encountered a listing for “Jersey Boys” on stage, I read the description of the show and just thought it was a generic story about a bunch of kids who formed a band and made it to the big time. I’m...

(Somewhat) New films: How to Train Your Dragon 2, 22 Jump Street
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(Somewhat) New films: How to Train Your Dragon 2, 22 Jump Street

A week of sequels at the movies The two major releases this week are both sequels: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “22 Jump Street.” Both will lack context if you haven’t seen the respective original, although neither would be unwatchable (at least not for that reason). It’s worth noting that both...

New films: A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Locke
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New films: A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Locke

A Million Ways to Die in the West Co-Written and Directed by Seth MacFarlane For decades, in books, television and film, we’ve romanticized the American West. Along the way, we’ve tended to ignore the hardships and the lack of conveniences we take for granted – as well as generally avoiding the...

New films: X-Men Days of Future Past, Blended
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New films: X-Men Days of Future Past, Blended

X-Men: Days of Future Past Directed by Bryan Singer Most viewers of the latest X-Men chapter will be too young to remember Patrick Duffy, as Bobby Ewing, appear in the shower in the original “Dallas” TV series, thus annulling an entire season of the show as nothing more than a character’s dream. If...

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