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Welcome to the Auburn Public Theatre Cinema.
All films are $5 .
Enjoy our comfortable seating and dynamite sound system!

 

Fri/Sat February 13, 14, 2009
8pm

Harold & Maude

 

Black comedies don’t come much blacker than this cult favorite from 1972, and they don’t come much funnier, either. It seemed that director Hal Ashby was the perfect choice to mine a mother lode of eccentricity from the original script by Colin Higgins, about the unlikely romance between a death-obsessed 19-year-old named Harold (Bud Cort) and a life-loving 79-year-old widow named Maude (Ruth Gordon). They meet at a funeral, and Maude finds something oddly appealing about Harold, urging him to “reach out” and grab life by the lapels as opposed to dwelling morbidly on mortality. Harold grows fond of the old gal–she’s a lot more fun than the girls his mother desperately matches him up with–and together they make Harold & Maude one of the sweetest and most unconventional love stories ever made. Much of the earlier humor arises from Harold’s outrageous suicide fantasies, played out as a kind of twisted parlor game to mortify his mother, who’s grown immune to her strange son’s antics. Gradually, however, the film’s clever humor shifts to a brighter outlook and finally arrives at a point where Harold is truly happy to be alive. Featuring soundtrack songs by Cat Stevens, this comedy certainly won’t appeal to all tastes (it was a box-office flop when first released), but if you’re on its quirky wavelength, it might just strike you as one of the funniest movies you’ve ever seen.

 

Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 @ 2:47 pm by Curt
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the-kite-runner Auburn nyWelcome to the Auburn Public Theatre Cinema.
All films are $5 .
Enjoy our comfortable seating and dynamite sound system!
Friday and Saturday
January 30, 31 and February 6, 7 2009
8pm

The Kite Runner

 

Like the bestselling book upon which it’s based, The Kite Runner will haunt the viewer long after the film is over. A tale of childhood betrayal, innocence and harsh reality, and dreamy memory, The Kite Runner faces good and evil–and the path between them, though often blurry and sorrowfully relative. Director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) presents a painterly vision of Afghanistan before the Soviet tanks, before the Taliban–lush, verdant, fertile–in its landscape and in its people and their history and hopes. The story follows two young boys’ friendship, tested beyond endurance, and the haunting of their adult selves by what happened in their youth–and what horrors befall their country in the meantime. The performances of the two boys–Zekeria Ebrahimi (Amir) and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada (Hassan)–are the film’s strongest, unforced and gently evocative. The penance paid by their adult selves is foreshadowed, but never predictable–and the metaphor of innocence lost, a common theme in Forster’s work, keeps the film, like the title kites, truly aloft

Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm by Curt
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Welcome to the Auburn Public Theatre Cinema: Do The Right Thing

 
All films are $5 .
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Fri/Sat January 16, 17 2009
8pm

Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece–maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighborhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the “right thing.” Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizza parlor owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy; John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal’s sons; Lee’s sister Joie as Mookie’s sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookie’s girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; Giancarlo Esposito as Mookie’s hot-headed friend Buggin’ Out; Bill Nunn as the boom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay Mister Señor Love Daddy. A rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure, and learn from–over and over again.

Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 @ 2:34 pm by Curt
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Auburn Public Theatre Cinema That Midnight Kiss and The Toast of New Orleans

Welcome to the Auburn Public Theatre Cinema.

Auburn Public Theatre Cinema That Midnight Kiss and The Toast of New Orleans
All films are $5 .
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Fri/Sat January 9th and 10th 2009
Mario Lanza Double Feature! only $5
6pm That Midnight Kiss
8pm The Toast of New Orleans
The first 10 patrons get in free!

 

That Midnight Kiss and The Toast of New Orleans take us back to a time in the history of film making that has never been equalled. Everything about these films seems to work. The stars were superb, and the costumes and sets were magnificent. The stories were light and frothy, and there were no real attempts to create “real” stories. The audiences happily suspended their disbelief, and were contnent to be carried away by the beauty and purity of the music. Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza were magnificent singers and were perhaps at their best in opera and operatic inspired music, a regular feature of films starring these two singers. We may well have been seeing the beginning od “crossover” music here. These films represent the best in production values of their day, and were made in 1949 and 1950 when the world was still expressing the joys of the early Post-War period. Definitely 5 star.

Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 @ 2:23 pm by Curt
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Ithaca Sciencenter Free

Ithaca Sciencenter Free Sunday

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 12-5 p.m.
Visit the Sciencenter for FREE on the first Sunday of every month, through March! Jan. 4 is also the last day to check out our “Spin: The Science of Rotation” exhibition before it travels to other science museums. Mark your calendar for more Free Sundays on February 1 and March 1.

 

The January Free Sunday is made possible with the generous support of Elmira Savings Bank.

Sciencenter, 601 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

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f:+1.607.277.7469

info@sciencenter.org

Posted: Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 @ 12:15 pm by Curt
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