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Friday, April 28, 2017

Bittersweet Wartime Romance

Their Finest– Gazing nostalgically through celluloid at the U.K. at war

Back in 1987 director John Boorman gave us the charming wartime, slice-of-life Hope and Glory which was a semi-autobiographical take on his own childhood growing up in England during World War II. That film had a specific look that made one feel they were watching a film from the 1940s. The new World War II romance Their Finest has that same look and feel, and the results are just as charming.

The 19th Annual Maryland Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 7th in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Coinciding with the opening of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre (SNF Parkway), festival events are all within walkable distances around the theatre, at venues including MICA’s Brown Center, Gateway Building, and Lazarus Studio Center.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Revitalized SNF Parkway Theatre

Movie Magic is Back into Station North

Frank Capra once said “There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” One thing is for sure, filmgoers will not find anything dull about the newly revitalized Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center (SNF Parkway). Boasting a breathtaking 414-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art projection and sound, two smaller 85-seat theatres, as well as a ground-floor bar lounge, the SNF Parkway will permanently serve as the year-round headquarters for the Maryland Film Festival. The theatre will also provide educational opportunities for students and members of Johns Hopkins, MICA, and the community at large.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Classic Tale Brought to Life

Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast shifts fantasy into hyperreal overdrive

It’s the “tale as old as time” that Disney brought to the big screen in a wondrous animated version back in 1991, scoring the first ever Best Picture Oscar nomination for an animated film (and still the only one to this day). Then Disney saw more magic (and profit potential) in producing a live Broadway musical version in 1994 where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, winning for Best Costume Design. And now everything is coming full circle as Disney brings Beauty and the Beast back to the big screen as a live action musical (with heavy doses of computer-graphic animation).

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Big Ape’s Still King

Kong: Skull Island deserves the accolades

After the financial success of Godzilla, it seemed only natural that Legendary would seek to bring more classic giant monsters to the screen, either in their own movies or in a sequel. Well, that sequel got sidelined when director Gareth Edwards got sidetracked by another little project, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While that sequel languished (it’s now looking at a 2019 release with Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, and Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown among the cast) – and teased the appearance of more classic kaiju – someone came up with the idea to bring the big ape Kong back to life.


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