Now that the Oscar nominees have been announced, you can start prioritizing your Netflix queue accordingly. After all, you have merely weeks to view the expanded lot of 10 Best Picture contenders, and it’s not easy to get to the theater for a grown-up flick when you’ve got little ones in tow.
Unless, of course, you’re heading to E Street Cinema on a Wednesday morning when they present their Rattle & Reel screening. Tomorrow’s feature is The King’s Speech, which garnered loads of Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and like 18 more). See the film, and you’ll bring a decent base of knowledge to your Oscar pool.
If you’re not familiar with the Rattle & Reel, the program welcomes parents or caregivers to bring their babies to the movies, so you don’t have to worry about finding a sitter to enjoy the cinema. Read more about it here. Tickets are the regular $8 admission. Babies get in for free.
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Two films will be open to movie-goers and their babies at tomorrow’s Rattle & Reel screening: “Fair Game” and “127 Hours.” Both are thrillers based on true stories, and both are getting great reviews so far.
Here’s the complete description of “Fair Game” from the Landmark Theatre website: A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, Fair Game is a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was illegally exposed. As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and igniting a firestorm of controversy. From Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity.
And here’s Landmark’s description of “127 Hours”: 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco, Pineapple Express) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life. From Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of Slumdog Millionaire.
Showtime for both movies is 11am, and tickets are $8.
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Get ready for a Rattle & Reel thriller! The final chapter in Steig Larrson’s hugely popular trilogy is this week’s bring-your-baby-to-the-movies feature at E Street Cinema. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” is playing at 11am on Wednesday, November 3. If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the description from the Landmark Theaters website:
‘In The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest—the final installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (following The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire)—Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.’
It’s a Swedish film in English subtitles, and if it’s comparable to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” expect to be entertained. So, if you’re looking to get out for some “you” time with your infant in tow, this flick is a good option.
Tickets are the $8 — the new bargain price on all movies showing Monday – Friday before 6pm. Showtime is 11am.
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Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for rain, perfect timing for a Rattle & Reel showing at the E Street Cinema. The featured movie will be “Conviction.” Here’s the description from the Landmark Theatre’s website:
“Conviction is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pours through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny’s arrest. Belief in her brother—and her quest for the truth—pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny. Directed by Tony Goldwyn.”
It looks like E Street has new “bargain” pricing on weekday movie showings before 6pm. Tickets are $8 (they used to be $10) and can be purchased online (add a $1 service fee) or at the box office.
Don’t forget about the Rattle & Reel screening at E Street Cinema on Wednesday, October 20, at 11am. This week’s featured film will be “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.”
If you have a small baby and want to get out for a movie, the Rattle & Reel welcomes you. Read more about the concept here. Admission is the regular $10 price, but there is no cost for babies.
Visit the E Street Cinema website for their complete movie listings.