Thursday, May 14, 2009

El Método comes to Picture House

Posted by John Stoehr on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 12:07 PM

On Sat. May 16, join the Olde North Charleston Picture House for the 2005 thriller El Método, or The Method. Director Marcelo Piñeyro brings together an all-star Spanish cast (never fear, the film features English subtitles) to explore a highly competitive job interview process in which candidates must complete bizarre tests and vote each other out of the job.

The Picture House has showings of the film at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with local filmmaker Robin Condon’s short film Smarty playing prior to the feature. Tickets are $2 for members and $5 for non-members, available at the door 15 minutes prior to the showing. The presentation, a project of the not-for-profit Greater Park Film Association, comes complete with free popcorn. For more information, visit or call (843) 478-3911. —Moira Phillips

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Glenn Beck is back

Posted by John Stoehr on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM


Syndicated talk show host Glenn Beck hits movie theaters across the country live at 8 p.m. on Thurs. June 4 from the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Summerville’s Azalea Square Stadium 16 joins over 440 other movie theaters in airing Beck’s Common Sense Tour LIVE.

In this airing of Beck’s summer tour, the conservative social commentator considers nobody sacred at he looks at culture and the sense he cannot make of politicians and celebrities. If you are unable to make the live airing, an encore airs at the theater on Thurs. June 11. Tickets are available at —Moira Phillips

(Editor's Note: We don't know if Beck plans to address the issue of pirates, but we hope so.)

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Class, Expired and Everlasting Moments open tonight

Posted by John Stoehr on Fri, May 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM

This week's art house fare opens tonight, all at the Terrace Theater. We have reviews of The Class and Everlasting Moments in this weeks paper. Check them out and then go see the movies. —JS

The Class (PG-13) A French film about an idealistic teacher trying to educate and make a better life for immigrant students in some of France's toughest (that is, most racially tense) schools. Think Dangerous Minds with English subtitles.

Expired (NR) A movie about Claire, a mild-mannered meter maid who lives with her sickly mother and who eventually meets a boy by the name of Jay. Jay and Claire are awkward and nervous about love, but they eventually start to make it work. And then, a fateful conflict arises. Stars Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr, Illeana Douglas, Joe Camareno.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

This just in from Southeast Cinemas

Posted by John Stoehr on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM


That's the company that's rebuilding the old Citadel AMC out in West Ashley. I drove by the site last week just to see how much progress has been made since last summer when it began tearing down the old building and putting up a new one. Not progress has been made. So I e-mailed Bryan Smith, the regional director of the Charlotte-based company, to get an update. He had told me a few months ago that there were two target dates — the beginning of the summer blockbusters or the fall. Looks like it's going to be the latter one. He said in an e-mail that Oct. 1 is now the target date for the new 16-screen cinemas, which is also designed to include a brand-new IMAX theater. —JS

Blow-up movie screen a hit @ Cinebarre

Posted by John Stoehr on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Last weekend, Cinebarre launched a fund-raiser that also doubled as a test of the feasibility of a new type of movie experience. The Mt. Pleasant cinema, known for serving food and drink during movies, has a blow-up movie screen (31 feet by 46 feet) and a projection trailer. On Sunday, they were used to raise money for Camp Happy Days during a cookout, music concert, and a screening of the old Sandlot movie.

But this was just a test to see what kind of reaction Cinebarre would get. Turns out it was a good reaction, says Christina Callison, director of special events for Cinebarre. "The response we have already received has been HUGE," she wrote in an e-mail to City Paper, detailing a new venture called Cinebarre on Location.

Basically, it looks like a 21st-century version of a drive-in movie on a one-night-only basis. Not sure yet, but I'll let you know. Meanwhile, Cinebarre plans to use the blow-up movie screen to show blockbusters all summer long (location, time, and cost are not yet known; again, I'll let you know). Movies up for consideration include: Terminator: Salvation, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and G.I. Joe. Cinebarre is aiming to make these not just movies, but large social events that include all-you-can-eat cookout, live bands, beer trailers, and the rest. More details are coming. Stay tuned.

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