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After the Thin Man
May 19 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre

Friday, May 19 at 8PM


Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart (and Skippy the wire fox terrier).
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke.  1936, 112mins., B&W.  In 35mm.
Nick Charles is a debonair former private investigator. Nora is his charming, socialite wife. The two travel in the art deco world of the 1930s, enjoying each other’s company -- and cocktails. Even though Nick officially retired as a detective when he married Nora, he still has a habit of stumbling upon particularly mysterious murders which he, Nora, and their precocious terrier Asta end up solving for the somewhat hapless police.
The Charleses are among the most endearing and enduring characters in movie history – though at first they were not expected to be so. The first “Thin Man”, based on a Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name, had been conceived by MGM as a one-off, B movie production with, what for that studio, was a modest budget and short filming schedule (about two weeks). But when the finished movie hit screens, it proved to be such an enormous hit with critics and the public alike that MGM moved quickly to make a sequel. Such a rush to try to make more out of an unexpected hit has been known to backfire in Hollywood either because the new film too slavishly follows the old, or doesn’t keep enough faith in what had worked so well before. But not in this case.
“After The Thin Man” manages to maintain the charm of the first film while not seeming like a re-tread. That’s because the key ingredients of the first film’s success were all retained, but were mixed into a distinctive story line. And to top it off, one new piece was added -- in the form of a young Jimmy Stewart, still on his way to major stardom.
So, in their second outing, Nick and Nora are just as charming, their banter just as fast and fun, and the who-done-it they fall into just as mysterious.  (And this helped prompt yet another sequel; ultimately, there were five sequels.)

 

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Children
(Combo pricing available for more than one film in a weekend series.)

* Film descriptions complied from various sources.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
May 20 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre

Saturday, May 20 at 6PM

Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, River Phoenix.
Directed by Stephen Spielberg. 1989, 126mins., Color.  Rated PG-13.

 

It is something of an urban legend that second installments in movie franchises do not live up to the first, but third ones often bring a return to top form. Though the two other films in our Sequels Weekend prove that this is certainly not always true, many fans and critics feel the rule does hold for the Indiana Jones series. It’s not that the second film, “Temple of Doom” was a bad film or did poorly at the box office (it grossed just under $180 million) – but something just felt like it was missing.

To make sure that didn’t happen again with “The Last Crusade,” Director Spielberg brought back Nazis (who still seem to make the best movie villains), had some fun with a few of the most iconic characteristics his hero had established in the first film (showing how Indy acquired his fear of snakes, taste for adventure, dogged determination, and also signature hat and whip as a boy), and introduced Indy’s father (in the personage of Sean Connery).

This time out, Indy’s recruited for a hunt for the Holy Grail. And it turns out that his father has recently disappeared while on the same quest. Adventure, thrills, and Nazis follow – all leading to a very satisfying climax.

All together, “The Last Crusade,” like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is pretty much a perfect adventure film because it provides lots of action and thrills leavened with just the right amount of wit, great good guys, bad guys who are so bad it’s fun to jeer them, and all in a story that holds together while picture is on screen.

 

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Children
(Combo pricing available for more than one film in a weekend series.)

  • Film descriptions complied from various sources.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
May 20 8:40 PM - 10:30 PM at Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre

Saturday, May 20  8:40PM

Starring Mel Gibson, Virginia Hey, Syd Heylen, Emil Minty, Kjell Nilsson.
Directed by George Miller. 1981, 96mins, Color.  Rated R . In 35mm.

Director George Miller's follow-up to his 1979 hit “Mad Max” is more proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor. It is also one of the purest expressions of cinematic existentialism ever filmed: The characters spend their time driving through a barren, post-apocalyptic world looking for gasoline so that they can continue to drive around the desert and find more gasoline.

The loner-protagonist at the center of our attention is again Max (Mel Gibson), who in the first “Mad Max” lost his wife and child to a murderous bunch of thugs. Max retreats from what's left of society, living the life of a nomadic scavenger. He wanders a post-apocalyptic Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. Max encounters a sympathetic group of people camped at an oil refinery. Because oil is more precious than gold in that damaged world, the refinery and the people there are soon under siege by a cruel band of marauders looking to steal the oil.  Eventually, and not without reluctance, Max is drawn into this fight.

The setup of the "reluctant savior" is certainly not an unfamiliar movie theme, and though there’s a sci-fi setting here, Max is a direct descendant of a classic Film Noir or Western Noir antihero who looks out for himself and only himself, with just a very fine line separating him from the bad guys. But unlike most Noirs, this film is flamboyantly dynamic with extraordinary stunt and action sequences that are staged with manic fury and edited for a breakneck pace. Remarkably, this collision of Noir sensibility with hyperkinetic action works to reinforce the impact of each, which is what makes “Mad Max 2: Road Warrior” such a stunning and memorable film.

 

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Children
(Combo pricing available for more than one film in a weekend series.)

* Film descriptions complied from various sources.

Hudson Burlesque
May 11 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM at Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre

The Kennedy Dancers are pleased to announce their 40th Anniversary Season. Since 1977 the Kennedy Dancers- a nonprofit dance company has served the New Jersey community with dance classes, professional performances, Free programs for Senior citizens and adults with disabilities, scholarships for teens to train as professional dancers.

In celebration of the Kennedy Dancers 40th Anniversary we are presenting a fundraising gala- The Jersey City Follies, on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater on Journal Square, Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Jersey City Follies is an evening of fun & music and celebrating vaudeville and burlesque style entertainment with (and you won’t believe who’ll be joining us in the performance) Hudson County Executive Tom De Gise, Hudson County Freeholder William O’Dea, PSE&G Public Affairs Manager of the greater New York Area Richard Dwyer, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight of the 31st District, Senator Sandra Cunningham of the 31st District, Hudson County Register Diane Coleman, Jersey City Councilwoman at large Joyce Watterman, former Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy, New Jersey Assemblyman Nicholas Chiavorlatti of the 31st District, Anthem Education Group Asst. Director of Admissions Natasha Scalia, Executive Director of the Jersey City Bethune Performing Arts Center Alvin Petit, Former Jersey City Corporation Counsel Sean M. Connelly, Jersey City Development Agency Administrator Barbara Amato, Jersey City Director of Cultural Affairs Elizabeth Cain, Tommy “Two Scoops” Parisi, Director of Jersey City Community Development Block Grant Carmen Gandulla, Actress and Jersey City Board of Education Teacher Susan Murphy, Lead Singer of Soul Generation 2 Cliff Perkins, Director of Spirit of Life Ensemble and the Community Awareness Series of Jersey City Daoud Williams, and Special guest performer Leona Beldini- former Jersey City Deputy Mayor making her return appearance as “Hope Diamond, the Gem of the Exotics.”

The performers will present music, dance, theater acts- among the many acts are: Mayor Hague’s Barbershop Quartet. (This is true- Hague had a musical quartet on the payroll), featuring County Executive Tom DeGise, Former Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy, Hudson County Freeholder William O’Dea.

Leona Beldini returns to the stage as the World Famous Burlesque of the 1950’s “Hope Diamond Gem of the Exotics.”

Senator Sandra Cunningham, Hudson County Register Diane Coleman, and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight all in a scene from “The Dreamgirls.”

Also performing are the Kennedy Professional Repertory Company members Bong Dizon, Junie Kenworthy, Shannon Grant, Eli Cano, Gigi Dragone Horan, Aaron Atkins, Laurel Z. Forsyth and Diane Dragone, Kennedy Dancers Director.

All funds from the “Gala” will go to support Kennedy Dancer’s many outreach and cultural programs and includes matching funds for New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant.

Tickets may be purchased here.