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“Lilies of the Field” Saturday, September 23 - 6:00 PM
 
September 23 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM at Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre

“Lilies of the Field” starring Sidney Poitier; 1963 -- at 6PM

Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, Lisa Mann, Dan Frazer.  Directed by Ralph Nelson. 1963, 94 mins., B&W.  Pre-dates MPAA rating system, but is suitable for all audiences.

[Synopsis courtesy of IMDB.com]

Lilies Of The Field is the story of a group of Catholic nuns who escape from the Communist held portion of Berlin and come to the United States.

They have a small holding in a southwestern state where they are attempting to set up a school, hospital and chapel to serve the people of the area whose only place of worship is a mobile field chapel serviced by a priest who travels to the many small towns in the area providing masses, christenings and other services.

Homer Smith, played by Poitier, is a black traveling handyman who lives on the road in his station wagon. Smith is a baptist. Smith is hired to do some small jobs for the sisters, and is eventually convinced to "Build a Schapel" for the nuns.

During the course of the movie, Smith and the Mother Superior butt heads again and again over who is building the Chapel, who is providing the materials and drive. Smith is agitated with the stony hard-driving Mother Superior whose unbending nature eventually causes him to leave.

The attitude of the Mother Superior is that "God" is building the chapel for them using Smith as the tool.

Smith returns and begins to take a personal interest in the chapel and is determined to build it unaided. During the course of the movie his determination convinces the members of the community, believer and un-believer to contribute materials and labor to the task.

The chapel is eventually completed, the Mother Superior unbends a little, the community unites and Smith hits the road with their respect and thanks, and a feeling of personal accomplishment.

A movie with subtle depth, great characters and a "watch it again" appeal that is not found in many of the current (1980-to date) movies, and which the bulk of these have failed to deliver.

 

Admission: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors (65 and older) & Kids (12 & under)

 

 

“Superman” starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando; 1978 -- at 8PM.
 
September 19 8:00 PM - September 23 10:00 PM at Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre

 

Starring Christopher Reeves, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Marlon Brando.  Directed by Richard Donner. 1978, 150 mins, Color.  Rated PG.

 

[Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia]

On the planet Krypton, using evidence provided by scientist Jor-El, the Council sentences attempted insurrectionists General Zod, Ursa, and Non to the Phantom Zone. For this, Zod swears revenge on Jor-El and his family. Jor-El, despite his eminence, is unable to convince the Council that Krypton will soon be destroyed when its red supergiant sun goes supernova. To save his infant son, Kal-El, Jor-El launches a spacecraft containing him toward Earth, a planet with a suitable atmosphere where Kal-El's dense molecular structure will give him superhuman powers. Shortly after the launch, Krypton's sun explodes, destroying the planet.

The ship crash lands on Earth near Smallville, Kansas. Kal-El, who is now three years old, is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who are astonished when he is able to lift their truck. They take him to their farm and raise him as their own, naming him Clark after Martha's maiden name.

At 18, soon after Jonathan's death due to a heart attack, Clark hears a psychic "call" and discovers a glowing crystal in the remains of his spacecraft. It compels him to travel to the Arctic, where the crystal builds the Fortress of Solitude. Inside, a holographic vision of Jor-El appears and explains Clark's origins, educating him on his powers and responsibilities. After 12 years of training, with his powers fully developed, he leaves the Fortress wearing a blue and red suit with the House of El family crest on his chest and becomes a reporter at the Daily Planet in Metropolis. He meets and develops an unrequited romantic attraction to co-worker Lois Lane.

Lois becomes involved in a helicopter accident where conventional means of rescue are impossible, requiring Clark to use his powers in public for the first time to save her, and goes on to thwart a jewel thief attempting to scale the Solow Building using suction cups, captures robbers fleeing police in the Fulton Market, depositing their cabin cruiser on Wall Street, and rescues a girl's cat from a tree in Brooklyn Heights. Clark also rescues Air Force One after a lightning strike destroys the port outboard engine, making the "caped wonder" an instant celebrity. He visits Lois at her home the next night and takes her for a flight over the city, allowing her to interview him for an article in which she names him "Superman".

Meanwhile, criminal genius Lex Luthor has developed a plan to make a fortune in real estate by buying large amounts of barren desert land. After learning that the U.S Army and U.S. Navy will launch a twin nuclear missile test, he diverts one missile to a weak point in the San Andreas Fault.

Knowing Superman could stop his plan, Luthor lures him to an underground lair and reveals his plan and exposes him to Kryptonite. As Superman weakens, Luthor further taunts him by revealing that the first missile is headed east toward Hackensack, New Jersey, aware that even Superman cannot stop both impacts. Eve Teschmacher, Luthor's accomplice, is horrified because her mother lives in Hackensack, but Luthor does not care and leaves Superman to a slow death. Knowing his reputation for keeping his word, Teschmacher rescues Superman on the condition that he will deal with the New Jersey missile first. After Superman diverts the eastbound missile into outer space, the other one explodes near the San Andreas Fault. He is able to mitigate the effects of the nuclear explosion, getting rid of the pollution from the fallout and shoring up the crumbling Earth, but the aftershocks damage the Golden Gate Bridge and cause the Hollywood Sign and the Hoover Dam to collapse.

While Superman is busy saving others from the aftershocks, Lois's car ends up falling into a crevice that opens from one of them. It quickly fills with dirt and debris and she suffocates to death. Angered at being unable to save her, Superman defies Jor-El's earlier warning not to manipulate human history, preferring to heed Jonathan's advice that he must be on Earth for "a reason". He accelerates around the Earth, rewinding time, in order to save Lois. He then delivers Luthor and Otis to prison and flies into the sunrise for further adventures.

 

Admission: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors (65 and older) & Kids (12 & under)