Monday, May 2, 2011

FREE FAMILY FLICKS @ PRATT, MAY 7-14

Aladdin

Aladdin
This stunning animation spectacle from Walt Disney Studios features songs by the Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Robin Williams provides the voice of the Genie, who resides in the powerful lamp and grants young Aladdin three wishes.
(Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, 1992, 90 min.)
Rated G.

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Suggested Audience: Kids: Birth to Two; Kids: Three to Five; Kids: Six to Twelve; Whole Family

Living Downstream Documentary

Living Downstream
the documentary based on Sandra Steingraber's book

The film follows Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, she receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. As she struggles personally with cancer, she continues her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.

Several experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research make cameo appearances in the film, highlighting their own findings on two chemicals: atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world; and the industrial compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.

This program is part of the Sustainable Speaker Series, presented in partnership with Baltimore Greenworks.

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Hairspray

Hairspray
Film screening in honor of the Southeast Anchor Library's 4th birthday

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with huge hair, a big grin, and all the right moves, becomes the queen of Baltimore's number one dance revue.
(Directed by John Waters, 1988, 92 min.)
Rated PG.


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Suggested Audience: Kids: 6 to 12; Whole Family; Teens; Adults; Seniors Film The Celebration

The Celebration (Festen)

When a troubled family gathers for the 60th birthday of its proud and respected patriarch, it quickly becomes apparent that the gathering will not be a light-hearted affair.

The Celebration was the first film released under the "Vow of Chastity" laid down by Vinterberg and fellow director Lars von Trierin in their "Dogme 95 Manifesto;" this was a set of 10 rules filmmakers were to obey in making their films. The Celebration remains one of the best films made according to the "Vow."

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 1998, color, in Danish with English subtitles,105 minutes. Rated PG

Winner of the 1998 New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards for Best Foreign Film, the Jury Prize for Best Film at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, and the 1999 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film.

“Explosive! Gripping and savagely funny.” —David Ansen, NEWSWEEK

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Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors

The wicker Man Film

The Wicker Man (1973)
Join Pratt for a May Day celebration, pagan ritual style! Not to be confused with the 2006 remake starring Nicholas Cage, this is the original 1973 cult classic version written by Anthony Shaffer (Frenzy, Sleuth) and directed by Robin Hardy. Shot entirely on location in Scotland, it has been called "the Citizen Kane of horror" films.

For sheer imagination, Shaffer's Wiccan-flavored screenplay has seldom been equaled. It tells the story of a priggish Christian Scottish police officer (Edward Woodbridge) who is called to the remote island of Summerisle in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. He finds, under the regime of an all-powerful, benevolent and suave feudal ruler (Christopher Lee), a sinister situation dating back to the days of Druid practices and fertility rites. The cast also includes Ingrid Pitt as the island's librarian and Britt Ekland as a barkeep—in a risqué role that her then-beau, rocker Rod Stewart, allegedly tried to suppress. The ending has been called both "shocking" and "brilliant."

(Directed by Robin Hardy, 1973, 100 minutes)

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Suggested Audience: Adults