On Screen Dayton

HORRORAMA 2014 Re-Haunts Englewood Cinema October 24th!

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More legal than a fake purge and less appetizing than zombies on AMC, it’s that time of year for the 18th Annual Horrorama Movie Festival. Making more returns then Jason, Freddy and Michael the ‘Horror’ returns to the Englewood Cinemas at 320 W. National Road, Englewood, Ohio by Kmart on Friday Oct. 24th. Doors open and the pre-show festivities at 6:00 PM, and the flicks kick off around 7:00 PM.  Tickets are $10 in advance (at GameSwap Kettering and Englewood Cinema) or $12 day of show. Turning 18 this year (it’s old enough to drink blood but not other potent liquids), Horrorama has … [Read more...]



ST. VINCENT (Starring Bill Murray) & PRIDE (With Amazing British Cast) Start Friday at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, If you've liked films like BILLY ELLIOT and THE FULL MONTY, I'm pretty certain you're going to absolutely love PRIDE. The standing ovation at the screening I attended in Toronto was invigorating, and the film is more than just warm and charming - it's inspiring. I hope you'll come and support it this weekend. In addition to PRIDE, we will open the new Bill Murray comedy - ST. VINCENT. This film was also a crowd-pleaser when I saw it in Toronto, and I think Dayton audiences will like it as well. If you still need to see THE SKELETON TWINS, LOVE IS STRANGE, MY OLD LADY or THE … [Read more...]



Gaggle of Stars in New Movies at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're holding both LOVE IS STRANGE and THE SKELETON TWINS for one more week, but we're going to add two new films into the mix. On Friday, we will open a film starring Dame Maggie Smith, always loved by our regulars, in MY OLD LADY - also starring Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas. In addition, we will open a stylish adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith thriller - THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY - starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, and Oscar Isaac. All of these films will end their runs on Thursday, Oct. 23...so hurry down if you want to see them. Visit www.neonmovies.com … [Read more...]



Critically Acclaimed LOVE IS STRANGE Opens at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, Taking a cue from national trends, we didn't have the highest hopes for ALIVE INSIDE...but it's a film we believed in and hoped would find an audience. Unfortunately, those trends proved to be right in line with the film's performance in Dayton. That said, people who saw it can easily understand why this inspiring film won the audience award at Sundance. Unfortunately, Thursday was the last chance to see it at THE NEON. On Friday, we open a wonderful new film with two of the best male performances of the year - LOVE IS STRANGE. We will also hold onto the much-loved, darkly … [Read more...]



SKELETON TWINS and ALIVE INSIDE Open at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're moving forward this weekend with 2 new films! THE SKELETON TWINS has been winning high praise for Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, and ALIVE INSIDE is a moving documentary that will uplift audiences and perhaps start a local movement. Synopsis for THE SKELETON TWINS: "When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship." (taken from … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #9

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Friday, September 12, 2014 Hello. Thanks for coming back to check out my last day of screenings at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.  Even though I didn't see as many as I have during some years, I had a great time and managed to see 30 films, visit with lots of people in various aspects of the industry, and attend a couple fun parties. My first film today was Susanne Bier's A SECOND CHANCE.  I was first introduced to Bier's work at my first TIFF back in 2002.  That's where I saw OPEN HEARTS (her film from the Dogme Movement) and I fell in love…BROTHERS, AFTER THE … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #8

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 Welcome back!  Thanks for checking out my Day #8 blog of my TIFF adventures. This morning was so different than the others.  I slept in!  Because I didn't need to be in line by 7:00, I woke up at 9:15 instead of 6am.  It was glorious! My first film of the day was LOVE IN THE TIME OF CIVIL WAR - a French-Canadian film about a 20-something guy with a crack problem.  An alternate title for this film could be DON'T DO CRACK.  I've never seen such a gruelingly monotonous film about drug use.  The lead character smokes to get high, has some sex (in what is … [Read more...]



Locally Produced Reality Show, “The Valley”, To Premiere Sept 14th

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Dayton’s CW (WBDT-TV) has announced that The Valley, Dayton’s first locally produced reality show, will premiere on Sunday, September 14th at 8:00 pm on Dayton’s CW.  The Valley centers around six high school graduates as they prepare for the next big step in their lives. The cast, which includes Alexys Bardonaro and Christopher Harrison from Centerville, Ally Lewber from Springboro, Donald Boone from Huber Heights, Nathan Baker from DeGraff and Stephanie Patino-Garfias from Dayton, embark on a series of adventures throughout the greater Dayton region and explore important topics, such as … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #7

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Wednesday, September 10.2014 Hi Again! I only saw three films today, but I also attended a pretty great, intimate party. First off, I saw OUT OF NATURE - a Norwegian film about a man who decides to spend the weekend hiking in the mountains…away from his job, his wife, his son.  In film school, you're taught to - "Show.  Don't Tell."  This simply means that an audience should be able to figure out what someone is thinking by their strong performance…not by what a narrator or bad dialog is telling us.  This film is a rule-breaker - but it's also the point.  As the protagonist is getting … [Read more...]



TIFF 2014 – Day #6

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Hello.  Thanks for coming back! STILL ALICE was my first film today.  Based on a famous novel, this is the story of a linguistics professor who is dealing with early onset Alzheimer's.  We learn in the film that diagnosis can come late in highly educated people - as they learn to have tricks to help retain their memory.  Julianne Moore plays the lead in this film, and she's terrific.  This is a sad story due to the fact that we're watching the terrible effects of a hideous disease…but Moore brings such humanity to the role that you can't let go. There's no … [Read more...]