Weekly Movie Roundup: April 18th – April 24th

April 18th

Durant’s Never Closes – Oaks Theater

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The Oaks Theater will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Durant’s Never Closes. Based on the works of Mabel Leo and Terry Earp, the film stars Tom Sizemore as Jack Durant was a restaurateur, ladies man, and mysterious gentleman who maintained many connections to the mafia. From the backwoods of Tennessee to the world of Vegas at the time of Bugsy and finally as the owner of his famous steakhouse, Durant is a legend and dynamic character, at once charming, powerful and dangerous. This film tells his story during one day at his restaurant. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A with director Travis Mills will follow. Tickets cost $10.

April 21st

Visual Rhythms: An Evening with Victor Grauer – Carnegie Museum of Art

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The Carnegie Museum of Art will present Visual Rhythms: An Evening with Victor Grauer as part of their Double Exposures Series. The evening will look at various work from Grauer, a Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, composer, and musicologist. Grauer will appear to introduce two of his early works, Voices and Archangel, as well as Book of the Year 3000, a film version of his concrete poem and soundpiece. Visual Rhythms will take place at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Grauer will discuss his process and work with local writer and filmmaker Brett Kashmere. The event is free. 

April 22nd

The Last Dragon – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater will welcome martial arts star Taimak for two screenings of Berry Gordy‘s The Last Dragon. The 1985 film features Taimak as young fighter who must take on an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer (the late Vanity) from an obsessed music promoter. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Taimak will introduce the film, and sign copies of his new book Taimak: The Last Dragon. A Q&A will follow each screening. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

Monster Madness – Row House Cinema

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It’s a Battle in the Burgh when Monster Madness week runs at Row House Cinema. Guest programmer Alternate Histories will present King Kong, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Tremors, and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack on the big screen. Showtimes continue through April 28th. Also included is a live riffing of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman with improv comedy team The Ink & Paint Club on April 23rd at 9:15 p.m. On April 27th at 7 p.m., meet Alternate Histories mastermind Matthew Buchholz for a sale and signing of his book Alternate Histories of the World, as well as a chance to win an exclusive print.

They Will Have to Kill Us First – Harris Theater

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Harris Theater will present the film They Will Have to Kill Us First. The feature-length documentary from director Johanna Schwartz follows musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back. Showtimes for They Will Have to Kill Us First will continue through April 28th.

April 23rd

JCCP Presents Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical – Hollywood Theater

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The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP) returns to the Hollywood Theater to act out scenes from Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical. Based on the 1936 propaganda film turned cult hit, the campy 2005 cautionary tale features a straight-laced high school principal (Alan Cumming) who warns of the demon weed by telling a frightful tale about Mary Lane and Jimmy Harper (Kristen Bell and Christian Campbell), two innocent teens who fall under the drug’s spell. The comedy musical also includes performances by Neve Campbell, Steven Weber, and Ana Gasteyer. The show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

April 24th

Chimes at Midnight – Regent Square Theater

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As part of their Restored Classics series, the Regent Square Theater will present Chimes at Midnight. Directed by and starring Orson Welles, the 1966 Shakespearean adaptation focuses on Sir John Falstaff, the charming, drunken companion of young Henry V. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. 

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