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Life Itself

Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning career as a film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Producer/Director Steve James, who is best known for his award-winning 1994 film HOOP DREAMS, brings together an impressive A-list cast of Ebert’s contemporaries to tell the story of “the only thing Roger loved more than movies.” Famous faces sharing their memories of Ebert Martin Scorsese (who also served as the film’s executive producer), Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, his wife Chaz Ebert, and – of course – his thumbs up/thumbs down partner for almost 25 years, Gene Siskel.

Called “Wonderful, inspiring, sad and also charming” by FilmThreat.com, LIFE ITSELF celebrates Ebert’s luminous career, but also captures in a stark and honest way his final battle with the cancer that ultimately took his life in 2013.

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The Grand Seduction

The small Canadian fishing village of Tickle Head must procure a local doctor in order to secure a new factory that will bring much-needed jobs to their struggling town.

When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying.  But as the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin “The Grand Seduction.”

Called ” Cozy, picturesque and soothingly reassuring ” by The Washington Post, THE GRAND SEDUCTION is a remake of the 2003 French-Canadian farce SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS. It has been compared to wry, artsy heartwarmers like WAKING NED DEVINE and THE FULL MONTY, likewise relying on talented character actors and their deadpan delivery to turn a predictable plot into a charming film about small-town folks finding a renewed sense of identity and purpose.

 

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Boyhood

Marital squabbles, a divorced dad trying to connect with the kids he sporadically sees, teenagers acting out, parents learning to let go… Though Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD may not tell the story of a spectacular life, the way in which he tells the story has been called “A masterpiece of American moviemaking and a memorable 12-year epic of family life that isn’t quite like anything else in the history of cinema” by Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir.

Writer/director Linklater (SCHOOL OF ROCK, FAST FOOD NATION) filmed BOYHOOD in 39 days between 2002 and 2013 with the same cast, allowing Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane) to literally grow up on screen before our eyes as he witnesses this uneventfully normal – and highly relatable – family story.

Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s “Yellow” to Arcade Fire’s “Deep Blue.”

Starring Ethan Hawke (REALITY BITES, BEFORE MIDNIGHT) and Patricia Arquette (TRUE ROMANCE, television’s Medium) as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater (director Richard’s daughter) as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.

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Blazing Saddles

When the sheriff of a small town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of an all-white town, Rock Ridge, by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), who hopes this will leave the townspeople running from their homes. When the naive Sheriff Bart is greeted with hate by the townspeople, he realizes that he was never meant to succeed at all. Enlisting the help of the town drunk (Gene Wilder), Bart embarks on a plan to save the town of Rock Ridge.

Media sponsorship for the series is provided by Creative Loafing and WEDU PBS.

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Dirty Dancing

Young, innocent Baby (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her parents in the Catskill Mountains, where she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor. Captivated by him as well as his dance style, she soon becomes Johnny’s novice – both in dance and in love.

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after DIRTY DANCING. The session is free and open to the public.

Media sponsorship for the series is provided by Creative Loafing and WEDU PBS.

 

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This screening is sponsored by the Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Studio who will be doing a dance demonstration on stage before the film.

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Citizen Kane

It’s 1934: millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) has just passed away and a group of reporters are trying to decipher his last word ever spoken. In a series of flashbacks, the rise and fall of Kane is revealed, along with how his wealth and power ultimately isolated him in his castle-like refuge.

Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after CITIZEN KANE. The session is free and open to the public.

Media sponsorship for the series is provided by Creative Loafing and WEDU PBS.

 

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Casablanca

Nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Torn between “love and virtue” and with the Germans on his tail, Rick must choose between his feelings for Ilsa and helping Laszlo escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of the film immediately after Sunday’s screening of CASABLANCA. The session is free and open to the public.

Media sponsorship for the series is provided by Creative Loafing and WEDU PBS.

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The Black Pirate

When a pirate ship is looted by a rival crew, a survivor known as The Black Pirate (Douglas Fairbanks) washes ashore and takes over the crew that ultimately kills his father. Trouble stirs when a princess (Billie Dove) is discovered on board, there is a fierce fight to save her life and protect her virtue.

This film will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Media sponsorship for the series is provided by Creative Loafing and WEDU PBS.