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old or new, classy or cult, scary or camp- films to stay up late for...

Newly announced: all tickets just $5!
mars attacks still1MARS ATTACKS!
Friday, July 25 @ 9:30PM
Saturday, July 26 @ 9:30PM and Midnight
Sunday, July 27 @ 9:30PM
This quirky science fiction comedy is a characteristic feature by iconoclastic director Tim Burton, known to moviegoers for Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The storyline affectionately harkens back to the deadpan sincerity of such '50s and '60s science-fiction films as The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds. Flying saucers have been reliably seen over the capitals of the world, and the whole world awaits with bated breath to see what will transpire. Among those waiting is the President of the United States (Jack Nicholson), who is assured by his science advisor (Pierce Brosnan) that the coming aliens are utterly peaceful. This advice is hotly contested by the military (led by Rod Steiger), who advices the President to annihilate them. When the aliens land, they are seen to be green, garish, and very cheerful. But appearances prove deceiving when the "friendly" aliens abruptly disintegrate the entire U.S. Congress. Hollywood notables appear in vast quantities in roles (and sub-plots) of all sizes in this zany feature.
short circuit film still1SHORT CIRCUIT 
Friday, August 8 @ 9:30PM
Saturday, August 9 @ 9:30PM and Midnight
Sunday, August 10 @ 2:00PM* and 9:30PM
*2:00 Sunday screening coincides with the Second Sundays on Fourth celebration, featuring kid-friendly art projects provided by SECCA!
Struck by lightning, an endearing little robot known only as "Number 5" escapes from an experimental electronics firm. Technician Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) and his indecipherable East Indian assistant, Ben Jabituya (Fisher Stevens), set out to locate Number 5 before the military can go through with its plans to destroy the robot. Number 5 takes refuge with loopy Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy), who is convinced that the mechanical man is an extraterrestrial. Hoping to teach the "alien" all about Earth, she fills Number 5's memory banks with reams of pop culture -- and then the real fun begins.

breakfast club still1 2THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Friday, August 22 @ 9:30PM
Saturday, August 23 @ 9:30PM and Midnight
Sunday, August 24 @ 9:30PM
John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society.

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Friday, September 5 @ 9:30PM
Saturday, September 6 @ 9:30PM and Midnight
Sunday, September 7 @ 9:30PM
John Waters does a quirky spin on '50s nostalgia in Cry-Baby, his musical homage to Rebel Without a Cause and Romeo and Juliet. Set in Baltimore in 1954 at the birth of rock & roll, the film features Johnny Depp as Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker. Depp is pure charisma as a juvenile delinquent with a permanent tear slithering down his cheek, a reminder of his state-executed parents. In the depths of his despair appears goody-goody girl Allison (Amy Locane), who has a crush on Cry-Baby. But Allison's Pat Boone-like boyfriend, Baldwin (Stephen E. Miller), the leader of the squares, is dead set against Cry-Baby and the rest of the juvenile delinquents and leads a revolt against them. In the resultant riot, the juvenile delinquents are blamed for the chaos, and Cry-Baby finds himself dispatched to reform school.

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Friday, September 19 @ 9:30PM
Saturday, September 20 @ 9:30PM and Midnight
Sunday, September 21 @ 9:30PM
Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early '60s for his playful focus in Hairspray. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in 1962 Baltimore, where "The Corny Collins Show" is the most popular American Bandstand-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it is the ultimate status symbol and every young girl's dream, and Tracy improbably wins a featured spot when she infiltrates a dance contest and makes a better impression than her favored rival, the catty Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick). Always able to have fun, even when she's being mocked by the jealous popular girls, Tracy wins the affections of Amber's boyfriend and soon begins leading a movement to integrate the dance show, which has previously featured blacks only in a once-weekly theme night. She is arrested following a demonstration at a local theme park owned by Amber's father (Sonny Bono), who subscribes to the same theory of race relations as "The Corny Collins Show." Tracy's adventures are also filtered through her loving but eccentric parents (Divine and Jerry Stiller) and involve a humorous cultural clash with pot-smoking beatniks (Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora).


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Kids at Heart is a/perture’s family-friendly film series, and a great opportunity for parents to share some of the films they themselves enjoyed as children with a new generation of film-goers.  Kids love these films (and are okay with Mom and Dad tagging along for the fun)! Kids at Heart features films rated G or PG, and we’ll be featuring content information for each film on our website (so parents can determine the age group best suited for each screening).  Parents and grandparents can enjoy this series too- we’ll be featuring both classic family films and newer titles, so there’s something for everyone!
We've also included advisory content information below (courtesy of Common Sense Media), so parents can determine what age is best suited to each film!

Screening times:

Fridays- 1:45pm and 4:00pm (1:45pm is a sensory-friendly screening for parents/younger children; tickets cannot be purchased online, and seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early)
Saturdays- 10:00am
Sundays- 10:00am and 2:00pm

Film Schedule:
looney tunes still1- whats operaAugust 1-3: LOONEY TUNES SHORTS (unrated, approximately 60 mins.)
A collection of Looney Tunes favorites, including the following:
-Rabbit of Seville
-What's Opera Doc?
-One Froggy Evening
-Duck Amuck
-8 Ball Bunny
-Fast & Furryous
-Robin Hood Daffy
-From A to Z.Z.Z.

my neighbor totoro film still1August 15-17: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (rated G, 87 mins.)
This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme.
Parents need to know that this movie is a fine pick for the entire family. Although there are slightly creepy "dust sprites" that appear in the house at first, they eventually disappear. Totoro himself might look and sound a bit odd, but he's quite sweet and gentle. The protagonist girls have an ill mother with an unnamed disease, but the moments in the hospital are not sad or depressing. Some parents may not feel comfortable with the amount of freedom the girls (as is the case with children in all of Hayao Miyazaki's films) have to wander off alone, either around their neighborhood, the surrounding forest, or on a long walk to visit their mother. Overall, this is a family film in the truest sense -- it appeals to moviegoers young and old alike.

Kid Flix 4 images copyAugust 29-31: KID FLIX MIX (NYIFF) (unrated, 57 mins., suggested ages 3-8)

Kid Flix Mix is an upbeat, eye-opening, and highly entertaining mix of animated and musical shorts from around the world. Shorts include: 
Monstersymfonie by Kiana Nagshineh (Germany, 2012, 4 min.). Meet the band: four monsters, one girl, and some very silly instruments. And they're definitely playing past their bedtime.

Hello World by Eric Serre (France, 2012, 5 min.). In a collage forest crafted out of newspaper, plants, and paper maché, a newborn owl wakes up and explores the complicated world around him.

Snowflake by Natalia Chernysheva (Russia, 2012, 5 min.) A boy receives a paper snowflake in the mail and sticks it under his pillow. In the morning, he finds that his world has been transformed.

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds (2012, 7 min.). When Marisol sets out to create a sky for the class mural, she discovers the blue is missing from her paints. This story celebrates the creative process and what it means to look at the world through the eyes of an artist.

What is Music? By Christian Robinson (2013, 4 min.). Given a brief quiz on music, these kids provide some of the best – if not the most accurate – answers possible.

The Lovely Letter L by Evan Spiridellis (2012, 2 min.). An infectious song about lemons, light bulbs, laundry and lots more.

Hopfrog by Leonid Shmelkov (Russia, 2012, 4 min.). A series of non-scientific observations of the jumping fellows' life.

Big Block Sing-Song: Hair by Warren Brown (Canada, 2012, 2 min.). From the people who brought usJohn the Leprechaun, a Kraftwerk-style electronic pop tune about the stuff that grows out of your head.

The New Species by Katerina Karhánková (Czech Republic, 2013, 6 min.). Three friends discover a mysterious bone. With their imaginations running wild, they set out to discover the creature it belonged to.

The Mole at Sea by Anna Kadykova (Russia, 2012, 5 min.). Everyone's off to the seaside – by car, truck and train. Not wanting to miss out, the mole starts digging.

On The Wing by Vera Myakisheva (Russia, 2012, 6 min.). A young chicken wonders how she can learn to fly, just like all the other birds.

My Mom is an Airplane (Russia/USA, 2013, 6.5 min). There are all different kinds of mothers in this world. But can your mom fly? Part of the award winning Animation Show of Shows collection..

muppets from space film stillSeptember 12-14: MUPPETS FROM SPACE (rated G, 68 mins.)
At long last, the secret of just what the Great Gonzo happens to be is revealed! As Gonzo and his friend Rizzo hit the road in search of their roots, Gonzo makes a shocking discovery: his parents are actually space aliens from another galaxy. After announcing this startling news on Miss Piggy's talk show (hey, if Ricki Lake and Rosie O'Donnell can do it, why not Miss Piggy?), Gonzo finds himself the subject of a dark and mysterious government conspiracy, led by the nefarious K. Edgar Singer (Jeffrey Tambor). In time, Gonzo is forced to choose: should he hop on board the UFO and sail off to live with his family, or stay on Earth with the friends he knows and loves?.
Parents need to know that Muppets from Space is classic Muppet fare with jokes to keep the parents happy and a fun story for kids, with the valuable theme of an outcast trying to find his place in the world. There are some mildly suspenseful moments and lots of comic action sequences in which some of the beloved Muppet creatures, particularly Gonzo, are in danger --  lightning hits, a kidnapping, pratfalls, a Miss Piggy "punch-out" -- all exaggerated and meant to be funny rather than scary.

great muppet caper stil1September 26-28: THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (rated G, 95 mins.)
The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed to escape and frame Miss Piggy as the thief. Kermit, Fozzie and the Great Gonzo set out on a mission to solve the mystery and track down the criminals who stole the Baseball Diamond. There are fewer star cameos and songs in The Great Muppet Caper than in The Muppet Movie, although appearances from John Cleese and Charles Grodin are particularly memorable.
Parents need to know that this is your typical fun Muppet entertainment with some big musical numbers mixed in. Violence is mostly slapstick -- lots of getting thrown from or in front of moving vehicles -- and there's some sexual innuendo that kids will probably miss. Of course, Kermit and Miss Piggy get to smooch once. They also have a glass of champagne at a restaurant.

batteries not included film stillOctober 10-12: BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED (rated PG, 80 mins.)
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are among the impoverished residents of a slum tenement threatened with demolition by evil land developers. Only a miracle can save Cronyn, Tandy, and their friends -- and that miracle manifests itself in the form of a "family" of extraterrestrial flying saucers, who need the electricity provided by the tenement to survive. The grateful humanized spaceships repay their earthbound hosts by doing battle with the villains' henchmen. When the building is engulfed in flames, all seems lost, but the aliens have a few more tricks up their metallic sleeves.
Parents need to know that this film's overall content is very mild. However, there are some scenes of violence. One includes an arsonist burning down an apartment building. Another scene shows characters threatening others with axes and baseball bats. This film clearly depicts characters as either good or bad. Even young children will recognize what behavior is acceptable.


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the strain poster1THE STRAIN
Premiering Sunday, July 13th!
Sundays at 10PM- admission is free, concessions encouraged!
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The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of "Dr. Ephraim Goodweather," the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan co-wrote the pilot script for The Strain, which was directed by del Toro. Emmy® Award winning Writer and Producer Carlton Cuse serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Writer. Gary Ungar also serves as Executive Producer. The series is produced by FX Productions.


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