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First-Run Movies At Home!

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the movie industry hard — but no one is taking a more devastating shot than local independent theater owners. One such theater near you is now offering first-run independent films through streaming services that share their revenue with the theaters, just like regular theatrical distributors do. 

Support your local theater. Here in Rehoboth Beach, DE, that's the Rehoboth Beach Film Society's Cinema Arts Theater.

See what they're showing HERE.

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It's About Time: As George Pal's The Time Machine celebrates its 60th anniversary, here's our look at the greatest calendar-skipping movies of all time. 

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Bad Education

****

Run Time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Rating: TV-MA

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano

Writer: Mike Makowsky

Director: Cory Finley

Hugh Jackman has made just four movies in the past three years, and with each passing performance he is proving himself to be perhaps the most multifaceted actor working today.


Think about it: in 2017’s Logan he rewrote the book on bringing authentic intensity to a super hero character. The following year his Broadway musical chops singlehandedly saved The Greatest Showman. A few months later he triumphed as the brilliant yet infuriatingly haughty, self-destructive presidential candidate Gary Hart in The Front Runner.


There’s a touch of Hart in Frank Tassone, the guy Jackman plays in his latest film, Bad Education. For one thing, both men are real-life figures who plummeted from rock star-like status to pariah in less time than it took for them to comb their perfectly coiffed hair. And both were brought to their ends largely by their misplaced sense of indestructibility.


But while Hart merely took himself down, Tassone was something of a human neutron bomb. As superintendent of schools in the tony Long Island bedroom community of Roslyn during the early 2000s, Tassone was lionized for raising the formerly middling school district to national elite status. But his legion of fans didn’t realize he was also presiding over the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in U.S. history.


What did Frank Tassone know, and when did he know it? Peeling the layers off that onion is just one of the great delights of Mike Makowsky’s script. What’s more, Makowsky, who wrote last year’s utterly brilliant but little-seen I Think We’re Alone Now, was born to write this screenplay: He was a middleschooler in Roslyn at the time his superintendent was led off in cuffs.


Jackman is in full can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him mode as Tassone, blinding students, faculty, and board of education members alike with his dazzling charm, impossibly chiseled features, and a smile that could guide the space shuttle in for a landing. One of the fun tricks of Bad Education is how Tassone checks off every box in everyone’s fantasy of (READ MORE) 


 

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VIDEO: The Movies Salute Doctors and Nurses

The world's doctors and nurses are front-line heroes in the war against COVID-19, but they've always been champions in the eyes of Hollywood. Here's our tribute to memorable medical men and women in the movies.

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VIDEO: The Movies Say: Wear Your Mask!

 

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That's Entertainment (1974)

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World (1963)

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World (1963)

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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World (1963)

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World (1963)

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World (1963)

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Moonstruck (1987)

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World (1963)

What About Bob? (1991)

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What About Bob? (1991)

The Road To Morocco (1942)

What About Bob? (1991)

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The Road To Morocco (1942)

The Road To Morocco (1942)

The Road To Morocco (1942)

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The Princess Bride (1987)

The Road To Morocco (1942)

The Road To Morocco (1942)

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Mysterious Island (1961)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

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Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

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A Shot In The Dark (1964)

Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

It Happened One Night (1934)

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It Happened One Night (1934)

Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

It Happened One Night (1934)

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The Music Box (1932)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

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Take The Money And Run (1969)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

Take The Money And Run (1969)

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VIDEO:The Coronavirus Anti-Film Festival

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