The Byrd Theatre’s repertory theme for January is “The Future Is Now.” Personally, I spend a great deal of time worrying about the future. Not only my own, but the future of Earth. Humans have already destroyed so much of this planet, is it even possible to repair our home?  I can tell this is…

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Polar Express kids

“The Polar Express” is an early 2000s hit turned Christmas classic. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it tells the story of a young boy who takes a journey to the North Pole during the holiday season and learns that the Christmas spirit, and really the wonder of life in general, never fades if you believe. It’s…

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a 2014 Persian-language film written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Deemed; “A new vampire classic, one to treasure endlessly” by The Playlist, this movie does away with all the classic vampire tropes. Our unnamed protagonist is a vampire teenage girl who travels by skateboard and preys…

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Rosemary’s Baby is a 1962 film directed by Roman Polanski, adapted from the novel of the same name by Ira Levin. It follows a young newlywed couple, Rosemary Woodhouse (played by Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy, who have just moved into a new apartment in New York City. Guy forms an immediate friendship with…

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is among the top three Harry Potter films across multiple official lists and ranking sites, but was the lowest grossing film of the whole series. Regardless, it remains a Potter fan favorite.  In this film, the third in the series, Harry learns of Sirius Black and his intentions…

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Super 8, written and directed by JJ Abrams, tells the story of a group of young friends / amateur movie makers. While trying to film a scene for their zombie flick, they witness a train being derailed. Strange events and disappearances follow and the gang discovers that what they’re witnessing is no coincidence, and instead…

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The Goonies (1985) tells the story of a group of young boys who live in The Goon Docks, a neighborhood which is about to be bought out and turned into a country club. The self proclaimed Goonies must work together to decode mysterious clues and find the treasure of the notorious One Eyed Willy in…

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In Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock melds together themes of post war anxiety with voyeurism and suspenseful crime. Rear Window tells the story of L.B. Jeffries, a photographer in New York City who, after getting hit by a car trying to get an epic action shot, has broken both of his legs and is bedridden for eight weeks. He…

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The Fifth Element is the story of a quest to save the universe from an impending evil force. According to an ancient teaching, four elements, and an elusive fifth, otherwise known as the Supreme Being, are the only solution to stop the evil. Our protagonist team is lead by Korben Dallas, an ex Special Forces…

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Pariah (2011) tells the story of Alike, a teenager living in the Bronx and her struggle to balance hiding her lesbian identity from her family and living authentically outisde of her home.  Dee Rees, the writer and director, most commonly known for Mudbound (2017) wrote the script back in 2005, when she was an intern…

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