Film Notes: Theaters bring 'Before Midnight' back to town

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The clock is striking midnight once more.

If you missed "Before Midnight," it will be back on screen, although this time at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown, starting Friday. It will play through Aug. 11. AMC-Loews at the Waterfront will screen it Friday through Tuesday.

"Before Midnight" (my review, 3 1/2 stars out of 4, appeared in the June 14 Post-Gazette), revisits the Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy characters introduced 18 years ago in "Before Sunrise."

They were carefree strangers in their 20s who met aboard a train in Europe and spent a night in Vienna, walking, talking, coupling and vowing to reunite again in six months. In 2004, they reconnected in "Before Sunset," as he was on a publicity tour for the successful novel inspired by their enchanting encounter.

This time, they're parents of 7-year-old twin girls and concluding a glorious vacation in Greece with Jesse's almost 14-year-old son, Henry. As in the previous movies, they walk and talk -- and dine and debate all sorts of topics -- and argue and assess the state of their relationship.

"Before Midnight," 108 minutes, has no robots, no aliens and no apocalypse but is rated R for sexual content/nudity and language.

Fly-fishing & Frankenstein

If you see someone demonstrating fly-casting outside the Hollywood Theater in Dormont at 6:30 p.m. today, it's a prelude to a one-time showing of the documentary "Low & Clear" at 7:30 p.m.

During a winter fly-fishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex "Xenie" Hall, learn they have grown apart in more ways than one. One, thoughtful and even keeled, believes there's more to fishing than catching fish while the other fishes like it's a race against the clock.

The movie won the Emerging Visions Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and is part of a series allowing Pittsburghers to catch new movies early.

The Hollywood will show "Frankenstein's Army," a 2013 action-horror movie Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

At the end of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers lost in enemy territory face off against a deranged Nazi scientist who combines flesh and metal to create the ultimate war machines. Dutch director Richard Raaphorst makes his feature debut with the movie, filmed in Prague.

Gangbusters for gangsters

August is gangster month at the Parkway Theater, 644 Broadway Ave. in Stowe, which will feature 1930s films on three Fridays and 1990s films on select Saturdays.

Suggested donation is $3 and all shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Scheduled to be shown: "Scarface" (the 1932 movie with Paul Muni), Friday; "King of New York," Saturday; "The Public Enemy," Aug. 23; "State of Grace," Aug. 24; "Little Caesar," Aug. 30; and "GoodFellas," Aug. 31.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. To order in advance or for more information, call Aaron Stubna at 412-766-1668. Or look for The Parkway Theater on Facebook.

Sequels, the website

Sometimes the flu can be a good thing or at least an inspiring one. Ailing and languishing on the couch watching movies, Point Breeze resident Jonathan Diven came up with the idea of a website devoted to sequel ideas.

"After watching 'Garden State,' the thought just popped into my head, 'I wonder what happened next.' I did some searching and didn't find anything like it so figured why not build it," Mr. Diven said by email of his site, Sequeled.

Go to to find it.

Going with the 'Fowl'

The first two installments of the "Artemis Fowl" book series are being turned into a movie by Walt Disney Studios and producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Eoin Colfer novels are about a 12-year-old millionaire, genius and criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he has tackled when he kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit) to harness her magic to save his family.

Michael Goldenberg, whose credits include the adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," is writing the screenplay. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will serve as executive producers but no word on stars or a director.

The "Artemis Fowl" series has more than 21 million copies in print in 44 languages.

In brief

• If you've never seen "The Godfather, Part II" on the big screen, or at all, the Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont, will screen it at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See for directions or details.

It is the best sequel ever made and won six Oscars, including best picture, director and, for Mr. De Niro, supporting actor.

• Wildcard at 4209 Butler St. in Lawrenceville has extended its "Craft Hard: Art Inspired by Action Movies" show until Aug. 8. It will cap the run with a special showing of "The Miami Connection," a wildly campy film that had a limited release in 1987, at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

There will be free snacks and shopping till 9 p.m. as part of Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville.

• A short teen-made horror film called "Chairpocalypse!" will have its premiere at the Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh next week.

Teens handled the writing, directing, filming, scoring, editing and acting of the movie, a youth summer project about a killer chair that eats people whole. You can see it at the library, 1811 Brownsville Road, on Monday at noon and 12:30, 1, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. and Wednesday and next Thursday at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. You can find a trailer on YouTube.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: or 412-263-1632. Read her blog:


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