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Ever since James Cagney met his death to the strains of ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ in 1931’s The Public Enemy, popular music and the crime film have gone together like ham and cheese. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie have used the crime genre as a means of showing off their record collections, and it’s difficult to imagine their movies with traditional orchestral scores rather than soul, funk and rock cuts from the ‘60s and ‘70s.... READ ON

Anyone who falls asleep at the mention of Shakespeare can rest easy. Director William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth doesn’t feature Marion Cotillard mumbling her way through the bard’s text; rather it’s an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey brings back its popular Free Summer Movies Series for 2017. Movies featured in the series include The Incredibles on July 5, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory on July 11, Finding Dory on July 18, Zootopia on July 25, Mary Poppins on August 1, and The Secret Life of Pets on August 8. Showings for each movie will be at 10:30am and 7:00pm. Tickets are free. ... READ ON

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) -- The 9th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival took place June 8-11. This year's festival, presenting 27 features and 55 short films.  Here is a list of the award winning films chosen by the audience and the festival jury.... READ ON

Winners of the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition Announced! ... READ ON

Beth Kruvant’s timely documentary Levinsky Park will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11!... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Big Dreams & SIlver Screens Youth Festival (formerly the Rahway Film Festival Jr), successfully wrapped its second annual event this past weekend and three young filmmakers will now be making room on their mantle for a shiny new trophy.  After enjoying an afternoon of fantastic student films, red carpet interviews and photo ops, students and friends raised their glasses of Shirley Temples to the talent of one another. ... READ ON

Mischa Marcus’s riveting feature I Am Still Here will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11! ... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- On July 15, the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) will reclaim its reputation as a movie theater, which goes as far back as its founding in 1928 when it saw the invention of "talkies," by showing the classic 1975 film Jaws on the big screen.  Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, the film follows the story of Amity Island, a resort whose waters are tormented by a great white shark. ... READ ON

Gladys Bensimon’s timely documentary A Way Out will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10!... READ ON

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