- Imagine being deprived of seeing movies in the theater. For the record, just typing that sentence made me nauseous and scared. Well, the fine folks at Aksarben Cinema don’t want anyone to miss out on the theatrical experience, so they are rolling out a “Sensory Friendly” Movie Program designed to provide a comfortable environment for children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders and other sensory, social or cognitive disabilities. Starting on Feb 15, certain screenings will be held with the volume turned down, the lights turned up and nobody judging anybody for their behavior. Sometimes it’s easy to take certain experiences for granted. Thanks to Aksarben for making sure others don’t miss out.
- And they’re not done yet! On Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm, Aksarben Cinema will hold a special screening of the documentary What Matters? despite the fact I already know what matters: “Doctor Who,” the Chicago Bears and quality whiskey. The documentary disagrees and instead focuses on two activists and a skeptic who attempt to live in poverty across 3 continents. That doesn’t sound fun and that’s before their plane crashes in Africa. Head to aksarbencinema.com to get tickets for what is sure to be a thought-provoking experience, even if it doesn’t mention “Doctor Who.”
- I don’t even know where to start talking about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose personal struggles do not taint his unquestionable status as one of this generation’s finest actors. But let’s start with the macabre and creepy, capitalist-driven concerns. Although most of his work on the final Hunger Games movie, the two-part Mockingjay, had been completed, he still had a pivotal scene left into which he will be digitally inserted. I don’t know what it says about us or him that such a talented man’s last appearance will literally be reanimation.
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