Underrated Christmas Movies: Five Films To Watch This Weekend

Classic Christmas movies are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please? An open bar holiday party at your office. And nobody thinks that’s a good idea three hours deep into the festivities when the IT guy whose…

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Hollywood’s Awards Season Just Kicked Off in Newport Beach

In a room twinkling with some of Hollywood’s brightest, new stars, you’d think there’d be a least some small hint of ego. A sideways glance, an eyebrow raise, a question left unanswered, dangling in the awkward silence of a “Don’t you know who I am now?” stare. But at the 2018 Variety 10 to Watch…

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Lido Theater Rings in Holiday Season with Annual Showing of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

In the cannon of holiday cinema, It’s A Wonderful Life rightly earns its spot (or wings) as one of the most angelic Christmas classics. Watching the 1946, Frank Capra-directed movie, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, is a perennial family tradition for many, and the good people at Lido Theater in Newport Beach know it. The beloved…

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Newport Beach Film Festival Hosts Free Screening of Art Film

Some might think the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is much like the holidays; it comes around once every year with all its fanfare and festive glory then disappears into the ethereal unknown. Except NBFF is actually a year-round celebration of cinema; the team works hard every day to fill our local screens with artsy,…

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‘Time Well Spent’ Lives Up to Its Name

Once in a while, a special film comes along that has the ability to transport you — mind, body and soul —  from the time the lights dim to the time the credits roll. You can’t quite figure out how you’ve changed but when you leave the theater, you feel somehow different. Transformed. Time Well Spent,…

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Lido Theater Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Rock ‘n’ Roll and Movie History

If you’ve been wondering how the Lido Theater, Newport Beach’s iconic ode to all things classic film, will celebrate it’s 80th anniversary, wonder no more: Back-to-back events are set to ring in the milestone this August, and they’re both being organized for a fantastic cause.

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BEAUTY AND RUIN: Free Friday Night Screening at OCMA

Your Friday night plans just got a lot more interesting. As part of its Cinema Orange series, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will screen BEAUTY AND RUIN this Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets to the screening are free and available at the door. 

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The Long Dumb Road Is Anything But

If Planes, Trains and Automobiles had a baby with Sideways then the baby decided to go to art school, you’d have The Long Dumb Road, a 90-minute film that screened last week at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Taken on its visual surface, the movie serves as a kind of art exhibit, showcasing the lesser-appealing crevices…

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‘The Bill Murray Stories’ Shares Tales of Enlightened Star

Thich Nhat Hanh, a 91-year-old Vietnamese monk and Noble Peace Prize nominee once said that if, while washing dishes, we aren’t mindful of the fact that we are washing dishes then “we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink.” Hanh advocates for complete mindfulness of the present moment,…

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‘American Animals’ and Opening Night Gala Kick off 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival began Thursday night just like it should, with cameras flashing. Dozens of photographers crowded a logo-filled backdrop at Edwards Big Newport multiplex as well-groomed actors and filmmakers cascaded across a carpet undeniably red. Held to a staccato beat by the pop of bright lights, guests prepared for the debut…

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