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By J. D. Considine SO Pop Music Critic | September 10, 1993
The trouble with most concert films is that, at bottom, they're neither.They don't work as movies because there's no plot, little action and hardly anything in the way of character. Unless, of course, the director has tried to splice some in, in which case you're left with something looking like a music video gone horribly wrong.At the same time, they're not much use as concerts, either. For one thing, they're rarely loud enough (if they were, they'd drown out the Jean-Claude Van Damme flick two theaters over)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | February 8, 2008
So, Disney has decided that its amazingly popular Miley Cyrus concert film (or should that be Hannah Montana concert film?) will play beyond the one week that originally had been scheduled. And millions of young Hannah/Miley fans rejoice. If I were one of those poor parents, however, who spent untold hours online trying to secure tickets for the "one-week only" engagement - and especially if I had shelled out extra bucks to land a couple of them - rejoicing is the last thing I'd be doing.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Jonathan Demme's 2006 concert film of Young's two-night stand at a Nashville auditorium, will be shown outdoors tomorrow at Belvedere Square, at the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue. In his review of the film, Sun critic Michael Sragow referred to it as an "intimate epic ... a performance film that conjures a vision of American life as moving, funny and rueful as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln." The evening begins at 8:30 p.m. with a shorts program; the film starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Jonathan Demme's 2006 concert film of Young's two-night stand at a Nashville auditorium, will be shown outdoors tomorrow at Belvedere Square, at the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue. In his review of the film, Sun critic Michael Sragow referred to it as an "intimate epic ... a performance film that conjures a vision of American life as moving, funny and rueful as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln." The evening begins at 8:30 p.m. with a shorts program; the film starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
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By Kevin Crust and Kevin Crust,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 5, 2004
If you're disappointed that the Jay-Z and R. Kelly tour will no longer feature the R&B star half of the bill, fret not, you can still experience the "Best of Both Worlds" in the concert documentary Fade to Black. The film is a celebration of rapper Jay-Z's November 2003 show at Madison Square Garden where the hip-hop superstar/mogul marked his "retirement" from solo performing, giving and receiving shout-outs from his fans and friends. The movie, directed by Michael John Warren (though Jay-Z takes the possessive "a film by" credit using his given name, Shawn Carter)
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 2, 2000
If you couldn't see "Wattstax" with your own eyes, you wouldn't believe it. The film about a 1972 benefit concert in Los Angeles that raised money for community organizations in the embattled Watts neighborhood is so full of talent, historical importance, exuberance, optimism and deep emotional expression that it's difficult to believe one movie can hold it all. "Wattstax," which returns to the Charles today after a triumphant screening at the Maryland...
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June 1, 2006
Concert Film The Who The mods and the rockers are bringing their rivalry to the big screen at 7:30 tonight at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. Maryland Public Television presents the concert film The Who: Quadrophenia Live, the film version of the band's "Quadrophenia" con cert tour in 1996 and 1997. The film will also be shown at 8 p.m. June 9 at the University of Balti more, Student Center, Per forming Arts Center, 1420 N. Charles St. To reserve free tick ets, call 410-581-4265 or e-mail thewho@mpt.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | February 8, 2008
So, Disney has decided that its amazingly popular Miley Cyrus concert film (or should that be Hannah Montana concert film?) will play beyond the one week that originally had been scheduled. And millions of young Hannah/Miley fans rejoice. If I were one of those poor parents, however, who spent untold hours online trying to secure tickets for the "one-week only" engagement - and especially if I had shelled out extra bucks to land a couple of them - rejoicing is the last thing I'd be doing.
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March 17, 2006
THE QUESTION What was your favorite underrated concert movie, one that quietly touched the soul or maybe came and went in a flash of pyrotechnics? WHAT YOU SAY Perhaps the most interesting film that remains essentially an honest study in music icon egoism is Michael Apted's Bring on the Night. The premise is to chronicle the formation of Sting's post-Police band, The Blue Turtles, all the while making the lead singer appear more new-father human and less short-fused totalitarian than Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland might have argued at the time.
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By Michael Yockel and Michael Yockel,Special to The Sun | April 23, 1994
About halfway into "Between the Teeth," a 70-minute concert film of David Byrne and his nine-piece band shot in October 1992, the camera pulls back into the crowd, bright white light suffuses the stage, the band dips into Mr. Byrne's "Hanging Upside Down," and for what seems like the first time in the film, actual color -- in this case the brilliant red and blue of Bobby Allende's conga drums -- leaps out from the screen."
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June 1, 2006
Concert Film The Who The mods and the rockers are bringing their rivalry to the big screen at 7:30 tonight at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. Maryland Public Television presents the concert film The Who: Quadrophenia Live, the film version of the band's "Quadrophenia" con cert tour in 1996 and 1997. The film will also be shown at 8 p.m. June 9 at the University of Balti more, Student Center, Per forming Arts Center, 1420 N. Charles St. To reserve free tick ets, call 410-581-4265 or e-mail thewho@mpt.
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March 17, 2006
THE QUESTION What was your favorite underrated concert movie, one that quietly touched the soul or maybe came and went in a flash of pyrotechnics? WHAT YOU SAY Perhaps the most interesting film that remains essentially an honest study in music icon egoism is Michael Apted's Bring on the Night. The premise is to chronicle the formation of Sting's post-Police band, The Blue Turtles, all the while making the lead singer appear more new-father human and less short-fused totalitarian than Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland might have argued at the time.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 11, 2005
White filmmakers - [Martin] Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann - make films about all kinds of subjects," African-American filmmaker Antoine Fuqua told Variety's David Weddle two years ago. "They don't put themselves in a box. Why should we?"
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By Kevin Crust and Kevin Crust,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 5, 2004
If you're disappointed that the Jay-Z and R. Kelly tour will no longer feature the R&B star half of the bill, fret not, you can still experience the "Best of Both Worlds" in the concert documentary Fade to Black. The film is a celebration of rapper Jay-Z's November 2003 show at Madison Square Garden where the hip-hop superstar/mogul marked his "retirement" from solo performing, giving and receiving shout-outs from his fans and friends. The movie, directed by Michael John Warren (though Jay-Z takes the possessive "a film by" credit using his given name, Shawn Carter)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 19, 2003
Does Cuba Gooding Jr. know how not to mug? Rat Race, Snow Dogs, Boat Trip and now The Fighting Temptations - put Gooding in a comedy, and there appears to be an ironclad guarantee that he'll mug for the camera until his face all but falls off. True, it's hard to think of a more effervescent actor - his Oscar-winning turn in Jerry Maguire was all about flamboyance made accessible - but does he always have to play everything at such a high pitch? The Fighting Temptations is a formulaic feel-gooder about a patchwork gospel choir looking to hold its own against the big boys.
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By MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL | May 2, 2002
Adrift (dir. Tom Curran, USA) Revisiting his family's past in Alaska and Cape Cod, Tom Curran provides a first-person account of loss in an Irish-American family. Adventures of Baron Munchausen (dir. Terry Gilliam, UK) Terry Gilliam's masterpiece will be presented by guest host Colleen Haskell, a Bethesda native and contestant from the first season of Survivor. Americanos (dir. Paul Callahan, USA) A man in his 30s who lives with his mother and spends most of his time at the local bar gets wrapped up in a Cuban cigar smuggling scheme with his wealthy lawyer friend.
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By Scott Timberg | April 17, 1994
Film festival still rollingThe Baltimore International Film Festival continues this week with a wide variety of films, starting tonight with "The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg," a documentary about the beat poet, at 7 p.m.From Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival comes "Mama Awethu!" Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. It is preceded by "Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann." On Thursday night, the festival offers a tribute to late director Federico Fellini with a restored version of his 1954 masterpiece, "La Strada."
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By MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL | May 2, 2002
Adrift (dir. Tom Curran, USA) Revisiting his family's past in Alaska and Cape Cod, Tom Curran provides a first-person account of loss in an Irish-American family. Adventures of Baron Munchausen (dir. Terry Gilliam, UK) Terry Gilliam's masterpiece will be presented by guest host Colleen Haskell, a Bethesda native and contestant from the first season of Survivor. Americanos (dir. Paul Callahan, USA) A man in his 30s who lives with his mother and spends most of his time at the local bar gets wrapped up in a Cuban cigar smuggling scheme with his wealthy lawyer friend.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 2, 2000
If you couldn't see "Wattstax" with your own eyes, you wouldn't believe it. The film about a 1972 benefit concert in Los Angeles that raised money for community organizations in the embattled Watts neighborhood is so full of talent, historical importance, exuberance, optimism and deep emotional expression that it's difficult to believe one movie can hold it all. "Wattstax," which returns to the Charles today after a triumphant screening at the Maryland...
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By Michael Yockel and Michael Yockel,Special to The Sun | April 23, 1994
About halfway into "Between the Teeth," a 70-minute concert film of David Byrne and his nine-piece band shot in October 1992, the camera pulls back into the crowd, bright white light suffuses the stage, the band dips into Mr. Byrne's "Hanging Upside Down," and for what seems like the first time in the film, actual color -- in this case the brilliant red and blue of Bobby Allende's conga drums -- leaps out from the screen."
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