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Stand and Deliver (1988) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
From the genre of inspirational teacher films and released near the similar Lean on Me, Stand and Deliver broadly swept the Independent Spirit Awards in 1988 and was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2011. This biopic depicts Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos), who immigrated from Bolivia to Los Angeles and taught high school while being hassled by tough students like Angel Guzman (Lou Diamond Phillips). Mr. Escalante is also pressured by his bosses, who want him to control his raucous classroom. Caught in the middle, he opts to immerse his students in higher math. After intensive study, his students ace California's calculus test, which begets scrutiny from doubtful officials.
Sun 9/23/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Paddington (2014) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the London train station where he was found, is offered temporary haven with the family of Henry and Mary Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), where he subsequently acquires a keen taste for marmalade. Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide.
Sun 9/30/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Paddington 2 (2017) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
Having settled in with the Brown family since our screening of the first Paddington film last week, Paddington the bear is a popular member of his community, teaching them both directly and indirectly how to properly wear jaunty hats. And the British appreciate him greatly for that. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop, which would make the most perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a sticky-fingered filcher steals the prized book, Paddington gets his paws on the whodunnit and embarks on a quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.
Sun 10/7/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
This stop-motion animated film grew from a poem Tim Burton wrote about the whiplash switch from Halloween to Christmas. It took a team of roughly 100 people three years to film this combination of oogie boogie and Oingo Boingo. It follows the misadventures and music of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the real world. When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown—all bright colors and warm spirits—he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role, but Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
Sun 10/21/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
A fad of the mid-1980s, Garbage Pail Kids were a trading card set that lampooned Cabbage Patch Kids, itself a fad, with light gross-out humor. At the height of lawsuits between the Garbage Pail and Cabbage Patch Kids, the Topps Company who made the GPK trading cards pumped out a movie to capitalize on their flashing popularity. Almost universally poorly reviewed and famous for being perhaps the worst kids movie ever made, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and its 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes definitely feels like a film made by a company that makes baseball cards not films, putting it in the so-bad-it’s-good category.
Sun 10/28/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Song of the Sea (2014) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
This Irish animated feature was the second film from Cartoon Saloon, the relatively new Irish film production company known for The Secret of Kells and, like their other work, was also hand-drawn. The story follows a 10-year-old Irish boy named Ben (David Rawle) who discovers that his sister Saoirse, who does not speak and whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free fairy creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha. While not screened often in the United States, the film gained international acclaim and a nomination for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
Sun 11/4/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


The Parent Trap (1998) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
In this update of the 1961 film of the same name, twins Annie (Lindsay Lohan) and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The pre-teen girls' divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson), are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they've missed.
Sun 11/11/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
The scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl’s children’s book took minor tweaks when adapted to film, which remains about a sweet boy named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) from a poor family who dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside a chocolate bar. Holders of the coveted golden tickets are granted admittance to the eccentric and magical chocolate factory run by the reclusive Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children leaving only one for Charlie to find to see if he can get a glimpse into where no speck of light is showing even if danger might be growing.
Sun 11/18/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
Not a hit upon release, It’s a Wonderful Life gained its popularity largely due to a clerical error at with the copyright office that made it public domain and led to television stations being able to broadcast it for free during the holiday season, which they did repeatedly thus deepening the film’s association with Christmas for generations. A variation on A Christmas Carol theme, the Christmastime glimpse into the future here belongs to George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all. As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years.
Sun 12/2/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors (2016) <h4>Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films</h4>
National treasure Dolly Parton pulled this Christmas story from her own childhood experiences in rural Tennessee. Family patriarch Lee Parton (Ricky Schroder) makes sacrifices to have enough money to buy his wife the wedding ring he could never afford. The children also sacrifice their own Christmas presents to give their mother this special gift. Dolly's Uncle Billy helps her begin to see that her voice and talent might put her on a road to a better life. Various crisis situations, some life-threatening, make the family's Christmas a challenge.
Sun 12/9/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema