Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

In April the movies are about money:  Marry it.  Steal it.  Conjure it.

Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m. A New Leaf (G) 102 minutes.  Walter Matthau, Elaine May

Henry Graham is a man with a problem:  He has run through his entire inheritance and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. When his Uncle Harry refuses to give him a dime, Henry and his imaginative butler devise a plan to make his money the old-fashioned way — he can marry it.

Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. The Steel Trap (NR) 85 minutes.  Robert Cotten, Teresa Wright

A bank worker steals cash from the bank on Friday and, to keep his wife from leaving, must return the money before it is discovered missing on Monday.

Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m. Now You See Me (PG-13) 116 minutes. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo

An elite FBI squad plays a game of cat and mouse against The Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

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EdRev (Education Revolution) is a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Join Parents Education Network (PEN) to celebrate the eighth annual Education Revolution, EdRev 2016.  There is a professionally jury-ed art contest for students who learn differently.

Categories include:

  • Visual Art: painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper
  • Writing: poetry, essay, short story
  • Video: short film, up to 3 minutes
  • Music: up to 3 minutes of music

Any medium must describe your learning difference.  One submission per student in any art form.  The deadline is March 11, 2016.

All work will be displayed in the Art Gallery at EdRev 2016 at AT&T Park on Saturday, April 16, 9 am to 4 pm.  Participants and a parent/guardian will be invited to attend EdRev and see the work on display in the Art Gallery.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with attendees if they wish to do so.

Check here for submission forms and more information.

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Finally, the media is making a movie to create awareness of the dramatic global phenomenon of the extinction of many of the earth’s species.

The New York Times article is based on the release of two movies on similar missions “Racing Extinction” and “This Changes Everything,” both exploring the devastation humanity has wrought on the natural world. Both films offer messages of hope, profiling people who have helped stop, animal by animal, acre by acre, the pillaging of wildlife and land.

This will be a global event. On December 2, the Discovery Channel plans to broadcast it in prime time in about 220 countries and territories. We have to say to the world and to each other ‘For a moment, stop, and look at the issues that the film raises.’

Promoters and Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and his company Vulcan, are pushing for laws banning the trafficking of endangered species, among other initiatives, and exhorted, via social media and a website, supporters to do the same. Director Psihoyos is professing that each voice and each act, no matter how small, counts. Outrage generated by his movie “The Cove” helped reduce dolphin killings in Japan to 6,000 a year from 23,000.

The same concern led to the photo exhibit at the Fremont Main Library showing the beauty of the African Grey Parrot thriving in the wild in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Being exploited by the government and illegal traders the parrots are trapped in nets, bound to each other wing to wing, then stuffed by the hundreds into crates. Half of the parrots die in transport.

The legal quota is 5,000 parrots a year from the Congo and 7,000 from Cameroon. These countries can no longer sustain this kind of trade, the parrots are near extinction. The cruelty to these birds is extreme and unnecessary, the number exported are in the thousands, and their habitats are being destroyed. This lucrative trade points to the greed of the Congolese government and that of illegal traders. The birds who survive are exported mostly to Asia and the Middle East. Europe has agreed to ban imports.

How can you help?

If greedy governments cannot be stopped, then petitions sponsored by the World Parrot Trust and FLY FREE can make a difference. Help petition CITES to stop the imports into their member countries. CITES is an organization of governments who propose to protect nature and wildlife on earth. They need to be convinced of the necessity to stop this greed and brutality.

Birds belong in nature, they need to be wild and free, they need to fly and thrive, not end up in our cages for our amusement picking their feathers and mutilating themselves.

Come see our exhibit and be a witness to the sadness we have inflicted. Help those innocent lives who cannot help themselves.

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It’s a combo of movie under the stars and street eats with lots of food trucks!!

Join City of Fremont’s Recreation Service Division for the Downtown Date Night! This event will be on this coming Friday, September 18 at 4:30 pm located near Capitol Avenue and Liberty Street.

The movie Remember the Titans (PG)starts in the evening after the sun sets, so bring your low beach chairs and a blanket for a fun night! This event is FREE and open to the public. Fremont Street Eats has the Food Truck Mafia featuring delicious food for purchase!

Come join everybody and have a fun night before the autumn creeps in!


  • ROAD CLOSURE due to this event:  Liberty St. (between Capital Ave. and Beacon Ave.) will be closed from Friday, 9/18 at 11 a.m. to Saturday, 9/19 at 2 a.m.
  • Questions?  Contact Alina Kwok, City Manager’s Office, at 510-284-4014 or akwok@fremont.gov.



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movies under the stars

Join everybody for a Friday Night Movie this Summer.

On Friday, August 21, movie HOME* will be shown on a big screen at the Central Park Performance Pavilion.  Grab a picnic dinner, blanket and beach chairs, and come to have a fun night with your community fellows.

Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and much more will be available for purchase.

The movie will start after the sun sets, and is free.

For more information and updates, visit here.

*Featured movie may be subject to change.

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The Fremont Main Library continues to offer movies on Sundays.  With the start of a new year (Happy New Year!), movies in January will show people in their personal pursuits, new beginnings.  Shows start at 2 p.m. in Fukaya Room B.  Scheduled for showing are:


awakeningsJanuary 11 – Awakenings (Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro; PG-13).  Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams), a research physician, uses an experimental drug to “awaken” the catatonic victims of a rare disease. The awakening of the first patient proves a rebirth for the doctor.


better lifeJanuary 18 – A Better Life (Demian Bichir, Jose Julian; PG-13).  Carlos Galindo dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S.  When his wife leaves him, Carlos’s only goal becomes to make sure his son Luis is given the opportunities he never had.

PleasantvilleJanuary 25 – Pleasantville (Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire; PG-13). A brother and sister are magically transported through their television set and into the black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.



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The two movies lined up for free showings at the Library this month will take viewers to Washington D.C.  Showtime is 2 p.m. movies rotator The movies are:

 July 6      Being There (Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine; PG)

July 20     National Treasure (Nicolas Cage; PG)

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible.  Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.


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In honor of Sunday movies rotatorFather’s Day, the Sunday movies in June at the Fremont Main Library will feature fathers and fatherhood.  Showtime is 2 p.m.  Scheduled for showing are:

June 1          Father of the Bride (Steve Martin, PG)

June 8          John Q (Denzel Washington, PG-13)

June 15        Big Fish (Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, PG-13)

June 22        Warrior (Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, PG-13)

June 29        Martian Child (John Cusack, PG)

Please call 510-745-1401 for more information.


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Date/Time: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Location: Niles Discovery Church, 255 H Street, Fremont, CA 94536 (Enter on 3rd Street)

It is estimated that over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones, and on the streets of their towns. That makes it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The 2011 documentary Bully is the first feature-length documentary film to show how everyone has been affected by bullying — whether as a victim, a perpetrator, or a silent bystander.

For kids who have been or will be bullied in school, it is a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. It is important, as the new school year begins, to review the reality of bullying and its impact, and to discuss what we can do about it.

Dr. James Morris, Superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District, will lead discussion after the film.

Free and open to the public (voluntary donations welcomed)

For more information contact: tricityperspectives.org, 510-797-0895, or sanjosepeace.org, 408-297-2299

Sponsored by Tri-City Independent Documentary Series, the San José Peace and Justice Center, and Niles Discovery Church

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Alive! A Valentino Mystery

9781466800649[1]Alive! A Valentino Mystery by Loren D. Estleman (2013) is the latest in the Valentino series, and finds our UCLA Archivist/“film detective” Valentino embroiled in a murder. Valentino’s friend Craig Hunter tries to contact him regarding some rare screen test footage, but Valentino doesn’t get a chance to deal with Hunter, for his friend turns up murdered. The footage? The legendary Lugosi test footage of Frankenstein. Valentino (of course) has to get to the bottom of this. Peppered with film/film people references, this book is a lot of fun— movie memorabilia collectors will recognize who collector J. Arthur Greenwood was based on immediately! In addition to the novel, you get “closing credits” which includes annotated lists of recommended film books and films to watch.

Others in the Valentino Mystery series: Frames (2008) and Alone (2009) are also available in the Alameda County Library.

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