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The Huntsman: Winter's War in Erie, PA

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The Huntsman: Winter's War (PG-13)

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya, suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya's ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen including Eric and warrior Sara only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love. When Freya learns of her sister's demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it's ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen's cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.

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Running Time: 123 minutes
Release Date: Apr 22
Rating: PG-13 (for fantasy action violence and some sensuality)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:00 AM  •  12:00 PM  •  1:45 PM  •  2:45 PM  •  4:30 PM  •  5:30 PM  •  7:30 PM  •  8:15 PM  •  10:15 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:00 AM  •  12:25 PM  •  2:50 PM  •  5:15 PM  •  7:45 PM  •  10:15 PM
Becky's Drive-In Theatre
4548 Lehigh Drive — Walnutport
10:30 PM

The Jungle Book in Erie, PA

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The Jungle Book (PG)

An epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger ShereKhan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don't exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

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Running Time: 105 minutes
Release Date: Apr 15
Rating: PG (for some sequences of scary action and peril)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:05 AM  •  12:15 PM  •  1:45 PM  •  4:25 PM  •  5:55 PM  •  7:05 PM  •  9:45 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:00 AM  •  12:20 PM  •  2:40 PM  •  5:00 PM  •  7:20 PM  •  9:40 PM
Becky's Drive-In Theatre
4548 Lehigh Drive — Walnutport
8:25 PM
Coudersport Theatre
11 North Main Street — Coudersport
2:00 PM  •  7:30 PM

The Jungle Book in Disney Digital 3D in Erie, PA

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The Jungle Book in Disney Digital 3D (PG)

An epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger ShereKhan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don't exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

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Running Time: 105 minutes
Release Date: Apr 15
Rating: PG (for some sequences of scary action and peril)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:30 AM  •  2:15 PM  •  3:05 PM  •  5:00 PM  •  7:45 PM  •  8:45 PM  •  10:30 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
11:00 AM  •  1:20 PM  •  3:40 PM  •  6:20 PM  •  8:45 PM

Keanu in Erie, PA

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Keanu (R)

Clarence and Rell are two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell's beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

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Running Time: 100 minutes
Release Date: Apr 29
Rating: R (for violence3, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Comedy

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:55 AM  •  2:25 PM  •  4:55 PM  •  7:25 PM  •  9:55 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:00 AM  •  12:10 PM  •  2:20 PM  •  4:40 PM  •  7:15 PM  •  9:45 PM

The Boss in Erie, PA

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The Boss (R)

A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

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Running Time: 99 minutes
Release Date: Apr 08
Rating: R (for sexual content, language and brief drug use)
Genre: Comedy

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:30 AM  •  2:00 PM  •  4:30 PM  •  7:00 PM  •  9:30 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:35 AM  •  12:45 PM  •  3:05 PM  •  5:20 PM  •  7:35 PM  •  9:50 PM

Zootopia in Erie, PA

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Zootopia (PG)

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together - a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

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Running Time: 108 minutes
Release Date: Mar 04
Rating: PG (for some thematic elements, rude humor and action)
Genre: Animation

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:10 AM  •  1:50 PM  •  4:30 PM  •  7:15 PM  •  9:55 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:00 AM  •  12:20 PM  •  2:40 PM  •  5:00 PM  •  7:25 PM  •  9:45 PM

Mother's Day in Erie, PA

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Mother's Day (PG-13)

A celebration of mothers everywhere, this big-hearted comedy invites us all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother's Day.

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Running Time: 118 minutes
Release Date: Apr 29
Rating: PG-13 (for language and some suggestive material)
Genre: Comedy

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:05 AM  •  1:55 PM  •  4:45 PM  •  7:35 PM  •  10:25 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
3:00 PM  •  5:30 PM  •  8:00 PM  •  10:30 PM

Barbershop: The Next Cut in Erie, PA

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Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13)

It's been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin's Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew, including Eddie, are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood as well.

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Running Time: 112 minutes
Release Date: Apr 15
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual material and language)
Genre: Comedy

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:15 AM  •  2:00 PM  •  4:45 PM  •  7:40 PM  •  10:25 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
2:55 PM  •  5:25 PM  •  7:55 PM  •  10:25 PM

Criminal in Erie, PA

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Criminal (R)

This is the story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative's mission.

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Running Time: 113 minutes
Release Date: Apr 15
Rating: R (for strong violence and language throughout)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:05 AM  •  1:50 PM  •  4:35 PM  •  7:20 PM  •  10:05 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:45 AM  •  1:40 PM  •  4:20 PM  •  7:00 PM  •  9:50 PM

Ratchet and Clank in Erie, PA

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Ratchet and Clank (PG)

This is an animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy "lombax" who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity.

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Running Time: 94 minutes
Release Date: Apr 29
Rating: PG (for action and some rude humor)
Genre: Animation

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
12:15 PM  •  5:15 PM  •  7:45 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
10:10 AM  •  12:20 PM  •  2:30 PM  •  7:00 PM

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in Erie, PA

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13)

Gold Circle Entertainment and HBO present a Playtone production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

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Running Time: 94 minutes
Release Date: Mar 25
Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive material)
Genre: Comedy

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:30 AM  •  2:10 PM  •  4:45 PM  •  7:10 PM  •  10:00 PM
Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Avenue — Meadville
4:45 PM

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Erie, PA

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13)

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gothan City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known.

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Running Time: 151 minutes
Release Date: Mar 25
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
12:20 PM  •  3:35 PM  •  7:00 PM  •  10:20 PM
Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Avenue — Meadville
2:00 PM  •  7:15 PM

Miracles from Heaven in Erie, PA

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Miracles from Heaven (PG)

When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Based on a true story.

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Running Time: 109 minutes
Release Date: Mar 16
Rating: PG (for thematic material, including accident and medical issues.)
Genre: Drama

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:00 AM  •  1:40 PM  •  4:20 PM  •  7:05 PM  •  9:45 PM
Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Avenue — Meadville
4:30 PM

Ratchet and Clank 3D in Erie, PA

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Ratchet and Clank 3D (PG)

This is an animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy "lombax" who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity.

View Trailer

Running Time: 94 minutes
Release Date: Apr 29
Rating: PG (for action and some rude humor)
Genre: Animation

Showtimes:

Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
2:45 PM  •  10:15 PM
The Movies at Meadville
11155 Highline Drive — Meadville
4:40 PM  •  9:10 PM

God's Not Dead 2 in Erie, PA

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God's Not Dead 2 (PG)

Welcome back to Hope Springs - home not only of Hadleigh University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher Grace Wesley helps students understand and enjoy history. Her love of teaching, her love for her students, and her love of life all come from the same place: her love of Christ. So when Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation naturally leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ. When Brooke later asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace's reasoned response lands her in big trouble-almost before she even finishes giving her answer. With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her the career she loves and expel God from the classroom-and the public square-once and for all!

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Running Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: Apr 01
Rating: PG (for some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
11:00 AM  •  4:40 PM  •  10:20 PM

10 Cloverfield Lane in Erie, PA

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10 Cloverfield Lane (PG-13)

A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. Uncertain what to believe, the woman soon determines that she must escape at any cost.

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Running Time: 106 minutes
Release Date: Mar 11
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language)
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
7:35 PM  •  10:10 PM

Robots in Erie, PA

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Robots (No Rating)

Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too-distant future are simply revolutionary - and they are becoming eerily like us. What does it take to make a humanoid robot - a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain? How close are scientists to replicating some of the particularly challenging human characteristics? Why are we attempting to create humanoids in the first place? ROBOTS answers these questions and more as it showcases the latest developments - successes and failures - of robotics around the world. ROBOTS is a fascinating and fun look at what makes us human, how far machines can really go to look and act like us, and how humanoids are already changing our world.

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Running Time: 40 minutes
Release Date: Jun 05
Rating: No Rating
Genre: Documentary

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
11:00 AM  •  1:00 PM  •  3:00 PM

Tiny Giants in Erie, PA

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Tiny Giants (No Rating)

Running Time: 40 minutes
Rating: No Rating
Genre: Documentary

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
2:00 PM  •  5:00 PM

D-Day: Normandy 1944 in Erie, PA

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D-Day: Normandy 1944 (No Rating)

Movie Web Site

Running Time: 40 minutes
Rating: No Rating
Genre: Documentary

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
1:00 PM  •  3:30 PM  •  4:00 PM

Purple Rain in Erie, PA

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Purple Rain (R)

The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with singer, Apollonia. But, another musician, Morris, looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.

Running Time: 111 minutes
Release Date: Jul 27
Rating: R
Genre: Drama

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
1:50 PM  •  7:00 PM
Becky's Drive-In Theatre
4548 Lehigh Drive — Walnutport
8:20 PM

How to Be Single in Erie, PA

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How to Be Single (R)

There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then...there's Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

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Running Time: 110 minutes
Release Date: Feb 12
Rating: R (for sexual content and strong language throughout)
Genre: Comedy

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Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Avenue — Meadville
4:00 PM  •  7:30 PM

The Divergent Series: Allegiant in Erie, PA

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant (PG-13)

Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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Running Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: Mar 18
Rating: PG-13 (for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Avenue — Meadville
2:15 PM

Deadpool in Erie, PA

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Deadpool (R)

Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Running Time: 107 minutes
Release Date: Feb 12
Rating: R (for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity)
Genre: Action/Adventure

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Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Avenue — Meadville
7:00 PM

Kung Fu Panda 3 in Erie, PA

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG)

When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

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Running Time: 95 minutes
Release Date: Jan 29
Rating: PG (for martial arts action and some mild rude humor)
Genre: Animation

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Becky's Drive-In Theatre
4548 Lehigh Drive — Walnutport
10:35 PM

Journey to the South Pacific in Erie, PA

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Journey to the South Pacific (G)

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific will take moviegoers on a breathtaking adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

Running Time: 40 minutes
Release Date: Dec 27
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
2:15 PM

Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West in Erie, PA

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Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West (No Rating)

With stunning aerial cinematography and meticulous recreations, 'Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West' dramatizes the legendary early 19th-century expedition that crossed the uncharted North American West.

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Running Time: 42 minutes
Release Date: Apr 20
Rating: No Rating
Genre: Drama

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
11:45 AM

Everest (1998) in Erie, PA

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Everest (1998) (No Rating)

This is the story of the 1996 Everest Film Expedition, a MacGillivray Freeman production in association with Arcturus Motion Pictures. Filmed in IMAX® photography, "Everest" is the dramatic true story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy. Their successful ascent of Mount Everest, just days after fellow mountaineers and friends died there, is a compelling story about the human spirit and a mountain they love, respect and sometimes fear.

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Running Time: 45 minutes
Release Date: Mar 06
Rating: No Rating
Genre: Documentary

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
4:45 PM

A Star Is Born (1954) in Erie, PA

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A Star Is Born (1954) (PG)

The 1954 musical remake of A Star is Born could have been titled A Star is Reborn, in that it represented the triumphal return to the screen of Judy Garland after a four-year absence. The remake adheres closely to the plotline of the 1937 original: An alcoholic film star, on his last professional legs, gives a career boost to a unknown aspiring actress. The two marry, whereupon her fame and fortune rises while his spirals sharply downward. Unable to accept this, the male star crawls deeper into the bottle. The wife tearfully decides to give up her own career to care for her husband. To spare her this fate, the husband chivalrously commits suicide. His wife is inconsolable at first, but is urged to go on with the show in memory of her late husband. In the original, Janet Gaynor played Esther Blodgett, who with no training or contacts came to Hollywood hoping for stardom. The remake, scripted by Moss Hart, is a shade more realistic: Garland's Esther, though far removed from fame, is a working professional singer/dancer when first we meet her. Both Gaynor and Garland are transformed from Esther Blodgett to Vicki Lester after being screen-tested, though Gaynor goes on to star in fluffy costume dramas while Garland more logically headlines big-budget musicals. The 1937 Star is Born costarred Fredric March as Norman Maine, Esther/Vicki's sponsor-cum-spouse. March patterned his performance after the tragic John Barrymore, reining in his emotions in favor of pure technique; James Mason's interpretation is more original, more emotional, and far more effective (who can forget the scene where Norman sobbingly overhears Vicki planning to give up her career for his sake?) As the studio's long-suffering publicist, the 1937 version's Lionel Stander is more abrasive and unpleasant than the 1954 version's introspective, intellectual Jack Carson; on the other hand, Adolphe Menjou and Charles Bickford are fairly evenly matched in the role of the studio head. Several important omissions are made in the remake. The 1937 Star is Born included Esther's indomitable old grandma (May Robson), a helpful assistant director (Andy Devine) and a soft-hearted landlord (Edgar Kennedy); all three characters are missing from the 1954 version, though elements of each can be found in the best friend/severest critic character played by Tommy Noonan. Wisely, both versions end with the grieving Vicki Lester coming out of her shell at a public gathering, greeting the audience with a proud, defiant Good evening, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine. Though directors William Wellman (1937 version) and George Cukor (1954 version) handle this finale in their own distinctive manners, the end result is equally effective emotionally. What truly sets the 1954 A Star is Born apart from other films of its ilk is its magnificent musical score by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin. The songs include The Man Who Got Away (brilliantly performed by Garland in one long take, sans dubbing), It's a New World, Somewhere There's a Someone, I Was Born in a Trunk, Lose That Long Face and Gotta Have Me Go With You. When originally previewed in 1954, the film ran well over three hours, thanks to the lengthy-and thoroughly disposable-Born in a Trunk number, added to the film as an afterthought without the approval or participation of director George Cukor. The Warner Bros. executives trimmed the film to 154 minutes, eliminating three top-rank musical numbers and several crucial expository sequences (including Norman's proposal to Vicki). At the instigation of the late film historian Ronald Haver, the full version was painstakingly restored in 1983, with outtakes and still photos bridging the lost footage. Though nominated in several categories, A Star is Born was left empty-handed at Academy Award time, an oversight that caused outrage then and still rankles Judy Garland fans to this day (Footnote: Judy Garland had previously played Vicki Lester in a 1942 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the original A Star is Born).~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Running Time: 176 minutes
Release Date: Sep 29
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama

Showtimes:

Cinemark Tinseltown 17 - Erie
1910 Rotunda Drive — Erie
2:00 PM

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Running Time: 47 minutes
Rating: No Rating
Genre: Documentary

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TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Drive — Erie
10:30 AM