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'Coming Attractions' Spring Film Series Begins In Morristown and Paramus

After a successful fifteen year run in Secaucus, Clifton and Paramus, the organizers of NJ’s COMING ATTRACTIONS, NY Film Critics Series, are excited to announce that their upcoming 2009 SPRING SEASON will now be offered at a two locations. The Series will run for eight consecutive weeks, Monday March 30th through May 27th at both the AMC Garden State 16, at Route 4&17, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ and at The Headquarters Plaza Clearview Cinemas, Headquarters Plaza Mall, Morristown, NJ.

Open to the public, The NY FILM CRITICS SERIES presents private, preview screenings followed by a live discussion. They have expanded the program format to include high caliber films, guests and audience discussion now with a different host each week. “We strongly feel that this will bring a fresh, new insightful perspective to the preview film experience of the better movies not ordinarily available at the multiplexes,” says organizers Ira and Mark Ehrenkranz.

“Our plans are to have a variety of premier film analysts who will alternate each week. They will present a detailed introduction to the films and conduct an in-depth interview thoroughly exploring content and structure with our nightly featured guests,” adds Ira Ehrenkranz, now member of the NJ State Film Commission.

The Spring 2009 line-up includes: - Peter Travers of CNN and Rolling Stone Magazine, Marshall Fine of Star Magazine, Godfrey Cheshire, The Independent, David Edelstein critic for New York Magazine, CBS Sunday Mornings, NPR’s Fresh Air, Stephen Whitty of Newhouse News & The Star ledger & Glenn Kenny (Premiere Magazine).

“Our new team of industry experts utilize their national and international influence to get the finest films and guests in the business. Preview the better films not available at the multiplexes. Why travel to small art houses or crowded NY theaters when you can privately experience pristine prints of the highest quality on a big screen with a state-of-the-art sound system before everyone else?” suggests Mark Ehrenkranz.

A Few Of The Films Include:

THE BROTHERS BLOOM - The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust, intrigue and the most complex literary-inspired setups imaginable. Now they've decided to take on one last job -- showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress named Penelope the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world -- from New Jersey to Greece to Russia. Distributors: Summit Entertainment, LLC. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Rinko Kikuchi, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by: Rian Johnson Produced by: Wendy Japhet, Douglas E. Hansen, Ram Bergman.

LEMON TREE - Salma Zidane lives in a tiny Palestinian village on the West Bank. She is 45 years old and a widow. Her children have left home, and she is alone. When the Israeli minister of defense builds a house on the other side of the green line, Selma's lemon trees come to the attention of his bodyguards. Her trees are a security risk. They can hide terrorists and impede the bodyguards in their work. Starring: Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavori, Tarak Copti, Amos Lavie.

AMERICAN VIOLET A twenty-something African-American single mom struggles to make ends meet in a small Texas town. When cops arrest her in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence. Refusing a plea bargain that would allow her to avoid jail time, Roberts stands up against a corrupt law enforcement and judicial system. Starring: Nicole Behaire, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Michael O Keefe, Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by: Tim Disney. Produced by: Peter Newman, Bill Haney, Debra Longo.

JULIA - A man and his family are eliminated by the mob after informing to the FBI. The youngest member of the family, a six-year-old kid, escapes with the help of a neighbor named Julia, who is the former girlfriend of one of the gangsters that executed his parents. Distributors: Magnolia Pictures. Starring: Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, Curious Case of Benjamin Bratt).

The series is now open to the public:
LOCATION #1 - MONDAYS - AMC Garden State 16, at Route 4&17, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ - Opening Night Monday March 30th, followed by 7 consecutive Mondays through May 18th.

LOCATION #2 - WEDNESDAYS - Headquarters Plaza Clearview Cinemas, Headquarters Plaza Mall, Morristown, NJ. Opening Night Wednesday April 1st, Followed By 7 Consecutive Wednesdays through May 27th. (*There will be no screening on April 8th due to Holiday).

Both Locations Begin At 7PM For All Nights. For more information call (973) 539-8785. Or write to The Cinema Arts Group, P.O. Box 344, Convent Station, NJ 07961 or go to www.nyfilmcritics.com. EMAIL: njfilm@optonline.net.

A Few Of Our Recent Area Premieres Have Included: Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Milk, Frozen River, Young @ Heart, The Visitor, Juno, Kite Runner, The Savages, A Mighty Heart, Death At A Funeral, Waitress, The Hoax, Lives Of Others, Black Book, Away From Her, Babel, Little Children, Illusionist, Painted Veil, Little Miss Sunshine, Good Night & Good Luck, Transamerica, Paradise Now, The Squid And The Whale, The Matador, Hustle and Flow, Kinsey, Supersize Me, American Splendor, Whale Rider.

With Recent, Special, Live Appearances By: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) Alan Alda, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palmenteri, William H. Macy, Jason Reitman, Sigourney Weaver, Zach Braff, Keri Russel, Olympia Dukakis, Tom Cavanagh, Edward Norton, Kevin Bacon, Gabriel Byrne, Harold Ramis, Patricia Clarkson, Tim Blake Nelson, Peter Saarsgard, Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Eli Wallach, Anthony Quinn, Peter Bogdanovich, Patricia Arquette, Ismail Merchant, Joe Pantoliano, Stanley Tucci, Edie Falco, Aidan Quinn, John Turturro, Bob Hoskins, Celeste Holm, Paul Sorvino, Alfred Molina, George Plimpton, Director Robert Downey Sr. (Putney Swope), Frank Langella, Anthony LaPaglia, Vincent D’Onfrio, Danny Aiello, Writer Director Herb Gardner (1000 Clowns), Jennifer Jason Leigh.

3/26/09

MEDIA CONTACTS -FOR PRESS/CORPORATE INQUIRIES ONLY, CONTACT: NJ State Film Commission Member -IRA EHRENKRANZ (973) 734-0777 FAX (973) 734-0852 or njfilm@optonline.net

PHOTOS AND CONTENT FOR PRINT AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST OR AT www.nyfilmcritics.com.