Sicilian-born filmmaker Frank Capra arrived on these shores at age 6 and pursued the American dream with an unabashed passion, populating the silver screen with a succession of earnest, upstanding, good-hearted everymen like Longfellow Deeds, Jefferson Smith, John Doe, and George Bailey, central figures in a canon of flag-waving, heart-tugging, tear-jerking mush unrivaled in American cinema. Don't just wait for NBC's annual holiday broadcast. Pack up the kids and see It's a Wonderful Life the way Capra intended — on the big screen in a theater full of other unapologetic sentimentalists. The movie screens at 10 a.m., kicking off a Free Classic Holiday Movie Series every Saturday from now through December 20 at The Legends 14 Theatre (1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas). For more information, see legendsshopping.com or call the theatre at 913-428-2978. Admission is free, but arrive early and bring your own Kleenex.
Sat., Nov. 29, 2008