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"GoodFellas" - @ Loew's Jersey

Event title "GoodFellas" - @ Loew's Jersey
Beginning Date Saturday February 23rd, 2019 PM 8:00
Ending Date Saturday February 23rd, 2019 PM 10:40
Location Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre
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Description Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 1990, 146mins. Rated R. Screened in 35mm.

$8 Adults; $6 Seniors & Kids. Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series.

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre at 54 JSQ is directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station. Discount parking for Theatre patrons in Square Ramp Garage located on Magnolia Ave. off of Tonnelle Ave. behind the Loew’s. (201) 798-6055

Martin Scorsese had not planned to make another gangster film, but he did still have a fascination with the Mob lifestyle and, more broadly, with the actions of men searching for a moral compass in a faithless world. So when he read Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster turned FBI informant Henry Hill, and found it to be the most realistic depiction of life in the Mob he had ever encountered, Scorsese decided he had to put in on screen. The story goes that he made a cold call to Pileggi and told him that he'd been waiting for a book like that all his life. And the author is said to have replied right back that all his life he'd been waiting for a call like that. The two ultimately shared screenwriting credit, and Pileggi's notes and research from the book were hugely helpful to Lipotta, De Niro and the others in developing their characters.

The film that resulted continued the deconstruction and reinvention of the gangster movie genre that Scorsese had begun seventeen years earlier with “Mean Streets”.

GoodFellas is a stunningly ambitious, ferociously entertaining look at one man's rise and fall in a Mafia family. Shot and edited with a propulsive sense of rhythm - it may be the fastest-feeling 146 minutes ever committed to film – “GoodFellas” explores the 30-year career of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as a "mechanic" working for mob boss Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvinio). While most films about gangsters attribute their characters' criminal lives to greed or sociopathic behavior, Scorsese makes it clear Henry and his friends Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) are gangsters because they want to be: they like to steal, they enjoy violence, and their "work" allows them to profit from these qualities more than in any other conceivable career path.

However, while the film offers a point-blank look at New York's criminal underworld from the 1950s to the '80s, Scorsese also uses this story as an unusual but clear moral tale: In the beginning, Henry and his partners follow a strict code of honor and make sure to obey Cicero's wishes: you pay tribute to the boss, you stay away from dealing drugs, and you don't kill anyone unless it's absolutely necessary. But by the mid-'70s, these guidelines have been forgotten. Scorsese makes it clear that Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy's move away from Paulie's corrupt but strictly ordered ethical universe leads only to death and betrayal, and the dissolution of anything that even remotely resembled honor that they once might have laid claim to.

Scorsese’s decisions about how to order the film, it’s pacing, his exquisite attention to how it looks, and even his choice for the soundtrack of popular music contemporary to the times being depicted are all key elements in its stunning success. But the contribution of its cast cannot be overstated. And despite De Niro’s deserved star power and the considerable individual talents of the other actors, in many ways GoodFellas is one of the best examples of an ensemble movie ever made. If there is a standout, it is probably Joe Pesci, for his incarnation of Hill’s psychotic pal – a performance that literally makes you feel you don’t dare take your eyes off of it.
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Last Modified Friday February 22nd, 2019
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