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Mal's Movies

Virginian Pilot Film Critic Mal Vincent

A series of classic films hosted by Mal Vincent on Monday night in July and August (also shows Tuesday afternoons without Mal, with matinee showtimes to be announced each week).

Now into its second decade, the Classic Film Festival that is known affectionately as "Mal's Movies" suggests that the golden era of Hollywood movies is NOT over—at least not at the Naro. What began as a reluctant one-time event in 2003 has sold well nearly 60,000 tickets since then and has become a local summer tradition as a blend of film and nostalgia.

Classic movies, the ones that they don't make anymore, never die. They just end up at the Mal Vincent Classic Movie Festival, which has turned summertime into movie-time for its faithful followers. There is fun and anecdotes galore as Mal shares with us some of his adventures in seeking interviews with the stars, often on movie sets.

Mal Vincent was editor of the Virginian-Pilot's Sunday Entertainment section for 20 years, and on May 19, 2015, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as an arts critic. He wrote as much about the developing arts scene in music, theater, dance, and television as about movies, but it was his pursuit of profiles of the great entertainers that most caught the public's attention. His biography of Ava Gardner was published by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and he has won awards for feature writing from the Associated Press as well as for critical writing from the Virginia Press Association. His articles have been syndicated in both North and South America by McClatchy-Tribune and Knight-Ridder news services, but the award he most cherishes is the one given him by the Naro Theater audience at the end of the festival's 10th year.


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