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Taylor Sheridan is probably best remembered as the deputy in “Sons of Anarchy” who didn’t make it past the second season. It’s best to think of him as a writer and director now, and in his two previous films, “Sicario” about the drug trade and “Hell or High Water” with two bank-robbing brothers, Sheridan has solidified his credibility as both.

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Electric-powered, oversized plush reclining seats, wall-to-ceiling screens, state-of-the art surround sound systems and beer and wine selections at the concession stand are luxuries that Southeast Texans might have never imagined their local theater would offer.

But those luxuries, which many traveled to Houston or Austin to enjoy, are now available right here in Beaumont.

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The Jefferson Theatre will host Titanic on Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 30, as well as Amour for the Foreign Cinema Series on Wednesday, July 5. 

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What a throwback in time—literally as one of filmdom’s most awesome monsters is resurrected for what is a fresh take on a timeworn genre. King Kong, or just Kong here, has been around since the silent films, but just when you think you’ve seen it all, the fog bank enshrouding Skull Island parts and the fun begins.

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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 17 at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont  with the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time — Space Jam. The 1996 live-action animated sports comedy stars Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters. The movie tells the story of a fictional story of the time in which Jordan spent during his brief years of retirement. Bugs Bunny and crew recruit Jordan to their team in order to win a basketball game against the Nerdlucks The movie is 1 hour, 28 minutes and is Rated PG.

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Classic Movie Night continues Friday, Feb. 24, with the Academy Award winning 1997 drama Good Will Hunting at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by Gus Van Zant and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the movie follows Will Hunting (Damon), a 20-year-old janitor at MIT who has a gift of mathematics. He meets Dr. Sean Maguire, played by the late Robin Williams, who helps him find his direction of life. The movie is 2 hours, 6 minutes long and Rated R. For more information, view beaumontcityevents.com or call (409) 838-3435. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Classic Movie Night continues Friday, Feb. 10, with the 1993 romantic comedy drama Sleepless in Seattle at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by Nora Ephron, the movie stars Tom Hanks as “Sam Baldwin” who loses his wife to cancer. His son calls in to a radio talk show to tell the story, and one of the listeners, Annie (played by Meg Ryan), wants to meet him. The film grossed over $220 million at the box office.

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Oscar nominations were announced last week, and like most years, there were surprises, snubs and foregone winners in some categories. Or maybe not. The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held last weekend and there were some game-changing surprises. Because the SAG awards start with actors nominating and then voting for other actors, it can be a better predictor of what is to come at the Oscar ceremony a few weeks from now.

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If I want to indulge in some Christmas treats, I’d prefer the real thing over this treacle. It’s like having high fructose corn syrup via an IV. Unpleasant, and, definitely not good for you. This movie shamelessly tugs at your heart, something it has no business doing, even if Will Smith is trying for an Oscar nomination — again. So, fair warning: I’m about to go all Ebenezer Scrooge on this one.

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