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Dining & Entertainment CINEMA REVIEW

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

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Sophia Lillis Shines as Teen Sleuth in Adaptation of To: Keene Classic ___________________________ After the untimely death of his wife, Carson Drew decided he and his daughter Nancy (Sophia Lillis) might benefit from a change of scenery. So, they moved from Chicago to an idyllic oasis in suburbia called River Heights. The relocation proved to be far more of a challenge for Nancy than her civil rights attorney father, a pillar of the legal community, since the 16-year-old found herself having to adjust to a new school. Plus, the picture-perfect town seemed pretty dull, at first blush, to a thrill-seeker born with a sense of adventure. When we’re introduced to our heroine during the opening credits, she’s careening around corners on a skateboard, the driving soundtrack repeating the refrain, “I’m more than just a girl!” And after star Sophia Lillis takes off her helmet and shakes her fiery red mane in the wind, one can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to a young Amy Adams. But I digress. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long for Nancy to find a couple of kindred souls in George (Zoe Renee) and Bess (Mackenzie Graham), classmates also saddled with a low social status.

Continuing Please Bess is being teased by “boy most Derek (Evan Us (R) From:likely” _________________________ Date & Time: __________________ Castelloe). Feisty Nancy puts an end to the bullying by setTransit (NR) is a proof oftoyour ting up a stunt that turns his skinHere blue. Sure, she has do ad, scheduled to run ___________________. Ends Thursday phone some community service for the prank, it solidifies her Pleasebut check it thoroughly and pay special attention to the following: Apollo 11 (G) relationship with Bess and George. International Cinema Series (Your check mark will tell us it’s okay) All of the above is prologue for the ensuing case of The Capernaum (R) the theatre Hidden Staircase, a multi-layered mystery which holds up at 5:30PM Phone number when � Fax number � Address Thu, Apr � 4Expiration Date well for story published in 1930.�The plot thickens Limited Engagement Flora (Linda Lavin) asks Nancy and company to investigate (924-7444) the paranormal activity inside her scary old mansion, the Ruben Brandt, Collector (R) Twin Elms. Fri, Apr 5 at 4:30PM Is the house haunted, or might this merely be a hoax Sat, Apr 6 at 4:30PM for listings and the handiwork of a revenge-minded Derek? A delightful National Theater Live whodunit tale of female empowerment. Allelujah! Very Good (H H H). Rated PG for peril, mild epithets, Sat, Apr 5 at 1:00PM and times. mature themes, and suggestive material. Running time: 89 Art on Screen minutes. Production Companies: Red 56/A Very Good ProYoung Picasso (NR) duction, Inc. Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Thank you. Wed, Apr 10 at 7:30PM —Kam Williams Showtimes change daily Visit for showtimes. PrincetonGardenTheatre.org

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MYSTERY AT TWIN ELMS: Nancy Drew (Sophia Lillis, left) investigates paranormal activity inside an old mansion owned by Flora (Linda Lavin) in “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

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