Steven Rea's Picks of the Week: 'Flickr,' 'Bunny Lake,' 'Gilda'

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(LEFT) "Flicker: Your Brain on Movies" and (RIGHT) "Bunny Lake is Missing"

Bunny Lake is Missing

Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, 2 p.m. Sunday

Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological mystery, shot in widescreen black-and-white, stars Carol Lynley as a woman who reports her 5-year-old missing from a London nursery school. Laurence Olivier is the police inspector on the case and the Zombies are on TV (singing "Just Out of Reach") in this cool, ahead-of-its-time thriller. Also in the cast: Keir Dullea and Noel Coward.

Info for this and other film and live events at the Colonial: www.TheColonialTheatre.com

Flicker: Your Brain on Movies

Jeffrey M. Zacks, Oxford University Press, 360 pp, $26.95

Zacks, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, starts his perceptive, passionate examination of how we watch movies with a gem of a Martin Scorsese quote: "Whenever I hear people dismiss movies as 'fantasy' and make a hard distinction between film and life, I think to myself that it's just a way of avoiding the power of cinema. Of course it's not life - it's the invocation of life, it's in an ongoing dialogue with life." Science and cinema converge in Zacks' ambitious tome, about how the mind processes the moving pictures on a screen.

Gilda

Turner Classic Movies, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Femmes fatale don't get much more fatal than Rita Hayworth in Charles Vidor's 1946 film noir classic about an alluring vixen, the Buenos Aires casino kingpin she marries, and the guy - Glenn Ford - who has his own reasons to love her, hate her, and slap her around. (She slaps back.) "Didn't you hear about me?" Gilda says. "If I'd been a ranch, they would have named me the Bar Nothing."

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