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the term "lowest common denominator" refers to the fact that products and operating instructions have to be written so that even the least intelligent among us can understand them ..
obviously, that's why all those rednecks in the South keep voting for the Republican Party, even though it's not to their advantage to do so ..
that "lowest common denominator" factor also applies to our common culture, which explains FOX "news" viewership, as well as to the movies that we see
"Selma" is a movie that portrays one of the most historically significant events of the last 50 years, but it got limited showing in local theaters .. it initially only had 2 shows a day in Flagstaff (one of which was 10:15 at night) but disappeared altogether in less than 2 weeks .. none of the Harkins theaters in the state of Arizona have any showings at all anymore, but American Sniper still has lots of shows a day, including 5 a day in Flagstaff, and several Harkins theaters still have 6 shows a day
in addition to Selma, another picture that was nominated for Best Picture was recently playing in Flagstaff
"The Imitation Game" is the story of the British team that cracked the Nazi code .. in Winston Churchill opinion, Alan Turing (the head of the project) probably helped the Allies win WWII
I had planned to see it this week in Flagstaff, but discovered this morning that it is no longer playing here at all ..
there are numerous Harkins theaters in Arizona that are still showing the movie, but the closest theater to here is 100 miles away, where it is shown twice a day (once at 10:00 at night)
the movies that have the most showings this weekend in Flagstaff are " Fifty Shades of Gray", which has 9 shows a day, and "Kingsman: the Secret Service", which has 10
"Fifty Shades of Gray' carries an R rating for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language
"Kingsman" is based on "an acclaimed comic book" .. it's also rated R due to for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content
it's fairly apparent that movies featuring sex and/or violence are going to continue to be popular at local theaters, but if you're looking for movies that are intellectually stimulating or historically significant, you'd better see them within a day or two of their release into local theaters ...