Now Playing at Union Square Regal Cinema 14: Rats!

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When Intel first spotted a large mouse making its way onto the seat of a neighbor at the Union Square Regal 14 recently, we shrieked and fled. Later we asked a manager if they had a rodent problem. “Probably,” he shrugged. “It’s hard to get rid of all of them.” Sure enough, a creature nosing around in the aisle during a later screening of Gran Torino kept us from paying attention during a particularly fraught scene. But this time, we thought of Fievel, Remy, Despereaux, and the other great rodents of film, and let our revulsion pass. Eric Ray Davidson, a photographer sitting nearby, also remained unperturbed, though for a different reason: “The city is already so filthy and disgusting, rats and mice don’t push it over the edge,” he said. “If you grab the subway pole, you’re already in worse shape.”

Now Playing at Union Square Regal Cinema 14: Rats!