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August 25, 2006

Catch Movies This Fall at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

This fall, if you’re feeling like seeing a movie, head over to Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. With unique and special presentations, the Kimball Theatre offers everything from comedy about crossword puzzles to documentaries on war.

American and foreign films and documentaries include:

  • “Wordplay,” 7:15 and 9 p.m. September 1-7. This lighthearted documentary is a tribute to the delightful, competitive and frustrating world of crossword puzzle solvers and their leader, New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz. The film features appearances by Bill Clinton and Jon Stewart. Nominated for Sundance's Grand Jury Prize. Rated: PG.
  • “Who Killed the Electric Car?” 7 and 8:45 p.m. September 3-5 and 7-11. At 6:30 p.m. on September 6 only, a panel discussion will follow the program. In this documentary about the birth, death and resurrection of the electric car, experts consider rising gas prices, global warming, oil disputes and the ever-retreating horizon of sustainable energy. Rated: PG.
  • “The Great New Wonderful,” 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. September 10-15. Five diverse stories of marriage, friendship, society and culture entwine on the streets of New York City one year after the shocking events of 9/11. Featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tony Shalhoub (television's “Monk”) in a strong ensemble cast, this independent film is filled with the drama and quirky comedy of beginning again and continuing on with life after trauma. Rated: R.
  • “A Scanner Darkly,” 7 and 9 p.m. September 15- 25. From the creator of “Waking Life (2001),” Richard Linkler, comes a resonant new film begun as live action and brought to life in animation. Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder star in this surveillance-saturated view of America in the not-so-distant future in which the war on terror and the war on drugs merge into one ever-questioning trauma. Rated: R.
  • “The Proposition,” 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. September 19-25. The untamed Australian outback of the late 1800s sets the stage for this unflinching, violent and gripping film in which the bonds of a family of outlaws are tested in a tale of loyalty, revenge, murder and justice. Official Selection of Sundance and Toronto film festivals. Rated: R.
  • “The War Tapes,” 7 and 9 p.m. September 26- October 1. Composed of material filmed by 10 soldiers on the frontlines of Iraq beginning in 2004, this gritty, powerful and sometimes funny documentary follows the lives of three men as they adapt, fight and learn to live in a war zone. Winner of Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. Not rated.
  • “Brick,” 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. September 28-October 4. This is a modern-day film noir in which a brilliant California high school student plunges into an underworld drug subculture to find answers about the mysterious death of his girlfriend. Winner of the Special Jury Prize the Sundance Film Festival (writer/director Rian Johnson) for originality of vision. Rated: R.
  • “Edmond,” 7 and 8:45 p.m. October 3-8. William H. Macy stars in this dark, shocking adaptation of David Mamet's play that explores a man's descent into madness as he makes his way through a violent odyssey of New York's seedy underbelly. Rated: R.
  • “Gabrielle,” 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. October 6-11. This adaptation of Joseph Conrad's “The Return” begins with the premise of an unfaithful wife and soon crackles with intensity and emotion as Gabrielle (Isabelle Huppert) returns to her husband and the pair struggles to continue their lush lifestyle. Nominated for Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion and winner of Best Costume Design and Best Production Design France’s Cesar Awards. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • “Only Human,” 7 and 8:45 p.m. October 10-15. This is a dark, romantic comedy about an eccentric Jewish family who must learn to accept their daughter's Palestinian fiancé. Filled with farcical misadventure and witty, manic unrest, the film brings the longstanding Israeli/Palestinian conflict into view through the even longer standing conflicts of marriage and family. Spanish with subtitles. Not rated.
  • “Been Rich All My Life,” 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. October 13-18. The spirited Silver Belles themselves (Bertye Lou Wood, Cleo Hayes, Marion Coles, Fay Ran and Elaine Ellis), now more than 80 years old and still dancing, star in this energetic documentary about the Harlem tap group. In addition to the dancing, the ladies tell stories of the Harlem Renaissance, show business and staying young against the odds in this edifying and delightful film. Not rated.
  • “13 Tazmeti,” 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. October 19-24. Desperate for money to aid his immigrant family, a young man follows a path that was not laid for him and ends up privy to a gambling game of life and death in this black-and-white thriller. Winner of Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, Venice's Best First Film and Transylvania International Best Cinematography and FIPRESCI prizes. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • “Changing Times,” 7 and 8:45 p.m. October 24-29. Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star in this culturally eclectic romantic drama, directed by Andre Techine, about a man who moves to Morocco to be reunited with his lost love after 30 years. Nominated for Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • “Brothers of the Head,” 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. October 29-November 3. Conjoined twins venture through the freakish, sexual world of 1970s glam rock London. This rockumentary casts their lives in a dark, yet enthrallingly glittering, light. Rated: R
  • “The Peyton Randolph House: History and Legends,” 7 and 8:30 p.m. October 31. Winner of the Christopher Wren Foundation's Student Documentary Film Scholarship, William and Mary student Liz Budrionis explores the history and myths behind the enigmatic Peyton Randolph House. The film focuses on the building as a museum, a home, and, finally, a legend, including the ghost stories that surround it. This documentary includes stories from historical interpreters and Williamsburg natives, as well as interviews with former Colonial Williamsburg archeologist Ivor Noël Hume and author L. B. Taylor Jr. The documentary features footage from an evening at the Randolph House. Not rated. General admission $2.

    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com. Advance tickets for all performances are available by calling toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information, call (757) 565-8588. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location, by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or visiting www.kimballtheatre.com. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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