November 8, 2006
Movies at CW's Kimball Theatre a hit for the holidays
Guests need travel no farther than Merchants Square to find movie entertainment this holiday season to supplement Colonial Williamsburg historical experience. A variety of American and foreign films are showing at the Kimball Theatre and include: Encounter Point, November 9, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Julia Bracha, acclaimed editor of “Control Room,” teams up with Ronit Avni to move beyond sensational and canned images and tell the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who sacrifice their safety, public standing and homes in order to press for a grassroots movement for nonviolence and peace. Arabic/English/Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.
Babel, November 10–November 30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:30 p.m. In the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot rings out, setting off a chain of events that will link an American couple’s frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico and a Japanese teen whose father is sought by the Tokyo police. Winner of Best Director, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Technical Grand Prize for editing at the Cannes Film Festival. English/Spanish/Japanese/Berber/Arabic with subtitles. Rated: R.
Factotum, December 1–December 4, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. This drama centers on Hank Chinaski (Matt Dillon), the fictional alter ego of “Factotum” author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles trying to live off jobs which don’t interfere with his primary interest, writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling. Also stars Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei. Rated: R.
This Film is Not Yet Rated, December 7–December 13, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. Coming off the success of his Oscar-nominated film “Twist of Fate,” Kirby Dick presents a bold new documentary targeting the MPAA film rating system. The interspersing of interviews with independent filmmakers, like Kevin Smith and Darren Aronofsky, who have battled with the MPAA to get their films seen, provides an excellent counterpoint to Dick’s quest to expose the proceedings of the rating board. Some graphic sexual content, not recommended for young audiences. Not rated.
Old Joy, December 13-December 20, 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. Two friends, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade Mountains. For Mark, the outing offers a respite from the pressures of imminent fatherhood; for Kurt, it is part of a long series of carefree adventures. When they arrive at their destination, they must confront the divergent paths they have taken. Not rated.
It’s a Wonderful Life, December 19, 6:30 p.m. Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic explores the life of George Bailey, a local hero in his hometown of Bedford Falls, as told through his guardian angel Clarence, who has been recruited to save him in his moment of need. This film has been dubbed by the American Film Institute as one of the best movies ever made. Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. This heartwarming film is being shown as a gift to the community from Old Dominion Homes, LLC, of Williamsburg. This event is free but tickets are required.
Keeping Mum, December 20–December 25, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., December 24 at 3 p.m. A sleepy English town is about to receive a rude awakening as the absent-minded Reverend Walter Goodman (Rowan Atkinson), his dissatisfied wife Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas) and their two children await the arrival of their new housekeeper, Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith). The problems upsetting the family fade away after Grace starts tending to matters. But Grace has a secret of her own. Rated: R.
The Boynton Beach Club, December 26–December 31, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., December 31 at 3 p.m. Enjoy a romantic comedy about the amazing capacity to rebound and fall in love at any age. Lois (Dyan Cannon), Harry (Joseph Bologna), Marilyn (Brenda Vaccaro), Sandy (Sally Kellerman) and Jack (Len Cariou) live in an active adult community in Florida. Their lives intersect when they meet at a local bereavement club where they’ve gone to find emotional support after losing a loved one. This is a film to make you laugh, shed a few tears and think about life. Not rated.
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
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 box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.