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October 26, 2007

From the moon and back again, CW's Kimball Theatre offers American and foreign cinema

Eighteenth-century British writer Jane Austen comes to life in two movies at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in November and December. Actress Jane Hathaway portrays the strong-willed author in “Becoming Jane” Nov. 2-8. “The Jane Austen Book Club” is the story about five women and one man who study Austen’s works and soon discover their individual lives and loves parallel her works. The film will be shown Dec. 12-19.

Additional American and foreign films and documentaries that can be seen include:

  • My Best Friend, Nov. 1, 7 and 8:45 p.m. It takes a lifetime to learn the meaning of friendship. François has 10 days. François (Daniel Auteuil) is an antique dealer with what he believes is a fabulous life. At a dinner party of his dearest acquaintances, he is shocked to learn that none of them like him. Catherine, François’s business partner, refuses to believe that he has a best friend and challenges him to produce this “best friend.” François enlists Bruno (Dany Boon), a charming taxi driver, to teach him how to make friends. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Becoming Jane, Nov. 2-8, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Director Julian Jarrold’s film tells the unknown yet incredible love story between young Jane Austen and Londoner Tom Lefroy, the years that would serve as inspiration for her later novels. A classic supporting cast includes Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and James Cromwell. Rated: PG.
  • In The Shadow of the Moon, Nov. 9-18, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. This inspiring documentary captures, with exclusive NASA film footage, the excitement, anxiety and pride of the Apollo space program between 1968 and 1972. “In the Shadow of the Moon” combines never-before-seen archival footage from NASA and intimate interviews with the surviving astronauts. Winner of the World Cinema—Documentary Audience Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: PG.
  • Molière, Nov. 17-24, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Director Laurent Tirard concentrates on the early and undocumented parts of the young playwright and actor’s life. The rich period costumes and vibrant sets take the audience back to 1658 and follows Molière’s interactions with the people who would inspire the characters of his later plays. Winner of an Audience Award and the Best Actor Award at the 2007 Moscow International Film Festival. French with subtitles. Rated: PG 13.
  • Rocket Science, Nov. 25-Dec. 4, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson) has a rough time in high school, more than most other students, since his uncontrollable stuttering prevents him from fighting back. But Hal finds a golden beacon to lead him out of his misery: Ginny Ryerson (Anna Kendrick), captain of the debate team. Despite his speech impediment, Hal joins the team in a desperate effort to win Ginny’s heart. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz (“Spellbound”). Rated: R.
  • This is England, Dec. 5-12, 7 and 9 p.m. In 1983 England, a lonely 12-year-old boy (Thomas Turgoose) just looking for some friends is inducted into a gang of angry skinheads. Taken under the wing of the gang’s fearsome, charismatic leader (Stephen Graham), the boy gets a quick lesson in how cruel life can be. Winner of the Best British Independent Film Award and Most Promising Newcomer Award (Turgoose) at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards. Not rated.
  • The Jane Austen Book Club, Dec. 12-19, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. This film adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler’s 2004 best-selling novel centers around five women and one man’s monthly book club meeting to discuss Jane Austen’s works. Rated: PG-13.
  • Two Days in Paris, Dec. 18-23, 7 and 9 p.m. July Delpy’s “Two Days in Paris” starts at the end of a New York couple’s European vacation, a journey designed to rekindle the passion in their relationship. Things have not gone well for French photographer Marion (Delpy) and American interior designer Jack (Adam Goldberg), and they are hopeful that the last two days in Paris will compensate for the rest of the trip. However, their Paris visit proves rife with obstacles to overcome, such as controlling parents, ex-boyfriends and personal obsessions. English and French with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • The King of California, Dec. 24, 3:30 p.m.; Dec. 25-30, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m.; and Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. A teen-age girl (Evan Rachel Wood) has her life thrown into turmoil when her mentally ill father (Michael Douglas) is released from an institution and comes to live with her. Obsessed with buried treasure in California’s San Fernando Valley, the old man comes up with an outrageous plan to dig it up from underneath a Costco store. Rated: PG-13.

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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