December 13, 2007
"Sleuth," "Margot at the Wedding" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" some of the movies slated at CW's Kimball Theatre in January and February
Kick off the new year right by seeing a movie. Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre brings the best in foreign and American films and documentaries to Williamsburg in January and February 2008.
Movies and documentaries include:Sleuth, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Jan. 1-6. This updating of Anthony Shaffer’s play, initially brought to the screen in 1972, finds Michael Caine playing the role of the brilliant writer portrayed by Laurence Olivier in the original, and Jude Law playing Caine’s original role as the young hairdresser who steals the writer’s wife, only to find himself swallowed up in an elaborate revenge plot. Kenneth Branagh directs a script adapted from Shaffer’s original play by screenwriter Harold Pinter. Nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Rated: R.
The Darjeeling Limited, 6:45 and 9 p.m., Jan. 6-12. Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody are three brothers who, at the insistence of the oldest, take a train trip through India together in order to strengthen their bond only to have things go wrong in ways they could never anticipate. Director Wes Anderson was nominated for a Golden Lion Award at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Rated: R.
Into the Wild, 6:15 and 9 p.m. Jan. 13-19. Director/screenwriter Sean Penn (Director of the Year Award—2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival) adapts Jon Krakauer’s novel about a 1992 college graduate named Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), who gives up all of his earthly possessions to hitchhike to Alaska and live in the wilderness. Rated: R.
Lars and the Real Girl, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13-21. The search for true love begins outside the box. Ryan Gosling stars as a delusional recluse who forges an unconventional relationship with a lifelike doll purchased on the Internet in this quirky romantic comedy from “Six Feet Under” writer Nancy Oliver and “Mr. Woodcock” director Craig Gillespie. Rated: PG-13.
Margot at the Wedding, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20-25. Writer/director Noah Baumbach’s follow-up to his Oscar nominated “The Squid and the Whale” stars Nicole Kidman as Margot, a woman who travels with her son to her sister’s (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wedding. The relationship between the sisters has never been harmonious, a situation that is exacerbated when Margot finds that she despises her sister’s fiancé (Jack Black). Rated: R.
Love in the Time of Cholera, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Jan. 24-Feb. 1. Based on Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, director Mike Newell’s film details a passionate love triangle that unfolds in turn-of-the-century South America. Oscar-winning “Pianist” screenwriter Ronald Harwood adapts the story of two young lovers who bide their time for years while awaiting the day they can be together. Through marriages, affairs, careers and deaths, the couple never loses hope that destiny will unite them in the end. Rated: R.
Wristcutters: A Love Story, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Jan. 28-Feb. 6. Relegated to a forlorn afterlife of unsmiling lost souls and melancholy drifters as a result of committing suicide, a heartbroken young man sets out to find the girl who inspired his final act of self-destruction after learning that she too has taken her own life in director Goran Dukic’s adaptation of Etgar Keret’s darkly comic novella “Kneller’s Happy Campers.” Winner for Best Picture at the 2006 GenArt Film Festival. Rated: R.
Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Feb. 3-8. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet’s thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parents’ jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Rated: R.
Bella, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Feb. 8-13. An international soccer star (Eduardo Verastegui) is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A waitress (Tammy Blanchard), struggling to make it in New York, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down until an impetuous action brings them together and turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. Rated: PG-13.
I’m Not There, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Feb. 10-21. Director Todd Haynes’s unconventional biopic of legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan features different actors playing the part of the Minnesota native at various stages of his remarkable career. Among the performers cast as Dylan are Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Winner of the ‘CinemAwenire’ Award (Best Picture), a Special Jury Prize and the Volpi Cup (Best Actress) at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Rated: R.
Starting Out in the Evening, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Feb. 18-24. Sundance-nominated director Andrew Wagner presents a thoughtful and elegant adaptation of Brian Morton’s novel “Starting Out in the Evening.” The film’s protagonist, Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella), is in the twilight of his life and has accepted that his now out-of-print novels represent the literary success that has eluded his career. Now all that remains is for Leonard to finish the novel that has challenged him for the past decade. Comfortable in his quiet routine of work and his relationship with his daughter, Leonard’s world is shaken up when tenacious graduate student Heather (Lauren Ambrose) persuades him that her thesis on his work will bring his career back into the spotlight. Rated: PG-13.
War/Dance, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Feb. 25-29. The winner of the Directing Award at the 2007 Sundance Festival, this visually stunning documentary follows several schoolchildren from a refugee camp in Uganda as they travel to a national music competition. The beauty of the film and the landscape underscores the tragedy that is a common part of the children’s lives. The film explores the healing power of music and dance in African tribal culture. Rated: PG-13.
Southland Tales, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Feb. 25-March 1. From director Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”) comes an inventive pastiche that blends sci-fi, comedy, drama, politics, satire and more. The film is set in a futuristic 2008 world that has been ravaged by nuclear war and takes place in Los Angeles on the eve of a presidential campaign. The film primarily follows an amnesiac action star (Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”), an adult film star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and an L.A. police officer. Nominated for a Golden Palm at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Supporting cast includes Mandy Moore, Miranda Richardson, Wallace Shawn, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Smith, Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake. Rated: R.
Movie admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.
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.