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January 6, 2009

Make it date night with dinner and a movie in CW's Merchants Square this winter

During the winter months, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre, which is located in Merchants Square, will offer a daily matinee around 4 p.m. and one evening show.

Guests now have the time to enjoy the delightful selection of eateries—the Trellis Restaurant & Café, the Cheese Shop & Fat Canary, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill, Seasons Restaurant, Stephanos Pizza & Subs, Aromas, the Blue Talon Bistro, the Williamsburg Lodge as well as nearby coffee, tea and sandwich shops.

National and international documentaries and movies to be shown at the Kimball Theatre during January and February include:

  • A Christmas Tale, 4 and 7 p.m., through Jan. 7. Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) are the parents of three grown children. When Junon is also diagnosed with leukemia, all are tested to see who can be a donor, and then the whole family returns home for a long Christmas weekend. All crowded again under the same roof, solidarity quickly—and hilariously—devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life and what lies ahead. Directed by Arnaud Desplechin who was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • What Just Happened, 4:15 and 6:45 p.m., Jan. 4-10. What Just Happened? is a winningly sharp comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer as he tries to juggle an actual life with an outrageous series of crises in his day job. Academy Award–winning director Barry Levinson reunites with Academy Award–winning actor Robert De Niro and leading producer Art Linson, who wrote the screenplay based on his best-selling memoir. Rated: R.
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell, 4 and 7 p.m., Jan. 8-14. Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women—ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters, both Christian and Muslim—came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. Not rated.
  • Let the Right One In, 4:15 and 6:45 p.m., Jan. 11-17. A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders in director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. Oskar is a young boy who can’t seem to shake off the local bullies, but all of that begins to change when a new neighbor moves in next door, 12-year-old Eli (Lina Leandersson). Oskar may finally have found a friend, ally and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Swedish with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Fears of the Dark, 4 and 7 p.m., Jan. 15-21. Six of the world’s most talented graphic artists and animators come together to breathe vivid life into their greatest nightmares in this animated horror omnibus, featuring the work of Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti and Richard McGuire. A wildly inventive and visually dazzling collection of six fearful tales that creates an unprecedented epic where phobias and nightmares come to life and reveal fear at its most naked and intense. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 4:15 and 7 p.m., Jan. 18-23. This powerful fictional story offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime. Through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed-wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined. Based on the novel by John Boyne. Rated: R.
  • Synecdoche, New York, 4 and 6:45 p.m., Jan. 22-29. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, N.Y., is looking bleak. His wife has left him and taken their young daughter with her. His therapist is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind and gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. This is the directorial debut of notoriously quirky screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Kaufman was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Rated: R.
  • Happy-Go-Lucky, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26-Feb. 5. Just how hard is it to be happy? In this effervescent new comedy from writer-director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets and Lies), Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, an irrepressible, free-spirited school teacher in North London. She brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering us a touching, truthful and deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often most elusive of all human qualities: happiness. Sally Hawkins won the Best Actress Awards at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2008 British Independent Film Awards. Rated: R.
  • Rachel Getting Married, 4 and 6:45 p.m., Feb. 2-Feb. 12. When Kym (Anne Hathaway) returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie Dewitt), she brings a long history of personal crises, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple’s abundant party of friends and relations has gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym—with her biting one liners and flair for bombshell drama—is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic to surface in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking. Rated: R.
  • Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 7-12. Kevin Rafferty (Atomic Café) takes us into the world of America’s Ivy League universities via a 1968 football match that had a highly unexpected outcome. He interviews players on both sides, who, in addition to talking about the game, summon the sociopolitical milieu of the time, recollecting their thoughts on issues like Vietnam, birth control and student insurrection. These testimonies interweave with remarkable footage of the game. Several aspects of this particular game resonate in the wider culture of 1968. Not rated.
  • I.O.U.S.A., 4:15 and 6:45 p.m., Feb. 13-19. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Wielding candid interviews with average American taxpayers and government officials (including Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O’Neill, Robert Rubin and Paul Volcker), Sundance veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the nation’s financial practices and policies. With surgical precision, Creadon interweaves archival footage and economic data to paint a vivid and alarming profile of America’s current economic situation. Rated: PG.
  • I’ve Loved You for So Long, 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 4 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16-20. Lea (Elsa Zylberstein) and Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) are sisters. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Lea was still a teenager when Juliette, a doctor, was convicted of the murder of her six-year-old son. Life together isn’t easy to begin with. Juliette has to relearn certain basics. The world has moved on, and she often seems confused. But a huge question hangs over Juliette’s renaissance. Why did she do such a terrible thing 15 years ago? For all the others, it’s a recurrent thought that they dare not put into words. And for Juliette, locked away in her secret, it’s a burden to bear, which holds her back from engaging in her life and believing that she too has the right to be happy. Rated: PG-13.
  • Trouble the Water, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 21-28. Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, is turning her new video camera on herself and her Ninth Ward neighbors trapped in the city. “It’s going to be a day to remember,” Kim declares. As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband, Scott, continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors. The filmmakers document the couple’s return to New Orleans, the devastation of their neighborhood, and the appalling repeated failures of government. Weaving an insider’s view of Katrina with a mix of verité and in-your-face filmmaking, Trouble the Water is a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes—two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Not rated.

    Unless otherwise indicated, 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

    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 3:30-7:15 p.m.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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