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June 23, 2009

The 40th anniversary of the first moon landing focus of "The Wonder of It All" showing at CW's Kimball Theatre in July

“I believe that this nation should commit itself, to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” said President John F. Kennedy in May 1961. These words changed the lives of 12 men who became known as “Moonwalkers.” The movie, The Wonder of It All, focuses on the rarely told human side of the men behind the Apollo missions through thoughtful and candid accounts from seven Moonwalkers. A special screening of the film will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.

Additional national and international documentaries and movies to be shown throughout July and August include:

  • Goodbye Solo, 4, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m., July 1-July 3. Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Fipresci Critic’s Prize, “Goodbye Solo” traces the brief, but life-changing friendship between a reserved, southern good ol’ boy with a lifetime of regrets and a warm-hearted, extroverted, Senegalese taxi driver. One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, “Goodbye Solo” deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America. Not rated.
  • Management, 4:10, 5:55 and 7:40, July 5-14. This romantic comedy chronicles a chance meeting between Mike Cranshaw (Steve Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston). When Sue checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike’s parents, what starts with a bottle of wine “compliments of management” soon evolves into a multi-layered, cross-country journey of two people looking for a sense of purpose. Mike, an aimless dreamer, bets it all on a trip to Sue’s workplace – only to find that she has no place for him in her carefully ordered life. But, having found something worth fighting for, Mike pits his hopes against Sue’s practicality, and the two embark on a twisted, bumpy, freeing journey to discover that their place in the world just might be together. Also stars Woody Harrelson. Rated: R.
  • Lymelife, 4:15, 6 and 7:45 p.m., July 14-July 21. Based on the true childhood experiences of director Derick Martini, “Lymelife” is set in the 1970s and is seen through the innocent eyes of 15-year-old Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin). A unique coming of age story, “Lymelife” explores first love, last love and the dangers of the American Dream. This hilarious, violent and sometimes tragic look at family dynamics weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Cast includes Alec Baldwin, Emma Roberts, Cynthia Nixon, Kieran Culkin and Timothy Hutton. Rated: R.
  • The Wonder of It All, 4, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m., July 21-28. Astronauts Buzz Aldin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt intimately reflect on the training, the tragedies, the camaraderie and the effect their space travel has had on their families. “The Wonder of It All” honors the men who walked on the moon and became heroes to a nation. Creator, director, executive producer and writer Jeffrey Roth will be available for a question-and-answer session at the 7:30 p.m. screening on July 21. Not rated.
  • American Violet, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., July 28-Aug. 2. Based on the real-life events surrounding a military-style drug raid on the poor, predominantly black housing project of Arlington Springs, director Tim Disney’s “American Violet” shines an unflinching spotlight on the shameful racial profiling practices of a corrupt district attorney in a rural Texas town. Set against the backdrop of 2000’s Bush vs. Gore contest, the film’s core message of the fight against injustice rings loud and is underscored by powerful performances from stars Nicole Beharie, Alfre Woodard and Michael O’Keefe. Rated: PG-13.
  • Is Anybody There? 4, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m., Aug. 2-9. Sir Michael Caine gives one of the finest performances of his career as a retired magician who reluctantly enters a family-run old age home in John Crowley’s “Is Anybody There?” Set in a seaside English town circa 1987, the film charts the unlikely friendship that develops between Caine’s proud, acerbic old performer and the death-obsessed young son (Bill Milner, “Son of Rambow”) of the home’s overwhelmed owners. “Is Anybody There?” brings a rich humor as well as a rigorous honesty to its portrait of different lives colliding under one roof, telling a charming story about growing up and growing old, and the unpredictable adventures that happen along the way. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Merry Gentleman, 4:10, 6 and 7:45 p.m., Aug. 7-16. A delicacy of tone transforms Michael Keaton’s “The Merry Gentleman” into a beautifully romantic fable. Directed, photographed and performed with a precision and style that mark a distinctive directorial debut, the film begins with a woman (Kelly MacDonald) who leaves an abusive relationship to begin a new life in a new city, where she forms an unlikely and ironic relationship with a suicidal hit man (Keaton) unbeknownst to her. “The Merry Gentleman” is a heady mix of suspense, gentle romance and quiet humor – a riveting, uniquely entertaining tale of forgiveness and redemption that blends a hopeful spirit with a surprisingly dark heart. Rated: R.
  • The Garden, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m., Aug. 14-23. The 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles was the largest of its kind in the United States. It was started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992. Since that time, the South Central farmers have created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now bulldozers threaten their oasis. “The Garden” is an unflinching look at the struggle between these urban farmers and the City of Los Angeles and a powerful developer who want to evict them and build warehouses. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Silverdocs Documentary Festival and nominated as Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 Academy Awards. Not rated.
  • Summer Hours, 4:10, 6 and 7:45 p.m., Aug. 23-30. The divergent paths of three 40-something siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle’s exceptional 19th-century art collection, dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), a successful New York designer, Frederic (Charles Berling), an economist and university professor in Paris, and Jeremie (Jeremie Renier), a dynamic businessman in China, confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, background and unique vision of the future. Director Olivier Assayas (“Boarding Fate,” “Irma Vep”) has delivered an understated motion picture about the importance of objects as historical artifacts and family heirlooms, and how time renders these objects obsolete. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • The Girlfriend Experience, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m., Aug. 30-Sept. 6. Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, “The Girlfriend Experience” is five days in the life of Chelsea (Sasha Grey), an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation – “the girlfriend experience.” Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control; she feels her future is secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2,000 an hour and has a devoted boyfriend (Chris Santos) who accepts her lifestyle. But when you’re in the business of meeting people, you never know who you’re going to meet. Rated: R.

    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 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 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. 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 www.history.org.

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    Penna Rogers
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