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August 26, 2009

True story of troop greeters celebrates three unsung heroes and their outreach to American soldiers

Learn how three senior citizens change the lives of soldiers going and returning from Iraq in the documentary, The Way We Get By, at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square this fall. Additional national and international documentaries and movies to be shown throughout September and October include:

  • The Girlfriend Experience, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m., Sept. 1-6. Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, “The Girlfriend Experience” is five days in the life of Chelsea (Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl. Rated: R.
  • Whatever Works, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sept. 6-12. Woody Allen writes and directs this “blackish comedy” about an eccentric upper-class New Yorker (Larry David) who abandons his comfortable lifestyle in favor of leading a more bohemian existence. The film also stars Ed Begley Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Michael McKean. Rated: PG-13.
  • Away We Go, 4:45 and 6:45 p.m., Sept. 7-15. Directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, this funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, as they travel the United States in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. The film also co-stars Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Catherine O’Hara. Rated: R.
  • Easy Virtue, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13-18. A glamorous American woman enters into a spirited battle of wits with her disapproving English mother-in-law in this period romantic comedy. Ben Barnes and Jessica Biel star with Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas. Rated: PG-13.
  • Cheri, 4:45 and 6:45 p.m., Sept. 17-24. It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates and Rupert Friend. Rated: R.
  • Moon, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sept. 23-Oct. 1. An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth’s energy crisis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. Rated: R.
  • The Hurt Locker, 4:15 and 6:45 p.m., Sept. 28-Oct. 4. This is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives doing one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. Rated: R.
  • Shaft, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 3. The Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presents “A Return to the ‘70s Scholarship Fundraiser.” Relive a cult classic starring Richard Roundtree with music by Isaac Hayes. The dress code is ‘70s chic and there will be prizes! Arrive by 7 p.m. for the “red carpet” treatment. All seats $10.
  • Food, Inc. 6:30 and 8:15 p.m., Oct. 4 and 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. Oct. 5-11. Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by “Fast Food Nation” author Eric Schlosser and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” author Michael Pollan as a springboard to explore where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. Rated: PG.
  • In The Loop, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Oct. 9-10, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Oct. 11, 4:30 and 6:30, Oct. 12-18. With razor-sharp, laugh-out-loud dialogue, the film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of our highest leaders. “In the Loop” is a smart comedy and Sundance Film Festival hit starring Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, Gina McKee, Chris Addison, Mimi Kennedy, David Rasche, James Gandolfini and Anna Chlumsky. Not rated.
  • Afghan Star, 4, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17-22. In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing as pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV’s wildly popular “American Idol”-style series “Afghan Star.” People compete for a cash prize and record deal. Winner of the Directing and Audience Awards in Sundance’s 2009 World Documentary competition. English/Pashtu/Dari with subtitles. Not rated.
  • The Way We Get By, 4, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23-24, 6:30 and 8:15 p.m., Oct. 25, and 4, 5:45 and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26-Nov. 1. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters – a group of senior citizens (Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet and Jerry Mundy) who gather daily at the Bangor International Airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq - the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality. Not rated.
  • Thirst, 4:15 and 6:45 p.m., Oct. 30-Nov. 6. A priest becomes a vampire, another man’s wife is coveted and a deadly seduction triggers murder. A box office smash in Korea, “Thirst” was honored with the Prix du Jury (Jury Prize) at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. Not for the faint hearted. Korean with subtitles. 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

    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

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