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January 2, 2007

Kick off the New Year with "The Queen" at CW's Kimball Theatre

Guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre can view a wide range of films and documentaries from “The Ritchie Boys,” a movie focusing on an elite intelligence unit based at Camp Ritchie, Md., during World War II, to “Iraq in Fragments,” a documentary that looks at contemporary Iraq through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. American and foreign films and documentaries showing at the Kimball Theatre throughout January and February include:

  • The Queen, Jan. 1-7, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. An intimate, revealing and sometimes humorous behind-the-scenes glimpse at the interaction between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) following the death of Princess Diana. Rated: PG-13.
  • Driving Lessons, Jan. 6-12, 7 and 9 p.m. Writer/director Jeremy Brock presents a coming-of-age comedy about two unlikely friends. Ben (Rupert Grint, Harry Potter series), a bookish 17 year old with an overbearing mother (Laura Linney), who is anything but in control of his own destiny. His world is turned upside down when he begins assisting Evie (Julie Walters), an eccentric retired actress. Evie drafts Ben into a series of adventures, culminating in a road trip. Rated: PG-13.
  • Copying Beethoven, Jan. 8-13, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Young Anna Holz (Diane Kruger), a student at the Vienna Music Conservatory, is summoned to the offices of Herr Schlemmer (Ralph Riach), Beethoven's publisher. The Ninth Symphony is about to be premiered and Schlemmer, who is dying of cancer, needs a copyist to complete the score. Anna eagerly accepts, despite Schlemmer's warning that Beethoven (Ed Harris) is a monster. As her work proceeds, Anna is drawn into the maestro's tortured and inspired world. Rated: PG-13.
  • For Your Consideration, Jan. 13-19, 7 and 9 p.m. Christopher Guest turns the camera on Hollywood for his next comedy. The film focuses on the making of an independent movie, “Home for Purim,” and its cast, who become victims of the dreaded awards buzz. Like Guest's previous films, “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind,” this latest project will feature performances from his regular ensemble, including co-writer Eugene Levy. Rated: PG-13.
  • Shut Up and Sing, Jan. 14-19, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Filmmakers Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck follow the Dixie Chicks from the peak of their popularity as the national anthem-singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time to the now infamous anti-Bush comment made by the group's lead singer, Natalie Maines, in 2003. Rated: R.
  • Our Daily Bread, Jan. 20-26, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. This documentary makes public the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming in Europe. Not rated.
  • Infamous, Jan. 21-26, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. “Infamous,” based on George Plimpton's biography of Truman Capote, follows the famed author (played by Toby Jones) as he investigates the murder of a family in rural Kansas. A highly intelligent and refined film, “Infamous” explores how a deep, hidden heartbreak ultimately crippled one of the most brilliant literary minds of our time. Rated: R.
  • Science of Sleep, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stéphane Miroux (Gael García Bernal), a shy, insecure young man, agrees to move to Paris to repair his relationship to his widowed mother, Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stéphanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man. The only solution he finds to the difficulties he faces is to escape into a dream world. Rated: R.
  • Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Prolific Japanese actor Ken Takakura stars as Gou-ichi Takata, a taciturn resident of a remote fishing village. On learning that his estranged son is dying of cancer, he boards a bullet train for Tokyo, only to be rebuffed at the hospital room. Given a videotape by his distraught daughter-in-law, Takata sets off on an odyssey of reconciliation. Director Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers”) is a master of understatement and the script unfurls with clockwork precision. Mandarin and Japanese with subtitles. Rated: PG.
  • Requiem, Feb. 3-8, 7 and 8:40 p.m. Based on a true story, “Requiem” follows the trajectory of Michaela (Sandra Hüller), an epileptic girl who suffers a breakdown during her first year at university. Afraid of being sent home to her family, Michaela decides to seek help from a priest in battling the troubles associated with her strict upbringing. Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival's FIPRESCI Prize. German with subtitles. Not rated.
  • 49 Up, Feb, 5-8, 6:30 and 9 p.m.“49 UP” is the seventh installment in a series of landmark documentaries that began 42 years ago when United Kingdom-based Granada Television's WORLD IN ACTION team, interviewed a diverse group of 7-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has returned to interview the “children” every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and now again at age 49. Not rated.
  • The Tournees Festival, opening night of the College of William and Mary’s French and Francophone Film Festival, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. “Stupeur et Tremblements (Fear and Trembling).” Amelie has returned to Japan where she secured a job as an interpreter with the Yumimoto Corp., a dream come true. She grew up there and has dreamed of coming back to become “a true Japanese woman.” She soon learns the hard way the importance of protocol, hierarchy and the intricate codes unique to the Japanese corporate world. It is both her Western cultural background and her mischievous nature that make it difficult for Amelie to fit in. French and Japanese with subtitles. Not rated. Admission is free but tickets are required. A wine and cheese reception will precede the screening of the film. The Tournees Festival is being made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture.
  • Volver, Feb. 9-22, 6:45 and 9 p.m. In writer/director Pedro Almodóvar's (“Bad Education”) new comedy, three generations of women survive wind, fire and even death, thanks to goodness, audacity and a limitless vitality. Death cannot stop Abuela from returning home to fix the problems she couldn't resolve while she was alive. When the initial shock has worn off, her ghost becomes a comfort to her daughters Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and Sole as well as her granddaughter. The living and the dead coexist with little discord, causing situations that are both hilarious and filled with deep, genuine emotion. Spanish with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Iraq in Fragments, Feb. 11-16, 7 and 8:45 p.m. The series of intimate, passionately felt portraits includes a fatherless 11-year-old apprentice to the cruel owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rallying for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at gunpoint; and a family of Kurdish farmers who welcome the U.S. presence, which has allowed a measure of freedom previously denied them. Winner of three Documentary awards at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Arabic and Kurdish with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Climates, Feb. 23-March 1, 7 and 9:10 p.m. A dowdy university professor Isa (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) is an inattentive husband to his younger wife Bahar (Ebru Ceylan). Self-absorbed and selfish, Isa only communicates in the most rudimentary way. Similarly, his wife succumbs to frequent crying fits and equally juvenile behavior. Nominated for the Golden Palm and Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Turkish with subtitles. Not rated.
  • The Ritchie Boys, Feb. 26-March 3, 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. During World War II, the United States formed an elite intelligence unit, mostly German-Jewish academics, at Camp Ritchie, Md. These men fled Nazi Germany only to return to Europe in U.S. uniforms. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men are often credited with bringing an early end to the war. This documentary reunites some of these heroes, now in their 80s, for the first time in 50 years. English and German with subtitles. Not rated.

    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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