March 2, 2007
"The Queen" returns to CW's Kimball Theatre
“The Queen” returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre for a second showing this spring. Starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, the film focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with Prime Minister Tony Blair following the death of Princess Diana. The movie can be seen through March 11 at 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. with matinees on March 3, 10 and 11 at 4 p.m.
Additional American and foreign films and documentaries showing at the Kimball Theatre throughout March and April include: Amazing Grace, March 11-18, 7 and 9 p.m. Based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, this amazing story is directed by Michael Apted (“The World is Not Enough” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”) from an original screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”). Wilberforce, the idealist, maneuvers his way through Parliament in 18th-century England, endeavoring to end slavery in the empire. At first defeated, Wilberforce is inspired by a blooming romance to once again take up the antislavery campaign. Rated: PG.
Pan’s Labyrinth, March 17-21, 6:45 and 8:50 p.m. Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro delivers a unique, richly imagined epic set against the postwar oppression of Franco’s Spain. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. Spanish with subtitles. Rated: R.
The Last King of Scotland, March 20-25 and 27-28, 6:30 and 8:40 p.m. and March 26, 3 and 9:15 p.m. This powerful thriller is based on the events of Idi Amin’s brutal regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. Forest Whitaker’s portrayal of the Ugandan dictator has garnered multiple awards and nominations, including winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama and an Academy Award for Best Actor. Rated: R.
Close to Home, March 24-28, 7 and 8:45 p.m. In this critically acclaimed study of Israeli women and compulsory military service, two diametrically opposed women are thrown together on patrol in Jerusalem; Mirit is respectful of her military superiors, while Smadar barely conceals her desire for rebellion. Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.
Venus, March 29-April 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Veteran actors, Maurice (Peter O’Toole) and Ian are aging friends who never quite hit the big time. Though the jobs they take may not be glamorous, they have established a comfortable routine. Life for this pair gets turned upside down after Ian’s grandniece Jessie moves in to his flat to care for him. Rated: R.
The Dead Girl, April 4-8, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. The life of a lonesome caretaker (Toni Colette) is turned upside down when she stumbles upon the body of a young dead girl. The clues to the young woman’s death come together to paint a devastating portrait of seven women whose lives are linked by a single act of violence and a desire for change. Nominated for Best Director and Best Feature at the 2007 Independent Spirit awards. Rated: R.
Notes on a Scandal, April 8-15, 7 and 9 p.m. and April 9, 11, 12 and 14, 3 p.m. A pottery teacher enters into an affair with one of her students, causing upheaval in her personal and professional lives. This physiological thriller about obsession, envy and betrayal was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actress (Judi Dench), Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Rated: R.
25 cent Lemonade, April 14, 7 p.m. Four car crash survivors experience their tragedy with four unique perspectives. The breakout film from William and Mary senior, Frederica H. Fredericks, intertwines the lives of these five characters in a story that is at first tragic and at last hopeful. Not rated. All seats $2.
The Painted Veil, April 15-22, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Adapted for the screen from the W. Somerset Maugham novel, “The Painted Veil,” tells the story of a young English couple, Walter (Edward Norton) and Kitty (Naomi Watts), who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai where she falls in love with someone else. Rated: PG-13.
Inland Empire, April 22, 23, 25, 26 and 27, 4 and 7:30 p.m. and April 24, 7:30 p.m. This latest film from writer/director David Lynch (“Mulholland Drive” and “Blue Velvet”) tells the story of Nikki Grace and Devon Berk cast in a new motion picture project. Winner of Best Experimental Film at the National Society of Film Critics Awards and the Future Film: Digital Award at the Venice Film Festival. Rated: R.
William and Mary’s Hillel Chapter’s Israeli Festival, April 24, 7 p.m. The College of William and Mary’s campus chapter of Hillel will be screening the Israeli-made, award-winning documentary, “Janem, Janem,” as one of the activities associated with its Israeli Festival Week. This five-time Israeli Oscar nominee offers an original mix of filmmaking styles and potent dramas about contemporary life in Israel. Israeli Festival week is a community-wide celebration to commemorate Israel’s 59th year of independence. All seats $2.
The Curse of the Golden Flower, April 28-May 2, 6:45 and 9 p.m. On the eve of China’s Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns to the palace under the guise of celebrating the holiday with his family. Amid the glamour and grandeur, ugly secrets are revealed. Royal affairs, a secret love, shifting loyalties and an ailing Empress each play a part in the elaborate charade. Nominated for an Oscar for the Best Achievement in Costume Design and for Excellence in Production Design by the Art Directors Guild. Mandarin with subtitles. Rated: R.
Unless otherwise noted, 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 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.