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August 24, 2007

Best in American and foreign films, documentaries come to CW's Kimball Theatre in September, October

Two sides of the controversial director Michael Moore can be seen in two documentaries in September at the Kimball Theatre. From Sept. 15-28, his latest production, “SICKO,” can be seen at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Moore sets out to investigate the American healthcare system which is told from the points of view of ordinary people faced with extraordinary challenges in their search for basic health coverage.

From Sept. 28-Oct. 3, the documentary, “Manufacturing Dissent,” seeks to separate fact, fiction and legend. It chronicles Michael Moore on tour during the promotion of “Farenheit 9/11,” all while exploring the politically charged climate in America that has prompted Moore’s ascension from documentary filmmaker to an icon of the political left.

Additional critically acclaimed movies and documentaries that can be seen at the Kimball Theatre in September and October include:

  • Crazy Love, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Sept. 1-3. Documentary filmmaker Dan Klores’ “Crazy Love” tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation in the summer of 1959. Rated: PG-13.
  • Paprika, 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 4-7. Director Satoshi Kon’s (“Tokyo Godfathers,” “Millennium Actress”) new film is a slick, accessible and thoroughly entertaining piece of Japanese anime. In this visually striking adventure, humanity’s last realm of privacy—the world of our dreams—has finally been infiltrated by technology. A machine that lets therapists enter patients’ dreams is stolen. Chaos ensues as dreams bleed into reality and the line between conscious and unconscious begins to blur. Winner of the Feature Film Award—Animation at the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival and the Public’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal Festival of New Cinema. Japanese with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Brand Upon the Brain, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m., Sept. 4-10. Equal parts childhood reminiscence, expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie, “Brand Upon the Brain” is a majestic, silent-style movie. Surreal, satiric and surprisingly touching, filmmaker Guy Maddin’s latest delirious creation is dark and disturbing yet improbably funny. Not rated.
  • A Mighty Heart, 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 9-17. This film is based on Mariane Pearl’s memoir detailing the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband’s (Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl) life and death. The story covers Danny’s (Dan Futterman) reasons for being in Karachi, Pakistan, the complete story of his abduction, the intense effort of his wife, Mariane Pearl (Angelina Jolie), to find him and his eventual death. Rated: R.
  • SICKO, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Sept. 15-28. Following on the heels of his Palm d’Or-winning “Fahrenheit 9/11” and his Oscar-winning film “Bowling for Columbine,” filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Rated: PG-13.
  • Freedom Writers, 7 p.m., Sept. 27. Set in post-riot Los Angeles, this movie is based on a true story about a teacher who starts her first job in a racially divided school with the expectations of connecting with her students by sharing her love of education. Soon, she is rudely awakened to the reality of their lives. Teacher Erin Gruwell, played by Hilary Swank, finally meets them where they are and is able to successfully reach them. Rated: PG-13. This showing is sponsored by the Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition. This screening is free but tickets are required. Donations are welcome.
  • Manufacturing Dissent, 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 3. The controversial director Michael Moore receives a comprehensive drubbing in this gutsy exposé. Not rated.
  • Casi Casi, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m., Oct. 2-7. Emilio is a teen-ager who somehow finds himself in the principal’s office every other week. He has a crush on Jacklynne, the most popular girl in school, and decides to run for student council president to impress her. To his horror, Emilio realizes that his opponent is Jacklynne herself! Official selection in six film festivals and Winner of Best Film in Audience Awards. Spanish with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Devil Came on Horseback, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Oct. 7-14. This extraordinarily powerful and original film exposes the tragedies taking place in Darfur through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the United States to take action to stop them. Using the exclusive photographs and firsthand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, “The Devil Came on Horseback” takes viewers on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab-run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its African citizens. Not rated.
  • Lady Chatterley, 6 and 9 p.m. Oct. 14-21. A woman of means, played by Marina Hands, begins an affair with her husband’s gamekeeper, opening herself up, physically and emotionally, in ways she never imagined possible. The film tells the story of a passion that is both innocent and subversive—one that transcends, without ignoring, class and social conventions. Based on the novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D. H. Lawrence. Winner of five Cesar awards including Best Actress, Best Film and Best Cinematography. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Rescue Dawn, 6:30 and 8:50 p.m. Oct. 19-28. In 1997 acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog made “Little Dieter Needs to Fly,” a documentary about Dieter Dengler, a German-born fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy who was shot down over Laos in 1965. Now he’s dramatized the story in a feature film, with Christian Bale in a powerhouse performance as Dengler. This film received raves at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rated: PG-13.
  • My Best Friend, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Oct. 26-Nov. 1. It takes a lifetime to learn the meaning of friendship; François has 10 days. François (Daniel Auteuil) is an antique dealer with what he believes is a fabulous life. At a dinner party of his dearest acquaintances, he is shocked to learn that none of them like him. Catherine, François’ business partner, refuses to believe that he has a best friend and challenges him to produce this friend. François enlists Bruno (Dany Boon), a charming taxi driver, to teach him how to make friends. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.

    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.

    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.

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