Tuesday, July 06, 2010

'Nine' and 'The Last Station' in the Weston Theater

Join us in July for two great movies that saw only a limited release in the United States last year. First up is the movie musical Nine (rated PG-13), based on the Tony-award winning stage musical version of Federico Fellini's classic film 8 1/2. Showing on Tuesday, July 13th at 12:15 PM, and again on Thursday, July 15th at 5:45 PM, the film follows the trials and tribulations of director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), as he struggles to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With lush production numbers and the talents of Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, and Sophia Loren, as well as director Rob Marshall (Chicago), this stunning evocation of Italy in the early 60s is sure to entertain.

Next is the gorgeous period piece The Last Station, a sweet comedy-drama about the final days of the Russian novelist Tolstoy. Showing on Tuesday, July 27th at 12:15 PM, and Thursday, July 29th at 5:45 PM, the film stars Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) as the aging but still robust Tolstoy and Helen Mirren (The Queen) as his aristocratic wife who stands to lose the income from his royalties if Tolstoy re-writes his will ... Critic Bret Fetzer observed that moments of sly comedy keep The Last Station from becoming overly literary, and that "every scene is a polished jewel, expertly and passionately crafted by the actors and writer-director Michael Hoffman (A Midsummer Night's Dream), rich with feeling and social detail." Note that this film is rated 'R', and that viewer discretion is advised.

Both films will be shown in the Weston Theater in the Wheaton J. Lane room, with popcorn and drinks provided by the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library. Admission is free.


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