Our Wednesday Matinee Series continues into 2011 with some historical (and hysterical) fare. A remake of the 1984 film, The Karate Kid, kicks the year off, followed the next week by When Love is Not Enough, the true story of Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon. The hysteria of Dinner for Schmucks (a remake of France's 1999 comedy, The Dinner Game) lands on January 19th, and then we return to the historic, with a new DL Wednesday feature, an episode of PBS's *History Detectives. We think this will be a fun addition to our weekly Wednesday matinees.
Wednesday, January 5 at 2 p.m. - THE KARATE KID (2010) Starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith; Rated PG; 140 minutes
Twelve-year old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
Wednesday, January 12 at 2 p.m. - WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH (2010) Starring Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper; Not rated; 98 minutes
This movie is based on the true story of the sorely-tested but ultimately enduring love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Wednesday, January 19 at 2 p.m. - DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (2010) Starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes
Tim is a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry, a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. This is an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.
Wednesday, January 26 at 2 p.m. - HISTORY DETECTIVES (2009) Not rated; 60 minutes
America's top gumshoes are back... In this episode: A dagger that may have belonged to dictator Benito Mussolini; letters from a man who may have been part of the post-slavery exodus to Liberia; and a device that could have had something to do with nuclear attack preparedness.
*History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.
Traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork are the tools the History Detectives team of experts uses to give new - and sometimes shocking - insights into our national history. (Description from PBS.com.)
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