Our Wednesday Matinee Series continues in March with some classic films and some performances destined to become classics.
Wednesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. - FREAKONOMICS (2010) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 85 minutes
Some of the world's most innovative documentary filmmakers will explore the hidden side of everything. The directors follow the basic path of the famous book and take on such issues as ethnic and class stereotypes, a Sumo wrestling cheating scandal in Japan, abortion rate vs the crime rate and "incentivizing" students to improve grades.
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Wednesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. - INHERIT THE WIND (1960) Starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly; Not rated, 117 minutes
INHERIT THE WIND is a fictionalization of the real-life trial of John T. Scopes in the hot summer of 1925. The trial pitted Darwin’s evolutionary theories against the accepted text of religion. The film is a masterpiece of casting with Spencer Tracy as Clarence Darrow and Fredric March as William Jennings Bryan.
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Wednesday, March 16 at 2 p.m. - SMALL ISLAND (2010) Starring Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo; Not rated; 180 minutes
SMALL ISLAND explores the lives of two couples, one Jamaican and the other English, whose worlds intertwine in post-World War II Britain, at a turning point in the long relationship between the two countries. It is a story of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers.
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Wednesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. - KING LEAR (2009) Starring Ian McKellen; Not rated; 173 minutes
This telecast marks Sir Ian McKellen's return to the Royal Shakespeare Company that has resulted in a tour-de-force performance as King Lear, who decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters.
Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. - DR. STRANGELOVE or; HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYNG AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964) Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden; Rated PG; 93 minutes
General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) plummets into madness and sends a bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects that communists are trying to rob Americans of their precious body fluids. The U.S. president meets with his advisers, where the Soviet ambassador tells him that if the U.S.S.R. is hit by nuclear weapons, it will trigger a "Doomsday Device" which will destroy the U.S. with buried bombs. (This is a One Book, One Community event.)
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Please join us every Wednesday at 2 p.m. for our Wednesday Matinee Films.
Admission is free.