Nestled in the freeze of Hoth, the Civic will be emerging from its holiday season blockbusters to catch you up on the Thursday films we’ve had to miss from opening films on the break.
On Jan. 2 we’ll take you from snow to Saudi Arabia for Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. It tells the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film, which has become the first Saudi submission to the Academy Awards.
And as one Thursday in a week is not enough, we’ve brought in two great films from the U.K. for the weekend of Jan. 3 – 5 and 7th. Stephen Frears’ latest Philomena (The Grifters, High Fidelity, The Queen), is getting a lot of Oscar buzz and “manages to be a crowd pleaser and an important social document simultaneously; it also doesn’t hurt that Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are the stars” – The Toronto Star. A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Also from across the pond, About Time, starring Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams and penned and directed by Richard Curtis ( Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral) opens Jan. 3. At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Things are looking good and we have our fingers crossed for a Jan. 09 Thursday screening of the highly lauded Dallas Buyer’s Club, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, Canadian writer/director of the amazing Quebecois film C.R.A.Z.Y. In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Check back periodically for full confirmation.
“If you strike me (Thursday night movie) down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”