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Movie Schedule from 03/06/2009 to 03/12/2009

One new film this week entitled THE CLASS.    This Oscar nominated film will open at the Leawood on Friday!

We are currently holding the following films: GRAN TORINO, MILK, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, DOUBT, THE READER,  SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE WRESTLER, LAST CHANCE HARVEY and FROST/NIXON.

OPENING on March 13th:  TWO LOVERS and WENDY & LUCY… and more films will be announced soon!

WEDNESDAY FREE POPCORN for Film League Members with same day paid ticket stub!  Not valid on holidays and special events.

The 2nd Annual Chinese Film Festival will be every Saturday morning  thru March 28th.   This festival will be held at the RIO THEATRE and is FREE!   For more information please go to CHINESE FILM FILM FESTIVAL!

Also coming soon will be the upcoming Jewish Film Festival at the end of March.  Film Shedule: JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL!

Remember that to avoid the sell outs you can always buy tickets on line through our website.  With a number of films selling out on the weekends this might be wise to do or you can always stop by the box office-when open- to purchase advance tickets

We have a movie discussion the first Wednesday of the month. Here is your chance to discuss and vote on the movies! The meeting is held at the Glenwood Arts at 7:00 pm and everyone gets FREE POPCORN!  Our next meeting will be MARCH 4th at 7pm and we will be discussing SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and DEFIANCE.

More info at… COMING SOON.

We now have GIFT CARDS available. If looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves films you can buy them at all of our locations. These cards can be purchased for any amounts and valid for tickets and / or concessions. As for concessions you will only be able to use at the Leawood and Glenwood Arts but for tickets at all locations.

We now have ON LINE TICKETING for the RIO, LEAWOOD and GLENWOOD ARTS. Avoid the sellouts and be assured of getting into your favorite movie by going on line to our home page (FINEARTSGROUP.COM) and clicking the “Buy Tickets Online!” link. To return to the home page, click here: Fine Arts Home Page

Thanks as always,

Brian

Last Chance Harvey
Rated PG-13, 99 Minutes
Fri -Sun: 12:30, 5:25, / Mon – Thu: 1:00, 4:00
On the verge of losing his job, New Yorker Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) travels to London to attend his daughter’s (Liane Balaban) wedding but promises to be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting. Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter has chosen to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle instead of him. Doing his best to hide his devastation, and drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate (Emma Thompson), a slightly prickly, 40-something employee of the Office of National Statistics. Kate, whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins), is touched by Harvey, who finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion. The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another’s lives. Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Jump Tomorrow).

Rachel Getting Married
Rated R, 113 Minutes
Fri & Sat: 2:45 7:55 / Sun: 2:45 / Mon – Thu: 7:00
When Kym (Anne Hathaway) returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie Dewitt), she brings a long history of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple’s abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym—with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama—is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic. Filled with the rich and eclectic characters that remain a hallmark of Jonathan Demme’s films, this drama from first-time screenwriter Jenny Lumet (daughter of famed director Sidney Lumet) paints a heartfelt, perceptive and sometimes hilarious family portrait.

Slumdog Millionaire
Rated R, 120 Minutes
Fri-Sat 12:15 2:50 5:35 8:15 / Sun 12:15 2:50 5:35 / Mon-Thr 1:15 4:15 7:15
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out… –© Fox Searchlight

Wrestler, The
Rated R, 109 Minutes
Fri-Sat 12:20 2:55 5:30 8:05 / Sun 12:20 2:55 5:30 / Mon-Thr 1:30 4:30 7:30
Mark your Oscar ballots: As of today, Mickey Rourke has given the most dramatically impressive, not to mention iconic, performance of the year in “The Wrestler,” Darren Aronofsky’s fourth feature.

It�s a major comeback after several “small” comebacks. A dissertation could be written about Rourke’s career and off-screen life over the past 20 years, but this is not the place or time. Suffice is to say that the brilliant director Darren Aronofsky has found a way to engage the actor as no other helmer has had before, not even when Rourke was a promising thespian in the early 1980s, registering strong in such pictures as “Rumblefish,” “Diner,” and “91/2 Weeks.”

“The Wrestler” had its world premiere at the Venice Film Fest, where it won the top prize, Golden Lion, then screened at the Toronto Film Fest in the Gala Premieres section and will play at the New York Film Fest. The picture will be released theatrically in December for one week to qualify for Oscar considerations, before opening wide in January 2009.

Doubt
Rated PG-13, 104 Minutes
Fri-Sat 1:30 4:15 7:00 / Sun 1:30 4:15 / Mon-Thr 4:45 7:25

Celebrated playwright John Patrick Shanley adapts his own original work and directs this drama starring Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Suspicions of molestation arise at a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, with a priest (Hoffman) as the suspect, and a pair of nuns (Streep and ENCHANTED’s Amy Adams) on opposite sides of the debate.

You and Me
Rated NR, Minutes
Saturday morning 10am

Saturday, March 7th – 10 am.

Join us for a festival of contemporary cinema from China, presented in a bilingual Chinese/English format. All screenings will feature enlightening discussions led by noted area experts in Chinese studies.

Winner of Best Director and Best Actress at China’s most prestigious Golden Rooster Awards, this film explores non-traditional family relationships, in a moving story of an unlikely bond that develops between a cantankerous old woman and her feisty young tenant.

Introduction and discussion: Jie Zhang, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Kansas

Class, The
Rated PG-13, 128 Minutes

François (played by François Bégaudeau, who wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences) and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher’s enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods… Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Laurent Cantet (Heading South, Time Out). (Fully subtitled)

Frost / Nixon
Rated R, 122 Minutes
Fri-Sat 12:20 2:50 5:30 8:15 / Sun 12:20 2:50 5:30 / Mon-Thr 1:20 4:20 7:10
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon (Frank Langella), the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost (Michael Sheen), a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed-all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.

Gran Torino
Rated R, 116 Minutes
Fri-Sat 12:05 2:40 5:20 8:05 / Sun 12:05 2:40 5:20 / Mon-Thr 1:25 4:25 7:15
Clint Eastwood stars in the drama Gran Torino, marking his first film role since his Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood also directs the film, in which he plays Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world. Kowalski is forced to confront his own long-held prejudices after taking a particular shine to the shy teenage son of his immigrant neighbors.

Milk
Rated R, 128 Minutes
Fri-Sat 12:25 3:00 5:40 8:25 / Sun 12:25 3:00 5:40 / Mon-Thr 1:10 4:10 7:00
After moving to San Francisco, the middle-aged New Yorker, Harvey Milk, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the USA. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White’s attempt to rescind his resignation from the board.

Mr. Milk had been the subject of several books and the Academy Award-winning documentary feature, The Times of Harvey Milk (1984); but Milk (2008) is the first fictional feature to explore private aspects of the man’s personal life and career.

Milk was filmed on location in San Francisco. Many of Mr Milk’s real-life surviving friends and former associates participated in the making of this film, several appearing on camera.

Reader, The
Rated R, 123 Minutes
Fri & Sat: 12:15, 2:55, 5:35, 8:20 / Sun: 12:15, 2:55, 5:35 / Mon – Thu: 1:15, 4:15, 7:05
THE READER opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from “The Odyssey,” “Huck Finn” and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life – this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna’s past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.

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