WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – Cinematique of Wilmington, a series of independent, classic, foreign and notable films co-sponsored by WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., is pleased to announce seven great films added to the line-up: All is True, Echo In The Canyon, Pavarotti, Non-Fiction, The Last Black Man In San Francisco, The Biggest Little Farm,and Maiden. Tickets to all screenings are $7 plus a $1 ticketing fee plus tax and available at the Thalian Box office (Monday-Saturday from 2-6pm) or thalianhall.org. Showtime for Cinematique Films is 7:00pm (plus 4pm matinees on Wednesdays) at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street. For more details about the series or individual features, call the Thalian Box Office at 910.632.2285 or visit whqr.org orthalianhall.org.
All Is True (2019)
July 8-10, M-W @ 7p + W @ 4p
Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre
Don’t miss All is True, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, with wonderful performances from Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. It’s a witty portrait of William Shakespeare during the last three years of his life, as he leaves London and returns to his family in Stratford-upon-Avon. The film follows Shakespeare as he strives to bridge the distance between himself and his wife and two daughters, recover from the loss of his son, and come to terms with his legacy as an artist.
Branagh leaves viewers with the impression, not that we’ve glimpsed the Great Man among his minions, but that even the foremost genius of the English language and his family were ordinary people. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Echo In The Canyon (2019)
July 15-17, M-W @ 7p + W @ 4p
Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre
Echo in the Canyon is the terrific new documentary that celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers personal details behind the bands and their songs. Echo in the Canyon features candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview).
For rock ‘n’ rollers of all ages, it’s mandatory viewing. The San Francisco Chronicle
July 22-24, M-W @ 7p + W @ 4p
Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre
Pavarotti is the riveting new documentary that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice…The Man…The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.
The singer’s optimism is contagious, and his schoolboy-like wonder is jubilant. There’s a lot to smile at here. Ken Jaworowski, The NYTimes
July 29-August 2, M-F @ 7p + W @ 4p, Thalian Hall’s Stein Theatre
Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and art. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, Non-Fiction is a buoyant, breezy delight from a master director at his most effortlessly brilliant.
This is a handsome, hugely enjoyable movie that invites the spectators to reflect on precisely what they value, both on screen and off. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
The Last Black Man In San Francisco (2019)
August 5-7, M-W @ 7p + W @ 4p, Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is an indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers. This cross between drama and documentary follows best friends trying to reclaim a family home. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is an indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers. Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes
The Biggest Little Farm (2019)
August 12-14, M-W @ 7p + W @ 4p, Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre
When the barking of their dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting thousands of trees and crops, and bringing in animals of every kind– including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. But as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.
This documentary may rid you of your fantasies of farm life, but it may also revive your wonder at the weird but ultimately awe-inspiring ways in which humans can help nature do its work. Glenn Kenny, The NYTimes
August 19-21, M-W @ 7p + W @ 4p, Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre
Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line.
Gender bias gets knocked backwards on its ass in this rousing doc named after the first ship crewed by an all-female team in the Whitbread Round the World Race. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone