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Set in 1981, statistically one of the most corrupt and violent years in the history of New York City, this film follows an immigrant and his family as they try to tie down the American Dream. Swept up in the circumstances of the times, the surrounding decay and destruction threaten to suck the family in, and destroy everything they have worked so hard for. Don't miss out on this gripping, gritty story known as a masterpiece of filmography. (R, 2 hr 5 min)   

Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 7 PM

Monday-Wednesday, March 16-18, 4 PM

Caught in a downward spiral after the death of her mother and her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of destructive behavior, Strayed decides to throw caution to the wind and head out alone, on a one thousand mile hike down the Pacific Crest Trail. Don't miss this chance to follow Strayed through the pleasures and pitfalls of her adventure in a film, that is both visually invigorating and powerfully moving. (R, 1 hr 55 min)

Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11, 7 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 4 PM

In this chilling true crime drama, featuring career topping performances by Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, experience the gripping story of Olympic Gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Shultz (Tatum). Living in the shadow of his brother (Ruffalo) Dave's professional wrestling success, Shultz jumps at the chance to train under the auspices of eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Carell). Du Pont, in a desperate attempt to appease his disapproving mother, tries to "train" Shultz and ends up all but annihilating Shultz's spirit, confidence and career.

WHQR and Thalian Hall are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Oscar Shorts by bringing you the most brilliant collection yet. Whether you like animation, live action or documentaries Oscar Shorts 2015 has something just for you. Check out the lineup below for a complete schedule of films.

Animated Program (PG) Monday, February 16 at 4 PM, Wednesday, February 18 at 7 PM, and Friday, February 20 at 7 PM

Nominated Films:


Meet Sandra (Academy Award winning  actress Marion Cotillard), a hard working woman who has just been told that as result of her elongated hospital stay, she no longer has a job.  Her only chance of regaining her position requires her to convince her co-workers to give up their much-needed annual bonuses...within two days and one night. Faced with a seemingly impossible time cramp, Sandra climbs the heights of community solidarity in a charming and heroic effort to get back what she deserves.

Saturday, February 7th marks Wilmington’s 13th annual DocuTime one-day documentary film festival. DocuTime has established a solid reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to a have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment.

Directed and produced by the legendary Tim Burton, BIG EYES is a timeless biopic based on the story of Walter Keane (Cristoph Waltz), a wildly successful artist whose heyday was in the 1950's and 60's. Keane revolutionized popular art with his entrancing paintings of waifs with big eyes. After years of being the front man for this widely adored collection, the truth comes out. Keane's art has never been created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams in a Golden Globe Best Actress award-winning performance).

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of the most distinguished African American authors of today, Randall Kenan, to discuss his most recent achievement, a collection of his essays titled The Fire This Time, which includes a tribute to legend James Baldwin. 

Praise for The Fire This Time

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and one of the South's best up-and-coming fiction writers, Taylor Brown, to talk about Brown's debut novel Fallen Land, as well as his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold

Monday, January 12, 7 PM
MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor