Cinematique

Cinematique of Wilmington Film Series

Contact the Thalian Hall Box Office for Ticket Information:
Thalian Box Office: (910) 632-2285
310 Chestnut Street
Open Monday - Saturday, 2PM-6PM
Tickets are also available at the Thalian Hall Website.
Admission is $7 (+ tax and $1 ticketing fee)

Listener Ashley enjoyed a recent film at Cinematique. She wrote to Mary Bradley, who oversees our participation in this joint venture with Thalian Hall:

Will you please run The Book Thief a few more days?! We missed it at the theatre and I wasn't able to go when you ran it.

Mary replied,

I wish we could, but we have films booked for all the available times this month and next.

Cinematique Presents: Oscar Shorts 2014!

Jan 20, 2014

Cinematique's annual presentation of Oscar Shorts is coming February 10th-15th!  Here is your chance to see all of the films nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject, Short Film - Animated, and Short Film - Live Action. Oscar Shorts showcases the best short films of 2013 and features today's most talented emerging filmmakers.

MondayLive Action Shorts

TuesdayAnimated Shorts (Canceled Due to Weather) 

Nominated for six academy awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Nebraska is captivating audiences across the country.

Cinematique Presents: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Jan 17, 2014

Note: Tuesday, and Wednesday Nights Canceled Due to Weather, tickets honored for later showings

Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and, and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of real-life Texan Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. 

Cinematique Presents: "The Great Beauty"

Jan 14, 2014

UPDATE: tickets bought to the 1/28, 1/29, and 1/30 showings of "The Great Beauty" will receive tickets for a later date. 

See the gorgeous Italian film that just won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. From the opening shot of Italian filmmaker Parolo Sorrentino's new film — a shell being blasted from a cannon—viewers know this is a special film: Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades.

Cinematique Presents: "Philomena"

Dec 30, 2013

Philomena, from Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liasons), written by and starring Steve Coogan (The Trip) and Dame Judi Dench (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Skyfall). This heart tugging film is based on the true story of Philomena Lee (Dench), a woman who embarked on a journey with a journalist (Coogan) to discover what happened to the son she was forced to give up for adoption when she was only a teenager.

Find out why this film has earned so many film festival laurels and become an audience favorite. (PG-13, 1hr. 34Min.)

Cinematique Presents: "The Book Thief"

Dec 30, 2013

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl (Sophie Nélisse) sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) and a secret guest under the stairs (Ben Schnetzer), she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

Doc-Week at Cinematique: "I Am Divine"

Dec 30, 2013

Harris Glenn Milstead liked musicals, was drawn to feminine pursuits, and was bullied. He played “dress-up games” as a child in his mother’s clothes. Once, he showed up at a party dressed as an astonishingly passable Elizabeth Taylor. After meeting a crowd of gay hipsters and freaks, Glenn started camping it up and smoking grass. In this group, Glenn met the man who was about to change his life - John Waters. Glenn and Waters bonded over their mutual love of cinema. With Waters’ encouragement, Glenn created a new acting persona, a new character.

This film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori is an intimate look at one of the world’s most famous sex symbols, told in her own words. In this alluring documentary, Page emerges from the veil of myth via interviews taped a decade before her death in 2008. With razor sharp wit, Page tells her life story -- from humble beginnings in an impoverished southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her career.

The small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music.  The music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create timeless music classics.

Listener Peg wrote to Mary Bradley about this past week's Cinematique film starring Robert Redford:

'All Is Lost' was tremendous! I'm still shaken up by Redford's marvelous acting. Am glad that your blurb tells us that Chandor was the writer-director of Margin Call which was one of the best ... films I can remember seeing. I wish it could be presented here again! GREAT that the [Metropolitan Opera] is returning [this weekend]! Thanks so much for all your efforts!

Listener Daniel Gunn wrote us on Wednesday:

Cinematique Presents: "All is Lost"

Nov 21, 2013

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a man (Academy Award Winner Robert Redford) wakes to find his yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, he sails blindly into the path of a violent storm. With strength that belies his age, and using traditional nautical instruments, he struggles to find a shipping route.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) gives a fearless performance as young Allen Ginsberg in this mesmerizing true story of friendship, the early days of the Beat Generation and a passion that ends in murder. This biopic set during the famed beat poet's years at Columbia University centers on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster).

Cinematique Presents: "Enough Said"

Oct 23, 2013

Don't miss this critically acclaimed romantic comedy for grown-ups. A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini)óa sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Who causes her to doubt her relationship with Albert.

Cinematique Presents: "Inequality for All"

Oct 23, 2013

At the heart of Inequality for All is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation's economic health? The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.

Cinematique Presents: "The Way, Way Back"

Oct 10, 2013
Fox Searchlight Pictures

From the Oscar-winning writer-directors of The Descendents, The Way Way Back is one of the year’s most charming comedies. It’s the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s summer vacation with his mother, Pam her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Cinematique Presents: "Museum Hours"

Oct 3, 2013

Vienna, winter: Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum encounters Anne, a foreign visitor called to Austria because of a medical emergency. Never having been to Austria and with little money, she wanders the city, taking the museum as her refuge. Johann, initially wary, offers help ,and they’re drawn into each other’s worlds. Their meetings spark unexpected explorations—of their own lives, of the life of the city, and of the way art can reflect and shape daily experience.

Listener Susan Hinger found a very creative way to give us feedback on something that we have been announcing. She wrote us a poem.

Cinematique Presents: "In a World"

Sep 6, 2013
Roadside Attractions

Written, directed by, and starring Lake Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script-- In a World is a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father.  (Rated R, 1hr. 33min.)

Cinematique Presents: "Blue Jasmine"

Sep 6, 2013
Sony Classics

Written and directed by Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine is one of the premier cinematic releases of the year. After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. This must-see film is considered by many one of Woody Allen’s best.  (Rated PG-13, 1hr. 38min.)

October 7-9, 7:30PM

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The great pianist Marian McPartland passed way this week. Although she had not made any new recordings in recent years, her program Piano Jazz was the longest-running music show on NPR, and one that we carried for several years. Mary Virginia Swain posted on our website:

I listened to this show religiously when WHQR carried it. Such a delightful show, and Marian McPartland was a gem of a creative talent.

We’re pleased to present a film from North Carolina’s David Green (graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts; director of George Washington and All the Real Girls). Driven by striking performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship.

Cinematique Presents: "Blackfish"

Aug 15, 2013

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species' treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature. (Rated PG-13, 1hr. 20min.)

Cinematique Presents: "Still Mine"

Aug 15, 2013

Based on true events and laced with wry humor, Still Mine is a heartfelt love story about an 89-year-old New Brunswicker (James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife (Geneviève Bujold) whose memory is fading. Although Craig Morrison is using the same methods his father, a shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. Craig quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector, who finds just about everything unacceptable, including the unstamped wood Craig has milled from his own trees.

Cinematique Presents: "The Hunt"

Aug 15, 2013

The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over after overcoming a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria.

Cinematique Presents: "20 Feet From Stardom"

Jul 25, 2013

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film Twenty Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

Cinematique Presents: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Jul 15, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing is one of the season's most well received films, both critically and with audiences. Director Joss Whedon's (THE AVENGERS) sumptuously shot movie is a modern adaptation on Shakespeare's timeless classic, featuring a wonderful ensemble cast comprised largely of Whedon's regulars. In this rendition of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof ) have just returned to Messina after a successful campaign abroad.

Cinematique Presents: "Before Midnight"

Jul 11, 2013

In Before Midnight, widely hailed as one of the best films of the year, director Richard Linklater continues tracking a star-crossed couple, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Jesse and Celine first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise (1995), reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset (2004), and now, in Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future; family, romance, and love. Before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds.

August 5-7, 7:30PM

Cinematique Presents: "Stories We Tell"

Jul 9, 2013

In this acclaimed, inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. In this must-see film, she playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.

Cinematique Presents: "Becoming Traviata"

Jul 5, 2013

The reinvention of Verdi's masterpiece, La Traviata, as sung by world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat's thrilling new movie. A modern, minimalist, post-punk approach strips away the opulence and grandiosity associated with operatic productions. Concentrating on director Jean-François Sivadier's working relationship with Dessay, the film reveals how two great creative minds build the story of a doomed love affair. The stars rehearse in what look like yoga outfits, on a bare stage, with minimal props.

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