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Featuring  an Academy-Award winning performance by Julianne Moore, this gripping drama introduces us to Alice Howland, a happily married mother of three and renowned linguistic professor,  who starts forgetting words. Her momentary forgetfulness quickly unfolds into a diagnosis for Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. In a battle in which Howland proves herself at once brave and sensitive, she fights the loss of her family, her career and eventually herself. (PG-13, 101 min) 

Monday - Wednesday, April 13 - 15, 7 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 4 PM

Featuring an award-winning performance by Timothy Spall and directed by legendary filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, Another Year) the film Mr. Turner follows the eccentric artist J.M.W. Turner through the last quarter century of his life. Follow Turner as he paints, travels, is strapped to the mast of a ship so he can paint a snowstorm, visits brothels and finds himself to be a subject of both celebration and derision for the British aristocracy. (R, 2 hr 29 min)

Monday - Wednesday, March 30 - April 1, 7 PM

Settled peacefully in the dunes on the outskirts of Timbuktu, Kidane and his family live happily, undeterred by the Jihadists that are causing so much trouble for the population of Timbuktu.  Within Timbuktu, everything from music to laughter is banned, women are forced to have little to no function in society and the new, improvised law is enforcing more tragic and absurd rules everyday. In this stunningly rendered film, Kidane and his family are abruptly thrown in the ring against these seemingly insurmountable forces in a fight that leaves viewers both enamored and empowered.

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:

****NEW SCREENINGS ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND****

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

In early 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about post 9/11 surveillance when she began receiving mysterious emails from someone who would only identify themselves as Citizen Four. The emails revealed a plot to expose several covert surveillance operations that were run by the NSA at the time. In June 2013, Poitras flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who would eventually be identified as Ed Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense meetings is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real life thriller.

Follow the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, Stephen Hawking, an astrophysicist with an astronomic love affair to match. Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) meets Cambridge beauty Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) in college and they quickly become inseparable. At age 21, Hawking received an earth shattering diagnosis, rendering him physically inept for most of his life. However, together Hawking and Wilde were able to surmount impossible odds, break medical and scientific ground, and create one of the century's greatest love stories.

Taking the nation by cinematic storm "BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)" starring Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Zack Galifanakis and Emma Stone is this year's most ambitious black comedy. Michael Keaton plays a famous actor whose identity has started to blend with that of the superhero he so often portrays. In an attempt to break out and mount a Broadway play, Keaton battles his own ego in order to save his family, his career and ultimately himself. (R, 1 hr 55 min)

Monday-Wednesday, December 15-17, 7 PM

HOLIDAY SHORTS IS SOLD OUT.  PREPAID TICKETS ONLY. NO NEW TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

Ring in the Holidays with WHQR's Annual Storytelling Event and Broadcast LIVE on HQRNews 91.3fm!

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and local author Diane Chamberlain to talk about her most recent novel "The Silent Sister."

"The Silent Sister is a powerful and thrilling novel. This tautly paced and emotionally driven novel will engross Chamberlain's many fans as well as those that read Sandra Brown and Carla Buckley." - Booklist

"Chamberlain has written an excellent novel with well-thought-out plot lines that never lose the suspense lover's interest for one solitary second." - Suspense Magazine 

Soup to Nuts Live!: Stray Local

Oct 27, 2014

In honor of the release of their new album " The Sun Still Shines," WHQR will be featuring Wilmington's favorite trio, Stray Local. Stray Local is a dynamic acoustic trio comprised of Jamie Rowen (guitar/fiddle), Hannah Lomas (mandolin/Vocals), and Nick Simon (percussion). With influences ranging from Southern old time to R&B, this trio sees no boundaries while collaborating and writing songs. Rowen and Lomas studied music together at UNCG, honing their classical chops while falling in love with old time fiddle music.

Cinematique Presents "The Skeleton Twins"

Oct 24, 2014

In this charismatic and critically acclaimed dramedy, estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) both feel like they are at their wit's end, but an unexpected reunion between the two forces them to take stock of what so went wrong in their lives. As the twins get closer, they realize that the key to fixing their lives lies in repairing their relationship. (R, 1 hr 33 min)

Monday-Wednesday, November 17-19, 7 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

In this warm and witty comedy from the great American playwright Isreal Horovitz, New Yorker Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when Gold arrives in France to sell his newly acquired home, he is surprised by a tenant who refuses to budge. His apartment turns out to be a viager - an ancient French real estate system- with some complicated, rather funky rules.

Join us Monday, November 3 for a special screening event featuring a Q&A with filmmaker Ira Sachs. After the screening of his new film "Love is Strange," join us for an intimate Q&A with the filmmaker that all the critics are raving about. 

Join us Sunday, October 12 at 7pm for An EXCLUSIVE Benefit Screening of "The Wisdom to Know the Difference," featuring a Q & A with filmmaker Daniel Baldwin. All proceeds will benefit Thalian Hall, WHQR and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Writer-Director-Actor Daniel Baldwin (Homicide, Life on the Streets) and special guests TBA.

Lucky us! The highly acclaimed jazz duo Lisa and Galen are joining us, along with special guest and student Sean. The talented Lisa Rankin is known for her dexterity on the piano, the keybass, the flute, the recorder, the tin whistle, the harmonica, the six string guitar, the twelve string guitar and her amazing vocals. Galen Hunsucker is magnificent on the electric and acoustic guitars, and after spending more than 30 years in the music business captivates audiences with his stellar vocals. 

A pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law (Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson) set off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picturesque adventures, from trendy Reykjavik to the rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness and friendship. The film has an exuberance and a chemistry that will have you shouting Land Ho! (R, 1hr 36min)

Monday-Wednesday, October 20-22, 7:00 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

In this witty follow-up to the 2010 film The Trip, director Michael Winterbottom reunites comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for a new culinary road trip. In this version, our heroes retrace the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy, all while indulging in sparkling banter and various impersonation-offs. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay of Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, cooking up a biting portrait of modern day masculinity. (Unrated, 1 hr 48 min)

Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a priest who receives a death threat during confession and must find out who in his congregation is responsible before it's too late. Although he continues to comfort his daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister forces closing in. Will he have the courage to face his own personal Calvary? A brilliant performance by all, Calvary faces weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity. (R, 1hr 40min)

On Sunday, August 17 WHQR listeners, members, staff and volunteers gathered together in the picnic area of Tidal Creek on Oleander for the common cause of...ice cream! and, of course, public radio. People from all walks of life enjoyed a few hours of fun and relaxation while WHQR station staff scooped several flavors of frozen delights from Velvet Freeze into their cups and cones. 

Written and directed by legend Woody Allen, Magic in the Moonlight brings such talents as Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Antonia Clarke and Natasha Andrews together in a romantic comedy that is sure to enchant. Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's Magic In The Moonlight is about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.  (PG-13, 1hr 40 min) 

September 29-October 1, Monday-Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

Event chair and volunteer Brenda McDonald and development manager Lindsey Champion discuss the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center's upcoming benefit "The Last Chance for White Pants Gala." The annual benefit will take place from 7pm to 12am on Friday, August 29 at the Coastline Conference and Events Center. Proceeds benefit the Every Moment Matters Campaign, raising funds for the expansion and renovation of the current hospital facilities.

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