Cinematique of Wilmington Film Series

Cinematique of Wilmington is a series of classic, foreign and notable films sponsored by WHQR and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

For ticket information, call the Thalian Box Office, Monday - Saturday, 2PM-6PM,  910-632-2285 or visit at 310 Chestnut Street.

Tickets are also available at the Thalian Hall Website.

Admission is $7 (+ tax and $1 ticketing fee )

Advance ticket purchase available – no extra charge to purchase in advance by phone or in person at the Thalian Box Office.

ALL FILMS BEGIN AT 7PM

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Lean on Pete will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, June 25th, to Wednesday, June 27th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner, Del Montgomery, and his seasoned jockey, Bonnie, help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Foxtrot will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, June 18th, to Wednesday, June 20th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

A grieving father experiences the absurd circumstances around the death of his son in this latest critical reflection on military culture from Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon). Michael and Daphna Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler) have barely begun to accept the horrific news about their son, when they discover that all is not what it seems.

Isle of Dogs will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, June 11th, to Wednesday, June 13th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Renowned filmmaker Wes Anderson has assembled an amazing ensemble voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand, for this fantastic stop-motion animation adventure about a young boy who takes an epic journey to find his dog.

RBG will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, May 28th, to Wednesday, May 30th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in The Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre.

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

The Death of Stalin will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, May 21st, to Wednesday, May 23rd. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Don’t miss this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire! Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

A Fantastic Woman will be shown in The Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre from Monday, May 14th, to Friday, May 18th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman is the story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic.

The Leisure Seeker will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, May 7th, to Wednesday, May 9th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland star as a runaway couple goes on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. Travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, April 2nd, to Wednesday, April 4th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. Stars Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, and Julie Walters.

Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Motion Picture, and Best Director, The Shape of Water will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, March 5th, to Wednesday, March 7th. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, and nominated for thirteen Academy Awards comes The Shape of Water - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. The star-studded cast includes Cally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, and Sichael Stuhlbarg.

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Motion Picture, and Best Director, Phantom Thread will be shown in The Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre from Monday, February 26th, to Friday, March 2nd. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps.

Three time Golden Globe nominee and currently nominated for three Academy Awards, Call Me By Your Name will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre at 7pm from Monday, February 19th, to Wednesday, February 21st with an extra show Wednesday at 4pm. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

From Monday, February 12th, to Wednesday, February 14th, The Oscar Nominated Short Films for 2018 will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Monday, February 12th - Live Action (120 minutes)
Tuesday, February 13th - Animation (90 minutes)
Wednesday, February 14th - Documentary A (4pm) & Documentary B (7pm) (184 minutes total)

For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4th.

Winner of four Golden Globes and nominated for seven different Oscars, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre from Monday, January 29th, to Thursday, February 1st. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

From Monday, January 15th, to Wednesday, January 17th, Lady Bird will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

In a film receiving a perfect 100% on rottentomatoes.com, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Tracey Letts.

From Monday, January 8th, to Wednesday, January 10th, Jane will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists.

From Monday, December 11th, to Wednesday, December 13th, The Florida Project will be shown in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. The film will play Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

A six-year-old girl and her two best friends run wild on the grounds of a week-by-week motel complex on the edge of Orlando's Disney World in Sean Baker's depiction of childhood on the margins, a film of fierce energy, tenderness, and great beauty. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the utterly unique world around them. Her delicate fantasy, however, is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. Stars Golden Globe Nominee Willem Defoe.

From Monday, December 4th, to Friday, Demeber 8th, Columbus will be shown in the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre at 7pm, Monday to Friday, with an additional show Wednesday at 4pm.

With a near-perfect 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes film review site, Columbus is the sleeper hit of the season. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. Stars John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson.

Monday, November 27th, to Wednesday, November 29th, on Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. Monday to Wednesday the show starts at 7pm with an additional show on Wednesday at 4pm. 

The extraordinary true story of an unlikely friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule starring Judi Dench. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. Directed by Stephen Frears.

Monday, October 16th, to Wednesday, October 18th on Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. Monday to Wednesday the show will start at 7pm with an additional showing starting at 4pm. 

From longtime fans Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio and filmed with extraordinary access over the course of more than two years, May It Last is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their present-day collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the multi-Grammy-nominated album “True Sadness.” With the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong bond and unique creative partnership, as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business.

Monday, October 23rd, to Wednesday, October 25th, on Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. Monday to Wednesday will show the film at 7pm with an additional show on Wednesday at 4pm. 

New nations are rarely born in peace... India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten is dispatched, along with his wife, Edwina, to New Delhi to oversee the country's transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy's House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, and Manish Dayal.

Monday, November 20th, to Wednesday, November 22nd, in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre. Monday to Wednesday the show will start at 7pm, with an additional show on Wednesday starting at 4pm. 

On July 27, 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story in a glorious and artistic way.

The film runs Monday, September 25th - Friday, September 29th at the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. Monday - Friday the film will be shown at 7pm and another show on Wednesday at 4pm. "Step is life!" - More than just a hobby for a trio of high school seniors at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, the step dance team represents an escape and an outlet, a way out, and a way to express themselves.

Monday, October 2nd - Wednesday, October 4th, at Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre. Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm.   Eleven years after An Inconvenient Truth, and only weeks after the US pulled out of the global climate agreement, Al Gore returns with a powerful exploration of the current state of climate change and what we can do about it. 

Monday, October 9th - Wednesday, October 11th, at Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre. Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm.    After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. 

Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4

The Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre

Monday - Friday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm

Monday, August 7 - Wednesday, August 9

Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre

Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm

Monday, August 14 - Wednesday, August 16

Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday 4pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre

Monday, September 4 - Wednesday, September 6

Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre

Monday, September 11 - Wednesday, September 13

Monday - Wednesday at 7 pm, Wednesday 4pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre

Monday, September 18 - Wednesday, September 20

Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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