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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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.

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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).

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

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.

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)

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

This tender drama, starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, begins with a 6 year old boy and follows the same group of actors over a 12 year period on a one-of-a-kind trip that is at once epic and intimate. Boyhood provides a vivid portrayal of the exhilaration of childhood, the seismic shifts of modern family and the inevitable passing of time. Critics are stunned at the breadth and depth of Boyhood's sprawling investigation of the human condition. (R, 2 hr, 44 min)

September 15-17, Monday - Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Based on a John le Carre novel, this extraordinary thriller starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, will throw you head first into the high stakes world of international crime and intrigue. When a half-Chechen, half-Russian brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's illicit fortune, both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest.

Cinematique Presents "The Grand Seduction"

Aug 5, 2014

When a small fishing village sets out in search of a local doctor in order to secure a business contract, they end up with big-city medicine man, Paul Lewis. The towns' citizens and government act in cohorts to get this unlikely addition to stay. (PG-13, 1h. 55 min)

Monday-Friday, August 25-29, 7 pm

Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall

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Follow Anna (later revealed to be Ida), a novitiate nun in 1960's Poland, as she enters on a painful, eye-opening journey into her family's past. Sent by the Mother Superior of her convent to visit her only living relative, Aunt Wanda, Anna uncovers the secrets of her family; secrets that are heavily shaded by the Holocaust and her family's ties to the Communist Party. Don't miss this critical favorite called the best film of the year by many. (PG-13, 1hr 20 min.)

August 18-20, Monday-Wednesday, 7 pm

A must-see sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host), starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt.Tthis film focuses on the aftermath of a failed global-warming experiment that ends up killing off most life on the planet. Survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster. (R, 2hr 6 min.)

August 11-13, Monday-Wednesday, 7 pm

Director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Ebert's story is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (R, 2hr)

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Cinematique Presents: "The Immigrant"

Jun 24, 2014

In James Gray's The Immigrant, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. The two women become separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined on Ellis Island.  Alone and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her hopes for a brighter future.

Cinematique Presents: "Chef"

Jun 24, 2014

Many are heralding Chef as the most delicious comedy of 2014! When chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (R, 1hr, 55min)

Cinematique Presents: "Chef"

Jun 19, 2014

Many are heralding Chef as the most delicious comedy of 2014! When chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (R, 1hr, 55min)

Cinematique Presents: "The Railway Man"

May 21, 2014

Don't miss this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past. (R, 1hr, 56 min.)

Cinematique Presents: The Lunchbox

May 15, 2014

Don't miss this touching portrait of friendship, a film being hailed as one of the best films of the year! Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, but it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. (PG, 1hr, 45min)
 

Cinematique Presents: Fading Gigolo

May 15, 2014

John Turturro writes, directs, and acts in this light-hearted comedy about a man struggling to find his place in life. Fioravante (Turturro) works part time as a florist and makes very little money. His friend Murray (Woody Allen) owns a rare book store that is being forced to close. Murray, on a visit to his dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), gets into a conversation with her that turns to sex. Highly reluctant, Fioravante eventually consents to a strange new business venture.

Cinematique Presents: Finding Vivian Maier

May 15, 2014
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This dramatic documentary is receiving rave reviews across the globe! Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. (Unrated, 1hr, 24min)

Don't miss this star-studded new film from Wes Anderson! The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

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