Wednesday, February 1
Waking Ned Devine
Kirk Jones, the man behind the new film Nanny McPhee, made this movie back in the day. Like, all the way back in 1998. Two old men, Jackie and Michael, find out that a member of their tiny town has won the lottery. The winnings? Almost 7 million Irish pounds. The winner? No one knows the winner, Ned Devine. Eventually, Jackie and Michael find out Ned died from shock after finding out that he won the lottery. One of the old men pretends to be Ned to get the money, and chaos ensues as the two old men try to fool the Lotto man — easier said than done. Personally, it scared me away from small towns.
Thursday, February 2
Pre-Titanic, Kate Winslet was in other movies. Who knew? In this 1996 version of Hamlet, Winslet is Ophelia, Hamlet’s ill-fated ex-love. Kenneth Branagh both directed the film and starred as (you guessed it) Hamlet in this version of the classic play. The title character’s father is murdered by his uncle, who then goes on to marry his mother. Throughout the rest of the play — I mean, movie — Hamlet struggles with ideas like life, death, and murder. Not a light-hearted comedy. Personally, I’m more of a fan of Mel Gibson’s version, but that’s because his overacting just gets to be plain funny.
Friday, February 3
7:30, 10, 12
This movie is about the aftermath of a galactic civil war. Malcolm Reynolds, a veteran of the war, has become a for-hire spaceship captain. His crew is as dysfunctional as any sitcom family, but they are loyal to the death. He picks up two passengers: Simon Tam, a doctor, and River, his telepathic sister. Apparently, they’re fleeing from a government group that experimented on River’s brain. According to Roger Ebert, it’s “an old-fashioned space opera.” Directed and written by Joss Whedon, this movie stars Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres.
Saturday, February 4
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
8, 10, 12
It’s claymation! Wallace and Gromit, an owner-and-dog duo, have created their own pest-fighting team called “Anti-Pesto.” They humanely dispose of rabbits that invade their town’s gardens. However, trouble ensues when they realize that a creature they call the were-rabbit has begun attacking the gardens. Featuring the vocal talents of Ralph Fiennes and Peter Sallis, this movie should be entertaining. Granted, claymation reached its high point with Gumby... but the movie might still be worth your time.
Sunday, February 5
The Super Bowl
AB has given us the great gift of the Steelers. Instead of showing the regularly scheduled feature film, we are going to get the football event of the year. That’s right kids, it’s the SUPER BOWL. In all caps because this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Forget the Rolling Stones, this is the year of the Steelers. Even if you don’t like them, you’d be hard pressed not to want them to do it for Jerome. So get your butt to McConomy and support the Black and Gold, baby.