Continuing its tradition of bringing the best movies audiences may not know about to West Michigan, Hope College's Knickerbocker Theatre has announced its summer film series line up. From great foreign films to the Beatles, the series shows a range of films bound to please film buffs and casual moviegoers alike.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 East 8th Street in downtown Holland. The Knickerbocker is closed on Sundays.
"Me, You, Them" runs Friday-Thursday, July 20-26, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. Set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of Brazil, the bittersweet comedy is the story of Darlene, a strong woman who carries out an existence under the same roof as her four sons and three husbands. The film is rated PG-13 and is in Portuguese with English subtitles.
"The Dish" shows from Monday, July 30, through Thursday, Aug. 9, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. A fictional account of historic events, the film tells the story of how a small town in Australia provided the radio telescope dish which allowed the world to watch Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon. The film is rated PG-13.
"In the Mood for Love" runs Friday-Thursday, Aug. 10-16, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. An allusive and bittersweet work about longing, the film is set in 1962 Hong Kong. It is the story of a journalist and secretary who are drawn together by their suspicion that their spouses are having an affair. Their relationship deepens, but the focus is on longing. The film is rated PG and is in Cantonese and French, with English subtitles.
"A Time for Drunken Horses" shows Friday-Thursday, Aug. 17-23, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. A glimpse into the life of a people rarely seen, the film shows us the life of the Kurds, an ethnic group living as minorities in a number of countries. The setting is in the mountainous area of Iran, near the Iraq border, where a hardworking young boy struggles with his sisters and brothers in a harsh life of economic deprivations. They find a new focus as they begin seeking medical help for their critically ill brother. The film is not rated, and is in Kurdish and Farsi with English subtitles.
"A Hard Day's Night" runs Monday-Saturday, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. Since it redefined the rock musical in 1964, the film has gone on to be a classic of the genre. Now the restored and remastered version brings the film back to the big screen, a classic that seems as ageless as the Beatles. The film is unrated.
"Shadow Magic" closes the season on Monday- Saturday, Sept. 3-8, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. nightly. A film about filmmaking, it tells the story of an ambitious American who comes to Peking in 1902 to introduce motion pictures in China. A Chinese photographer becomes fascinated with the new technology, but must address the conflicts the western influence brings in his personal and professional life. The film is rated PG, and is in Mandarin with English subtitles.
Tickets are $5 for regular adult admission, and $4 for students and senior citizens. A Knickerbocker pass is also available giving five adult admissions for $22. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Knickerbocker Information Line at (616) 395-7403.