posted September 19, 2013

Knickerbocker Fall Film Series Underway

The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will open its fall film series with “Blue Jasmine” on Monday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The series is featuring a total of five films through November.  Following “Blue Jasmine,” the series will present “The Girls in the Band” (Oct. 7-12), “Austenland” (Oct. 14-19), “Still Mine” (Nov. 4-9), and “Wadja” (Nov. 18-23).  All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

The latest effort from Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine” follows the life of Jasmine, an elegant New York socialite portrayed by Cate Blanchett.  After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, she moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

The “San Francisco Chronicle” has said that “Blue Jasmine” is “A jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do.  Blanchett is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. Her performance is one for the books.”

“Blue Jasmine” was written and directed by Allen.  In addition to Blanchett, the film stars Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale and many others.  “Blue Jasmine” is rated PG-13.

The documentary “The Girls in the Band,” focuses on the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930s to the present day.  “The Girls in the Band” will be shown on Monday-Saturday, Oct. 7-12, and is not rated.

In the romantic comedy “Austenland,” 30-something, single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) spends her life savings on a trip to an English resort that caters to Austen-crazed women.  While there she realizes that her fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman become more real than she ever could have imagined.  The film will be shown Monday-Saturday, Oct. 14-19, and is rated PG-13.

“Still Mine” is based on true events and laced with wry humor.  It is a heartfelt love story about an 89-year-old New Brunswicker (James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife (Geneviève Bujold), whose memory is starting to go. The film will be shown Monday-Saturday, Nov. 4-9, and is rated PG-13.

The final film in the fall series will be “Wadjda.”  An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Quran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.  The film will be shown Monday-Saturday, Nov. 18-23, and is rated PG.

Tickets for all of the films are $6 for regular admission and $5 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty, and children and are available at the ticket offices in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Ave.) and the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  Both offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

Updated information may be obtained by visiting hope.edu/arts/knick.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.