Spring Film Festival at the Montana Theatre


By Star Staff Writer

The Spring Film Festival ’14 at the Montana Theatre will begin with the showing of “Book Thief” on Thursday evening, March 20.

Movies will be shown only once every Thursday from March 20 through April 24 beginning at 7 p.m. in the theatre located at 905 Main St.

The films to be shown and the dates are:

March 30 — “Book Thief.” This movie is based on the beloved best selling book, “The Book Thief.” Narrated by Death, it is set in Nazi Germany — a place and time when, as the narrator notes, he was extremely busy. Under the watchful eye and caustic musings of Death, a young girl named Liesel embarks upon a journey marked by discovery, courage, friendship — and the power to triumph over the most daunting obstacles. Rated PG-13 for violence and intense depiction of thematic material.

March 27 — “Nebraska.” A cantankerous alcoholic father receives a sweepstakes letter in the mail. He thinks he has struck it rich and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim the fortune. Rated R for language.

April 3 — “Her.” Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature — and the risks — of intimacy in the modern world. Rated R for language, sexual content and graphic nudity.

April 10 — “August: Osage County.” This movie tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they gre up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts’ play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. Rated R for language, sex and drugs.

April 17 — “12 Years a Slave.” Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom, this movie is set in the pre-Civil War United States. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brade Pitt) will foreve alter his life. Rated R for violence, brief nudity and sexuality.

April 24 — “Philomena.” Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” the movie “Philomena” focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son. Rated PG-13 for strong language and sexual references.