Monday, February 6, 2017

Oscar® Loves the Brand New CineGrand!

Ellsworth, Maine - The Grand announces the lineup for the return of the Winter and Spring CineGrand – a series of the best of the recent films, most of them nominated for this year's Academy Awards and all projected through the theater's brand-new Digital Projection System. The films will be shown weekly with an evening screening on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and a special closed-captioned matinee screening on the following Wednesday afternoon. Ticket prices for evening movies and are $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors and Students and $6 for Grand Members. Wednesday matinees are $6. The line-up of titles for Winter and Spring CineGrand are:

Tuesday, February 14th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday February 15th at 2:00 pm– Love and Friendship Directed by independent film legend Whit Stillman, this acclaimed film celebrates Valentine's Day with an adaptation of Jane Austen's classic romantic story of wit and wisdom. Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Can she keep from creating new scandals? Don't count on it! With Chloe Sevingy, Stephen Fry and Jemma Redgrave.

Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30 pm/Wednesday February 22nd at 3:30 pm– The Girl on the Train A
thriller based on the international best-selling novel, “The Girl on the Train”. The film tells the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt, in an electrifying performance), devastated by her recent divorce, spending her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day... until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. With Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon and Justin Theroux.

Tuesday, February 28th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday March 1st at 2:00 pm– Hell of High Water Nominated for this year's Best Picture Oscar®, the film tells the story of Texas brothers Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), who come together after several years to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger Marcus (Bridges, in a performance nominated for this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar®) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide.

Tuesday, March 7th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday March 8th at 1:00 pm– Hidden Figures This Oscar™-nominated film is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson ("Empire"'s Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer in an Oscar™-nominated performance) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. With Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parson and "Moonlight"'s Oscar™-nominee Mahershala Ali.

Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 pm/Wednesday March 22nd at 1:00 pm– Manchester by the Sea After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. The film is nominated for several Oscars™ including Best Picture, Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams) with both Best Original Screenplay and Best Directing nominations going to Kenneth Lonergan. With Gretchen Mol and Matthew Broderick.

Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday March 29th at 1:00 pm– Arrival This Oscar™-nominated film tells the story of when mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe and an elite team- lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)- are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers- and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. The film is nominated for several Oscars™ including Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Directing. With Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Tuesday, April 4th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday April 5th at 1:00 pm– Moonlight The tender, heartbreaking multiple Oscar™-nominated story (including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Directing) of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. With Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders as well as Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali who have received Oscar™-nominations in the Best Supporting Acting categories for their performances.

Tuesday, April 11th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday April 12th at 1:00 pm– Jackie Featuring an Oscar™-nominated performance from Natalie Portman the film presents the searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Portman). "Jackie" places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well. With Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and the late John Hurt.

Tuesday, April 18th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday April 19th at 1:00 pm– Loving From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols ("Mud"), the film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Best Actress Oscar™-nominee Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry- and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. With Nick Kroll and longtime Jeff Nichols collaborator Michael Shannon.

Tuesday, April 25th at 7:30 pm/Wednesday April 26th at 1:00 pm– 20th Century Women This nominee for this year's Best Original Screenplay Oscar™ takes place during the summer of 1979, as a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist her young tenants- a quirky punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a mellow handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son's shrewd best friend (Elle Fanning) - to serve as role models in a changing world. With Alison Elliot and Alia Shawkat.

For more information on CineGrand or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grand-Auditorium/112755987339

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