Meredith Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Movie Schedule for Winter Catalog Wednesday, December 10, 2008 The Straight Story(1999) (G) When Iowa farmer Alvin Straightʹs brother, Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton), falls ill, Alvin pledges to go to Lyleʹs side despite being unable to drive and unwilling to accept help. With a tent to sleep under, a riding lawnmower for transportation and unshakable determination, Alvin (Oscar nominee Richard Farnsworth) sets out to cover the 300 miles to his brotherʹs house in a weeks‑ long journey of healing and remembrance. Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek Director:David Lynch
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Babetteʹs Feast 1987)(G) Philippa (Hanne Stensgaard) and Martina (Vibeke Hastrup ) turn down a chance to leave their Danish town, instead staying to care for their pastor father and his small church. Thirty‑five years later, a French woman (Stéphane Audran) seeks refuge, and Philippa and Martina (now Bodil Kjer and Birgitte Federspie) take her in. The feast the woman prepares in gratitude is eclipsed only by her secret in director Gabriel Axelʹs Oscar‑winning drama. (Danish, subtitled)
Wednesday February 22, 2009 The Snow Walker (2003) PG Charles Martin Smith helms this survivalist adventure tale starring Barry Pepper as cocky, hotheaded bush pilot Charlie Halliday. During a routine stop on a supply run in Canadaʹs Northwest Territories, Charlie agrees to transport a critically ill Inuit woman (Annabella Piugattuk) to a Yellowknife hospital. But the plane goes down in the Arctic tundra, leaving the twosome marooned ‑‑and facing the brutality of the looming northern winter.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Careful He Might Hear You (1983) PG Two sisters, one wealthy and the other working class, battle for the custody of their young nephew. The poor boy, caught in the middle of the womenʹs struggle, runs away and goes in search of the father he never met. This fine Australian production won eight Australian Film Institute Awards.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 A Shot in the Dark (1964) PG Sight gags and pratfalls abound in director Blake Edwardsʹ unadulterated farce about a sexy parlor maid (Elke Sommer) accused of killing her lothario lover. Enter the bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers), whoʹs intent on proving the young beautyʹs innocence even though the evidence indicates otherwise. Clouseau will go to any lengths ‑‑ including a stakeout at a nudist camp ‑‑ to unravel the case and nail the real murderer.
Wednesday,May 13,2009 Finding Neverland (2004) PG Peter Pan and the denizens of Neverland have captured the hearts and minds of J.M. Barrieʹs readers. But how did the imaginative author ever envision a world so wondrous yet perilous? Johnny Depp plays Barrie, a writer inspired by genius and dedicated to seeing his vision come to life onstage at the Duke of Yorkʹs Theatre in 1904 London. Kate Winslet co‑stars in this magical film that nabbed seven Oscar nominations and won Best Original Score.