Beat the Heat: HOMEWARD BOUND

First Viewing: 3:00 PM, July 8, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Duwayne Dunham
Writer(s): Sheila Burnford, Caroline Thompson, Linda Woolverton
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Ameche

 

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Disney’s 1993 remake of the 1963 hit The Incredible Journey, follows three household pets as they travel across mountains and plains on their way to find their owners. A misunderstanding leads the animals to mistakenly believe that they have been abandoned by their loved ones, when in reality they have been left in the care of a friend while the family has moved from the country to the city for the father to take a temporary assignment . All three pets–a golden retriever (Don Ameche), a cat (Sally Field), and a bulldog puppy (Michael J. Fox)–can talk, and they bicker and crack jokes as they set off on a truly incredible journey chock full of misadventures as they wend their way back to their owners.

During the summer the Athena Cinema presents BEAT THE HEAT $2 DAYS. Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family friendly films with discounted admission, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 84 min84 MIN
G Rated
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It has a certain craftsmanship and an undeniable charm, and if you find yourself watching it with a child you may end up liking it almost as much.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Beat the Heat: THE BLACK STALLION

First Viewing: 3:00 PM, July 15, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Carroll Ballard
Writer(s): Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff, Walter Farley, Walter Murch
Cast: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

 

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once-successful trainer. Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world.

During the summer the Athena Cinema presents BEAT THE HEAT $2 DAYS. Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family friendly films with discounted admission, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 118 min118 MIN
G Rated
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...the first hour of this movie belongs among the great filmgoing experiences. It is described as an epic, and earns the description.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Beat the Heat: THE SECRET GARDEN

First Viewing: 3:00 PM, July 29, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Agnieszka Holland
Writer(s): Frances Hodgson Burnett, Caroline Thompson
Cast: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse

 

A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle’s estate. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants’ brothers, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor.

During the summer the Athena Cinema presents BEAT THE HEAT $2 DAYS. Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family friendly films with discounted admission, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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Running Time: 101 min101 MIN
G Rated
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The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Beat the Heat: THE RED BALLOON and MODERN TIMES

First Viewing: 3:00 PM, August 5, 2017

Director: Albert Lamorisse & Charlie Chaplin
Writer(s): Albert Lamorisse & Charlie Chaplin
Cast: Pascal Lamorisse & Charlie Chaplin

 

THE RED BALLOON

Six-year old petit garçon Pascal Lamorisse and the biggest, shiniest ballon rouge ever–25,000 were used during shooting–share near dialogue-less adventures tagging after each other through the old Belleville section of Paris. Perhaps the most acclaimed short film of all time, The Red Balloon won the Palme d’Or for court métrage at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, making it the only short ever given an Oscar for a feature category.

MODERN TIMES

This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charlie Chaplin’s last “silent” film, although Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. After a long spell in an asylum, he searches for work, only to be mistakenly arrested as a Red agitator. Released after foiling a prison break, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of orphaned gamine (Paulette Goddard) and becomes her friend and protector.

During the summer the Athena Cinema presents BEAT THE HEAT $2 DAYS. Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family friendly films with discounted admission, raffle prizes, giveaways and more. Get out of the heat and come enjoy the cool air conditioning, delicious concessions and movies that every child should see on the big screen!

To benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County, the price of admission to these screenings is a suggested minimum donation of $2 per ticket.

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A QUIET PASSION: Last Day Thursday, June 8th

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Watch Trailer Director: Terence Davies
Writer(s): Terence Davies
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

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Running Time: 126 minutes126 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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A brilliant chronicling of a life lived quietly, one that is sweeping in its emotional depth rather than its narrative scope.

David Sims
The Atlantic
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THE LOST CITY OF Z: Last Day Thursday, June 8th

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Watch Trailer Director: James Gray
Writer(s): James Gray, David Grann
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

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Running Time: 141 min141 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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If you long for a film in the tradition of such grown-up entertainments as Lawrence of Arabia and The English Patient, this is one to get lost in.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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NORMAN: Last Day Thursday, June 8th

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Watch Trailer Director: Joseph Cedar
Writer(s): Joseph Cedar
Cast: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen

Persistent wheeler-dealer Norman (Richard Gere) falls in with an Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi) on the rise. When the politician is elected prime minister, Norman rises in esteem with the New York Jewish community, even though his social connections might only be a sham.

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Running Time: 118 minutes118 MIN
R Rated
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As involving as the story is with its impressive ensemble cast, “Norman” is above all a showcase for Gere’s substantial talents.

Claudia Puig
The Wrap
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MAUDIE: Starts July 28th

First Viewing: July 28, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

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Running Time: 115 min115 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Hawkins finds the dignity and determination inside the soft-spoken woman who overcame poverty, family abandonment and crippling rheumatoid arthritis to become a world-renowned painter of colourful rural scenes.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS: Last Day Thursday, April 27th

Watch Trailer Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood

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Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.

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Running Time: 136 min136 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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PERSONAL SHOPPER: Last Day Thursday, April 27th

Watch Trailer Director: Olivier Assayas
Writer(s): Olivier Assayas
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
Awards: Winner of Best Director at Cannes Film Festival
Language: English, French, Swedish

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Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of Clouds of Sils Maria and Summer Hours, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.

A riveting, impossible-to-shake masterwork that leaves the audience spooked, not by its telling but by its commitment to abstract themes of grief, solitude and coming of age. – Durga Chew-Bose, Globe and Mail

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
R Rated
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