Special Showing

The Mend

Saturday, June 13 at 3:30pm

In-person introduction by writer/director John Magary (Williams '00); co-scored by Judd Greenstein (Williams '01). Free Admission.

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The Mend

Starring: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett

For anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure, The Mend is the wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer / director John Magary. Shot through with the wicked humor and anarchy of Bruce Robinson's Withnail & I and Mike Leigh's Naked, The Mend follows a mismatched yin-yang pair of NYC brothers, loose cannon Mat (Josh Lucas in a career-best performance) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly towards some understanding of love, women, masculinity and what it truly means to be a brother. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko & Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (Obvious Child), the film unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. With superb supporting performances by Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends.

  • Director: John Magary
  • Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

“Bizarre and beautiful and organic.”

– David Gordon Green

This film is presented by the Williams College Office of Alumni Relations for Reunion Weekend.

Special Showing

Big Hero 6

Saturday, June 13 at 6:30pm

Sponsored by the Williams College Office of Alumni Relations. Regular ticket prices apply; free with a Williams College Reunion button.

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Big Hero 6

Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.

  • Director: Chris Williams
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Sweet and sharp and exciting and hilarious, Big Hero 6 comes to the rescue of what's become a dreaded movie trope — the origin story — and launches the superhero tale to pleasurable new heights.”

– The Wrap

Sponsored by the Williams College Office of Alumni Relations for Reunion Weekend.

Special Showing

Cinderella

Saturday, June 13 at 8:30pm

Sponsored by the Williams College Office of Alumni Relations. Regular ticket prices apply; free with a Williams College Reunion button.

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Cinderella

Starring: Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett

The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming "Kit." Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.

  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family

“Unexpectedly delicate in all the right ways, and uncompromisingly beautiful to look at.”

– Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

Sponsored by the Williams College Office of Alumni Relations for Reunion Weekend.

Special Showing

Belle & Sebastian

June 20 & 21

A beloved story since the 1960s television series introduced resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he tames and calls Belle.

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Belle & Sebastian

Starring: Felix Boussuet, Tcheky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier

In French with English subtitles. Subtitles will be read aloud by a special guest from the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Sunday, June 21 for benefit of our younger viewers.

Set during World War II in the French Alps, Belle & Sebastian is an internationally acclaimed family adventure featuring resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he calls Belle.

Sebastian is a lonely six-year-old boy who finds needed companionship with “the beast” that local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep — a dog that quickly proves anything but dangerous, instead becoming the boy’s best friend and protector. With Nazis rooting out the Resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian soon prove their courage in this film based on Cecile Aubrey's classic novel and French television adaptation.

Our presentation of Belle & Sebastian is possible with the generous support of Bark N' Cat. Visit them at 28 Holden Street in North Adams or online at www.facebook.com/barkncat.

  • Director: Nicolas Vanier
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
  • Genre: Family, Adventure

“This was France's second top grossing film last year and it's easy to see why. It's kind of a French Lassie. You don't really see many films like this anymore, it's just a very simple story beautifully filmed.”

– At the Movies, Australia

Bright Young Things is the new name for our monthly family-friendly movie series. All ages are welcome! This series is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of North Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Film Series

Family Flicks Under the Stars 2015

Sundays in July, at Sundown

Morgan Lawn, Williams College (at the top of Spring Street)

Outdoor films in the heart of Williamstown! Free to attend. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and bug spray. Concessions will be sold on-site! In case of rain, movies will be shown at Images Cinema at 8pm.

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Pitch Perfect

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Arriving at her new college, Beca finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella.

  • Director: Jason Moore
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Music

“Pitch Perfect pitches itself between "Bridesmaids" and "Glee," which is to say it celebrates the low-down raunchiness of girls being girls among girls, while delivering a snap-crackle-and-pop music catharsis.”

– The Globe and Mail

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost.

  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Anderson has pulled off the most elusive of goals: He's made a nonchalant masterpiece, a movie that feels dog-eared and loved before it's even reached our hands.”

– Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

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Viva Las Vegas

Starring: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margaret

All musically gifted race-driver Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) wants in Las Vegas is to score enough money for a new car motor so he can win the Grand Prix. When he encounters sexy swimming instructor Rusty (Ann-Margret), he considers staying around longer. After Lucky loses his winnings in the hotel pool, he's forced to remain in Vegas long enough to win back his dough -- but now he also wants to win the Rusty's heart. Unfortunately, so does his slick racing enemy, Elmo.

  • Director: George Sidney
  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Genre: Musical

“Friendly, wholesome and pretty as all get-out.”

– New York Times

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Pretty in Pink

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy, Annie Potts

Andie (Molly Ringwald) is an outcast at her Chicago high school, hanging out either with her older boss (Annie Potts), who owns the record store where she works, or her quirky classmate Duckie (Jon Cryer), who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane (Andrew McCarthy), asks Andie out, it seems too good to be true. As Andie starts falling for Blane, she begins to realizes that dating someone from a different social sphere is not easy.

  • Director: Howard Deutch
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

“When Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts are onscreen together, the movie is aglow. See Pretty In Pink or, years from now, you may suffer side effects from missing it.”

– Orlando Sentinel