Special Showing

A Birder's Guide to Everything

Saturday, May 27 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, to learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, starting at on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org.

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A Birder's Guide to Everything

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang, Ben Kingsley

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk and learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole Field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org. The film will screen at 2 PM at Images.

Leslie Reed-Evans will introduce the film at 2pm

David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. In an uncharacteristic lucky break, the pretty new girl in school winds up joining David and his posse as they steal a cousin's Cabriolet and set out on a journey of adventure and mishap.

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, and maybe we'll find our own rare bird! This bird walk will start on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear shoes that can get wet or muddy. Heavy rain cancels.

Naturalist Leslie Reed-Evans has been leading bird and nature walks around the area for more than 20 years. She is currently Executive Director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

  • Director: Rob Meyer
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy

“This gentle comedy, the first feature directed by Rob Meyer, is an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted. It is also a quiet brief for the cultivation of intellectual curiosity and scientific exploration.”

– New York Times

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Special Showing

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Saturday, June 17 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

There will be an introduction by Williams College Professor of Physics William Wootters, asking the question, "Does The Past Actually Exist."

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

There will be an introduction by Williams College Professor of Physics William Wootters, asking the question, "Does The Past Actually Exist."

Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant two-some bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude" Napoleon and Noah's Wife Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell.

Bill Wootters teaches physics at Williams College and does research in the foundations of quantum mechanics and in quantum information theory (the theory underlying the prospect of a quantum computer). One idea that has emerged from his work (with collaborators) is the possibility of “quantum teleportation,” a process in which a quantum state is transported from one object to another without travelling through the intervening space. Bill has not done any research on time travel, but he has seen it happen in several movies.

Does The Past Actually Exist?
In the movie, high-school students Bill and Ted use a time machine to travel into the past, where they find famous historical figures whom they bring back to the 1980’s to participate in their history report. The notion of time travel raises all sorts of interesting questions, beginning with an intriguing philosophical question: does the past actually exist? If it doesn’t exist, how could anyone go there, and how could Beethoven, for example, still be available for Bill and Ted’s report? Physics doesn’t answer this question, nor does it tell us whether, even if the past does exist, one could build a time machine to get there. But it does have a few things to say on the subject. For example, our current understanding of the laws of physics tells us how, in principle, we who are living now could travel to the year 3000. (It would not be easy! We would have to travel at nearly the speed of light.) Getting ourselves back to the present moment would be harder, maybe impossible, but physicists over the years have been happy to publish ideas about that problem as well.

  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Adventure

“Extremely silly and good natured.”

– Time Out

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Film Series

Family Flicks Under the Stars 2017

Sundays, July 16 through 23

Morgan Lawn, at the top of Spring Street

Classic family films, outside and under the stars! Free and fun for all. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, etc. Concessions will be available onsite. Movie starts at sundown, around 8:15pm.

July 9: Rear Window
July 16: Clueless
July 23: Finding Nemo
July 30: raindate

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Rear Window

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter

Considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, and one of the best films ever made, Rear Window is best seen on the big screen, an experience that will be enhanced by watching it outside on a summer night.

Professional photographer L.B. Jefferies broke his leg while on assignment and is confined to a wheelchair in his Greenwich Village apartment. He amuses himself by watching his neighbors across the courtyard. He takes note of the comings and goings of one neighbor in particular, and begins to suspect murder.

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Suspense

“It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.”

– New Yorker

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Clueless

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Stacy Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Alicia Silverstone, the It-girl of the early 1990s, stars in this classic retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, set in 1995 Beverly Hills. Cher seems to have it all, from a computerized closet to her best friend Dionne, but a new friendship and critiques from her ex-stepbrother lead her to realize she's... Clueless! Clueless is the epitome of 90s teen comedies and truly remains as fresh and funny as it was when it was first release.

  • Director: Amy Heckerling
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“Effervescent, unflappable, supremely pleased with herself, Cher (delightfully played by the much-publicized Alicia Silverstone) is the comic centerpiece of Clueless, a wickedly funny teen-age farce from writer-director Amy Heckerling that, like its heroine, turns out to have more to it than anyone could anticipate.”

– Los Angeles Times

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Finding Nemo

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

This visually stunning underwater adventure follows the comedic and eventful journeys of a father who becomes separated from his son in the Great Barrier Reef.

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and his friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

  • Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Pixar’s most effective amalgam of comedy, artistry and emotional pull.”

– Total Film

Family Flicks Under the Stars is sponsored in part by the Spring Street Market and Cafe.