Learning to Drive

Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive.

When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.​

Called “perfection together” in Pete Hammond’s review, Academy Award nominee Clarkson and OSCAR winner Kingsley bring to life this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks.


Best of Enemies

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions: William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement; Gore Vidal – Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis – was a leftist novelist and polemicist.

Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult – their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born.

Directed by Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM), BEST OF ENEMIES unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.


Listen to Me Marlon

Marlon Brando is credited with being one of the most acclaimed and influential actors of all time, but he was also one of the most elusive and enigmatic. LISTEN TO ME MARLON features exclusive access to Brando’s previously unseen and unheard personal archive – including hundreds of hours of audio – shedding light on the artist and the man. Charting Brando’s exceptional career and extraordinary personal life with the actor himself as guide, the film explores his complexities, telling the story entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees: just Brando on Brando.

Director Stevan Riley creates a unique cinematic experience that dives into the inner space of Brando’s mind. The result shows not how different he was from the rest of us, but rather how similar. Emotionally potent, the film is a poignant example of Riley’s knack for story craft and vision in creating a powerfully absorbing portrait.


WineFest Movie Under the Stars

NEW THIS YEAR, WineFest kicks off Thursday, Sept. 10 with a special “Movie Under the Stars” showing of the campy 2004 classic Napoleon Dynamite, presented by Sykes Enterprises. The film stars Jon Heder as a high-school outcast, ignored by everyone in his tiny hometown, including his uber-nerd older brother, Kip, and ultra-vain Uncle Rico. It isn’t until a new student, Pedro arrives that Napoleon finds friendship and performs an act of brave defiance that makes him a hero.

Guests are welcome to sit in the balcony or bring blankets and lawn chairs to spread out on the stage deck, which will be extended over the downstairs seats in preparation for Friday evening’s Tasting event. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members.

Tickets are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin Street, or online (service fees apply.)


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