A wayward, starving California brown pelican is “arrested” on the Golden Gate Bridge and taken into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility. From there, filmmaker Judy Irving – whose 2003 film THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL became an Indie smash hit – explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges in an intimate, affectionate and often humorous portrait of the iconic seabird.
Following the stories of “Gigi” (for Golden Gate), “Morro” (a backyard pelican with an injured wing), as well as the wildlife professionals who care for them, the film asks some important questions about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it.
For the first time in Holiday Classics history, Tampa Theatre invited its fans and friends to choose the final movie in the series from a selection of three contemporary Christmas favorites. More than 1,200 votes were cast, and by a landslide 53%, the winner is NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION.
It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for the family’s seasonal celebration. But things never run smoothly for Clark (Chevy Chase), his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and their two kids (Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki). Clark’s chronic bad luck is worsened by the unexpected arrival of obnoxious relatives like Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), but he manages to keep the holiday spirit alive, knowing that his Christmas bonus is coming soon, and his house will shine the brightest in the holiday light display.
As a healthy, active young man, renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, LES MISÉRABLES) falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2). But after receiving an earth-shattering diagnosis of the progressive motor-neuron disorder A.L.S. (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at the age of 21, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, the couple defies impossible odds together, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.
Called “riveting science, emotional provocation and one-of-a-kind love story all rolled into one triumphant film” by Rolling Stone magazine, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds. The film is based on the memoir Travelling To Infinity: My Life With Stephen by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award-winner James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE).
George Bailey (James Stewart) has spent his entire life giving back to the people of Bedford Falls. But when George’s Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) loses a bank deposit from the family’s modest building and loan company on Christmas Eve, the rich and heartless Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) threatens to destroy the company. Thinking his wife (Donna Reed) and their family would be better off with him dead, George contemplates suicide, but his faith is restored when an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
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Army buddies Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) team up to become a top song-and-dance act after the war. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters, Betty and Judy (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen), who also have a musical act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly (Dean Jagger), is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire play successful song-and-dance men Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover. They are best friends, but they have a tendency to fall for the same women. When dancer Lila Dixon (Virginia Dale) leaves Jim for Ted, Jim leaves Broadway to pursue his dream of running a little hotel that only opens on national holidays. He hires Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds) to perform there, and before long, the old friends are competing again, this time for the lovely Linda’s affections.
Macy’s executive Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) hires a kindly old man (Edmund Gwenn) to play Santa in the department store’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. His incredible claims convince both Doris’ daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) and a young lawyer (John Payne), who decides to defend Kringle in court when he is institutionalized as insane.
Before the film, Santa himself will be in the lobby for family photos starting at 2 p.m., and he’ll share a special story from the stage immediately before the film at 3 p.m.
While sightseeing at the Parthenon, wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife, Collete (Kirsten Dunst), meet Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American expat who is working as a tour guide and scamming vacationers on the side.
Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the MacFarlands befriend the young man, but Chester’s affable exterior hides dark secrets. And when a mysterious murder at the couple’s hotel sends all three on the run, the precarious bond between them is tested by Rydal’s growing infatuation with Collete giving rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia.
From the producers of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, this sleek thriller is the directing debut of screenwriter Hossein Amini (DRIVE). Set in 1962 Greece and Istanbul and adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN), THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY has been called “Elegantly pleasurable” and “A treat to look at and listen to, evoking a lot of old-fashioned movie virtues and showing us a lush but suspenseful good time.”
El Centro Español de Tampa – Tampa’s oldest ethnic social club, having been incorporated by the State of Florida in 1891 – presents the premiere of the short, non-fiction film, A LEGACY OF SMOKE.
The film depicts the story of immigrants from Spain in “Cigar City” through the eyes of some well-known (and not so well-known) residents who grew up in Ybor City and West Tampa. Through a series of brief vignettes, A LEGACY OF SMOKE tells the fascinating story of Tampa’s Spanish colony in the first half of the 20th century by following a charismatic cast of characters as they go about their daily lives. By weaving together interviews, dramatized scenes, and historic footage and photographs of Spanish Tampa, the film explores the “Legacy of Smoke” left by thousands of intrepid Spanish immigrants.
The film was produced and directed by James Fernandez, a Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at New York University, and Luis Argeo, a Spanish author and filmmaker who lives in Gijon, Spain. Following the premiere screening, Fernandez and Argeo will answer questions from the audience.
Tickets are $12 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office or online (services fees apply.)