As the winter awards season looms at theaters, Nashville audiences will get their first look at two likely contenders for year-end honors tonight at Regal's newly reopened, refurbished Opry Mills 20, with all proceeds from the $2 tickets, $2 popcorn and $2 sodas going to the Nashville Film Festival.
Special screenings tonight include the local premieres of Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, the black-and-white French love letter to silent-era Hollywood that's being touted as a Best Picture nominee, and Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, which recounts the tortuous filming of The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe (played by Michelle Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
They're supplemented not only with a wide selection of recent features, but also two audience favorites from this year's festival: Justin Chadwick's award-winning The First Grader, based on the true story of an illiterate 84-year-old Kenyan who caused controversy when he gained admittance to a primary school so he could learn to read; and Andrew Haigh's Weekend, this year's NaFF winner for best narrative feature, which we picked as one of the festival's standout entries back in April:
Calling this a gay Before Sunrise isn't a flip cocktail-napkin reduction: It's telling you this countdown-to-farewell romance will stay with you, may break your heart a little — and shouldn't be missed. Bashful lifeguard Russell (Tom Cullen) hits the London clubs and goes home with Glen (Chris New), who asks him to record his take on their night together — ostensibly so Glen will have a record when he leaves for America in two days. But when Glen unexpectedly shows up at Russell's pool, the fling turns into a (surprisingly hot) weekend affair made bittersweet by its impending deadline. In his second feature as writer-director, editor Andrew Haigh — the one degree of separation between Ridley Scott and Harmony Korine — gives their deepening intimacy the thrilling unfamiliarity of a space walk.
Below, the full list of films showing today with times. Follow this link to see other specials at the reopened theater through Wednesday.
The Artist [PG-13] 7:15 10:10
My Week With Marilyn [R] 7:00 9:50
Weekend [NR] 1:05 4:20 7:05 9:30
The First Grader [PG-13] 12:55 4:25 7:20 10:25
Soul Surfer [PG] 12:30 4:40 7:40 10:40
Zookeeper [PG] 12:50 4:30 7:25 10:15
Rise of the Planet of the Apes [PG-13] 12:35 4:05 7:10 10:00
Super 8 [PG-13] 12:15 3:45 6:45 9:35
Green Lantern 3D [PG-13] 12:10 3:40 6:40 9:25
Fast Five [PG-13] 11:40 3:00 6:00 9:05
Bridesmaids [R] 12:45 3:20 6:20 9:15
X-Men: First Class [PG-13] 11:35 3:15 6:30 9:40
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D [PG-13] 11:30 3:05 6:10 9:20
Captain America [PG-13] 11:55 3:30 6:35 9:45
Cars 2 [G] 12:20 3:50 7:30 10:05
Thor 3D [PG] 12:25 3:55 6:55 9:55
The Hangover 2 [R] 11:50 4:35 7:35 10:20
Crazy, Stupid, Love [PG-13] 12:00 3:25 6:15 9:10
Cowboys & Aliens [PG-13] 12:05 3:35 6:25 10:35
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D [PG-13] 11:25 2:55 6:50 10:30
IMAX 3D: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 [PG-13] 11:45 3:10 6:05 8:55