Film festival and critics’ favorites featured at Capitol Theater’s independent movie series

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Burlington, Iowa, March 12, 2014 – The next movies in the Gathr Films Preview Series at Burlington’s Capitol Theater include a romantic drama, a griping coming-of-age story and a drama about a suburban couple’s deteriorating marriage.

Presented weekly, the Gathr Preview Series gives Burlington-area audiences a chance to see new award-winning independent films before anyone else in the country, including film-going audiences in New York and Los Angeles.

The next movies in the series are:

· “Le Weekend,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. This bittersweet romantic comedy stars Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon and trying to rekindle their marriage. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness – and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

· “Tiger Tail in Blue,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. Chris and Melody are newlyweds who work opposite schedules to remain financially afloat. Melody teaches high school during the day as Chris bangs out his first novel while working nights as a waiter. Never seeing each other affects their relationship. As the two rarely get a chance to engage each other, Chris finds the attention he craves in a saucy coworker.

· “Hide Your Smiling Faces,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. The acclaimed debut of filmmaker Daniel Patrick Carbone, “Hide Your Smiling Faces” vividly portrays the lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age after a friend’s mysterious death. The event ripples under the surface of their New Jersey town, unsettling the brothers and their friends. Familiar interactions begin to take on a macabre tone, leading the brothers to retreat into their wild surroundings. As they vocally face the questions they have about mortality, they have silent debates in their minds that build to seemingly insurmountable moral peaks. “Hide Your Smiling Faces” is a headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of youth and the calluses that one often develops because of an unfiltered past.

With a Gathr Preview Series membership, audiences can enjoy four films per month for $19. Membership includes post-screening discussions, filmmaker visits, prizes and more. For more details, visit www.Gathr.us/series/Burlington-previews. Nonmembers can purchase single tickets for $7.