Perf. Arts

Marcus Theatres to screen Oscar winners during January



By TimeOut Staff

January 2, 2014


WAUKESHA - The Marcus Theatres Theatre Entertainment Network is offering a sample of classic Academy Award picture winners Mondays through Thursdays in January.

The lineup features:

“Ben-Hur (1959)

When: Monday through Jan. 9

Set in ancient Rome during 26 A.D., Judah Ben-Hur played by Charlton Heston is a wealthy prince and merchant in Jerusalem. Reunited with Messala, played by Stephen Boyd, his childhood friend who is the commanding officer of the Roman legions, Judah quickly realizes that their differing political views have fractured their friendship. The movie won a record 11 Academy Awards at the time, including Best Picture.

“An American in Paris” (1951)

When: Jan. 13 through Jan. 16

The 1951 musical stars Gene Kelly as American World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan as an exhuberant expatriate in Paris. As he tries to make it as a painter, Kelly’s character is “discovered” by an influential heiress. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

“Out of Africa” (1985)

When: Jan. 13 through Jan. 16

The movie is a study of the life of Danish noblewoman Karen Blixen, from her marriage and departure for Kenya in 1913 until her return to Denmark 18 years later. While struggling to maintain a coffee plantation through imminent disaster, striving to improve relations with local natives, civil unrest and a cheating husband, Blixen turns to a noted hunter and adventurer for friendship. The movie stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. It won seven Academy Awards.

“Gladiator” (2000)

When: Jan. 13 through Jan. 16

After a decisive victory of a long war on the Roman frontier, Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius falls into favor by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Old and dying, the emperor names Maximus as his successor to the throne. Once told, Commodus kills his father, stakes his claim to the throne and orders the death of Maximus and his family. It stars Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. The movie won five Oscars.

“Gigi” (1958)

When: Jan. 20 through Jan. 23

The turn-of-the-20th century Cinderella story features Gigi, a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoying a platonic friendship with a rich playboy, Gaston. As their unlikely love blossoms, Gigi must come to grips with her fate and Gaston must decide if he’s able to give her everything she wants and more. The film won nine Academy Awards and stars Leslie Caron as Gigi and Louis Jourdan as Gaston.

“Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)

When: Jan. 20 through Jan. 23

When wealthy Miss Daisy, played Jessica Tandy, a 72-year-old white Jewish widowed school teacher from Atlanta, wrecks her car, her son, played by Dan Aykroyd, hires Hoke Coleburn, played by Morgan Freeman, to be her driver. The film exposes racism and prejudice that permeated American society at the time. The film won four Academy Awards.

“A Beautiful Mind” (2002)

When: Jan. 20 through Jan. 23

The film is based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in economics. A mathematical genius, Nash finds himself on a harrowing journey of self-discovery as he struggles to decipher what is real and what is not. It stars Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. The film won four Academy Awards, including Ron Howard for Best Director.

“The Sting” (1975)

When: Jan. 27 through Jan. 30

Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker and Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff are two professional grifters who assemble a group of con artists in an elaborate “sting” to destroy murderous mob boss Doyle Lonnegan, played by Robert Shaw. The film earned seven Academy Awards.

“Schindler’s List (1993)

When: Jan. 27 through Jan. 30

The film presents the true story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a Nazi Czech businessman, womanizer and war profiteer who lost his fortune, but saved the lives of 1,100 primarily Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film won seven Academy Awards. Proceeds from all of the showings will benefit the USC Shoah Foundation.

“The Departed” (2006),

When: Jan. 27 through Jan. 30

Against the backdrop of organized crime in South Boston, Matt Damon as Colin Sullivan is recruited by Irish mob boss Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello, who trains him to become a mole inside the Massachusetts State Police. Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy Costigan is pulled from the police academy and asked by Martin Sheen as captain Queenan and Mark Wahlberg as staff sergeant Dignam to go undercover and infiltrate Costello’s crew. Martin Scorsese directed the film that won four Oscars.

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