With the start of the New Year, many organizations are looking ahead. The Evans Theatre on the university campus is no exception. The Evans Theatre is put on and organized by the Brandon Film Festival Inc. Throughout the school year, from September to April, the Evans Theatre presents a variety of movies for students to enjoy. Movies take place, generally, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Movies begin at 7:30 p.m. and cost $6.00 to attend. The Evans Theatre also has a concession stand on site. Here, attendees can purchase popcorn, drinks and candy bars for $2.00.
The Evans Theatre has now released their film schedule for January and February 2019. First on the list is a movie titled “What They Had”. The movie stars Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon and was directed by Elizabeth Chomko. The film centers around how a woman must return back to her home community after her Alzheimer stricken mom gets lost in a blizzard. The women must also confront and come to terms with everything she left behind in her hometown as well as deal with her rebellious daughter. “What They Had” will be screened on January 18th, 19th and 20th. On January 25th, 26th and 27th the Evans Theatre will be showing a movie titled “The Happy Prince”. The film is a dramatic biography and tells the last days of the life of Oscar Wilde. While on his last breaths, Oscar's past come back to haunt him and he evaluates his life decisions. He continuously is taken back to thoughts of his suffering wife and his love affair. Oscar Wilde is portrayed by Rupert Everett, who also directed the movie. Other stars in the film include Colin Firth, Colin Morgan and Emily Watson. To end off the month of January, the Evans Theatre is showing the film “Reunion of Giants” on Sunday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. An older film that hit screens in 2015, the Reunion of Giants is a documentary that was directed by Morgan Elliot. The movie shows the tale of the last two airworthy Lancaster World War 2 bombers meeting for a final time in 2014. The two aircraft took to the English skies one last time.
Moving into February, the line up at the Evans Theatre doesn't disappoint. Kicking off the first weekend in February is the film titled “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” The movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Richard Grant and Dolly Wells and is directed by Marielle Heller. McCarthy plays Lee Israel who falls from current tastes and turns to a new art, deception. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” will be showing February 1st, 2nd and 3rd starting at 7:30 p.m. each day. Next in line is the film titled “Shoplifters”. This film follows the story of a family who is surviving poverty by shoplifting. A Japanese drama movie, “Shoplifters” is directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. The groundbreaking film is showing at the Evans Theatre on February 8th, 9th and the 10th. Finally playing February 15th, 16th and 17th is the movie “Ben is Back”. “Ben is Back” stars Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. It was directed by Peter Hedges. The film tells the tale of Ben Burns, a drug addicted teen, unexpectedly returning home at Christmas. Ben's family soon learns he is in grave danger because of his drug problems. This puts an ultimate challenge on Ben's mother to try and hold her family together against Ben's worst enemy, himself.
Looking Ahead, there is no shortage of quality films at the Evans Theatre. The best part, it’s right here on campus. The Evans Theatre is located inside the George T Richardson building, beside the Library. For $6.00, it’s an easy and affordable way to have a night out. Better yet, grab some friends and head to the movies this weekend.