SunFlix Film Stars Zac Efron
Rounding out a wonderful month of January, the Sunrise Theater's SunFlix Series will feature the film "Me and Orson Welles," a romantic, coming-of-age story about a teenage actor who lucks into a role in Julius Caesar, as it is being re-imagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director, Orson Welles.
The setting accurately recreates Welles' Mercury Theatre as it appeared in 1937.
This film runs Jan. 28-Feb 1, with shows on weekdays at 7:30 p..m. and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The drama stars Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes and Kelly Reilly and is directed by Richard Linklater.
The film's official Web site provides the following summary: "In a whirlwind week in 1937 in New York City, a young aspiring actor named Richard is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles' historic staging of Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar.' During this week he will find romance with a worldly older woman and becomes immersed in a creative experience few are afforded and learn the downside of crossing the imperious, brilliant Welles. Richard is about to grow up fast."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times calls the film "one of the best movies about the theater I have ever seen" and notes that "what drives the movie is the extraordinary presence of Christian McKay as Welles."
There is no matinee showing Saturday, Jan. 30.
The film is rated PG-13 (for language and sexual references) and runs for 109 minutes.
The historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines, is nonprofit.
Ticket prices are $7 for evening shows and $6 for the matinee. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available, and all movies are commercial free.
Contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com.
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