Come see a special FREE screening of Like, an lndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain, on Thursday evening, May 9, at Darien Playhouse. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening? The movie runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
While the movie is free, register online beforehand.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18 for an exclusive one-day-only presentation of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy on Saturday, May 11 on the giant IMAX screen of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The Maritime Aquarium will be one of only five theaters in the U.S. presenting this special engagement of the “Dark Knight” trilogy. —an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
The popular South Norwalk attraction has the state’s largest IMAX screen – it’s six stories tall – and projects with 15perf/70mm film, which movie buffs know is the biggest, brightest, sharpest and clearest format. (One frame of IMAX film has upwards of 18,000 pixels of resolution, compared to 1,920 in a home HDTV.)
Tickets for the trilogy at The Maritime Aquarium are $50 for all three movies. Tickets will not be sold for the individual films. Only 300 seats are available, and are expected to sell out.
Enjoy a night of edge-of-your-seat storytelling through a series of inspiring short films all focusing on the big blue, as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk welcomes “International Ocean Film Tour 6” on Thursday, April 4. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
This one-night film fest features inspiring personalities in six short films from around the world. The stories celebrate sailors, surfers, scientists, artists and cinematographers who are doing extraordinary things in and on the oceans. The Aquarium event is the New England premiere of this newest, sixth version of the “International Ocean Film Tour.” Watch the trailer:
The films start at 7 p.m., but the entire Aquarium will open at 6 p.m. In addition, the evening concludes with a Q&A about the marine world with panelists from The Maritime Aquarium and Sacred Heart University, whose Department of Biology is a sponsor. The films will be shown on the giant video wall in Newman’s Own Hall.
New York City TV and film acting studio, MN Acting Studio, is opening a second location in downtown Darien this month at 22 Grove St. — an announcement from MN Acting Studio
Owned by filmmaker, acting coach and Darien resident Matt Newton, his studio will bring professional level on-camera classes, private audition coaching, industry panels and professional audition taping to actors of all ages on the shoreline. Matt Newton graduated from the theatre department at Guilford High School, has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, and has since carved out a successful career in coaching actors, including on the set of “Orange is the New Black,” “Jessica Jones,” “The Affair,” “Blue Bloods,” “Master of None” and the upcoming Ava Duvernay series “Central Park Five.”
Matt’s coaching clients include Tony winners, Emmy award winners, Gold Globe nominees, Broadway stars, well known comedians and musicians (including Aziz Ansari and Lisa Loeb), and well known actors from film and TV. Matt, who grew up in Guilford, realized there were professional actors on the shoreline that need professional level training in the world of TV and film. “Right now New York is casting over 90 TV shows, and many younger actors are seeking out more practical, advanced on-camera training to prep them for auditions and working on set,” he said.
On Sunday, Jan. 27 the Darien Library and League of Women Voters of Darien will co sponsor the film RBG, an award-winning documentary chronicling the personal and professional life of indomitable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Darien Library and is free and open to the public. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans — until now.
Darien Library this Friday is showing Operation Finale, the 2018 movie about how a group of secret agents from Israel captured one of the masterminds of the Holocaust. — an announcement from Darien Library
The film will be shown twice, at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 in the Community Room. The movie is two hours and two minutes long. Like all Friday Night Features at the Library, it’s free.
Spend part of the afternoon with the whole family at Darien Library’s presentation of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” from 2 to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29 in the library’s Community Room. The movie runs 98 minutes and is appropriate for children age 3 and up, accompanied by caregivers. — This article is adapted from a Darien Library announcement
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, a poor boy named Charlie Bucket wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory in his town. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character, with a marvelous reward if he passes muster.
Darien Library is showing the 2018 film, ‘A Simple Favor,’ staring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 in the Community Room. Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting video blog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate. Also starring Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart; Rated R for sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nude images, drug use and violence; 117 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.
Have a cup of hot chocolate, courtesy of the Children’s Library, before joining the family for a matinee showing of the original 1964 movie, “Mary Poppins,” starting at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Rated G. Runtime: 139 minutes.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is tonight’s Darien Library Friday Night Feature, with two showings — at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.
The romantic comedy, released earlier this year in theaters, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. ____________
— an announcement from Darien Library
Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.
Can a proud 400-year-old whaling tradition survive a tsunami of modern animal-rights activism and colliding forces of globalism vs. localism? A Whale of a Tale reveals the complex story behind the ongoing debate. You can see the movie and take part in a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Megumi Sasaki, on Wednesday night, Dec. 5 at the Avon Theatre in Stamford.
Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature is “Puzzle,” a 2018 drama much praised by critics. The library will have two showings: 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.
From Darien Library’s announcement:
“After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do: puzzling. “Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. “Each day she spends out in the world takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself. “(2018) Kelly Macdonald, Austin Abrams, Mandela Bellamy, Myrna Cabello Rated R for language ; 103 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.”
“Lives well Lived” Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age, a documentary that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest, will be presented Thursday night at Greenwich Library. After the film is shown, there will be a question-and-answer period with the film’s director, Sky Bergman. Bergman has said his film grew out of love and passion. “I started filming my grandmother cooking about five years ago, when she was 99 years old,” Bergman said. “I filmed her at the gym because I thought, no one will believe that my grandmother is still working out.
At Darien Library this week: Halloween stories, more Halloween stories and a Halloween film, a chance to improve your digital know-how, movies, a Civil War lecture, a Sunday concert, learn about Social Security. — This article has information from “This Week at Darien Library,” the library’s newsletter of events (you can see this edition here). You can subscribe to it on the library website. Highlight of the Week
Is your child afraid of the dark? Join us for an evening of bone-chilling stories at the Darien Historical Society at 45 Old Kings Hwy.
Continuing the 50th-anniversary celebration of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Pictures has brought Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for a four-week IMAX theater run, ending Nov 11. The film’s star, Keir Dullea, was on hand at the opening, Oct. 19, and afterward met fans and sign autographs. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
This special anniversary release of 2001: A Space Odyssey marks the first time ever that moviegoers have the opportunity to view the seminal film in the IMAX format.