Virginia Highlands Community College announces its April film lineup. Show times are Monday and Tuesday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Cinemall, Abingdon, Virginia. Admission is free for all students and staff members of VHCC, Emory & Henry College, King University and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College of Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass. Community admission is $7.75. VHCCâ€™s partnering sponsors for the Arts Array Film Series include the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, King University and Emory & Henry College.
â€œThe Shape of Waterâ€ is on screen April 2 and 3. A mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) working in a secret U.S. government lab in 1962 befriends an otherworldly, aquatic creature (Doug Jones) whoâ€™s being held there against its will. In time, she and her friends decide to help it escape from captivity, even if it means risking the wrath of a ruthless G-man (Michael Shannon).
â€œPermanentâ€ is shown April 9 and 10. Set in 1982 in small town Virginia, â€œPermanentâ€ centers around 13-year-old Aurelie Dickson (Kira McLean) and her parents, Jeanne and Jim (Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson). In this hilariously awkward telling full of wit and wisdom of a hairstyle gone wrong, the Dicksons are struggling through major life changes together all the while trying to emerge intact on the other side.
Burson appears at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Va., Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m., courtesy of WCPL Sundays with Friends. She will also host talk-backs after each Cinemall showing Monday, April 9.
â€œThe Postâ€ is on screen April 16 and 17. Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a film about the Pentagon Papers controversy. The story will follow the 1971 scandal after the decision of The Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) to publish The Pentagon Papers. Written and leaked by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers established that the Johnson Administration had lied to the public and Congress about U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War, and revealed that the Nixon administration had secretly escalated the war. Rated PG-13.
â€œThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriâ€ is shown April 23 and 24. This dark comedy is from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughterâ€™s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the townâ€™s revered chief of police.
â€œPhantom Threadâ€ is on screen April 30 and May 1. Daniel Day-Lewisâ€™ self-proclaimed â€œfinal filmâ€ is set in the glamour of 1950â€™s post-war London. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcockâ€™s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.