ELLSWORTH — The winter and spring CineGrand series of films, which includes mostly films nominated for Academy Awards, continues with “Arrival” on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 29, at 1 p.m.
This Oscar-nominated film tells the story of when mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe and an elite team, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life and possibly humanity. The film is nominated for several Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Directing. With Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg.
“Moonlight” will play on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 1 p.m. This tender, heartbreaking multiple Oscar-nominated story (including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Directing) of a young man’s struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. With Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders, as well as Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali, who received Oscar nominations in the Best Supporting Acting categories for their performances.
“Jackie” will be shown on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 1 p.m. Featuring an Oscar-nominated performance from Natalie Portman, the film presents the searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history seen through the eyes of the iconic first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Portman). “Jackie” places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the first lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well. With Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and the late John Hurt.
“Loving” will be screened on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 19 at 1 p.m. From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, the film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Best Actress Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967, reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. With Nick Kroll and longtime Jeff Nichols collaborator Michael Shannon.
“20th Century Women” will be shown on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 1 p.m. This nominee for this year’s Best Original Screenplay Oscar takes place during the summer of 1979, as a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides that the best way to parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist her young tenants, a quirky punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a mellow handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son’s shrewd best friend (Elle Fanning), to serve as role models in a changing world. With Alison Elliot and Alia Shawkat.
Tickets for evening movies cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $6 for Grand members. Wednesday matinee tickets cost $6.