14th Annual Omak Film Festival 2017

2017 Omak Film Festival
Omak Film Festival 2017 Schedule

 

We are proud to announce that the 14th annual Omak Film Festival 2017,  co-sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Associated Student Body, is being held February 16 – March 9, 2017. All films will be shown at the Mirage Theater at 101 South Main.

Going to all 9 films? We are offering a special VIP All Access Festival Pass for $60

Not sure how many you’ll make it to?  Our Multi-Film Festival Pass is $36 and is good for 1 admission to any 6 of the 9 films.

Individual tickets are $9 for adults, $6.50 for children age 11 and under.

Both passes are available at the Mirage Theater starting Thursday February 16

Individual tickets are available at the Mirage box office 30 minutes prior to each film.

The official Omak Film Festival 2017 line-up is below:

Feb 16 – 18 (Thursday – Saturday) Manchester By The Sea starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler. Showtimes: Thurs Feb 16 – 7 pm *|* Fri Feb 17 – 6.00 & 9.00 *|* Sat Feb 18 – 3.00, 6.00 & 9.00

Feb 18 (Saturday) Singin’ in the Rain starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor. Showtime: 12 noon

Feb 19 (Sunday) The ‘Burbs starring Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern. Showtime: 12 noon

Feb 19 – 22 (Sunday – Wednesday) Loving starring Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton. Showtimes: Sun Feb 19 – 3.00 & 6.00 *|* Mon Feb 20 – Wed Feb 22 – 6.30

Feb 23 – 25 (Thursday – Saturday) Jackie starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig. Showtimes: Thurs Feb 23 – 6.30 *|* Fri Feb 24 – 6.00 & 9.00 *|* Sat Feb 25 – 3.00, 6.00 & 9.00

Feb 26 – Mar 1 (Sunday – Wednesday) Moonlight starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson. Showtimes: Sun Feb 26 – 3.00 & 6.00 *|* Mon Feb 27 – Wed Mar 1 – 6.30

Mar 2 – 4 (Thursday – Saturday) Fences starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson. Showtimes: Thurs Mar 2 – 6.30 *|* Fri Mar 3 – 6.00 & 9.15 *|* Sat Mar 4 – 2.00, 5.15 & 8.30

Mar 5 – 9 (Sunday – Thursday) Lion starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. Showtimes: Sun Mar 5 – 2.00 & 5.15 *|* Mon Mar 6 – Thurs Mar 9 – 6.30

Mar 3 – 9 (Friday – Thursday) Hidden Figures starring Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae. Showtimes: Fri Mar 3 – 6.15 & 9.30 *|* Sat 2.15, 5.30 & 8.45 *|* Sun 2.15, & 5.30 *|* Mon – Thurs 6.45

Spotlight – Omak Film Festival: Thurs Feb 18 – Sat Feb 20

Spotlight Omak Film Festival 2016Spotlight kicks off the 13th annual Omak Film Festival playing Thursday Feb 18 through Saturday Feb 20 at the Mirage.

Spotlight is rated R and runs 128 minutes.

Showtimes: Thurs Feb 18 – 7 pm *|* Fri Feb 19 – 6.45 & 9.45*|* Sat Feb 20 – 3.45, 6.45 & 9.45

When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

Peter Travers reviews Spotlight for Rolling Stone:

“It’s ‘Boston Globe’ vs. Catholic Church in the best film about reporting since ‘All the President’s Men’

There’s no higher compliment to pay this steadily riveting, quietly devastating take on investigative journalism than to say Spotlight gets it right. So did the Spotlight team on The Boston Globe when, in 2002, it published nearly 600 articles on child sex-abuse allegations against Catholic priests and the church cover-ups that followed. The team won a Pulitzer for its scalding exposé. And right now the film is the predictive favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar. But awards are merely icing on a cake whose candles glow in tribute to long-form print journalism, now fading in the digital fog of budget cuts, reduced resources and click-bait news cycles.

Bravo to director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win, The Visitor), who wrote the richly detailed script with Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). There’s not an ounce of Hollywood bullshit in it. Our eyes and ears are the Spotlight team, played by exceptional actors who could not be better or more fully committed.”

Brooklyn – Omak Film Festival: Sun Feb 21 – Wed Feb 24

Brooklyn is the 2nd film of the 13th annual Omak Film Festival playing Sunday Feb 21 through Wednesday Feb 24 at the Mirage.

BrooklBrooklyn Omak Film Festival 2016yn is rated PG 13 and runs 111 minutes.

Showtimes: Sun Feb 21 – 3.45 & 6.45 *|* Mon Feb 22 through Wed Feb 24 – 7.00

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Director: John Crowley
Writers: Nick Hornby (screenplay), Colm Tóibín (novel) (as Colm Toibin)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

A.O. Scott reviews Brooklyn for the New York Times:

“Many American families cherish faded memories of the Old Neighborhood and the Old Country, places that help supply both a sense of identity and a story of progress — complementary answers to the question “Where do we come from?”

“Brooklyn,” a lovely film based on the even lovelier novel by Colm Toibin, feels like an answer to that question. Set in its titular borough and in a small Irish town in the early 1950s, it is both sharply observed and gently nostalgic.

“Brooklyn” is an old photograph without a frame, an implied flashback. Nothing in the film takes place in the present, but everything in it is carried on an invisible current of imaginative retrospection. Like its literary source, the movie, directed by John Crowley (“Boy A”) and written by Nick Hornby, feels like the result of a child or grandchild’s inquiry into the lives of a previous generation. How did Mom and Dad meet? What were they like? Why did they get married? Where did we come from? It’s quite a tale, and also a perfectly ordinary series of events, strung together by chance, choice and perhaps a touch of grace.”

The Big Short – Omak Film Festival: Thurs Feb 25 – Sat Feb 27

The Big Short 13th annual Omak Film Festival 2016The Big Short is the 3rd film of the 13th annual Omak Film Festival playing Thursday Feb 25 through Saturday Feb 27 at the Mirage.

The Big Short is rated R and runs 130 minutes.

Showtimes: Thurs Feb 25 – 7.00 *|* Fri Feb 26 – 6.45 & 9.45*|* Sat Feb 27 – 3.45, 6.45 & 9.45

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Charles Randolph (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay) |
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

Michael Lewis writes in Vanity Fair magazine about his book that is the basis for the film:

“In early 2008, I started working on what became my book The Big Short. I’d written one book about Wall Street, Liar’s Poker, and pretty much assumed I’d never write another, as I further assumed that nothing would ever happen on Wall Street that was as interesting to me as what had happened to me—or, if it did, I’d be the last person anyone on Wall Street would want to tell about it. What caught my attention in late 2007 were the weird, amorphous, and ever growing trading losses in the subprime-mortgage bond market suffered by the big Wall Street banks. Citigroup’s losses went from $6 billion to $40 billion to more than $65 billion. Merrill Lynch announced a $4.5 billion hit, then revised it to $19 billion and then finally to more than $50 billion. Morgan Stanley announced that it had lost more than $9 billion on what appeared to be a bet by a single trader. The big Wall Street banks had become the dumb money. Their employees, the putative best and brightest, and surely the most self-interested people on the planet, were committing mass suicide. How had that happened?”

Trumbo – Omak Film Festival: Sun Feb 28 – Wed Mar 2

Trumbo Omak Film FestivalTrumbo is the 4th film of the 13th annual Omak Film Festival playing Sunday Feb 28 through Wed March 2 at the Mirage.

Trumbo is rated R and runs 124 minutes.

Showtimes: Sunday Feb 28 – 3.45 & 6.45*|* Mon Feb 29 – Wed Mar 2 – 7.00

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Director: Jay Roach
Writers: John McNamara, Bruce Cook (book)
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren

Kirk Douglas reviews ‘Trumbo’:

“BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — How odd to watch history replayed on the big screen when it’s your own.

That’s where Kirk Douglas, 98, found himself when recently viewing Trumbo (in select theaters; opens nationwide Nov. 25), a new biopic of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (played by Bryan Cranston), who was forced to work under a pen name for more than a decade during the McCarthy years when he, along with hundreds of others, was blacklisted as a communist sympathizer.

Douglas’ Spartacus plays a key role in the film: It was the first major movie to break the blacklist by putting Trumbo’s real name back on the big screen in the credits in 1960. (Exodus, also written by Trumbo, followed suit shortly after.)”

Read the rest of the review from USA Today.

The Danish Girl – Omak Film Festival: Thurs March 3 – Sat March 5

The Danish Girl Omak Film FestivalThe Danish Girl is the 5th film of the 13th annual Omak Film Festival 2016 playing Thursday March 3 through Saturday March 5 at the Mirage

The Danish Girl is rated R and runs 119 minutes.

Showtimes: Thurs March 3 – 7.00 *|* Fri Mar 4 – 6.15 & 9.15 *|* Sat Mar 5 – 3.15, 6.15 & 9.15

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writers: David Ebershoff (novel), Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard
Peter Debruge reviews The Danish Girl in Variety:

“Eddie Redmayne makes the ultimate transition, reteaming with ‘Les Miserables’ director Tom Hooper in this sensitive, high-profile portrait of transgender pioneer Lili Erbe.

A year after Eddie Redmayne proved his incredible capacity for reinvention in “The Theory of Everything,” the freckle-faced Brit pulls off the ultimate identity overhaul as “The Danish Girl,” portraying gender-reassignment trailblazer Lili Elbe, nee Einar Wegener, who was one of the first to make a “sex change” via surgery. For an actor, there can be few more enticing — or challenging — roles than this, in which the nature of identity, performance and transformation are all wrapped up in the very fabric of the character itself, and Redmayne gives the greatest performance of his career so far, infinitely more intimate — and far less technical — than the already stunning turn as Stephen Hawking that so recently won him the Oscar. Reuniting with “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper in a return to the handsome, mostly interior style of the helmer’s Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech,” Redmayne finds himself at the heart — one shared by Alicia Vikander, as Einar’s wife, Gerda — of what’s destined to be the year’s most talked-about arthouse phenomenon.”

 

Room – Omak Film Festival: Sun March 6 – Thurs March 10

Room Omak Film FestivalRoom is the final film of the 13th annual Omak Film Festival playing Sunday March 6 through Thursday March 10 at the Mirage.

Room is rated R and runs 118 minutes.

Showtimes: Sunday March 6 – 3.15 & 6.15 *|* Mon Mar 7 – Thurs Mar 10 – 6.30

After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writers: Emma Donoghue (screenplay), Emma Donoghue (based on the novel by)
Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Sophie Gilbert reviews Room in The Atlantic:

“It’s hard to think of a movie adaptation of a book that feels truer and more loyal to its source than Room. In part, that’s thanks to the precise environment Emma Donoghue crafted in her Orange Prize-winning 2010 novel, the majority of which was set in an 11-foot by 11-foot insulated space with a lone skylight. But the book was also narrated in its entirety by a 5-year-old boy, and much of its power and poignancy came from how well Donoghue captured the voice and perspective of such a small child—a much trickier endeavor for film, where childlike naivete and wonder can often become mawkish.

Room’s director, Lenny Abrahamson—whose previous film was the offbeat Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a large papier-maché head—navigates the balance with remarkable finesse, working from a screenplay written by Donoghue. The movie opens with Jack (Jacob Tremblay) describing the events of his fifth birthday, and the details of the tiny universe he inhabits, Room. His Ma (Brie Larson), he explains, was alone in Room until he “zoomed down from heaven” to save her.”

13th Annual Omak Film Festival 2016

Omak Film Festival 2016

Omak Film Festival 2016We are proud to announce that the 13th annual Omak Film Festival 2016,  co-sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Associated Student Body, is being held February 18 – March 10, 2016. All films will be shown at the Mirage Theater at 101 South Main.

Festival season pass is $36 and is good for 1 admission to each of the 6 films.

Individual tickets are $9 for adults, $6.50 for children age 11 and under.

The official Omak Film Festival 2016 line-up is below – click on film title for more information and reviews:

Feb 18 – 20 (Thursday – Saturday) Spotlight starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams Showtimes: Thurs Feb 18 – 7 pm *|* Fri Feb 19 – 6.45 & 9.45 *|* Sat Feb 20 – 3.45, 6.45 & 9.45

Feb 21 – 24 (Sunday – Wednesday) Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domhnall Gleeson. (Sunday – Wednesday) Showtimes: Sun Feb 21 – 3.45 & 6.45 *|* Mon Feb 22 – Wed Feb 24 – 7.00

Feb 25 – 27 (Thursday – Saturday) The Big Short starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. Showtimes: Thurs Feb 25 – 7.00 *|* Fri Feb 26 – 6.45 & 9.45 *|* Sat Feb 27 – 3.45, 6.45 & 9.45

Feb 28 – Mar 2 (Sunday – Wednesday) Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren. Showtimes: Sun Feb 28 – 3.45 & 6.45*|* Mon Feb 29 – Wed Mar 2 – 7.00

Mar 3 – 5 (Thursday – Saturday) The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard. Showtimes: Thurs Mar 3 – 7.00 *|* Fri Mar 4 – 6.15 & 9.15 *|* Sat Mar 5 – 3.15, 6.15 & 9.15

Mar 6 – 10 (Sunday – Thursday) Room starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay and Sean Bridgers. Showtimes: Sun Mar 6 – 3.15 & 6.15 *|* Mon Mar 7 – Thurs Mar 10 – 6.30

12th Annual Omak Film Festival

2015 omak film festivalWe are proud to announce that the 12th annual Omak Film Festival,  sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Associated Student Body, is being held February 19 – March 12, 2015. All films will be shown at the Mirage Theater at 101 South Main.

The official 2015 Omak Film Festival line-up is below – click on film title for more information and reviews:

 

Watch the previews of all of the festival films here

Boyhood – Omak Film Festival – Thurs Feb 19 – Sat Feb 21

Boyhood Omak Film Festival

Boyhood kicks off the 12th annual Omak Film Festival playing Thursday Feb 19 through Saturday Feb 21 at the Mirage. Boyhood is rated PG13 and runs 166 minutes. Showtimes: Thurs Feb 19 – 6:30 *|* Fri Feb 20 – 6:30 *|* Sat Feb 21 – 2:15 (matinee price) & 6:00

See the full Omak Film Festival line-up here.

Rotten Tomatoes says about Boyhood:

“Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.”

Variety likes Boyhood for the best picture Oscar:

“Boyhood received a total of six Academy Award nominations on Thursday and, according to a new Variety poll, the Richard Linklater drama is the heavy favorite to win best picture.”

USA Today writes:

“Fresh off its Golden Globes wins for best drama, best director and supporting actress, Boyhood, the $4 million movie filmed over 12 years with the same cast, snagged director, picture, supporting actor and actress Oscar nominations, along with original screenplay and film editing. Boyhood earned six nods, as did American Sniper.”

New York Times critic Manohla Dargis gives Boyhood a hearty thumbs-up:

“Filmed over 12 consecutive years, “Boyhood” centers on Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who’s 6 when the story opens and 18 when it ends. In between, he goes to school; argues with his sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter); and watches his mother, Olivia (Patricia Arquette), struggle with work and men while paying the bills, moving from home to home and earning several degrees.”

See the full Omak Film Festival line-up here.