By Jarett Theberge
With the heat of Cayman’s summer still upon us, it’s a good time to head to Camana Bay Cinema for a chilling story with the rebooted second installment of Stephen King’s “It” saga. “It Chapter Two,” which opens 9 September, takes place 27 years after the Losers Club had its initial run-in with Pennywise, an ancient, trans-dimensional evil being dressed as a clown who terrorised the children of Derry, Maine. The club members have gone their separate ways until a phone call brings them back together under unfortunate circumstances.
Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård returns in the role of Pennywise and is joined in the cast by Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, James McAvoy and Andy Bean.
If sending chills down your spine isn’t your idea of cooling off, maybe a sci-fi flick featuring interstellar space travel will help to get your mind off the sun. Director James Grey’s long awaited “Ad Astra” is scheduled for release on 20 Sept. and tells the story of Astronaut Roy McBride’s journey into the stars to find his missing father and to halt threats that could end the human race.
Brad Pitt takes the lead role of McBride and will be accompanied by Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga and Tommy Lee Jones as McBride’s missing father.
The spaghetti western of all spaghetti westerns, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” plays in the VIP Auditorium on 17 September. The third and final installment in the “Dollars Trilogy” directed by famed Italian film director, producer and screenwriter Sergio Leone, is best known for its cinematography, its infectious score that will be in your head for a week, and Clint Eastwood’s show-stopping performance as The Man with No Name.
If the 2019 adaptation of “Dumbo” left you — as well as the critics —feeling a bit let down, then bring the kids to see the original 1941 animated classic on 14 September. After a stork delivers Dumbo, a young elephant with comically large ears, to his mother, he is made a laughingstock by the other circus animals. Dumbo must figure out his own self-worth and manage his unique ability of flight.
CULTURE AT THE CINEMA
A story that spans two centuries, “The Lehman Trilogy” is about grand opportunities and cataclysmic downfalls. Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” 1999), this acclaimed play was recorded live last month from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live programming. The story tells how the Lehman family came to America from Bavaria and then established the financial firm Lehman Bros. What they couldn’t have guessed is that 163 years later, the company they established would trigger a global economic collapse. It can be seen on 21 September in Camana Bay Theatre’s VIP Auditorium. Tickets are CI$40 and include a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Admission is limited to those 18 years old or older.
This article was originally published in the September 2019 edition of the Camana Bay Times.