Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Tuscan Sun, Christmas movies slated

by:  - Enjoy popcorn at the movies.

Enjoy Christmas movies and a trip to sunny Italy during the Jefferson County Community Film Center's selections for December.
   All films are free, and refreshments are available. The film center is located in the Rodriguez Annex at 134 S.E. E St., Madras.
   Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., "Under the Tuscan Sun." Academy Award nominee Diane Lane stars as Frances Mayes, a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour.
   Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed, and her best friend, Patti, is beginning to think she might never recover. Frances decides to take a break and she buys a villa in the beautiful Tuscan countryside and decides to begin anew.
   Restoring her new home, she eventually finds the fulfillment she was searching for, including love.
   Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 :30 p.m., "Nightmare Before Christmas." This stop-motion animated fable was a big hit when it was released -- not only at the box office, but critically. It was praised for its stunning originality and for the excellence of its execution.
   In addition, it was praised for being a completely absorbing fable that both grownups and children can enjoy, so long as the children are able to its handle scary bits (beginning perhaps at age 7 or 8).
   In the story, Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a realm of reality where the inhabitants make it their life's work to scare humans on Halloween.
   One day, he wanders into a wood where every tree is the doorway to realms serving one or another human holiday, and falls through the doorway into Christmas. There, he sees scenes of such glee and good will that he is overwhelmed. He returns to Halloweentown with the inspiration to persuade his fellow citizens to kidnap Santa and do Christmas in their own Halloweentown way.
   Saturday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. children's matinee, "The Santa Clause 2." Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever.
   But Santa's got problems (he's even mysteriously losing weight) and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year's "naughty" list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole.
   But when the substitute institutes some strange redefinitions of naughty and nice, putting Christmas at risk, it's up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas.