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River City Cinema Returns With Oscar-nominated Films

Posted Feb. 18, 2010, at 10:01 a.m.

It’s Friday Night at the Movies as River City Cinema takes up a 6-week residency at the Brick Church, Downtown Bangor’s landmark venue for artistic expression, located at 126 Union Street.

Beginning Friday, February 26, River City Cinema will present a selection of films ranging from this year’s Academy Award-nominations to recent film festival favorites, both domestic and foreign. The series launches with The Hurt Locker, nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Bryan Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, David Morse, Ralph Fiennes & Guy Pearce and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

The Hurt Locker is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives doing one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear—protect and save—but it’s anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the psychology of bomb technicians and the effects of risk and danger on the human psyche is a fictional tale inspired by real events by journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. In Iraq, it is soldier vernacular to speak of explosions as sending you to “the hurt locker.”

With a visual and emotional intensity that makes audiences feel like they have been transported to the dizzying, 24-hour turmoil of life in the bomb squad, The Hurt Locker is both a gripping portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism, and a layered, probing study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield.

The Hurt Locker shows at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 26. Admission is $5; concessions are available. The Brick Church is located at126 Union Street in Bangor (click here for map). Additional parking available thanks to Merrill Bank.

For the schedule of films presented by River City Cinema, please go to http://www.rivercitycinema.com/schedule.html.

River City Cinema‘s goal is to have a multi-purpose cinema center in Downtown Bangor. This facility will allow RCC to show first-run films, offer filmmakers editing and screening capabilities, and teach the public about the art of cinema through exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. For more information, see http://www.rivercitycinema.com.

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