A River City Cinema screening — ROOM 237

Posted May 24, 2013, at 1:26 a.m.

Friday, June 7, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor, Maine

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River City Cinema will be presenting ROOM 237 at the historic Bangor Opera House, home of the Penobscot Theatre, on Friday, June 7 at 7pm.

Rodney Ascher’s critically-acclaimed documentary was an Official Selection at the Sundance, New York, Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.

The audience is encouraged to discuss the film with local critics Marc Eastman and Shane Leonard afterward.

In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, THE SHINING. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level. In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded THE SHINING’s secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Rodney Ascher’s ROOM 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning are braided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic.’s Marc Eastman (BFCA) & independent critic Shane Leonard appear weekly to give an instant reaction review to the current theatrical releases. Their easily accessible format means you’ll hear less about cinematography and more about simply what works (or didn’t) in the films they review.

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