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Volume 24, Number 10 — November 2017

November Arts Array film lineup announced

Liam Neeson stars in
Liam Neeson stars in "Silence," which can be seen at Abingdon Cinemall.

By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | October 26, 2017

Virginia Highlands Community College continues the Fall 2017 Arts Array Film Series. Show times are every Monday and Tuesday evening at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Cinemall, Abingdon, Virginia.

Admission is free for all students and staff members of VHCC, Emory & Henry College, King University and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College of Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass. Community admission is $7.75.

"Silence" is shown Nov. 6 and 7. In this passion project from director Martin Scorsese (who spent nearly three decades trying to get it made), a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit priest (Andrew Garfield) receives word that his mentor (Liam Neeson) has renounced his faith while on a mission in Japan. Concerned, he travels to the island nation with another clergyman (Adam Driver) to investigate, only to find that the country's Christian population are being systematically exterminated. Witnessing the inglorious reality of torture and martyrdom committed against Japanese Christians rocks his faith to the core.

"T2: Trainspotting" is on screen Nov. 13 and 14.
Directed by film icon Danny Boyle, this sequel to the seminal "90s indie smash "Trainspotting" catches up with its quartet of Scottish junkies 20 years later. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) finally returns to Edinburgh after a long exile in Amsterdam, and he soon reunites with his old pals Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Spud (Ewen Bremner). As he tries to help Spud kick his heroin addiction and gets caught up in a scheme to open a brothel with Sick Boy, Renton is targeted by the sociopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who wants revenge for his past misdeeds. The film contains extremely mature content.

"Beatriz at Dinner" is shown Nov. 20 and 21.
A medical caregiver (Salma Hayek) is invited to have dinner at
the home of a wealthy client, and she soon interrogates a fellow guest over the morality of how he's earned his money. John Lithgow, ChloŽ Sevigny, Connie Britton, and Jay Duplass co-star. Directed by Miguel Arteta, "Beatriz at Dinner" made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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