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January brings new slate of films to Aspen’s Wheeler

Aspen Times staff report
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Alliance FilmsAmerican DJ The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman) illegally broadcasts music from an old tanker anchored in the middle of the North Sea in the 1960s period comedy Pirate Radio, to show in January at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House.

ASPEN – The Wheeler Film Series in Aspen will present six films in January.

The calendar opens Friday with “Shine a Light,” Martin Scorsese’s 2008 concert documentary of the Rolling Stones’ 2006 performance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

“(500) Days of Summer,” a romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, is set for Sunday and Monday, Jan. 3-4. The film is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including for best comedy or musical.

“Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans,” Werner Herzog’s resetting of the 1992 crime drama “Bad Lieutenant,” will be screened Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 6-7. The film, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, stars Nicolas Cage in the role of the drug-addicted rogue detective originated by Harvey Keitel.

“Pirate Radio,” a comedy about an illegal offshore radio station in the 1960s North Sea starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, is scheduled for Jan. 10-13.

“The Hurt Locker,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s story of a bomb squad in 2004 Baghdad, will show Jan. 20 and 22. The film earned awards for best picture and best director from critics’ groups in both New York and Los Angeles.

The calendar concludes Jan. 24-26 with “Me and Orson Welles,” Richard Linklater’s story of a young actor thrown into Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre Company as the director is about to open a production of “Julius Caesar.”

All films show at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Films scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have an additional 4:30 p.m. matinee.

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