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‘The Visitor’ comes to the Wheeler

Aspen Times Staff Report
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JoJo WhildonOscar nominee Richard Jenkins stars in "The Visitor," showing at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen on Wednesday and Thursday.

ASPEN ” Once in a while, the Academy remembers to notice the small, unheralded performances that took place months before awards season kicks in.

This year, the voters did well to recognize “The Visitor” ” or at least Richard Jenkins, who is up for a Best Actor Oscar. In writer-director Thomas McCarthy’s film, Jenkins plays Walter, an aimless college professor who finds an immigrant couple living in his New York City apartment. He is initially irritated and confused, but opts to take the intrusion as an opportunity to reach out and reconnect with the world. The story is warm and timely, and Jenkins’ quiet, believable performance keeps it from getting too cute and cuddly.

“The Visitor” shows Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11-12, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights.

By the way film fans, go to http://www.aspentimes.com/redcarpet to pick the Academy Award winners before the Feb. 22 awards show. A $50 gift certificate goes the winner, but we’re throwing in a gift certificate to Jimmy’s restaurant in Aspen if someone gets a perfect score.

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