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OFFBEAT: Valpo reader looking for 'new' film 'Quartet' with Maggie Smith

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2013-05-05T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Valpo reader looking for 'new' film 'Quartet' with Maggie SmithBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Valparaiso reader June Hardy wrote me asking for help finding a film that she hasn't been able to find in any theaters in Northwest Indiana.

"Hi Phil: I love reading your columns, and you always seem to stay up on the latest movies and plays. But one movie I really wanted to see never seemed to make it to our area, and now, it doesn't even seem to be anywhere in Chicago. I'm referring to the movie 'Quartet' starring Maggie Smith. Can you give me any information about if this film is still in theaters and any chance I'll still be able to see it on the big screen? Thank you. June Hardy"

Thank you for reading my columns and for your questions. And with my answer, I bring good news for you June! So June, you don't have to wait until June to see this film, once it's released on DVD June 18.

You are correct that after it was in limited release in January, and then to select theaters nationwide in March, it didn't stay around too long. It only played in a couple theaters in Chicago and never quite made it to Northwest Indiana.

Directed by Dustin Hoffman in his directorial debut and based on the play by Ronald Harwood, who also wrote the film's screenplay, it stars Smith in this story about Beecham House, a home for retired musicians. Resident Reginald Paget, played by Tom Courtenay, lives there with bandmates Wilfred Bond, played by Billy Connolly and Cecily Robson, played by Pauline Collins. When they discover a new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton, played by Smith, things get interesting, since it was her subsequent career as a star soloist (and the ego that accompanied it) that split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie.

June, best of all, "Quartet" is playing later this month right in our area at one of my favorite movie spaces: The Vickers Movie Theatre, just over the state line in Three Oaks, Mich.

Described as "a classic art house and cinema," it specializes in independent, documentary, and foreign language films and "Quartet" opens there on May 23 and plays until May 27 just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

The theater only seats 126, including cafe seating, and limited private balcony seating, and is handicapped accessible.

Located just off the I-94 Expressway at 6 N. Elm St. in Three Oaks (269-756-3522 or vickerstheatre.com), this movie house has been officially reopened for 17 years, but celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011 and has been showcasing "moving pictures" since back in 1911.

(Back in 2011, to honor the movie house's birthday, they offered free movies to anyone 100-years-old for the entire year, with proof of age required.)

"Quartet" is a comedy/drama rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour and 37 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (with ID) and senior citizens. Cash only and remember showtimes are all Eastern Standard Time. FYI: vickertheatre.com or call (269) 756-3522

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