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‘Carnage’ at Towngate Cinema this weekend

February 9, 2012
Times Leader

WHEELING - Adapted from the Tony-award winning play "God of Carnage," and featuring a top-notch ensemble cast of Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, "Carnage" tells the wickedly funny story of two couples that hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight. As their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos. It will be shown this weekend only February 10, 11 and 12 at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Cinema.

In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven-year-old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation, and the Longstreets invite the Cowans to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. Right from the get-go, there's trouble. The two couples couldn't be any more different. Penelope Longstreet is a writer whose priorities in life include human rights and justice. Her husband Michael tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation. Nancy Cowan is the rich, snobby wife of Alan, a conceited businessman who doesn't know how to live life without his mobile phone. As the afternoon and the conversations progress, politeness and civility erode into bitter sarcasm, heated arguments over semantics and foul-mouthed insults. The hilarity ensures as it becomes apparent that the adults here aren't really adults at all. In many ways, they are just as childish, if not more, than their actual children.

Directed by Roman Polanski, "Carnage" has been well received among critics and audiences alike. Foster and Winslet both received Golden Globe nominations for their performances, and they, along with Reilly and Waltz, won best ensemble cast at the 2011 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Rated R, for language, "Carnage" will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10; 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

Located at 2118 Market Street, Towngate Cinema is easy to find and located just across the street from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the historic Centre Market District of Wheeling.

Oglebay Institute's Cinema program is underwritten by the Ogden Newspapers and all Towngate films are shown for one weekend only. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for evening and $6 for matinee shows, seniors and OI members. The box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at 304-233-4257.



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