4 Star lines up films for Fall Festival


4 Star Cinema has taken a new step for its 2017 Fall Film Festival, expanding its branding and marketing through a new website at KilgoreFilmFestival.com.

This season’s event kicks-off Wednesday, Sept. 20, and will feature seven films by Saturday, Oct. 12, in addition to the theater’s mainstream offerings.

“Now entering its 19th year, the Kilgore Film Festival grew out of a relationship between Kilgore College and its then public radio station, KTPB,” according to the festival’s new online hub. “The radio station manager was a film buff who felt that moviegoers in East Texas were not being given the opportunity to enjoy some of the more specialized independent and foreign language films being shown in ‘fine art’ theatres in Dallas and other cities.”

Founded in 1998, almost two decades later the festival continues with twice annual collections of out-of-the-mainstream films each Spring and Fall.

Festival showtimes are 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. daily. Adult admission is $8.50, discounted to $7 for seniors and during matinees. Films run three or four days at a time. Find trailers for the movies and more at KilgoreFilmFestival.com.

* Film summaries from


“Paris Can Wait”

Sept. 20-23

When her director husband is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman takes a jaunt with his associate. The first feature directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis and director of the “Apocalypse Now” documentary “Hearts of Darkness” and starring Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane.

Rated PG, 92 min.


Sept. 24-26

“Maudie” is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love.

Rated PG-13, 115 min.

“Beatriz at Dinner”

Sept. 27-30

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Rated R, 83 min.


Oct. 1-3

Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy. Clashing with Eisenhower (John Slattery) & Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson).

Rated PG, 110 min.

“The Hero”

Oct. 4-7

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice. He spends his days reliving old glories & smoking too much weed with his dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis. He soon strikes up a relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter).

Rated R, 93 min.

“A Quiet Passion”

Oct. 8-10

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family.

Rated PG, 126 min.


Oct. 11-12

KEDI is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you see in your back yard. KEDI is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in & out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can.

Rated R, 79 min.


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