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Queen, Comedians On Screen
When The State Theatre reopened in 2007 it boasted some modern features like a digital marquee, but classic aspects of the theatre were kept as homage to the heritage. - photo by Photo Contributed

The State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto, will be offering up a couple of vastly different films later this month. One focuses on royalty, the other on comedy. For more information or tickets, call 209-527-4697.

“Mary Queen of Scots” begins on Friday, Jan. 11 and runs through Thursday, Jan. 24. The film is rated R and runs two hours, four minutes.

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

“Stan & Ollie” opens at The State on Friday, Jan. 25 and is rated PG, running one hour and 37 minutes.

Laurel and Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

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