WATERVILLE — From Monday, Jan. 31 through February, the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema plans to host a “Bring Back Date Night” series, which features five films at 7 p.m. Mondays.

The five films include the romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” and the Hong Kong drama “In the Mood for Love.” The series is programmed with the goal of providing a fun and romantic experience for couples who may not have had a chance to go on a proper date in a while, according to a news release from the film center.

With proof of ticket purchase (i.e. an online receipt), filmgoers can redeem 15% off their meals at one of two area restaurants: Front & Main in Waterville or Meridians in Fairfield. Beer, wine and popcorn are available for purchase at the cinema.

Tickets must be redeemed at Front & Main the day of the screening. No discount at Front & Main will be available Monday, Feb. 14. No restrictions apply at Meridians. Proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test) and masking at all indoor events is required.

Tickets cost $10.50 for adults and $8.50 for students and seniors. Tickets and trailers are available at mainefilmcenter.org.

• “In the Mood for Love” | Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.: A portrait of forbidden attraction by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, projected in 35mm. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Maggie Cheung play two neighbors who form a tantalizingly chaste friendship while staying loyal to their respective spouses.


• “Love and Basketball” | Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.: Monica pursues her passion for basketball while falling in love with the boy next door in this coming-of-age story.

• “10 Things I Hate About You” | Monday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.: This adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” features Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Allison Janney and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

• “Saving Face” | Monday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.: The 2004 lesbian dramedy stars Michelle Krusiec as Wilhelmina Pang, or Wil, whose mother, Ma (played by Joan Chen), tries in vain to set her up with eligible New York bachelors, according to the news release. Wil instead falls for Vivian, a ballerina pursuing her passion for contemporary dance. Ma, divorced and suddenly pregnant, moves in with Wil to avoid shame from their tight-knit Chinese-American community.

• “Baby Driver” | Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.: Edgar Wright directs as Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a getaway driver with tinnitus, indebted to Atlanta crime boss Doc. Amidst car chases serving as the choreography in this “mixtape on wheels” (“Sight & Sound”), Baby meets angelic waitress Debora (Lily James), who symbolizes Baby’s potential redemption.

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