Spectacular, spectacular! Baz Luhrmann's sumptuous musical love story comes to the Starlight Room. Don't miss this chance to cozy up with your love on a sofa as Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman sing you songs by Bowie, Nirvana, Bono, Beck, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Massive Attack and more.
9/8 & 9/9
Nat'l Theatre of London. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? A "thrilling revival" (New York Times). Starring Sienna Miller.
In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. R, 105 min.
This delightful film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human.
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series. One of the most dynamic personalities both on and off screen in the silent era, Canadian producer and director Nell Shipman wrote and stars in this Far North-set adventure about a resourceful frontierswoman who uses her wits to survive in the Arctic while fending off menacing men. Shot through with Shipman’s reverence for nature (she was early champion of animal rights), BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY became the most successful Canadian film of the silent era.
9/29 & 10/7
National Theatre of London. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series. A double bill! SUSPENSE is a one-reel thriller that includes film history's first split-screen. HYPOCRITES was made in 1915, director Lois Weber courted controversy with this provocative exploration of sham religious piety, in which moral hypocrisy is exposed by The Naked Truth--portrayed literally by a nude actress.
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series. The controversial drama from 1916 is a frank and, for its time, surprisingly risky look at abortion, birth control and sexuality that weds director Lois Weber’s innovative cinematic style to an impassioned (though now surprisingly retrograde) sociopolitical statement.
Pioneers: First Female Filmmakers series. A triple bill! Including the oldest know film to feature an all-African American cast (1912), a comedic short about a man with 12 minutes to marry and a touching, beautifully crafted melodrama about a young woman who falls in love with a writer while attempting to escape her abusive stepfather.
Pioneers: First Female Filmmaker series. Double bill! The first film, directed by Marion E. Wong in 1916, was the very first Chinese-American feature and centers around assimilation and an ancient curse. The second film, directed by Lita Lawrence in 1925 was recently discovered and restored, and is a daring look at abortion and birth control.
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series. Writer, producer, director and actress Dorothy Davenport made a splash in the 1920s with a string of socially conscious, taboo-shattering exposes, including this ripped-from-the-headlines shocker about a woman forced into a life of prostitution. Davenport herself said: “I believe it takes a woman to believe in a woman’s motives, and every story intended for the screen should have a woman working on it at some stage to convince the audience of women.”
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series. The passion project of Russian-born actress and producer Alla Nazimova, this outrageously stylized adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play – based on the biblical story of the teenage princess who lusts after the severed head John the Baptist – is a delicious, decadent avant-garde spectacle. Its status as a queer classic rests both on its Art Nouveau-camp style and on the legend that the bisexual Nazimova cast the film entirely with gay actors.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met's monumental production. 4 hrs.
Inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Saint-Saëns's biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elna Garana and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet's Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. 3 hrs, 30 min.
10/21 & 10/28
National Theatre of London. "Ian McKellan reigns supreme in this triumphant production!" - Daily Telegraph. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. Baritone Željko Lui is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts. 3 hrs, 45 min.
An encore presentation of one of the National Theatre's biggest hits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Frankenstein) and Johnny Lee Miller (the Creature).
Dark matter, the deep sea and extraterrestrial life are just some of the phenomena we find most difficult to observe and understand. In THE MOST UNKNOWN, nine scientists from multiple disciplines meet each other for the first time in a series of encounters rooted in their work. By tossing scientists who'd never met into a petri dish of the filmmaker's own design, we learn something about what it means to dedicate one's life to questions we're not yet sure can be answered. 95 min.
A closely observed portrait of Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Nico Muhly's Marnie, based on Winston Graham's novel, which in turn inspired Alfred Hitchock's suspenseful thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie's mother. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting. 3 hrs, 20 min.
Met Opera Live in HD. Julie Taymor's beloved production of Mozart's enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. Soprano Erin Morley is the empowered Pamina, and tenor Ben Bliss is the valiant Tamino. Baritone Nathan Gunn is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek reprises her hair-raising rendition of the malevolent Queen of the Night. Harry Bicket conducts.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, with his faithful servant Sancho Panza at his side, Don Quixote sets out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in the Bolshoi's critically-acclaimed staging of this exalted performance. A quintessential Bolshoi event.
12/8 & 12/16
A National Theatre of London multi-award-winning drama! It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi's timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo's protective father, Giorgio Germont. 3 hrs, 30 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville’s style. Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.
From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an epic adventure about a world beyond imagination. Teen Barbara Thorson is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. I KILL GIANTS is an intense, touching story about trust, courage and love from the producers that brought you HARRY POTTER. PG-13 110 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and together their wonderful adventure begins. The Nutcracker invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The timeless holiday classic returns to the Bolshoi stage this December for a live broadcast.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea's tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. 4 hrs.
1/20 & 1/26
National Theatre of London. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare's famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Clémentine Margaine is opera's ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre's lively production, a favorite in the Met's repertoire. 3 hrs, 40 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter discover their forbidden love. One of the greatest works in classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgment, set in India. Dazzling sets and costumes, with one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale. A must-see.
2/23 & 3/3
An explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre of London and broadcast to cinemas. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonizing decision.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. 2 hrs, 55 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). Classical ballet at its finest.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. The second installment of Wagner's Ring cycle, Die Walküre, stars heroic soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity. Philippe Jordan conducts. 5 hrs, 20 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,” but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka. With its jazzy score by Dmitri Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc's devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress. 3 hrs, 30 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug. The double-bill event for cinemas encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian Ballet.