Ben (Viggo Mortenson) and his six children live off the grid in rural Washington, where they hunt and farm and joyously celebrate Noam Chomsky's birthday like it's Christmas. When tragedy strikes, the family is forced out into the 'real' word on a journey to New Mexico to visit Ben's in-laws. Gorgeously shot and equal parts hilarious and moving, the film surely earns the lofty praise of its title. R, 118 min.
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of the Bourne journey, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
HOCKNEY is the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life. NR, 112 min.
It is only fitting that a comet and a mollusk are named in Frank Zappa’s honor. The famed American musician, composer, and thinker created satirical, operatic interpretations of music that seemed to originate from another world. Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. 90 min.
Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for love and for the unforgiving land. WW I reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet Chris endures, a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. 135 min.
François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of his cinematic counterpart, Antoine, the film sensitively re-creates the trials of his own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. It marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. With a special introduction by The 400 Blows scholar Ted Walch.
A hard-to-handle foster kid from the big city and a grouchy bushman in his sixties (Sam Neill) are forced to forge an unlikely alliance to survive in the New Zealand wilderness in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a deliciously good time at the movies. PG-13, 101 min.
An explosive new adaptation from London's Almeida Theatre, starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare's most notorious villain, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. This searing production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.
The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. A thriving 3-year-old who inexplicably went silent was only able to connect with people through repeated viewings of animated movies. PG, 91 min.
The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realized he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.
100-year old lovebirds Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang have been inseparable companions for the past 76 years. Every night they go to sleep holding each other's hands. Observing this couple for 15 months, the director captures their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection - from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek. 86 min.
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong in this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. Arthur Miller's masterpiece confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate Brooklyn tale.
Met Opera Live in HD. Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death has astounded, infuriated, and inspired audiences since it was first heard. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story, with its opportunities for creative visual design, make this awe-inspiring work a phenomenon of the repertory.
10/15 - 10/16
Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off...
Met Opera Live in HD. Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is lighthearted, urbane, and ironic. We follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell.
A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, THE GOLDEN AGE makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. It has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.
10/29 - 10/30
An encore presentation of one of the National Theatre's biggest hits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature.
11/12 & 11/27
Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece is illuminated by Helen McCrory, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. London 1952: When Hester Collyer is found in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
A laugh-out-loud masterpiece with bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities and many colorful characters. The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in this brilliantly choreographed smash of a ballerina who decides to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson.
11/19 - 11/20
Hamlet returns for two encore presentations. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament. 195 min.
12/3 - 12/4
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice. A tremendous production.
Met Opera Live in HD. This breakthrough opera was described by the NY Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score" and has become one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. A dazzling new production, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea.
12/11 & 12/17
The National Theatre of London's most successful show of all time careens across the screen in this tremendous production. A WWI tale of a boy and his horse, featuring the most incredible life-size puppets you've ever seen. WAR HORSE is a visual stunner.
12/18 & 12/23
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince, with music by Tchaikovsky! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Met Opera Live in HD. Starring Plácido Domingo, music by Verdi. A stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame. The music and Verdi himself were subsumed into a surge of patriotic fervor culminating in the foundation of the modern nation of Italy.
Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. The focus is on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets. Directed by Bartlett Sher.
In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other.
A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
Met Opera Live in HD. The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following, Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by romantic supernaturalism.
Met Opera Live in HD. Verdi’s opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Its intimate subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges.
Met Opera Live in HD. Like many stories from Greek myth, Mozart's Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters.
The Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level. With music by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven and Max Richter.
Met Opera Live in HD. Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein. The Byronic romantic anti-hero is caught between convention and ennui. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.
“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.
Met Opera Live in HD. Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy and genuine human drama. Starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles.