6/4 & 6/5
Sentaro sells sweet bean pancakes from his little bakery. He cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When 76-year-old Tokue responds to his ad for an assistant, he is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. A warm and moving film from Japan. 113 min.
6/4 - 6/5
Philadelphia is about to lose a culinary treasure: Le Bec-Fin, one of the finest restaurants in the country. The iconic owner, Georges Perrier, is preparing to sell the restaurant after more than four decades in business. Filmmaker Erika Frankel sets out to film him as an era-ending tribute. Perrier, however, has other plans. A feast for the eyes as well as a touching portrait of a master chef. 80 min.
A hilariously mannered comedy written and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, Last Days of Disco) starring Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale and Stephen Fry, based on Jane Austen's epistolary novel, Lady Susan.
On 6/15, theatres across the country are screening this provocative and hard-hitting film that addresses worldwide climate change challenges and solutions. The film takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better. The scope is global. Be a part of this massive event. Member discounts apply.
An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. PG, 85 min.
A riotous and wickedly funny screwball comedy from 1943 that has recently been rediscovered by classic movie buffs. Rocky viewed it at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival this spring and deemed it a real knee-slapper. The director George Stevens craftily found many ways to deliberately tweak the noses of the Hays Office, in charge of film censorship. Discover it for yourself!
A lovely indie musical dramedy starring Christopher Walken and Amber Heard as father and daughter. One on the downhill path from musical stardom, the other seeking a way for herself in the world.
At once a full immersion into a strange and surreal world, and a witty and clever reflection of our own society, The Lobster is a thrillingly audacious vision fully brought to life by a terrific cast. Colin Farrell is a man who has recently been dumped. To make matters worse, he lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love or they are turned into the animal of their choice. A quirky romance with Rachel Weisz.
6/25 - 6/26
The National Theatre of London's riotous and outlandish comedy returns to the big screen for two encore screenings. James Cordon starts as a man serving two masters, to dizzying and hilarious effect. A not-to-be-missed theatre event. Laughter is promised.
A brand new documentary about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of Evil" in the New Yorker magazine. Her insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees are more relevant than ever. 132 min.
Like his earlier film Once, Sing Street is inspired by writer/director John Carney’s life and love for music, and tells the story of a 14-year-old named Cosmo growing up in 80’s Dublin. He writes a song, forms a scrappy band with some school mates, writes more songs, and shoots some wicked music videos. How to shoot pop videos in a recession ridden country? Beg, borrow and steal. And steal.
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.
Famed master director David Lean shines with Brief Encounter (1945) a passionate and heartbreakingly romantic film about a woman considering an affair with a stranger she meets on a train. Tremendous performances and stunning noir-like visuals, accompanied by a swooning Rachmaninoff score. Explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance. Long considered one of the best films of its generation.
Here comes the Big Friendly Giant! Roald Dahl's beloved classic comes to soaring life in this film adaptation about a young girl and the giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. At 24-feet tall, with enormous ears, he keeps to himself, drinking Frobscottle and enjoying Snozzcumbers, unlike the infamous Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater. A riotously delightful film!
7/23 - 7/24
Back as part of the NTLive Encore series! This critically-lauded play from the National Theatre returns for an encore run! For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Helen Mirren enchants as Elizabeth in her many decades.
An exceptional romantic comedy directed by Rebecca Miller (THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE). A young woman longing to start a family (Greta Gerwig) becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his theorist wife (Julianne Moore). R, 98 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.
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.
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.
11/19 - 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.
12/11 & 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.