Early 18th century England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
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.
From director Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT, TALLADEGA NIGHTS) comes a film that's already generating loads of Oscar buzz. The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it. Christian Bale put on over 40 lbs. to inhabit the role.
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history. This juicy musical documentary features Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others.
This darkly funny comedy from director Curtis Hanson hits the Starlight screen. A professor (Michael Douglas), suffering from writer's block, tries to deal with the pressures of his complex love life and his troubled students' assorted problems. Also starring Toby Maguire, Katie Homes and Robert Downey Jr.
Rita Hayworth in one of her most iconic roles! Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is a small-time American gambler, newly arrived in Buenos Aires. When he is caught cheating at a game of blackjack, he manages to talk his way into a job with the casino's owner, the powerful Ballin Mundson (George Macready). The two form an uneasy partnership based off their mutual lack of scruples until Mundson introduces Farrell to his beautiful new wife, Gilda (Rita Hayworth), who just happens to be Farrell's ex-lover.
VOX LUX begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe--while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals.
A young woman M.D. intends to fulfill her dream by setting sail alone to a remote island in the Atlantic. She – and her well-equipped, state-of-the-art sailboat – seem ready for anything. But following a violent storm, she finds herself approaching an endangered vessel, overloaded with refugees.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Nadine Labaki, CAPERNAUM follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son, Yonas, is jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.
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.
When an accountant, played by multi-talented comedian Rob Brydon, seeks to win back his wife, he stumbles upon a surprising solution in the form of a male synchronized swimming team: Men Who Swim. Eric (Brydon) believes he can win back his wife by diving into the world of male synchronized swimming. Joining his local team, Eric finds a surprising brotherhood in this motley crew as they train for the world championships in Milan.
Community Arts Film Series. This engrossing film traces the history of this iconic image – from Egon Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover – to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke The Third Man, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997. "A cinematic masterwork." - Huffington Post
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. "A masterpiece." - Wall Street Journal
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
1/19 & 1/27
Theater fans don’t need to book passage across the pond in order to see this West End gem (and six-time Tony winner) about the painter Mark Rothko, starring Alfred Molina and directed by Michael Grandage. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
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.
Meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.
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.
23-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people.
Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s—HAROLD AND MAUDE, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE—he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist.
Community Arts Film Series. This poignant documentary chronicles the long and colorful life of Lily Yeh, an artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art in some of the world’s most trouble areas. With projects in North Philly to Kenya and Rawanda, Yeh teaches survivors of war and calamity to make murals and build sculptures from their own experience, regaining in the process a sense of purpose and a belief that life can be about creation as well as destruction.
One of the best concert movies of all time, and a Rose Theatre tradition--but this time in the Starlight Room. Come enjoy the sweet funky tunes of the Talking Heads. This movie is meant to be played loud, and it will be.
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.
2/19, 5/7, 8/6, 11/12
Free! A unique film experience, Meet Me at the Movies is designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, which can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion; part of the Frye Art Museum's Creative Aging initiative, an offering of programs for adults to experience the rich potential of aging through engagement with the arts and connection with others. 90 min. Free tickets at the box office.
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.
The 1986 cult classic, directed by Jonathan Demme, comes to the Starlight! Free-spirited Lulu (Melanie Griffith) sets her sights on uptight banker Charles (Jeff Daniels) for a little bit of fun. Their relationship starts off simple enough with a tryst and some modest adventure, but Lulu wants Charles to pose as her husband at a high school reunion. It seems harmless until Lulu's actual husband (Ray Liotta) shows up.
Community Arts Film Series. When pioneering and artist Michael Heizer finds the giant boulder he’s been searching for since 1968, it sets off an epic struggle to realize one of America’s newest and largest public artworks, ‘Levitated Mass.’ The 340-ton rock’s journey from a desert quarry to a perch atop Heizer’s gigantic, walled slot in the earth at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art attracted international media and challenged the imagination of thousands. "Wonderfully entertaining." - LA Weekly
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.
CITIZEN RUTH is the story of Ruth Stoops (Laura Dern), a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media circus. Directed by Alexander Payne (SIDEWAYS, ELECTION, THE DESCENDANTS, NEBRASKA).
Community Arts Film Series. Through a leisurely tour through the world famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists from around the world, FOREVER provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the transcendental importance of art in our lives, on our need to commune with the spirits of the departed, and perhaps on our own mortality as well. 50 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.
Community Arts Film Series. Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge and move us. Boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.
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.