2/6 - 2/12
She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971. The film takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions W.I.T.C.H. (Women's International Conspiracy From Hell!). 92 min.
2/13 - 2/19
Julianne Moore won the Golden Globe for her transformative work in this evocative film, playing a Columbia University linguistic professor grappling with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. Before the diagnosis, she appears to have a model life: a caring scientist husband (Alec Baldwin), a dream job and three devoted children (the most unsettled of them, well played by Kristen Stewart). 99 min.
Master filmmaker Mike Leigh has long been fascinated by J.M.W. Turner, the visionary, radical mid-19th century British painter. Frequent Leigh collaborator Timothy Spall, who won Cannes' Best Actor prize for the role, is alternately tender, funny, and frightening as he works towards artistic immortality. 150 min.
Metropolitan Opera Live! On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle).
2/14 - 2/15
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Goodbye to Language 3D is a sensorially immersive experiences that uses 3D technology for mind-expanding effect. Starring Heloise Godet, Kamel Abdeli and the director's own dog as Roxy, Jean-Luc Goddard's latest film is a "thrilling cinematic experience" (The New York Times) and "a masterpiece" (Film Comment). 70 min.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. For ages 10 and up.
Playing in the Starlight Room
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy star in Howard Hawks's delightful screwball comedy from 1940 about a a newspaper editor who uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from marry a rather bland insurance salesman. One show only!
A free community screening of two films in honor of Day of Remembrance. The filmmakers will be in attendance. Both films cover the Japanese American experience of deportation from Bainbridge Island after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 45 minutes.
2/20 - 2/26
A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city's history. It follows one immigrant's determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and - above all - his unwavering belief in the righteousness of his own path. 125 min.
Kolia, a decent but impulsive auto mechanic, is about to lose his home to Vadim, a thuggish yet insecure politician, and calls on his old army buddy for help. At the same time, Kolia's wife Lilya grows increasingly desperate. These four characters, and a large cast of supporting players, do a harrowing dance of death, all played against Philip Glass's pulsating musical theme. 141 min.
2/27 - 3/5
Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Kidane's family are spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny will change. Academy Award Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film. 97 min.
From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.
Bolshoi Ballet. William Shakespeare's timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev's much-loved score.
Metropolitan Opera Live! Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her.
This masterwork by famed playwright David Hare is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Katherine Boo. A tumultuous play on an epic scale about modern-day India, and the lives of a family of slum-dwellers.
From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favor of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.
Bolshoi Ballet. Yuri Grigorovich's powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible's controversial reign, and portrays events in 16-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. Live same day, 3 hr delay.
Metropolitan Opera Live! Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods, but in the same Sicilian village. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci.
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.
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National with this highly-anticipated new play, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors). A young researcher of brainscience is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet.
The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Rose with another thrilling live score! Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Hear their stunning accompaniment to Rudolph Valentino's last and greatest silent film, Son of the Sheik, a movie of passion, betrayal and redemption. 81 min.
From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.
Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris. Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defense.