The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire. When Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off ina frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Starring hilariously talented actors Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi, Simon Russell Beale and Michael Palin.
Setsuko is an emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.
Classics Night in the Starlight Room, the cult favorite from 1966, a hilarious film about a lone Scottish soldier who happens upon a small village of cheerful lunatics. He soon begins to prefer the company of the insane locals over the war raging just beyond the town. Fifty years after its original release, this satirical look at the absurdities of war is presented in a gorgeous new 4K restoration for modern audiences to discover.
LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. Not rated, 93 min.
Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. With an enormous personality that belies that horrors she endured, Sonia is the ultimate survivor. She's a diva in leopard print and high heels, who runs her husband's tailor shop. A true enigma, her joyful and unique influence spans generations and cultures. NR, 93 min.
A free screening for the community. A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action. The S-WORD is a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed.
One of our favorite concert films of all time! A year after the passing of George Harrison, Eric Clapton and friends gathered at London's Royal Albert Hall to honor his music. This momentous evening featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by a line-up that included Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Monty Python, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and many more.
Community Arts Film Series: The life and work of Robert Frank - as a photographer and filmmaker - are so intertwined that they’re one in the same. DON’T BLINK is a fast and fleeting impressionistic imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. 82 min.
The newest film from Wes Anderson (The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tannenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel). Atari, the 12-year-old ward of corrupt Mayor Kobayashi, sets off alone to collect his bodyguard dog, who along with all other dogs was exiled from his hometown. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey. With the voices of Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Liev Schreiber, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and more.
In the Dutch countryside, a gaggle of refugee children, mostly from Syria, are students in Miss Kiet’s classroom. Smart, compassionate, keenly aware of the problems they’ve already lived through – she teaches them to speak Dutch, to talk the talk -- but more importantly, to walk the walk. Trust, patience, compassion, and humor are part of the lesson plan. The movie is a revelation. Her children are delightful, confounding, and thoroughly surprising. 115 min.
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.
This hilariously wacky 1950 James Stewart comedy is a true delight. Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart) is a wealthy drunk who starts having visions of a giant rabbit: Harvey. His family begins to worry he's gone insane. In the process of trying to have him committed, his sister admits that she occasionally sees Harvey herself...
4/21 & 4/29
A National Theatre of London production. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
EBB AND FLOW chronicles the life story of a Japanese family and how they helped save the Pacific NW shellfish industry from complete collapse in the 1930s with the Japanese (Pacific) Oyster. Today this immigrant oyster is considered the premier oyster by top chefs, makes up the largest shellfish industry in the US, grown from Alaska to Baja (extensively locally), and helping in recovery efforts of the native Olympia oysters. A party with the filmmakers follows the screening at PT Vineyards (separate ticket must be purchased).
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.
Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. Ultimately this film is about hope, grit, passion and the common bonds created by bringing people together around food as a bridge to overcome all barriers.
Michael And Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whorilwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son. "Funny and beautiful, truly profound." - Vanity Fair
5/5 & 5/6
Hailed as ‘a masterpiece of 21st century dance' from English National Ballet, Akram Khan’s GISELLE comes to cinemas for the first time with Tamara Rojo dancing the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. One of the greatest romantic ballets, it has been reimagined, and received rapturous 5-star reviews in London. 113 min.
Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, THE BREADWINNER is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. PG-13, 94 min. Ages 11 and up.
Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. A modern-day follow-up to the classic teen movies of the 80s for today's generation.
This beloved classic 1971 film plays on Mother's Day! Choreographed by Frederick Ashton, considered the founding father of British ballet, the classic tales of Beatrix Potter come to life with music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera and dance performances by the Royal Ballet.
5/22, 8/21, 11/13
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.
6/2 & 6/10
National Theatre of London. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
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.