2/19 - 2/25
Writer Alan Bennett’s buoyant film is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Hilarious and moving and anchored in Smith's joyous performance. 104 min.
Playing in the Starlight Room
This Marx Brother's political satire is next up in our Starlight Classics film series. All four brothers are in this riotous flick, which captures their true subversive and hilarious spirit. Featuring classic Marx Bros. player Margaret Dumont. Movies in this series always sell out, so get your tickets now!
An expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. A hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already exist in the world—they’re just waiting to be co-opted. 119 min.
2/26 - 3/3
Ingrid Bergman's daughter Isabella Rossellini provides filmmaker Stig Bjorkman with never-before-seen archival footage, interviews, diaries and photos of her mother. A wonderfully personal exploration of this enigmatic movie star (Casablanca, Notorious!, Spellbound, Autumn Sonata). 114 min.
2/26 - 3/3
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST ANIMATED FILM. Charlie Kaufman's latest film is utterly brilliant and inventive. Rendered in breathtaking stop-motion, the movie has been called the most human films of the year, although it features no actual humans. A powerful exploration of love, loneliness and human nature, voiced by David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh. 90 min.
3/4 - 3/10
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM.. A stunning portrait of female empowerment and coming of age in a small Turkish village. Five free spirited sisters face their strict parents. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives. 100 min.
Met Opera Live! The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting.
4/1 - 4/7
Eye in the Sky stars Helen Mirren as a UK-based military officer in command of a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing. When a young girl enters the kill zone, it triggers an international dispute reaching over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. With Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul. 102 min.
3/11 - 3/17
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: BEST ANIMATED FILM. A young boy goes in search of his father, and his journey unfolds like a tapestry. The story depicts a clash between village and city, – and throughout, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks. 80 min.
Akira Kurosawa's legendary masterpiece, digitally restored for the big screen, 30 years later. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear, an elderly warlord abdicates the throne to his three sons, two of whom turn against him. A massive, stunning epic. "Demands viewing on the big screen." - Time Out. "Will blow your mind." - New York Post.
Serpent centers on an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Blistering and poet, it exposes the ravages of colonialism. A stunner. 125 min.
A visceral and visually breathtaking retelling of the classic tale about an ambition Scottish lord who seizes the throne with the help of his wife. Starring Micheal Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Macbeth is an epic cinematic experience. 113 min.
In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian king, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the virility and strength for which the Bolshoi's male dancers are renowned. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 50 min.
Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. An enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
The story of renowned ballerina Misty Copeland, the one of the most acclaimed ballerinas of her time. During her lead solo debut in 2013 she performs despite six fractures in her shin. The film is an intimate look at this artist during a crucial period in her life. It climaxes with a landmark performance of Misty in Swan Lake. 85 min.
A marvelously dry film from Iceland about two brothers tending prized ancestral sheep. They haven't spoken in 40 years, but when a disease threatens one flock of sheep, the entire valley comes under threat and authorities are called in. The two must come together to save their special breed from extinction. "A marvel of deadpan comedy." - WSJ
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years. Rosalind is banished from court and with and her cousin journeys to the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, she experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.
3/25 - 3/31
A wonderfully quirky dramedy starring Sally Field as Doris, a lonely 60-something woman who falls for her young co-worker and reinvents herself in the process. Starring a luminous Sally Field with Max Greenfield as her hilarious and handsome crush. 95 min.
Met Opera Live! Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais takes on the title role and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
Met Opera Live! Sondra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.
Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love. Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed. Estimated Run Time: 3 hrs, 10 min.
Conductor Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic in Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphonies 4 and 7, showcasing the composer's masterful brilliance in two tremendously expressive works. The journey of the symphonies is paralleled by the journey of the composer's life not only creating works that are beloved the world over, but forming the framework for more than a century of musical expression and experience. 235 min.
Met Opera Live! The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme — unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner — who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance.
The Berlin Philharmonic shines in this magnificent program directed by Andris Nelsons, who has been hailed as "a miracle conductor." The program includes Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner. Says Nelsons "Wagner's music goes beyond the intellect, beyond an explanation in words. It is transcendental." 160 min.