12/4 - 12/10
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a break-out performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson). Their life, however, is anything but typical - they are trapped - confined to a windowless 10-by-10 foot space, which Ma euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to insure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life
A young bourgeois, falls madly in love with a gorgeous courtesan. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. Estimated Run Time: 3 hrs, 5 min.
12/17 - 12/31
Wow, the anticipation for this movie is over the top. And who better to reboot the series than J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Star Trek, Mission Impossible III). Set 30 years after Episode VI, the saga continues with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Simon Pegg, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, and Lupita Nyong'o.
A holiday tradition for children and parents alike. The Boshoi's version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 10 min.
A rare film centered around a lesbian relationship during a much less tolerant era, the almost subterranean delicacy of Todd Haynes' direction is on full display. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, displaying a bond that they have no interest in defining--a choice that works not only for an era when their love dared not speak its name, but also for Haynes' faith in the power of the medium to achieve an eloquence beyond words. 118 min.
Another tremendous stage production from London. This acclaimed re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.
We are thrilled to play this inaugural screening of the Berlin Philharmonic's New Years Eve Concert, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and featuring virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. According to the Washington Post, Mutter "plays anything and everything with scalding beauty." Don't miss this chance to hear world-class music from the comfort of the Rose. 135 min.
Met Opera Live! Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. The timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance play out in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met.
Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers. Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs, 5 min.
Filmed at the Liverpool Philharmonic, this solo performance in front of Costello's home crowd (and his mom) takes us on a musical journey through his vast songbook. Between songs, he treats us to stories about his earliest memories, with anecdotes, and the origins of his music. With special guest Larkin Poe, a bluegrass rock sister act. Truly a concert to remember. 112 min.
1/29 - 2/5
Lolabelle was Laurie Anderson's beloved rat terrier. "Hello little bonehead, I'll love you forever," is how she greets the puppy in the movie's hilarious first scene. Dreams, memories, and stories of childhood form a kind of wallpaper against which Anderson foregrounds her story. The musician/poet/philospher creates a humorous, deeply moving meditation on the relationship of woman and dog. 75 min.
Met Opera Live! Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.
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. 155 min.
From the esteemed Donmar Warehouse in London comes this steamy and powerful tale of deceit. Starring Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.