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.
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, with intermissions.
Film scholar and educator Ted Walch presents the films of Sidney Lumet. 12 ANGRY MEN (1957) follows the closing argument of a murder trial, and the jury who must deliberate. One juror (Henry Fonda) casts doubt on elements of the case. Join Mr. Walch as he shares his considerable knowledge about Lumet and this particular film.
Film scholar and educator Ted Walch presents the films of Sidney Lumet. NETWORK (1976) stars Peter Finch as a veteran news anchorman who discovers he is being put out to pasture. He launches into an angry televised rant "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!!" Also starring Faye Dunaway. Mr. Walch is a favorite of the Starlight audiences, always bringing fantastic insight to the films in his hand-picked series.
Film scholar and educator Ted Walch presents the films of Sidney Lumet. RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988) stars Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti as fugitives, perpetually on the run from federal authorities. On the verge of adulthood, their son Danny (River Pheonix) longs to set out on his own. Mr. Walch rounds out his hand-selected film series with this wonderful film.
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.
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.
In Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee, flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman.
4/20 & 4/28
National Theatre Live. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. "Humanity affirming zest." - Telegraph
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!
In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the album Amazing Grace at a church in south Los Angeles. Director Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa, Tootsie) was there to film it, but due to issues with synchronizing the sound and with Franklin's estate, the film was never released—until now.
The legendary Greenwich Village guitar shop is chronicled in this engrossing documentary. Custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few.
ASK DR. RUTH chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution. Not Rated, 100 min.
A joyous exploration of the relationship between dogs and people. These six pooches do amazing things: they open and close drawers, turn their mistress over in bed, remove paper from the computer printer, push a syringe into flesh, put on a woman’s socks, and pull up her blanket. With characteristic reserves of warmth and humor, director Heddy Honigmann (Forever) gives the dogs equal face time – a film about love, courage and trust, both human and canine. 86 min.
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature.
Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program. There, he rediscovers his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang. Also starring Connie Britton and Bruce Dern.
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. First come, first seated.
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 with intermission.
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.
When members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
6/1 & 6/9
National Theatre Live. ALL ABOUT EVE tells the story of Margo Channing (Gillian Anderson). Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve (Lily James). Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove.
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.