Fall has officially arrived, and with it nature's dazzling array of colors and crisp morning air. The season also brings a rich bounty of great new movies, of which BATTLE OF THE SEXES is the perfect opening serve to Oscar season. This wonderfully entertaining movie recounts the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Although it took place forty-four years ago, the power inherent in this story is that its message of equality is just as timely today. When I saw it earlier this month at the Telluride Film Festival, Ms. King received a standing ovation. It was an electrifying moment, and BATTLE OF THE SEXES respects her great accomplishments.
Please don't hang up your dancing shoes yet, because this Friday brings another great music documentary. TWO TRAINS RUNNIN' (100% on Rotten Tomatoes) is the lyrical story - part essay film, part road picture, part musical anthology - built around an astonishing historical coincidence. On June 21, 1964, two lost giants of the Delta blues, Skip James and Son House, were found by separate crews of obsessed music fans after weeks of amateur sleuthing along the back roads of Mississippi. A.O. Scott of The New York Times distills this amazing story beautifully. "Human history may bend toward the light, but it also passes through long periods of darkness.
Hard-won rights can be taken away. Progress can be rolled back. Long-forgotten songs can be remembered, but the opposite can also happen. This captivating movie, like the blues itself, is at once a recognition of those somber truths and a gesture of protest against them."
Thursday is the last day for DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME, PATTI CAKE$, MENASHE and INGRID GOES WEST. IT holds over for one more week. And next week brings Judi Dench in VICTORIA AND ABDUL, and the start of the second season of our very popular Community Arts Film Series. This series is co-presented with Northwind Arts Center. It kicks off with two films, EVERYBODY KNOWS...ELIZABETH MURRAY, and MAIRA KALMAN: MY FAVORITE THINGS. Tickets are selling fast for this opening double-bill. And October also brings the return of the Metropolitan Opera from New York. Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece NORMA, starring Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato opens the season on Saturday, October 7th.
Next Thursday (10/5) at 7:30 we have sneak preview of BLADE RUNNER 2049, one of the most hotly anticipated films of the season. Tickets are currently on sale.