Rocky’s Review
Pain and Glory

"A surprise in all ways except its surpassing quality, PAIN AND GLORY reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself." -Los Angeles Times      Pedro Almodóvar has never made a film that couldn't be described as personal, but nothing will prepare you for the emotional nakedness of this mesmerizing, reflective drama about the many regrets and emotional loose ends of an aging filmmaker mulling a comeback. Reuniting with the man who first put him on the map, Antonio Banderas gives the most tender performance of his career, playing a director who looks back at his life - at a falling out with his favorite star, at his adolescent sexual awakening, at a love affair gone wrong, and the struggles of his devout, impoverished mother (Penélope Cruz). This is a monumental work from a monumental artist. (Excerpted from Telluride Film Festival)

     Fall is in full artistic glory this week as we present five special events: The Community Arts Film Series, in collaboration with Northwind Arts Center continues with THE PROPOSAL, a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art. "Beguiling. An unforgettable consideration of who should have ownership of an artist's legacy." -Moveable Fest

     The Bolshoi Ballet begins their new season this Sunday with RAYMONDA, a must-see work showcasing the ballerina as the ultimate virtuoso. The Metropolitan Opera presents Anthony Minghella's sweeping, cinematic staging of Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Leading sopranos Hui He and Anna Maria Martínez share the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha.

     MEET ME AT THE MOVIES, in collaboration with the Frye Art Museum, resumes next Tuesday (11/12) with the theme of food. This is a free interactive program for people with memory loss and their care givers. 

     FLEABAG, the popular one-woman show from the National Theatre of London returns for two more shows in the Starlight Room this Saturday and Sunday. "Filthy, funny, snarky and touching." -Daily Telegraph

     Only six tickets remaining for PILLOW TALK, the Doris Day, Rock Hudson comedy next Wednesday (11/13) in the Starlight.

  --Rocky