"A superhero-space-opera that will knock you off your feet and quite possibly bring a lump to your throat." -Newsday. Yes, that's a quote describing AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, opening this Thursday evening, but in my mind it could just as easily be describing LIVES WELL LIVED: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit & Wisdom of Age which opens Friday in the Starlight Room. This lovely documentary from director Sky Bergman lives up to its name and deserves its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. LIVES WELL LIVED celebrates life experiences of seniors who are living life to the fullest. Although they may have seen the worst of humanity, their outlook is still optimistic. Their stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of great challenges.
And speaking of seniors with perseverance, Fred Beckey is the perfect example. DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY is a wonderful tribute to this outstanding alpine legend. The movie has been a hit at the Rose and is holding over for a second week beginning this Friday.
OUTSIDE IN is holding over through Sunday, and I highly encourage everyone to see this outstanding drama from Seattle director Lynn Shelton. It's an accomplished work, and the great Edie Falco is a wonder to behold. The film was shot in Snohomish County, in Granite Falls, and truly captures the feel of the Northwest. "This is a conversation and character-driven film with an occasional eye for something more ineffable, but Falco and [Jay] Duplass's complicated, nakedly searching performances are the main event." -New York Magazine
ISLE OF DOGS is a paw-sitive hit, and goes into its third and final week this Friday in the Rosebud. (All will power to resist the pun failed me.)
At the moment only 10 tickets remain for next Wednesday's (5/2) Classics @ the Starlight feature, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, with an all-star cast - Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra.
The 2017/2018 Metropolitan Opera season concludes this Saturday with the well-reviewed CENDRILLON, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, and Stephanie Blythe. And JULIUS CAESAR from the National Theatre of London has it's final performance Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Next Saturday and Sunday we're presenting GISELLE, from the English National Ballet. "Staggeringly beautiful and utterly devastating, it is an electrifying triumph, which any dance or theatre fan must not miss." -The Daily Express. Watch the trailer.