Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Extraordinary soprano Asmik Grigorian tackles the demanding role of Cio-Cio-San, the loyal geisha at the heart of Puccini’s devastating tragedy. Tenor Jonathan Tetelman stars as the callous American naval officer Pinkerton, whose betrayal destroys her. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong reprises the role of the steadfast maid Suzuki, and baritone Lucas Meachem is the American consul Sharpless. Acclaimed maestro Xian Zhang takes the podium to conduct Anthony Minghella’s vivid production. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his highly anticipated company debut as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera. In their Met debuts, soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov complete the sterling cast as Lisette and Prunier. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Two singers at the height of their powers – radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim – come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s towering staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendettas, and family strife, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen as the noble Leonora, one of the repertory’s most tormented—and thrilling—heroines. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new FORZA in nearly 30 years, setting the scene in a contemporary world and making extensive use of the Met’s turntable to represent the unstoppable advance of destiny that drives the opera’s chain of calamitous events. The distinguished cast also features tenor Brian Jagde as Leonora’s forbidden beloved, Don Alvaro; baritone Igor Golovatenko as her vengeful brother, Don Carlo; mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as the fortune teller Preziosilla; bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone; and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell brings a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries. Dazzling young mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the complex and volatile title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s heart-pounding score. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Ancient Babylon comes to life in a classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze makes his Met role debut as the imperious king Nabucco, alongside soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprising her thrilling turn as his vengeful daughter Abigaille. Mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek are Fenena and Ismaele, whose love transcends politics, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy repeats his celebrated portrayal of the high priest Zaccaria. Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s exhilarating early masterpiece, which features the ultimate showcase for the great Met Chorus, the moving Va, pensiero. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera, FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, tells the enchanting story of a Brazilian opera diva who returns to her homeland to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus – and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. The December 9 performance stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to lead a spellbinding new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the mysterious and magical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage. A distinguished ensemble of artists portray the diva’s fellow travelers on the river boat to Manaus, including soprano Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Álvaro. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Sung in Spanish with English subtitles.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking and influential opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at the Met at long last. Theater luminary and Tony-nominated director of SLAVE PLAY Robert O’Hara oversees a potent new staging that imagines Malcolm as an Everyman whose story transcends time and space. An exceptional cast of breakout artists and young Met stars enliven the operatic retelling of the civil rights leader’s life. Baritone Will Liverman, who triumphed in the Met premiere of FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES, sings Malcolm X, alongside soprano Leah Hawkins as his mother, Louise; mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis as his sister Ella; bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as his brother Reginald; and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Kazem Abdullah conducts the newly revised score, which provides a layered, jazz-inflected setting for the esteemed writer Thulani Davis’s libretto. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: American composer Jake Heggie’s masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, has its highly anticipated Met premiere, in a haunting new production by Ivo van Hove. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, DEAD MAN WALKING matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s beautiful and poignant music and a brilliant libretto by Tony and Emmy Award–winner Terrence McNally. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for this landmark premiere, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen. The outstanding cast also features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Helen Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere—as De Rocher’s mother. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
As a patriarchal family yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue their family line, their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for a transgender starlet.
An epic journey of friendship and self-discovery set in the breathtaking Italian Alps that follows the profound, complex relationship between Pietro from Turin, and Bruno, who grew up in an isolated mountainside village, over four decades.
Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot over the course of three nights at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band's frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band's hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit.
The concert serves as a comprehensive retrospective of the band's history to that time, featuring many of their popular songs from their first hit single, Psycho Killer, through their new album at the time, Speaking in Tongues. In addition, the group performs one song, Genius of Love, by the Tom Tom Club, a side project for two members of the band. The film is also a pioneering example of the use of early digital audio techniques. The band raised the budget of $1.2 million themselves.
Considered by many critics to be one of the greatest concert films of all time, STOP MAKING SENSE was selected in 2021 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
NR, 1h 28m.
"[T]he peak moments come through Byrne's simple physical presence. He jogs in place with his sidemen; he runs around the stage; he seems so happy to be alive and making music. Like Springsteen and Prince, he serves as a reminder of how sour and weary and strung-out many rock bands have become. Starting with Mick Jagger, rock concerts have become, for the performers, as much sporting events as musical and theatrical performances. STOP MAKING SENSE understands that with great exuberance." – Roger Ebert
"Talking Heads made for great material, with its revolutionary mash-up of punk, funk, art, avant-garde and other sounds. But what sets STOP apart is the intimate look at that brilliant talking head, lead singer David Byrne." – Los Angeles Times
"STOP MAKING SENSE is a concert film with a narrative, bursting at the seams with bits of invention and passion." – Slant Magazine
"A rock orgy of volcanic power, and the greatest concert film ever made." – Film Frenzy
Our final film for Summer of Ghibli Fest 2023: From the legendary Studio Ghibli comes TALES FROM EARTHSEA (2006), an animated fantasy epic based on the classic book series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
As crops dwindle and dragons reappear, mankind stands on the verge of total chaos. Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a powerful wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, search for the force behind this mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy the land of Earthsea, in a tale of redemption and self-discovery that will take your breath away. Featuring the voices of Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, and Mariska Hargitay.
PG-13, 1h 55m.
"The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son." – Empire Magazine
"Visual splendour." – London Evening Standard
"The sights and sounds are splendid." – New York Post
"A worthy addition to the singular Ghibli canon." – Time Out
Part of Summer of Ghibli Fest 2023: In POM POKO, the brilliant and often overlooked Studio Ghibli 1994 masterpiece from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Isao Takahata, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.
The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides and squabbling over food – until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans and start playing tricks to make the workers think the construction site is haunted, ending in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons and other magical creatures descending on the city – in an abundance of fantastical characters that would not be matched on screen by Studio Ghibli until SPIRITED AWAY.
PG, 1h 52m.
"The best film by Isao Takahata, who started the studio with Mr. Miyazaki, this is a comic allegory about battling packs of tanuki joining forces to fight human real estate developers. It’s earthy and rollicking in a way that his co-founder’s films aren’t." – New York Times
"There's an undoubted thrill and wonder to POM POKO, like the massive parade of phantoms the tanuki conjure up as one of their harebrained schemes." – The Austin Chronicle
"A striking and universally pleasurable experience." – TimeOut
"POM POKO might fly under the radar for most when it comes to the works of Studio Ghibli, but really should be considered one of their best works." – Filmotomy
Part of the Rose's Summer of Ghibli Fest: Exquisitely illustrated by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (2004) is the Academy Award®-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.
Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous and stupid war that threatens their world. Featuring the voice talents of Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, and Jean Simmons.
PG, 1h 59m.
"An eye-popping, mind-bending phantasmagoria from one of the greatest living film artists." – Philadelphia Inquirer
"Miyazaki has an appeal that crosses generations. Adult audiences are drawn to the depth and variety of his vision, but so are kids, and for exactly the same reasons." – Sydney Morning Herald
"It's the hand-drawn images that carry most of the magical freight... What a moveable feast of delights." – Wall Street Journal
"Miyazaki is like a cartographer of the soul, mapping our inner landscape, leaving us bedazzled." – Slate
OPPENHEIMER explores the controversial and legendary life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, including his work on the top-secret scheme to create an atomic bomb, the Manhattan Project, and his subsequent moral qualms about its use and proliferation.
One of the most anticipated movies of 2023 from one of cinema’s most capable filmmakers, Christopher Nolan's OPPENHEIMER features a stacked cast. Frequent Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy portrays the scientist himself, and is joined by the likes of Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, and Matt Damon.
In this neon-soaked delight, a doll living in Barbieland is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world.
We've seen lots of animated Barbie movies over the years (the iconic doll even played a role in the TOY STORY franchise), but a live-action project from Warner Bros. and Mattel has been in the works for some time now. Margot Robbie brings to life one of the world's most iconic toys, while Ryan Gosling has been cast as Ken, and Will Ferrell as the CEO of a toy company widely believed to be a spin on Mattel. The incredible casts also includes Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Kate McKinnon.
Oscar-nominated Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD, LITTLE WOMEN) directs and co-wrote the project with her husband, Noah Baumbach. BARBIE is a bit outside the norm for Gerwig and Baumbach. Gerwig, who is also an actress, is best known for her quirky and insightful comedy-dramas. Baumbach tends to make highly mannered and somewhat dry films like THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Neither's filmography necessarily screams "the obvious person to make a movie about a famous toy." But, that’s perhaps what makes BARBIE so intriguing...
(Excerpted from Rotten Tomatoes)
Part of Summer of Ghibli at the Rose: Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.
Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents, and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, SPIRITED AWAY (2001) became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.
PG, 2h 5m.
"In scene after scene, SPIRITED AWAY unleashes so much wonder and visual imagination that you end up watching the movie in a state of rapturous, awestruck bliss." – Miami Herald
"Miyazaki's nonstop images are so stunning, and his imagination so vivid, that the only possible complaint you could have about SPIRITED AWAY is that there is no rest period, no timeout." – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"SPIRITED AWAY is the great treasure of 21st-century animation, and we may still be saying that when the 21st century ends." – Financial Times
"The magic of this film exists well beyond simple beautiful animated artwork and a moving, well-crafted story; it is how warmly it opens up so many elements of Japanese culture and belief to an international audience." – ABC Radio
"SPIRITED AWAY has the quality of a dream: It takes you places so foreign and fantastic you have no option but to yield completely to it and be spirited along." – Globe and Mail
After years of anticipation, our favorite onscreen archaeologist returns in INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY. Finding himself in a new era, approaching retirement, Indy (Harrison Ford) wrestles with fitting into a world that seems to have outgrown him. But as the tentacles of an all-too-familiar evil return in the form of an old rival, Indy must don his hat and pick up his whip once more to make sure an ancient and powerful artifact doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
Ford is joined by a rich cast, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Oliver Richters, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY is directed by James Mangold, with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel producing. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serve as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in 1981, is once again composing the score.
PG-13, 2h 22m.
"There are some genuinely moving scenes as we see this fantastic character finally getting ready to hang up his hat for the last time. Thanks, Indy, it's been quite a ride." – London Evening Standard
"The damn thing is fun. Mangold may not have the young Spielberg's musical flair for extravagant action choreography (who does?), but he is a tougher, leaner director, using a tighter frame and keeping his camera close." – Vulture
"A terrific thrill ride. With Ford in fine form, Indy's last stand is a highly satisfying blend of action, humour and emotion." – Total Film
"If this is the final Indiana Jones movie, as it most likely will be, it's nice to see that they stuck the landing." – TheWrap
Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.
A remarkable debut for writer-director Celine Song, PAST LIVES is a tender exploration of multiethnic romance, complemented by nuanced performances from leads Greta Lee and John Magaro. This "delicate yet crushingly beautiful film" uses the bonds between its sensitively-sketched characters to support trenchant observations on the human condition.
PG-13, 1h 46m.
"PAST LIVES unravels as a marvel, cemented in a rare balance of wit and grief beautifully embodied by Magaro and Lee." – Little White Lies
"Telling a delicate tale about missed connections, what ifs and the parts of ourselves we keep buried within, PAST LIVES might just be the most singularly exquisite film of this year's Sundance." – Harper's Bazaar
"PAST LIVES is a miraculous little film from A24, steady and slow and haunted, in the existential sense, by possibilities." – Vox
Part of Summer of Ghibli at the Rose Theatre, PONYO (2008) is a visually stunning fairy tale that's a sweetly poetic treat for children of all ages. During a forbidden excursion to see the surface world, a goldfish princess encounters a boy named Sosuke, who gives her the name Ponyo. Ponyo longs to become human, and as her friendship with Sosuke grows, she becomes more humanlike. Ponyo's father brings her back to their ocean kingdom, but so strong is Ponyo's wish to live on the surface that she breaks free, and in the process, spills a collection of magical elixirs that endanger Sosuke's village.
As to be expected with Miyazaki, PONYO is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.
G, 1h 40m.
"Absurdly delightful, a prestidigitation of line and colour." – Financial Times
"We're drawn under the waves of the sea to a hidden enclave of neon-hued aqualife more vibrant, surreal and enchanting than any of the floating 3D whatsits in AVATAR." – Time Out
"Miyazaki effortlessly combines the marvellous and the mundane in his cinema. Visually, PONYO is an imaginative, exhilarating work, but its vigour and energy are achieved with surprising simplicity." – The Age (Australia)
"Miyazaki's films are dream waltzes, all liquid motion and mysterious turbulences." – Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection, that make up the enchanted vision of Miyazaki." – Los Angeles Times
Wes Anderson brings his signature style to 1955, the set of a Junior Stargazer/ Space Cadet convention in a fictional American desert town. Visually stunning and rife with quirky subplots, ASTEROID CITY is a retrofuturistic sci-fi comedy featuring a trove of Andersenian suspects: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, Margot Robbie, Tilda Swinton, Adrian Brody, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Defoe and, fresh from her Oscar-nominated role in THE WHALE, Hong Chau.
PG-13, 1h 45m.
"ASTEROID CITY's eccentricity, its elegance, its gaiety, and its sheer profusion of detail within the tableau frame make it such a pleasure. So, too, does its dapper styling of classic American pop culture." – Guardian
"A film that sneaks up on you – that fools you into thinking it's just a scattershot collection of discrete little details and gags... But the deeper this movie disappears into itself, the more its play-like rhythms begin to create their own rhymes." – indieWire
"Wes Anderson returns with one of his most dazzling, rich and playfully self-reflexive films to date, brought to eye-popping life by an all-timer ensemble." – Little White Lies
"ASTEROID CITY reminds you that Anderson remains what he's always been, despite what the AI bros might have you believe: completely inimitable." – Daily Telegraph (UK)
**Calling all Dead Heads!** The Grateful Dead return to cinemas worldwide for the GRATEFUL DEAD 2023 MEET-UP AT THE MOVIES. A year after Brent Mydland's passing, the Grateful Dead returned to the summer stadium circuit, playing Chicago's Soldier Field for the first time, with two keyboard players filling the seat Brent left vacant. Tickets are $15 and available now!
Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick’s presence and musical contributions reinvigorated and revitalized the Grateful Dead, and the inspiration of the Dead's playing was palpable. On a Saturday night in front of 60,000 fans, the Dead played what is often considered one of the greatest shows of the Bruce-Vince era, up there with the second Giants Stadium show from a few days earlier. The Soldier Field show was filled with favorites, including Shakedown Street, Brown-Eyed Women, Playing In The Band, Terrapin Station, and Dark Star. From the original six-camera video feed that appeared on the stadium's big screens and the pristine soundboard audio, Chicago 6/22/91 is an incredible performance start-to-finish.
PG-13, 3h 10m.
Disney and Pixar’s ELEMENTAL is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where fire, water, land, and air residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in.
PG, 1h 42m.
"As a feat of pure visual craftsmanship, ELEMENTAL is anything but simple, often delighting the eyes with inventive character designs and trailblazing animation techniques. Here is a new spin on the old formula, livened up by advances in technology and delivered with real artistry. The film is full of complex and volatile parts, all held together in the most elemental of containers." – TheWrap
"The incredible relationship building throughout the film is what helps the audience connect with the characters, allowing the payoffs to really work. In true Pixar fashion, you will have shed some tears by the time the credits roll." – Mama's Geeky
"ELEMENTAL will warm your heart and move you to tears." – Next Big Picture
Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga in SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders, and must redefine for himself what it means to be a hero.
Just as visually dazzling and action-packed as its predecessor, SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE thrills from start to cliffhanger conclusion.
PG, 2h 20m.
"SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE is exhilarating, touching, creative and a shoo-in for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards again this year." – Arizona Republic
"The sequel lives up to the titles of Spider-Man's numerous comics: Amazing, spectacular, sensational. Nimbly weaves an intricate all-ages blockbuster with rare style and aplomb." – Inverse
"Setting a new benchmark for diverse, agile, breathtaking animation, SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE is as striking as non-live-action films come." – The Daily Beast
"This movie. This beautiful, brilliant, inspiring movie. ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE is a work of art. Every single frame is so jaw-droppingly beautiful, you almost can't believe they pulled it off. The heart. The comedy. The action. The easter eggs. The music. The representation. THE SPIDERPEOPLE! I cannot wait to get back in a theatre and run it back." – Ben Schwartz, Actor
Prodigy. Revolutionary. Legend. The illegitimate son of an enslaved Afro-Carribean woman and a French plantation owner, Joseph Bologne rose to the heights of Marie Antionette's court and is knighted. But while he was favored and lived well amid the extravagance of France’s royalty, poverty and royal excesses fomented political unrest among the French masses, eventually leading Bologne to question his role among the aristocracy. Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
PG-13, 1h 47m.
"The always dashing Harrison gives a wholly freeing performance. A visually resplendent and captivating take on a musical genius." – RogerEbert.com
"Few people are as deserving as the grand-scale biopic as Joseph Bologne, and CHEVALIER dazzles because of the untapped magic of its central character." – indieWire
"Kelvin Harrison Jr. gives a career defining turn as Bologne. Conveying a mixture of magnetic charisma that exudes confidence and a vulnerability that humanizes the character, Harrison Jr. is mesmerizing to watch." – That Shelf
Lizzy (Michelle Williams) struggles to put the finishing touches on her latest pieces for a gallery show, all the while juggling admin work at the local art school; dealing with the neglect of her well-meaning landlord (a funny and nuanced Hong Chau) – who also happens to be a rising-star conceptual artist – and tending to the emotional well being of her increasingly fragmented family.
Christopher Blauvelt's patient camerawork, director Kelly Reichardt's precise cutting, and Williams' physically transformative performance coalesce to create something remarkable in SHOWING UP, a delicately humorous drama about creative people that somehow avoids the average clichés that plague films about artists. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
R, 1h 48m.
"As with Lizzy's sculptures, which go into the kiln all mottled and damp but come out glistening with new layers of color, SHOWING UP is transformed by its finishing touches. The pieces that emerge are warm and alive." – indieWire
"While Reichardt does certainly poke some light fun at a version of her own milieu, there is also a deep, if gently stated, affection for these spaces and all they allow." – Vanity Fair
"Overflowing with gentle humor and heart." – Hollywood Reporter
THE LITTLE MERMAID is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton's daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father's crown – in jeopardy.
THE LITTLE MERMAID, visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall's live-action reimagining of the studio's Oscar-winning animated musical classic, stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (GROWN-ISH) as Ariel, Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (HAMILTON) as the voice of Sebastian, Awkwafina (THE FAREWELL) as the voice of Scuttle, Oscar winner Javier Bardem (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) as King Triton, and two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy (BRIDESMAIDS) as Ursula. THE LITTLE MERMAID is directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall (CHICAGO). The score is by Alan Menken (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN), who won two Oscars for the music in the animated version of THE LITTLE MERMAID, and new lyrics are by three-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (HAMILTON).
PG, 2h 15m.
"What is marvelous is this more diverse world of characters and a new Disney princess in Bailey. Her Ariel is so radiant that she seems to possess the properties of bioluminescence, absolutely glowing in every scene. The human world, it's a mess, but with Bailey, life under the sea is better than anything Disney live-action has done in nearly a decade." – Entertainment Weekly
"It serves as a handsome homage while persuasively making the case as its own discrete entity." – Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Bailey gives a glowing performance of effortless starshine; her singing voice has both sweetness and power, and her smile is the sort on which dreams dance." – Seattle Times
"[A] must-see for Halle Bailey's breathtaking work as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy's deliciously devilish Ursula." – Perri Nemiroff
Discovering who you are is a journey that lasts a lifetime. For over fifty years, Judy Blume's classic and groundbreaking novel ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET has impacted generations with its timeless coming of age story, insightful humor, and candid exploration of life's biggest questions. In Lionsgate's big-screen adaptation, 11-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City for the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Oscar winner Kathy Bates), who isn't happy they moved away and likes to remind them every chance she gets. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
PG-13, 1h 45m.
"This is a warm film, a good-hearted film, a funny film, with something to offer everyone." – indieWire
"The film version is an utter delight, a loving adaptation that's both true to the book and endearingly fresh." – Entertainment Weekly
"This film belongs to McAdams, whose incandescent performance should be remembered not just as end-of-the-year lists start to roll in but also as perhaps her most accomplished performance yet." – RogerEbert.com
"ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET is a fantastic entry. Heartfelt, compassionate, funny, and frank it has the makings of becoming a new classic in the film canon." – TheWrap
From acclaimed filmmaker Nicole Holofcener comes YOU HURT MY FEELINGS, a sharply observed comedy about a novelist whose long standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book. A film about trust, lies, and the things we say to the people we love most.
Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a popular writer, and her husband Don, a well-liked teacher, share the kind of relationship that truly, seriously, for the love of God cannot be real: that is, they're actually in love. Even after decades of marriage, parenting, and their own successful careers, their physical spark has somehow not diminished; in fact, they seem to relish the opportunity to share a single ice cream cone and drive others – including their son, Charlie – mad. Should it come as a surprise then that his own marriage is in crisis? But when Beth discovers that Don has been untruthful to her about his opinion of her work for years – Beth's world comes crashing down. Has their whole relationship been one Big Fat Lie?
R, 1h 33m.
"The resulting film is warm-hearted and rueful and hilarious in all the best ways." – Vox
"A return to gracious, funny form for writer-director Nicole Holofcener." – Ty Burr's Watch List
"Hysterical, insightful, gentle, and touching, YOU HURT MY FEELINGS is a breath of the freshest air you can imagine." – Film Threat
"Smart, warm, and very, very funny." – The Playlist
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE), one of opera's most beloved works, receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared "the best production I've ever witnessed of Mozart's opera." Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart's fable. The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met's award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe. The Starlight Room has only 40 seats; advance tickets recommended.
3h 30m. Sung in German with English subtitles.
Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
Pamina: Erin Morley
Queen of the Night: Kathyrn Lewek
Tamino: Lawrence Brownlee
Papageno: Thomas Oliemans
Sarastro: Stephen Milling
"The Met's DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE melds music and movie magic. The production captures the anything-can-happen shimmer that defines live theater while allowing for film effects that serve as a bridge between the actors and musicians." – Observer
"As the entire ensemble sang the closing paean, a reconciliation of beauty and wisdom, the evening ended as naturally as it began. Milling's Sarastro took the hand of Lewek's Queen and gave her a kiss on the cheek. It seemed as though the characters were transforming back into actors before our eyes — and inviting audience members to consider whether they, after all that had transpired, had changed too." – New York Times
"The Met humanizes Mozart's fantasy. Simon McBurney's production of THE MAGIC FLUTE is an unusually nuanced yet still playful rendition of the fairy tale." – Wall Street Journal
Part of the Metropolitan Opera Live Series: Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is the bar owner Kathy Hagan. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Emelda Griffith: Latonia Moore
Kathy Hagan: Stephanie Blythe
Young Emile Griffith: Ryan Speedo Green
Emile Griffith: Eric Owens
"The thrill and agony of victory." – New York Times
"CHAMPION kicks up plenty of glory." – New York Magazine
"Blanchard is a master at matching color and pace, finding the perfect shade of indigo for a blue mood or the right brass blat to punctuate an ironic line. One of the most effective moments comes when he hushes the hundreds of players and voices at his disposal and accompanies Latonia Moore's thrilling flame thrower of a voice with nothing but a plucked bass. She sings the role of Emile's mother, who abandoned him and her other children. In her volatile mixture of quiet and heat, you can hear pride, self-loathing, desire, and the will to survive." – Vulture
"Blanchard's soul-stirring score captures both the excitement of live sports and Emile's looming dread. Under the direction of James Robinson, the cast beautifully inhabits this macho, crude, mid-20th-century world, complete with athletic, sexy choreography by Camille A. Brown and outrageous costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, who expertly navigates the borderland between butch and femme." – TheaterMania
Join us in the Rose Theatre for a special screening of the remarkable documentary SAM NOW, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Director Reed Harkness. Tickets are expected to sell quickly. Please consider purchasing early and online.
Filmed over an expanse of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000-mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shooting on nearly every camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half-brother Reed use their creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam's mom is missing. Sam's wetsuit and mask-wearing alter ego, The Blue Panther, bounds into frame with youthful energy and a heroic spirit of adventure. But can The Blue Panther save the day? And are these fun-loving brothers actually ready for what lies ahead? Solving the mystery of Sam's mom's disappearance is only the beginning of their story. The documentary uses a hybrid narrative approach, drawing from a vast archive of fictional films, home videos, intimate family interviews, and vérité scenes from over the decades. Sobering revelations blend with playful home movies and vibrant experimental filmmaking by brother and director Reed Harkness. The brothers take a spontaneous road trip in search of answers. We learn of Sam's mother Jois' complicated adoption history from Japan. We experience the ripple effects on the Harkness family, including Sam's brother Jared, father Randy, and grandma Doris. And we are there with Sam coming of age from 11 to 36. SAM NOW is about growth. The film balances heavy themes and emotional reckonings with buoyant energy and lighthearted spirit. The optimistic teenage Sam we get to know, with his heart set on finding his mom, grows into a man whose new hope is to break the cycle of generational trauma.
NR, 3 hours (including Q&A session).
"SAM NOW is remarkable not only for its powerful subject matter and the restrained, intelligent way it examines its key players, but for how it simultaneously reaches the audience and everyone involved in the story. There's no quantifiable way to prove that a movie loves its characters, but I think you can feel it when it happens, and it happens here." – RogerEbert.com
"Reed Harkness has made a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime film. Filled with intimate family footage, SAM NOW feels like a novel or a well-crafted drama, but it’s all too true." – POV Magazine
"A heartbreaking work of staggering genius... SAM NOW is unlike any other movie I’ve ever seen... a truly remarkable piece of art that I won’t ever forget." – The Sunbreak
"SAM NOW affords screen time and consideration to everyone in the family, and it’s a masterful editing achievement to stitch an 80-minute family portrait from material that could so easily be precious, overlong and myopic." – Willamette Week
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure...even if you don't know your HP from your OP.
Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Michelle Rodriguez (GIRLFIGHT, THE FAST & THE FURIOUS), and Regé-Jean Page (BRIDGERTON) star in this infectiously good-spirited comedy with a solid emotional core.
PG-13 , 2h 14m.
"DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is not trying to be cool to impress outsiders; it is proud of its dorky fascinations and persuasive enough to sway the skeptical toward its cause." – Vanity Fair
"Revelling in its own ridiculousness but finding an emotional core too, this is a wildly entertaining high-fantasy-meets-low comedy." – Empire Magazine
"It’s at once cheesy and charming, synthetic and spectacular, cozily derivative and rambunctiously inventive, a processed piece of junk-culture joy that, by the end, may bring a tear to your eye." – Variety
"Extremely accessible and enticing for non-fans right from the jump, while also satisfying hardcore devotees of the game." – TheWrap
From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR: COURTING A LEGEND reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division, which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time.
AIR's all-star line-up includes Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, Jay Mohr, Chris Tucker, and Viola Davis.
R, 1h 52m.
"Casting Davis was the smartest thing Affleck could have done, as the EGOT winner is to acting what Jordan is to sports: Her strength inspires, and she can move us to tears while making it look easy." – Variety
"The movie everyone wanted this Oscar season and couldn’t find is here. AIR is the first movie made by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon since we first met them in 1997’s GOOD WILL HUNTING. It’s also the first potential Best Picture nominee of the new season." – Showbiz 411
"In his fifth feature film, Ben Affleck’s talents exceed expectations. He’s grown as an actor and director but is best when doing both." – Deadline Hollywood Daily