Guys and Dolls (1955 – Not Rated), starring Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, and Vivian Blaine. Brando stars as Sky Masterson, who takes a bet with Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) that he can’t get the virtuous missionary Sarah Brown (Simmons) on a date. When he starts falling for her for real, the stakes are as high as Detroit’s big crap game. The movie features some of the catchiest tunes in showbiz history – Lucky Be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, and Fugue for Tinhorns (I got the horse right here…) and has been called “the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced” (Chicago Reader). Guys and Dolls plays Tuesday, April 2 at 7 PM and again Wednesday, April 3 at 1 PM.
The Sound of Music (1965 – Rated G), starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in one of the most popular musicals of all time. Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winner of five, including Best Picture, The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Trapp family singers. Julie Andrews stars as Maria who becomes governess to Captain Georg von Trapp’s seven children, winning them over with her big heart and musical adventures. Set in 1938 in the gorgeous city of Salzburg agains the backdrop of the impending war, The Sound of Music features an absolute treasure trove of songs – My Favorite Things, Maria, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, The Lonely Goatherd, Edelweiss, and more. The Sound of Music plays Tuesday, April 9 at 7 PM and again Wednesday, April 10 at 1 PM.
Grease (1978 – Rated PG-13) stars John Travolta as greaser Danny who falls in love with good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) over the summer. When they discover they are going to the same high school, Danny has to play it cool with his bad-boy T-bird gang while Sandy has to try to fit in. With Travolta on fire after Saturday Night Fever in 1977, Grease became the highest-grossing film of 1978 and the highest grossing musical ever. Stockard Channing also does a star turn as Pink Lady Rizzo. You’ll want to get dressed up for this movie, and brush up on the lyrics to Beauty School Dropout, Sandy, and Summer Nights. Grease plays Tuesday, April 16 at 7 PM.
Moulin Rouge (2001 – Rated PG-13). Starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, the film by celebrated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Romeo & Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, The Great Gatsby) is a tour-de-force of music, drama, and spectacle. Luhrmann defies convention by setting the film in 1890’s Paris but filling it with contemporary music by artists such as Nirvana, Madonna, and Queen, among others. The story follows Christian (McGregor), a young idealistic poet who falls in love with the courtesan Satine (Kidman) who is the star of the Moulin Rouge and coveted by a jealous duke. Their doomed romance forms “A rare picture that gets you intoxicated on the possibilities of movies.” (Chicago Tribune). Moulin Rouge plays Tuesday, April 23 at 7 PM.
Fane Productions and BY Experience will present the iconic author, Margaret Atwood, captured live on stage from London, on the worldwide release of her new book, the Testaments, the thrilling sequel to her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale. The event will feature conversation with Ms. Atwood about the book which will include exclusive readings and special guests - September 10 only.
In Icelandic with English subtitles. Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. “Along with “Green Book,” this was one of our favorite films at the Toronto Film Festival. Here’s a film that our local audience will love. It’s full of surprises, and a delightful sense of humor. And its heart is in the right place.” –Mike and Barbara Getz
In English and in German with English subtitles. STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological and moral limits. “A blunt, breathless, and astoundingly unsentimental morality play that’s told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller.”-David Ehrlich, IndieWire
“Ruben Brandt, Collector,” written and directed by Budapest-based filmmaker MiloradKrstic, is a fascinating attempt to use a sophisticated animation technique to create a new kind of psychological thriller. Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, suffers violent nightmares inspired by legendary works of art, housed in the world’s most famous museums. He’s convinced that once he owns the art, his nightmares will disappear. He forms a band of thieves to steal the paintings and soon becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. “Ruben Brandt, Collector is a whimsical (and at times intoxicating) cocktail of surreal eye-candy animation and Thomas Crown-like art-world capers that goes down with fizzy ease, even if in the end it leaves you thirsty for a little more. It’s a triumph of style over substance. But what style!” –Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly.
With over 10 million copies of her "Neapolitan Novels" sold in over 50 countries, Elena Ferrante is a global literary sensation. She was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and HBO recently turned the first book in the quartet, My Brilliant Friend, into a subtitled miniseries hit with more seasons to come. A journey between New York City's cultural hub and Ferrante's native Italy, the film explores how an anonymous author's visceral tales of love and friendship gained such an enthusiastic following. Hillary Clinton, Roberto Saviano, Jonathan Franzen and others weigh-in on the Ferrante "craze" and what makes her work--and her mysterious persona--so uniquely captivating. “Like a good book club session, Ferrante Fever is fun because it’s nice to be in the company of people who are as crazy about these novels as you are.” –Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post.
Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story. BE NATURAL traces the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and it shines a light on the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster. “A detective story wrapped up as a biopic…had me in tears by the time it ended. A stirring document of an amazing filmmaker!”– Pete Hammond, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD
Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film includesamazing multi-camera footage of Hendrix’s unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence including “All Along The Watchtower,” “Hey Joe,” “Foxy Lady” and many more.It also includes a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival. The film includes interviews with Jimi Hendrix, his band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Susan Tedeschi and many others. “Epic!” –Roger Moore, Movie Nation
Decadent rock star, '70s survivor, gypsy songbird, white-winged dove-the inimitable Stevie Nicks has entranced millions of fans worldwide with her poetic lyrics, sultry singing and feather-and-lace style. In 2010 Nicks embarked on the recording of a new solo album, In Your Dreams, produced by former Eurythmics mastermind Dave Stewart. With cameras in tow, documentarian Stewart and diva Nicks set up shop in her home studio and reveal their collaborative creative process. Shifting dynamically among video formats, painstaking recording sessions and revealing interviews, this magic-tinged musical journey is a loving and tuneful portrait of the eternally bewitching Gold Dust Woman. It’s Mother’s Day. Bring your mother and she gets in free.
Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there's Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve...don't you...?
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Wagner's Die Walküre, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, March 30. In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan's willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera's most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, May 11. 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.
From the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow comes resplendent fairytale ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, in cinemas nationwide. On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. Classical ballet at its finest, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a "truly extraordinary talent" (The Telegraph).
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. From the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, The Golden Age comes to cinemas nationwide. 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. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!
Captured live the same day from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Carmen Suite / Petrushka comes to U.S. 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.