|In his second outing as director after The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, actor/co-writer Tommy Lee Jones returns to the West with The Homesman. Three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, and the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank, Academy Award winner for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she is desperate for help on the daunting journey, and forces a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three troublesome women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat. Official Web Site|
The Theory of Everything tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables, My Week With Marilyn) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of—time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's Houston Chronicle review...
It's Square Pegs at the Round Table as England's zaniest humorists take on
the Middle Ages and convert Arthurian legend into uncontrollable lunacy! Written
and performed by all your favorites—Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam,
Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin—Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been fully re-mastered in high definition. If you’re already a fan (and name one person who’s seen it who isn’t!), you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the film the way it’s meant to be experienced—on the Big Screen, in a movie theater, with other die-hard fans laughing at the gags (the clippety-clopping coconuts!) and reciting the dialog (“It’s just a flesh wound!”). And if you’ve never seen this comic masterpiece, you’re in for a very special treat. As reviewer Jeff Shannon writes, “The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention...The sum of this madness is a movie that’s beloved by anyone with a pulse and an irreverent sense of humor.” What more can we say, except "Ni!"
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Nov 28 & 29: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, makes Ben Hur look like an epic!
Dec 5 & 6: GoodFellas, three decades of life in the Mafia!
Fri, Dec 12: Boogie Nights, a film by Paul Thomas Anderson!
Sat, Dec 13: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!
Dec 19 & 20: The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine.
Dec 26 & 27: Singin' in the Rain, what a glorious feeling!
Jan 2 & 3: Blade Runner (The Final Cut), starring Harrison Ford!
Fri, Jan 9: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Sat, Jan 10: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!
Jan 16 & 17: A Clockwork Orange, a film by Stanley Kubrick.
Jan 23 & 24: Benny & Joon, a romance on the brink of reality.
Jan 30 & 31: Lethal Weapon, pity the bad guys!
Feb 6 & 7: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we are not alone!
|The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed—a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia. Hermitage Revealed takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the museum's tumultuous history from imperial palace to state museum, and offers unprecedented access to special collections and exclusive areas that remain hidden from the public eye. The production brings together the oldest, the rarest, the most precious and the most closely guarded of Russia's greatest treasures; items bought with great wealth or acquired by other means, items hoarded and saved from violent revolutionaries, items thought lost and later re-found—all works and their unique stories presented with an intimacy and immediacy that no museum or gallery experience can match. From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artifacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless. Hermitage Revealed puts you right there amongst it all—exploring the art and revealing the human stories behind this great institution. Official Web Site|
|Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius—but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania. Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Michelle Terry (Titania/Hippolyta) won the 2011 Olivier Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Ticketing Information|
|Based on the true story of an Irish-Italian youth (Ray Liotta) who is adopted by the Mafia and becomes one of their own, Martin Scorsese's violent and humorous film explores criminal life like no other movie. Robert De Niro (as Jimmy "The Gent" Conway), Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos") star. From the director of Gangs of New York, Casino and Raging Bull.|
|Director Paul Thomas Anderson's second film is a sprawling, polyphonous drama set in the seedy greater L.A. porn scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s. This outrageous epic throws the covers back on California's adult entertainment industry in a touching and often humorous portrait of a most unusual family of filmmakers, brought to dazzling life by an all-star cast and sizzling seventies soundtrack.|
|The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet, Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience! Official Web Site|
|In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayeds extraordinary and inspirational adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed (Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. Wild powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasuresas she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens and ultimately heals her. Official Web Site|
|L'Elisir D'Amore is Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life which comes up trumps in director Laurent Pelly's staging, matching the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni conducts this star-studded cast revival. Lucy Crowe takes the soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo's dashing but shy Nemorino, with Bryn Terfel as the larger-than-life travelling quack, Doctor Dulcamara. L'Elisir D'Amore, to be recorded live from the Royal Opera House stage in late 2014, is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas, combining a touching love story and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including the much-loved aria "Una furtiva lagrima." The opera's premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti's place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. The Royal Opera's charming production is set in the sun-drenched countryside of 1950s Italy, complete with haystacks, Vespas and even a stray dog. It is injected with lively, visual humour, from Nemorino's tipsy clowning to Dulcamara's lumbering truck from which he sells his quack remedies. Donizetti deftly brings his characters alive with a sparkling score: Nemorino's love for Adina is expressed through lyrical arias; Adina's animated, flamboyant style softens as her feelings towards Nemorino begin to change—and all the while Dulcamara endlessly chatters away with irrepressible self-belief. Ticketing Information|
|Andrea Chénier is the best-known opera by Umberto Giordano, one of Puccini's leading rivals. It presents a fictionalized account of the life of the pre-Romantic French poet who was guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars; his three arias provide highlights on an evening that also offers major opportunities to Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as his beloved Maddalena. Andrea Chénier, to be recorded live in the UK in early 2015, has become celebrated for the lyrical music it offers the tenor who takes the leading role, with the off-the-cuff Improvviso of Act I and his final aria "Come un bel dì di maggio" particular highlights. But there are thrilling moments for the whole cast, including Maddalena's ardent aria "La mamma morta," Gérard's "Nemico della patria!" and a host of dramatic duets and characterful ensembles. With a string of successes for The Royal Opera to his name, director David McVicar brings Giordano's thrilling historical drama back to the iconic Covent Garden stage for the first time since 1985. Ticketing Information|
|Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Wagner's early opera, explores the themes of damnation and redemption that continued to fascinate the librettist and composer throughout his career. In this tale of a sea captain forced to sail the seven seas for eternity until released by the faithful love of a good woman, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery's Olivier-nominated production for The Royal Opera, to be recorded live on stage early in 2015, delves deep into the psychology of Wagner's cursed wandering Dutchman (Bryn Terfel) and his beloved Senta, detailing the monomania and uncompromising idealism that finally drives them apart. Michael Levine's elemental single set is dominated by a rolling metal hull that represents the Dutchman's phantom ship, the poverty of Senta's home and the treacherous sea. Ticketing Information|
|Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, a major work created by the unique partnership of playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill receives its first ever Royal Opera production in spring 2015 and will be recorded live on stage at that time. One of the great epic operas of the 20th century, Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city—Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends. This exhilarating new staging is by John Fulljames, The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera, with a new English translation by Jeremy Sams. The starry cast includes Anne Sofie von Otter as the great survivor Leokadja Begbick, Christine Rice as Jenny (who leads the opera's best-known number the "Alabama Song"), and Willard White as the fugitive Trinity Moses. The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames directs The Royal Opera's first production of the work in collaboration with designer Es Devlin (Don Giovanni, Les Troyens). They focus on Brecht and Weill's stinging critique of consumerism while finding new relevance in our insatiable depletion of the earth's resources. Mark Wigglesworth conducts. Ticketing Information|
|Join The Royal Opera for one of the most popular operas of all time as John Copley's timeless production of La Bohème returns to the Covent Garden stage for the very last time. To be recorded live in mid-2015, the tender and ultimately tragic love story is given moving expression through Puccini's beautiful and memorable score. Cinema audiences will be treated to a world-class cast including Anna Netrebko as Mimi and Joseph Calleja as Rudolfo. The captivating story unfolds against the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and brings the noise and vibrancy of bohemian 19th century Paris to life in stunning detail. Dan Ettinger conducts the stunning score in what promises to be a revival that goes down in Royal Opera history. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Ticketing Information|