While it’s entertaining to watch the many movies-tv-series-musicals on Diana, Princess of Wales, Spencer is the first to explore the young mother’s inner life. Over three days before Christmas, the British royals gather at Sandringham Estate. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles fade into the background as Diana – in an Oscar-worthy performance by Kristen Stewart – struggles to free herself and her sons from her family’s expectations. Chilean director Pablo Larraín and Stewart reveal a woman using bulimia to numb her unhappiness, until she realizes that it is up to her who she decides to be. The superb cast includes Timothy Spall (Secrets and Lies) and the delightful Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky).
For anyone plagued by nightmares of giant alien sea creatures: Be forewarned. For everyone else, we’re confident you’re going to enjoy our Moonlight Movie! Without giving away too much, alien sea creatures (the Kaiju) erupt from the Pacific Ocean with a fury that makes Godzilla look tame. Luckily, humans have invented Jaegers, gigantic robots controlled by two pilots whose minds are melded together. All hopes rest on a veteran pilot (Idris Elba) and a rookie (Rinko Kikuchi) to win one for Team Earth. As directed by Guillermo de Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) don’t be surprised to see imaginative filmmaking presiding over the mayhem. “Makes monster-walloping feel fun again!” – Slate.com
The thrill of creating something unlike anything you’ve done before animates this true story set in Medieval France. Director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and screenwriters Nicole Holofcener, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck plunge into a lost world, where the rules of chivalry are clear but the truth is murky. A Knight (Damon) returns from battle to his wife’s accusation that she was raped by his Squire (Adam Driver). A duel is sanctioned, but as in Kurosawa’s Rashomon, events are told through differing perspectives: the betrayed Knight, the love-struck Squire, and the woman (Julie Comer of Killing Eve) who is looking for justice. “Scott’s most entertaining movie in decades!” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine.
Firebird is a true story of passion and paranoia set during the Cold War. Sergey Fetisov (Tom Prior, The Theory of Everything) is stationed at a Soviet-occupied Air Force base in Estonia, where his attraction to fighter pilot Roman Medveyev brings desire and fear. As a KGB investigation looms, their new love is complicated by Sergey’s entanglement with Luisa, a military secretary. As director Prior makes clear, the risks of being gay under Russian rule have not gone away.
Cinestudio is pleased to announce the return of live ballet from the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow! Our last pre-pandemic live ballet was in February 2020), but happily the dancers are now back bringing their art to selected cinemas around the globe. Spartacus premiered at the Bolshoi in 1968, thrilling audiences with its tale of a group of slaves (including Spartacus and his love, Phrygia) who resist the cruelty of their Roman captors. The vigorous performances helped to usher in a new spotlight on superb male dancers, from Rudolf Nureyev to Mikhail Baryshnikov.
"Maybe these films are my way of blessing the child." - Hayao Miyazaki). 20 years after its first release, no one can deny that Spirited Away is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, enjoyed by all ages. The wildly imaginative tale - best seen on the big screen - begins as 10-year-old Chihiro gets separated from her gluttonous parents at an amusement park. Trapped in a magical bathhouse, Chihiro joins an enigmatic boy (Haku) to outsmart a funny, outrageous, and scary collection of creatures including a Stink spirit, a greedy witch, and the melancholy No-Face. It's never been a better time to reconnect with Spirited Away's reverence for the living, natural world. Winner, Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Even after 51 years of showing films, some new movies still manage to surprise us! Take Lamb: set in isolated rural Iceland, it is a darkly funny story that is part family drama and part supernatural folk tale. Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish Stieg Larsson films) and Hilmer Snaer play young sheep farmers grieving the loss of their child. When one of their ewes gives birth to a strange hybrid creature, they take her in and care for her as their own. Life feels idyllic until baby Ada’s Uncle Pétur comes to visit, bringing along the stark reality of the outside world… Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Award, and the Palm Dog Grand Prix (for Panda.)
Journalist, filmmaker (Vows of Silence), and author Jason Berry will be present for the one night screening of his new documentary on the history and transcendent sounds of jazz funerals in New Orleans. The way into this little-known world is provided by two local icons. Deb 'Big Red' Cotton is a passionate chronicler of the bands that solemnly escort the dead to church, and joyfully lead them to the cemetery and rebirth. Dr. Michael White, educator and wailing clarinetist, digs into the past with recreations of the ring dances of enslaved Africans. Back in the present, a parade shooting turns into a search for the city's soul.