Paddington Feb 27- March 6
Rated PG 95 min - Comedy | Family
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
Writers:Paul King, Hamish McColl (screen story), 2 more credits »
Stars:Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake
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Date Sunday, March 8th,2015 at 1:00pm
Running time 2hr, 40 min
Music Piotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.
White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterized by elegance, style and harmony. With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.
Unbroken March 6-9
Ratd PG 13 137 min - Biography | Drama | Sport
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Writers:Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay)
Stars:Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson
First Friday- OUT of Print- March 6th 9:30 pm
Vashon Film Society presents “Out of Print,” a documentary about the vital role of revival cinema, on March 6 as part of the First Friday Art Film Series at the Vashon Theatre.
The spunky indie film’s tagline is “Directors, dorks, deviants. This ain’t no multiplex.”
Made by passionate first-time documentarian Julia Marchese, the film profiles the New Beverly Cinema, a renowned single screen movie theater in Los Angeles. Marchese’s fondest wish came true when she landed a job at the repertory cinema, and for the past six years she has devoted herself to preserving the experience of communal film going and keeping 35 mm exhibition alive.
Marchese interviews a lineup of well-known directors, actors and other film geeks who unilaterally proclaim their allegiance to the throwback movie house. In fact, the New Beverly could be a California cousin to Vashon’s vintage cinema.
Says Marchese, “The New Bev is a theater where a double feature is still $8 … where David Lynch pops by for a secret Q & A, where directors program a week of their favorite films, where Fassbinder, Scorsese and Hitchcock films all show in the same week.”
Comedian and character actor Patton Oswalt included many tales about how the legendary New Beverly Cinema fed his obsession for film in his recent bestselling memoir “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film.”
“Out of Print” will show at 9:30 pm on Friday, March 6, and admission to the single showing is just $7.
American Sniper March 9-12
Rated R 132 min - Action | Biography | Drama
Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.
Writers:Jason Hall, Chris Kyle (book),
Stars:Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
Big Eyes March 13-19
PG-13 106 min - Biography | Drama
A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Writers:Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars:Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter
Birders Free Showing with the Director Saturday March 14th at 1:00
The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who
grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful,
full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms
The film focuses on seven main characters who regularly visit the Park
and have found a profound connection with this hidden natural world.
Movie-star handsome Chris Cooper dodges the morning rush hour traffic
on bustling Central Park West, his binoculars knocking against his leather
bomber jacket as he ducks into the Park. “My friends mock me for what I
do in the spring because – they know from experience. From April 15
until Memorial Day, they won’t see me. Because I’m birding!”
JEFFREY KIMBALL has made a number of award winning short dramas, non-fiction and experimental films, and worked as a cameraman, soundman and editor for documentaries, music videos and independent films. His career took a turn when he landed a job as Associate Producer and Music Supervisor on the breakout Sundance Grand Prize winner, True Love. His soundtrack album for that film spawned two hit singles, one of them Top Ten. He went on to serve as Music Supervisor and Consultant for a number of studio and independent films for such directors as Steven Soderbergh, John Sayles, Nancy Savoca and Robert De Niro.
Kingsmen: The Secret Service
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Rating:R (for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:Matthew Vaughn
Written By: Mark Millar , Dave Gibbons , Matthew Vaughn , Jane Goldman
Runtime: 2 hr. 8 min.
Community Cinema Vashon is back for a 6th season of presenting FREE preview screenings of films from PBS's Independent Lens series. Community Cinema Vashon is presented free to the public on the last Tuesday each month September through May thanks to the generous support of Voice of Vashon, Island GreenTech, and the Vashon Theatre. The films start at 6pm, and a discussion follows each 60-minute long film.
By Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Screening March 31, 2015 at 6pm, VASHON THEATRE - FREE!
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from the trauma of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.
By Thomas G. Miller and Kirk Marcolina
Screening May 26, 2015 at 6pm, VASHON THEATRE - FREE!
After falling in love, a Filipino American and an Australian in 1975 became one of the world’s first same-sex couples to legally marry. The pioneering couple’s fight for justice raged on for 40 years, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act.
English National Opera-La Traviata- May 10th at 1:00
La traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.
A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours.
Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.
La traviata is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 1hrs 50mins
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Vashon Island dances to its own beat. Unlike the Bainbridge, Bremerton, or even Kingston ferries, if you walk onto the one departing Fauntleroy for the southwesterly isle, you're sort of stranded. Even if you bring a bike, the hill you're confronted with at the onset of the three-mile ride to Vashon's tiny commercial strip is so daunting that you'll be thumbing it in no time. But once you make it there, it's worth it, in large part because of the Vashon Theatre. Sure, they show movies—really interesting documentaries, charming indies, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at midnight. There's something for everyone, a sentiment amplified by the fact that the theater also hosts live music and theatrical productions—even an Oscar-night party, replete with a red carpet and snazzily dressed revelers. It's not just a great place to take in a flick; it's a community anchor, and a sure sign that the silver-screen experience can be preserved for as long as people are willing to breathe ingenuity and life into it. —Mike Seely