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Ran

Ran

When one of the greatest filmmakers of all time adapts one of the greatest literary works of all time, the result can only be described as epic. In 1985, iconic director Akira Kurosawa adapted William Shakespeare‘s ‘King Lear’ and crafted one of – if not the – best cinematic representations of the Bard’s canon with RAN. Nominated for numerous Oscars, (including Best Director for Kurosawa, who was 75 years old at the time), the film won for Best Costume Design.

In this remarkable re-imagining, olde Britain is transposed into Medieval Japan, where at the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished.

Akira Kurosawa‘s sprawling, epic take on King Lear should be required viewing for fans of westerns, war movies, or period films in general.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

RAN remains gripping because it depicts not only the long-ago past, but also our hellish present.” (The Village Voice)

“An irresistible attraction that should be viewed on the biggest screen you can find.” (Observer)

“This is one of the year’s major cinematic events. It’s well worth leaving the house for, should that opportunity arise.” (The AV Club)

Sunday, August 6
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
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RAN (Akira Kurosawa, 1985 / 162 mins / PG / 4K / In Japanese with English subtitles) Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other…and him…

Brotherhood: A Life with St. Francis (‘Il sogno di Francesco’)

Brotherhood: A Life with St. Francis (‘Il sogno di Francesco’)

Italy, 1209, surrounded by convinced and devoted friends, Francis of Assisi seeks purity and innocence among the poor. The Church and Pope Innocent III don’t trust him and become very suspicious. The intrusion of the high authority will create divisions within the order. Francis is summoned by the Church to rewrite the founding text of… Continue Reading

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Charlton Heston leads an all-star cast in one of Hollywood’s greatest “golden age” biblical epics – and legendary director Cecil B. DeMille‘s final film – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. A landmark title even upon release in 1956, it was the most expensive cinematic extravaganza ever made at the time; it won seven Oscars (including Best Picture)… Continue Reading

Silence

Silence

SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo‘s 1966 acclaimed… Continue Reading

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on… Continue Reading

I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara… Continue Reading

The Amazing Nina Simone

The Amazing Nina Simone

She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness.  But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom.  Her musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam, and her iconic style gave… Continue Reading

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

“He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.” The epic of all epics, British director David Lean‘s triumphant masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia nobly retains its status in the pantheon of cinema as one of, if not the greatest films ever made – and for good reason. Based on the life of English archaeologist, military… Continue Reading

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Director Norman Jewison’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a biblical rock-opera based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved Broadway musical phenomenon of the same name. The story is based on an account of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ. Sunday, March 27 Doors 3:45 pm | Movie 4:15 pm Golden tickets… Continue Reading

Spotlight

Spotlight

The star-studded ensemble piece SPOTLIGHT shone at this year’s Academy Awards, winning both Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Based on the true story of the tenacious group of investigavtive journalists at The Boston Globe whose work blew the lid off of years of widespread sexual abuse cover-ups within the Roman Catholic Church, SPOTLIGHT’s top-notch cast… Continue Reading

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