New and Noteworthy
Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a lighthouse keeper, and his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) are living off the coast in post World War I Western Australia. One day, the couple rescue a baby girl who has washed up on an adrift rowboat and decide to informally adopt her as their own, whom they name Lucy. But as Lucy grows older, Tom and Isabel discover the consequences of raising the child when a visit to the mainland and an encounter with a particular woman (Rachel Weisz) threaten to break apart their blissfully happy family.
Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film explores The Beatles’ phenomenal early career – the period in which the band captured the world’s acclaim and laid the foundation for the globalization of culture. It examines the effects touring had on their relationships, musical evolution and lifestyle. The film also looks at “Beatlemania” and the young people who turned the Beatles’ music into a movement the world had never seen before.
Jake (Theo Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s father, Brian (Greg Kinnear), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious.
Wed, Sep 28 at 8PM
Thirteen year old Aharon Ninio is determined to win the honor of carrying the Torah scrolls on Simhat Torah, hoping he will win his distant father’s approval and love. But after Aharon wins the honor, his achievement brings ancient tensions to the surface.
Natalie Portman’s directorial debut. Based on the international best-seller by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man’s relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live.
Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Wed, Oct 5 at 8PM
Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later — at the height of his success — the “bad boy of ballet” walked away from it all. Steven Cantor’s DANCER tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, and considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity
THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Rachel (Emily Blunt) is devastated by her recent divorce. She spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple (Haley Bennett, Luke Evans) who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Wed, Oct 12 at 8PM
In this fairy tale, a girl named Bohdanka learns that she has seven brothers who her mother cursed and turned into ravens. A local witch advises her to sew shirts for them, but not just any shirts. Bohdanka must pick nettles, process the fibers into fabric, and make every stitch herself. She sets out on a long journey to fulfill her mission and along the way she meets a stuttering prince who just might capture her heart. Will she save her brothers and in turn secure her own happiness?
Thu, Oct 20 at 8PM
Veteran star Claude Brasseur plays the cantankerous Henri of the title in this riotous comedy of bad manners and good intentions. Bitterly opposed to the relationship between his son Paul and the flighty Valérie, Henri strikes upon a devious plan. He offers free board to attractive student Constance, who, desperate to make her own way, agrees to use her charms to drive the couple apart. What ensues is classic farce material with a whirlwind of uproarious misunderstandings and awkward situations.
Wed, Oct 26 at 8PM
In the 1960’s, a group of Holocaust survivors are living together in a hostel in Jerusalem. At night they meet in the corridor to drink cognac and play cards. The inn is run by Mrs. Pracht, whose insistence on order and discipline (and her disdain for Yiddish) enrages the residents. Her insistence on order and discipline is all too familiar to former concentration camp inmates who now perceive freedom only in anarchy, an inner battle that will grow into a vengeful climax. An adaptation of Aharon Appelfeld’s novel Night after Night.
Sat, Oct 29 at 10AM
For the twelfth year, John Henry brings his playful musical style to the Avalon for our annual Halloween concert party. Children are encouraged to come in costume (adults too!) and sing and dance along during the show! Treats will be distributed afterwards.
Wed, Dec 14 at 8PM
In this comedy, parents Igor and Irena set sail across the Indian Ocean with the family dog Otto, and leave their teenage children at home alone. No sooner have they left than the teens invite their best friends to the house. Meanwhile, the parents’ boat capsizes at sea, and the dog soon becomes an important player in their survival. When the teens lose contact with their parents, unexpected dramas begin to rapidly unfold.