Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig plays Alice Krieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder who lives in an apartment stuffed with swan statues, lottery tickets, and old VHS recordings of Oprah – most of which she’s memorized.
But when she wins the Mega-Millions lottery, Alice decides she wants to do “something big” with her life: she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Never mind that she has no ideas for the show, other than it be about her, that it be two hours long, and that she enters on a swan boat. The producers think it’s ridiculous, but Alice has the cash and is able to find partners: two brothers whose own infomercial production business has fallen on hard times.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the show – filled with re-enactments of Alice’s childhood, off-beat cooking segments and downright disturbing animal segments – inexplicably begins to build a following of viewers eager to witness the train-wreck spectacle. But Alice’s larger-than-life personality and obsession with being famous soon begins to alienate her friends and family.
From producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, WELCOME TO ME features an all-star cast, including Wiig (TV’sSaturday Night Live), Wes Bentley (THE HUNGER GAMES, INTERSTELLAR), James Marsden (X-MEN, ENCHANTED), Tim Robbins (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION), Joan Cusack (SCHOOL OF ROCK, the TOY STORY series), Jennifer Jason Leigh (ROAD TO PERDITION, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH) and Linda Cardellini (TV’s Mad Men and ER).
In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol (Blythe Danner) finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their luster. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman).
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous some 20 years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now, Maria is being asked to step into the other role – that of the older Helena – while a Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) plays the younger character.
Retreating high into the mountains with her personal assistant (Kristen Stewart), Maria confronts her personal demons and prepares for the most important role of her life. And as she rehearses, the actress finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Film that same year. Earlier this year, Kristen Stewart became the first-ever American winner of a César Award, winning best supporting actress for her role as Valentine.
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) threatens famous lyric singer Carlotta (Virginia Pearson), forcing her to give up playing “Marguerite” in Faust and turn the coveted role over to young, unknown soprano Christine Daae (Mary Philbin). But when Christine meets the disfigured, masked phantom in the catacombs of the theatre, his true motives become clear.
This silent film will be accompanied live by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Steven Ball on Tampa Theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
Tickets for the Summer Classics movie series are $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members. Admission for the silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with live accompaniment and Sing-Along THE SOUND OF MUSIC is $12 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, military and Members. Tickets are available at the Box Office or online at TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).
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Nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Torn between “love and virtue” and with the Germans on his tail, Rick must choose between his feelings for Ilsa and helping Laszlo escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS is the wry, violent story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), an aspiring criminal who ends up in witness protection after testifying against his former partners, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci). As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill rises through the ranks of Brooklyn’s organized crime branch and lives the good life, complete with a beautiful bride (Lorraine Bracco), a fancy house, and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. But when a botched robbery lands Henry in prison and leaves Jimmy and Tommy to kill off everyone else involved, Henry’s reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted Mob “family.”
Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of GOODFELLAS immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
This show is sponsored J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc
This modern “Romeo and Juliet” tale is set in New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area’s slums are plagued by racial tensions between two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite warnings from Bernardo’s fiery girlfriend, Anita (Rita Moreno), Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets. But when Tony tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. A landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the most popular musicals of all time, which earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.
Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall will lead a short discussion of WEST SIDE STORY immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
This American epic romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, it is a tale of one woman’s fall from luxury to poverty and her journey from innocence to an understanding of life’s harsh realities.
Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is based on a real family and tells the true story of a young novice nun, Maria (Julie Andrews). After proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, Maria is sent off to work as a governess for the Von Trapp family’s seven unruly children. The family is run in military style by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely, widowed naval officer, but Maria’s warmth and love for the children soon win the Captain’s heart. Despite their newfound happiness, however, Hitler is ascending to power, and Captain Von Trapp must decide whether to join the Nazi party or force his family to leave their home forever.
This special screening invites guests to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props provided and dress in their favorite THE SOUND OF MUSIC-inspired outfits for a costume parade on-stage before the show!
Based on Truman Capote’s novel, young socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) meets aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) when he moves into her apartment building. Paul is “sponsored” by an older woman (Patricia Neal) whose interest in the young man is more than literary, but he strikes up a platonic friendship with Holly, taking it upon himself to protect her from the worst aspects of city life. With her infectious joie de vivre, she helps Paul break through a paralyzing case of writer’s block in this lighter-than-air romantic comedy, set in a fantasy New York City with a memorable score by Henry Mancini.
The classic screwball comedy features Fred Astaire as Jerry Travers, an American dancer who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). One evening, Jerry practices his new dance steps late into the night in Horace’s hotel room, much to the annoyance of sleeping model Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in the room below. When she goes upstairs to complain, the attraction is immediate, but complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for his producer, Horace. Regarded as the best of the Astaire-Rogers pairings, TOP HAT features famous Irving Berlin tunes like “Cheek to Cheek” and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 1h
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of TOP HAT immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, an ’80s teen who takes a ride in a “flux capacitor”-rigged DeLorean invented by the nutty Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and ends up in 1955. Once on the ground, Marty meets his teen-aged mother (Lea Thompson) and accidentally wins her affections, thereby threatening the relationship she’s supposed to form with his father (Crispin Glover). Now it’s a do-or-never-be-born situation: Marty must get his parents to fall in love before Doc Brown sends him back to the proper decade.
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of BACK TO THE FUTURE immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is a retired detective whose career was ended by the onset of a paralyzing fear of heights. But when an old friend (Tom Helmore) hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), who has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers, the assignment draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer. Soon, a complex web of intrigue mingles with the detective’s own fears to create a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety in Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting tale of deception, madness and death.
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of VERTIGO immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
Presented by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.
The perfect film for Father’s Day, Harold Ramis’s directorial debut pits the caddies against the “establishment” at the hoity-toity Bushwood County Club, with riotous results. This wacky comedy features Bill Murray as the groundskeeper obsessed with killing the gophers that infest the golf course, Chevy Chase as a wealthy Bushwood member, and Rodney Dangerfield as a brash real estate mogul who couldn’t care less about the snobby club’s rules.
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of CADDYSHACK immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
To honor the memory of a war buddy who died bravely, Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) travels to the Florida hotel managed by his friend’s widow, Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), and father, James Temple (Lionel Barrymore). Though the Largo Hotel is closed for the season, the trio soon find themselves held hostage when the inn is taken over by a mob of gangsters who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane.
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of KEY LARGO immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away with her dog, Toto, to a magical land called Oz. In her quest to get home, she embarks on a journey down the yellow brick road to seek the Wizard’s help, meeting along the way a kindly Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), an emotional Tin Man (Jack Haley) and a cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), while trying to escape the attention of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton).
USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of THE WIZARD OF OZ immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.
This Film is Presented by New York Life