Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, is the next featured film at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.
Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) are a devoted couple; but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couples specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to reignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.
Joe Neumaier, in the New York Daily News, calls the film a genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone a smart dramedy for grown-ups. Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, calls it a film of hilarious and heartfelt pleasures with two of the best actors on the planet to raise the game. Christy Lemire, in the Associated Press, says it will make you want to go home and have sex with your spouse afterward. Or at least share a longer hug or a more passionate kiss.
Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, will play Sept. 8 and 11 at the Fredonia Opera House as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality, Hope Springs runs 100 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors and Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door, online at www.fredopera.org or by calling the Opera House Box Office at (716)679-1891. The Series continues with the critically acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild on Sept. 15 and 18; and The Magic of Belle Isle, starring Morgan Freeman, on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.