Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Lincoln’

“Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed biographical drama starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, is the next featured film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Lewis, Best Supporting Actress for Field and Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln,” is a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment would change the fate of generations to come.

Charlie McCollom, in the San Jose Mercury News, calls the film “one of the finest historical dramas ever committed to film. It’s a triumph for Spielberg, (screenwriter Tony) Kushner and, most of all, Day-Lewis.”

Richard Roeper calls it “a richly detailed interpretation of all the backroom deals, political horse-trading and compromises Lincoln and his allies had to make to put an end to slavery in America.”

Chris Vognar, in the Dallas Morning News, calls it “a stirring reminder that politics can be noble.”

Lou Lumenick, in the New York Post, says the film is “a must-see for Daniel Day-Lewis’ charismatic, subtly shaded performance as Lincoln and an even richer one by Tommy Lee Jones.”

Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language, “Lincoln” runs 150 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 & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with “Promised Land,” the fictional fracking drama starring Matt Damon, on Feb. 9 & 12; the tsunami survival film “The Impossible,” starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, on Feb. 16 & 19; and “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, on Feb. 23 & 26. Also coming, but currently unscheduled, is the epic musical “Les Miserables,” starring Hugh Jackman.

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.