Opera House to screen ‘Captain Phillips’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series roster of films for November contains four fall releases that already have generated significant Oscar buzz. Next in the series is “Captain Phillips,” the true story of the Somali pirate capture of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, starring Tom Hanks. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

“Captain Phillips” is – through Director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer Richard Phillips (Hanks) and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Tom Long, in the Detroit News, calls the film “one of the year’s best movies; and it features Tom Hanks’ strongest work in more than a decade.”

Peter Howell, in the Toronto Star, calls it “a survival saga that raises the pulse and tweaks the conscience.”

Moira MacDonald, in the Seattle Times, says “you won’t forget ‘Captain Phillips’ in a hurry nor will you forget Hanks, who, in midcareer still finds ways to dazzle us anew.”

Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says “this is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do.”

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images and for substance use, “Captain Phillips” runs 134 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 10 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 “Enough Said,” the romantic comedy featuring James Gandolfini’s final performance, on Nov. 23 & 26.

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.