Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Draft Day’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will screen “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, on Saturday and June 3 at 7:30 p.m.

In “Draft Day,” Costner is Sonny Weaver, Jr., general manager for the Cleveland Browns. At the NFL Draft, Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team and save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. But first he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice, personally and professionally, on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.

Chris Vognar, in the Dallas Morning News, calls the film “charmingly glib, packed with moments that demand grace under pressure – prime Costner turf.”

Chris Nashawaty, in Entertainment Weekly, says “counting out Kevin Costner in a sports movie is a sucker’s bet – and thanks to his sly, dry-aged charisma, ‘Draft Day’ marches down the field and scores.”

Stephanie Zacharek, in the Village Voice, says “you may think you’re not interested in a sturdy little dramatic comedy about the intricacies of the NFL draft process; but with ‘Draft Day,’ you’re in the hands of a master.”

Mick LaSalle, in the San Francisco Chronicle, says “even people who aren’t football fans will appreciate the maneuvers and the high-stakes trading, the make-or-break strategies and the careers in the balance.”

Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references, “Draft Day” runs 109 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 with the inspirational true story “Heaven is for Real” on June 21 and 24; and the Disney nature film, “Bears,” on June 28 and July 1.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.