Movies At The Avon

Today’s weather may not be conducive to taking that long walk we all thought about yesterday, but it’s perfect for the movies. The Avon Cinema has some great choices, playing now through December 1st.

“Tár”: Cate Blanchett plays the fictional Lydia Tár, considered the greatest living conductor-composer of her time. We meet Tár at the height of her career when her life begins to unravel in a singularly modern way. Recommended by NYT reviewer, A.O. Scott, “We can’t be sure if Lydia is the monster, the victim, or both.” Rated R. Running time: 2 hours, 38 minutes.

“The Banshees of Inisherin”: Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play lifelong friends, Pádraic and Colm, who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A milder recommendation from NYT reviewer A. O. Scott on this one: he thinks the story “might feel a little thin if you hold it to conventional standards of comedy or drama. It’s better thought of as a piece of village gossip, given a bit of literary polish and a handsome pastoral finish.” It will likely be review-proof for most of our Irish friends. Rated R. Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes.

And then on Tuesday, “Cezanne: Portraits of Life,” filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with additional interviews from experts and curators from MoMA, National Gallery of Art, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, with correspondence from the artist himself.

Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street, (directions)

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