The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Last Flag Flying,” starring Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston. It will be screened on Sat., Jan. 20, and Tues., Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Active and former members of the Armed Services can attend the film for the discounted admission price of $5.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.
Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun-Times, calls the film “one of the best films of 2017.” Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, calls it “a movie of enormous humanity and heart.” James Berardinelli, in ReelViews, calls it “a thoughtful meditation about war and surviving in its aftermath (that) avoids descending into the hell where many such movies take us and, as a result, is more hopeful and life-affirming.” Johnny Oleksinksi, in the New York Post, says “yes, it’s a gloomy premise for a road-trip movie, but life-affirming, too. Like an Irish wake, the tone is somber, morbid and a funny.” Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references, “Last Flag Flying” runs two hours, five 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 716-679-1891.
The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.
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.