Empire of Light


Opens December 23

Sam Mendes (1917, the Oscar-winning AMERICAN BEAUTY) immerses us in a cinema in a working-class town in 1980s England, where Hilary (the legendary Olivia Colman) runs the ticket booth and Steven (newcomer Micheal Ward) engage in an unexpected friendship. Colin Firth and Toby Jones also star, and the brilliant cinematography by the Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins reminds us of the quote written on the theater’s wall—“find in light where darkness lies”—that’s apropos for our times and for the art of cinema. (U.K.-U.S., 2022, 119m)
“**** … a poignant, wonderfully acted drama about love, life and films.” –Guardian