A Wrinkle in Time

Academy Award® nominee, media proprietor and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey stars in the Walt Disney Pictures film; A Wrinkle in Time.
Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. A Wrinkle in Time is written by Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lee and directed by Academy Award® winner Ava DuVernay.

Combining dark comedy with dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides across the border into Mexico, where all is not as it seems for mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo). Crossing the line from citizen to criminal, Harold tangles with duplicitous business partners, Mexican drug lords, international mercenaries, and the DEA. As he attempts to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the question lingers: is this ordinary man in way over his head, or is he two steps ahead? Directed by Nash Edgerton and financed by Amazon Studios, Gringo stars; Academy Award Winner; Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo and Thandie Newton.

Met live, Luisa Miller Saturday – Carib 5

Met Opera’s production of Juisa Miller with Betrand de Billy conducting, Sonya Yoncheva as Luisa, Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo & Plácido Domingo as Miller. Photo by Chris Lee

Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, Luisa Miller, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.

The story, set in the 17th century, centers on the bond between a father and his daughter as they stand together against a hostile world. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts. The Met: Live in HD Luisa Miller will transmit live this Saturday, 11: 30 a.m. at Carib 5.

Bolshoi Ballet – The Flames of Paris will be shown this Sunday at Palace Cineplex. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage in The Flames of Paris. In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way.

Young Marx Sunday at Palace Cineplex

Rory Kinnear as Karl Marx and Oliver Chris as Friedrich Engels in the Young Marx

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.
Broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner.
It is 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke and restless, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. With his writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job as a Railway Clerk

There’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. Nicholas Hytner’s comedy of political visionary will be showing this Saturday March 11, 11:30 AM at Palace Cineplex.

The Met: Live in HD Semiramide (Rossini)

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Angela Meade in the title role of Rossini’s Semiramide.

The world famous Met will transmit live this Saturday another of its wonderful entertainment and art series at Palace’s at Carib 5 – Semiramide.
Rossini’smasterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks, makes a rare Met appearance, its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini conducting.
The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. Set in ancient Babylon, now modern-day Iraq, Semiramide follows the battle for the Babylonian throne in the wake of its fallen monarch. The opera marks the culmination of the Italian phase of Rossini’s monumental yet unusual career and is often considered one of his finest works. Semiramide will be transmitted live this Saturday March 10, 12:55 PM at Carib 5.

Samson – A hero chosen by GOD

Taylor James as Samson, in the biblical drama- Samson

The whole story is revealed in Pure Flix’s interpretation of the famous biblical story of Samson – a young Hebrew with supernatural powers.
Samson is the biblical Hercules, a man of incredible strength who nonetheless could not escape tragedy. Palace Amusement Company is now carrying this incredible story, in one of its cinema houses this week and next.
His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory. Directed by Bruce Macdonald and inspired by the story of Samson in the Book of Judges, Samson stars Taylor James in the titular role.

How far to go for Justice?

Bruce Willis as Dr. Paul Kersey in Death Wish.

The US is home to 125 million families, one in Four of them will become victims of a crime. What would you do if your family was next?
Bruce Willis is Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence when it is rushed into his ER. His life comes to a jarring turn, when his wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul must embark on his own mission for justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.

Death Wish is directed by Eli Roth and is a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson movie about a vigilante out for justice. The intense action-thriller is based on the novel by Brian Garfield, with the screenplay by Joe Carnahan. Death Wish stars; Golden Globe Award® winner Bruce Willis, Academy Award® nominee Elisabeth Shue, Vincent Phillip D’Onofrio and Kimberly Elise.

Black Panther applauded by patrons & Palace

One of the many gripping scenes from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

Palace Amusement Company continues to reap sweet rewards from the phenomenally popular movie, Black Panther that Jamaicans are queuing in droves to see.
Now in its third big week, this Marvel Studios’ phenomenon, in keeping with growing demand island wide has resulted in Palace Amusement adding extra shows at all its cinemas, to satisfy it patrons who are eager to be a part of the film’s astounding appeal and drawing power.
According to a release from Palace its flagship Carib in Cross Roads, have moved to 6 shows daily up from 4, Palace Cineplex, Liguanea, has added daytime matinees on the weekend, in addition to 2 shows daily and in Montego Bay, Palace Cineplex will now have 4 shows daily up from 3. For show times check www.palaceamusement.com or see the press.
Palace reported a loss of $5.3 million in the December quarter from revenues of $233 million and a profit of $4 million for the six months period, from revenues of $493 million. By IC Insider.com computation the success of Black Panther should blast the December quarter’s numbers way out of the waters and well into the black and is likely to make 2018 the most successful year in the movie house’s history.
Palace Amusement Company is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and last traded at $560.

La Bohème Encores Sunday – Palace Cineplex

Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo in Puccini’sLa Bohème.

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s La Bohème, set to encore this Sunday March 4, 11:30 am at Palace Cineplex.
La Bohème is a classic story full of young love and the triumph of unconditional love over circumstances. On its face, it is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss, on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things that make up our everyday lives. Franco Zefferelli’s classic production starred Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, with Susanna Phillips as Musetta and Lucas Meachem as Marcello.
Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts a uniquely immediate emotional pull. Many of its most memorable melodies are built incrementally to depict love and the struggles of everyday life.
Composer, Giacomo Puccini was immensely popular in his own lifetime due to his remorseless perfectionist style of composing. His mature works such as; Tosca and Madama Butterfly, remain staples in the repertory of most of the world’s opera companies. Being one of the world’s favourite opera, it takes a talented producer to add freshness to the production without removing the subtle nuances of Puccini’s original piece.

Ryan Speedo Green as Oroe in Rossini’s “Semiramide” playing March 10.

The titan behind the current production of La Bohème, is Academy Award® nominated director and producer; Franco Zeffirelli. He known for productions such as; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Brother Sun, Sister Moon and the Taming of the Shrew.
The next transmission will be Semiramide, Rossini’s rarely-performed masterpiece of vocal fireworks, on Saturday, March 10. The all-star bel canto cast, led by Maurizio Benini, features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the cast.


Black Panther – Palace cinemas Friday

Breaking the Twitter record for 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has stockpiled more than five million tweets and growing, on the film’s official social platform and is said to be the first mega budget film with an African-American director and a predominately black cast led by Hollywood a-listers.

The wait is over! Marvel Studios’ Black Panther finally hits theatres this Friday, February 16. The in demand film will be shown at all Palace cinemas on the opening day.
Dubbed a cultural phenomenon and already ranked as the most tweeted about film in the world this year, Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Black Panther is on track to become Fandango’s top pre-seller of all superhero films.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears. T’Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Dubbed Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award® winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, Golden Globe Award® nominee Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, Academy Award® nominees Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya, Golden Globe® winner Sterling Brown, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

L’Elisir d’Amore this Saturday at Carib 5

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.

South African operatic sensation, Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as Adina, the beautiful and wealthy farm owner who spurs the advances of a besotted village lad, Nemorino, played by American tenor, Matthew Polenzani. Fortunately, Dulcamara a traveling supplier of patent medicines arrives just in time with a ‘love potion’ to help Nemorino win his intended’s heart.
Bartlett Sher’s production of Donizetti’s L’ Elisir D’ Amore is charming, with clever comedic timing, subtly balanced with emotional and heart warming moments. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.
Since its premiere more than a century and a half ago, L’Elisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies. Considering the genre, the story’s ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today. The joy is in the journey, and Donizetti created one of his most instantly appealing scores for this ride. The music of Elisir represents the best of the bel canto tradition that reigned in Italian opera in the early 19th century, from funny patter songs to rich ensembles to wrenching melody like the famous tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima.
Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) composed more than 60 operas, plus orchestral and chamber music, in a career abbreviated by mental illness and premature death. Apart from this opera, the ever-popular Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale, most of his works disappeared from public view after he died. But critical and popular opinion of his huge opus has grown considerably over the past 50 years. Felice Romani (1788–1865) was the official librettist of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and worked with many of the most popular Italian composers of the time. He collaborated with Donizetti on several of his best-known operas, including Anna Bolena and Lucrezia Borgia, and provided Vincenzo Bellini with all but three of his librettos.