Film through late May

For independent movie and live theater enthusiasts, here are some upcoming release dates of note in the Kansas City area through the end of May including a new Star Wars tale featuring a young Han Solo and a performance of Macbeth at the Royal Opera House.


May 4
Back to Burgundy
After a 10-year absence, Jean (Pio Marmai) returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette (Ana Girardot) and his brother Jérémie (Francios Civil), they must rebuild their relationship and trust as a family again.
French Comedy/Drama, Unrated, 113 minutes
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A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Documentary, Unrated, 80 minutes
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Kansas City Area Exclusive
Godard Mon Amour
Actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin) finds herself juggling political protests and artistic challenges in her married life with renowned filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel). As her country undergoes enormous cultural change, so too does Anne’s dynamic with her husband.
French Biography, Rated R, 107 minutes
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The film is about Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.
Comedy, Rated R, 96 minutes
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May 5
Ghost Stories
Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’.
Drama/Horror, Unrated, 98 minutes
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May 11
Journey’s End
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young Captain Stanhope, as they await their fate. Based upon the 1928 dramatic play of the same name by English playwright R.C. Sherriff.
Drama, Rated R, 107 minutes
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A look at the life and work of 85-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Documentary, Rated PG, 97 minutes
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Special Screening Event
May 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Our Blood is Wine
Filmmaker Emily Railsback and award-winning sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia as they explore the rebirth of 8,000-year-old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule.
Documentary, Unrated, 118 minutes
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Open Circle Cinema Series
May 17 – 7:00 p.m.
The Heart of Nuba
Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir.
Documentary, Unrated, 85 minutes
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Deadpool 2
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Action, Rated R, Running time unknown
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May 18
Book Club
Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey.
Comedy, Unrated, Running time unknown
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A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz.
Drama, Rated R, 114 minutes
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Pope Francis: A Man of his Word
The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.
Documentary, Unrated, 96 minutes
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May 24
Solo: A Star Wars Story
During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. Directed by Ron Howard.
Action, Rating unknown, 135 minutes
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PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTATIONS: Royal Ballet ~ Bernstein Centenary
May 3 – 7:00 p.m.
May 6 – 12:30 p.m.
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a stellar, all-Bernstein program from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
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Royal Opera House ~ Macbeth
May 19 – 11:00 a.m.
Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy, is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
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London’s Oscar Wilde Theater Season ~ A Woman of No Importance
May 21 – 7:00 p.m.
May 26 – 11:00 a.m.
Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance was filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret.
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Opening dates of films listed are subject to change. All descriptions and other pertinent information originated from official film Web sites,,, and