A Late Quartet is the story of a famous string quartet that, on approaching its 25th year together, learns that one of its members is suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's.
From Roger Ebert's review: "One of the pleasures here is to see familiar and gifted actors forming an ensemble of their own. Philip Seymour Hoffman,Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener join with a newer face, Mark Ivanir, to play the members of the Fugue String Quartet, a world-famous ensemble based in Manhattan."
Also, if you're worried about how much you need to know about classical music to appreciate this film, fear not. As Ebert writes:
How much does one need to know about classical music to appreciate this film? Not very much. Like all masterful films, it contains what is needed to appreciate it. All that is needed is an interest in human nature, which during the quartet's period of crisis is abundantly revealed. Actors such as Keener, Walken, Hoffman and Ivanir are frequently seen in roles that don't really test them. That's the nature of the commercial cinema. What a pleasure to see them sounding their depths.
We will be meeting between 6:45 and 7 for the 7:15 show at the Egyptian Theatre. Please check-in with me after you buy your ticket. Parking is always tricky in Capitol Hill, so either give yourself plenty of time to find a spot or take a bus (Bus 10, 11, and 49 drop off right near the theater). Around 7 pm, we will head into the theater, so if you come late and can't find us, we will be meeting back up in the lobby once the film is over before heading to Caffe Vita for an optional post-film discussion. We usually try to get a table on the top floor. Also, I will have my cell phone on up until 5 minutes before the movie begins and will turn it back on after the credits end, so if you have trouble finding us, feel free to call me.
Currently the movie is scoring a 68 out of 100 on Metacritic, which as all of you know who saw and liked the critically-dividing Cloud Atlas, means nothing. Still, it's gotten mostly favorable reviews, and the cast is fantastic. Run time is 105 minutes. Rated R for language and some sexuality.
Here's the trailer for the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX66lRnNmqs
And here is Roger Ebert's full review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121031/REVIEWS/121039992
Hope to see you there!