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January 17, 2013

Offbeat and Outstanding

Traditional old theater at historic Music Hall makes for a unique viewing experience

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“The Late Quartet” stars two Oscar winners: Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The brief description of this film is intriguing: “When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.” (Jan. 25 through Jan. 31.)

The Wild Card series, Curtis said, are for films that deserve to be seen, although with perhaps not enough appeal to be shown for an entire week.

One of the strongest films to come along is called “Any Day Now,” a true story about a gay couple in the 1970s who want to adopt a child with Down Syndrome, but are thwarted at every turn. “Any Day Now” stars Alan Cumming (who film buffs may remember as the flirtatious hotel clerk in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” or as the public relations executive Eli Gold in “The Good Wife”). (Feb. 12 through Feb. 17.)

Curtis said the goal of each film shown at The Music Hall is to find smaller, but no less extraordinary, achievements in film that might be overlooked.

“Even before I started working here at The Music Hall, I would come for a film. We’re here to celebrate and immerse ourselves in art. It’s not just the latest thing that has a million explosions or the latest effects, but a film where you’re talking about costume, or lighting or cinematography,” Curtis said. “We try to celebrate that kind of artistic commitment.”

For more information visit www.themusichall.org/.

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