Friday, Jan 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. James Gray. 2022, 115 mins. DCP. With Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Jaylin Webb, Anthony Hopkins. American cinema classicist Gray proves yet again his crucial place in the contemporary cinematic landscape with this profoundly felt, autobiographically inspired coming-of-age drama set in Queens circa 1980. The son of second-generation American Jews, eleven-year-old Paul Graff entertains fantasies of becoming an artist when he grows up, even if his parents don’t find his dreams of the future practical. When he befriends Johnny, a Black fellow student at school picked upon by their racist teacher, his family’s casual racism puts an even wider wedge between them, leading to a moment of blind moral failure. Shot by the great cinematographer Darius Khondji with the burnished glow of authentic memory, Armageddon Time deals honestly with privilege, cultural identity, American hypocrisy, antisemitism, and racism, while never once feeling like a social “issue” movie, speaking directly to the melancholy of our contemporary moment, while also recalling the legacies of the past.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.