True life story ‘Sully’ to be shown at Opera House

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the true life story “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

On Jan. 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Directed by Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood, “Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney as Sully’s wife, Lorrie Sullenberger.

Richard Brody in New Yorker magazine, calls the film “a fierce, stark, haunted drama of horror narrowly avoided.”

Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, calls it “a crisp and electric retelling of the story of the landing we know with a story we do not.”

James Berardinelli, in ReelViews, calls it “engaging, exhilarating, and nail-biting.”

Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, calls it “one of the best movies of 2016.”

Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language, “Sully” runs one hour, 36 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors and Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member. Headset funding provided by Robert and Marilyn Maytum, the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, and by a grant from Theatre Development Fund’s TAP Plus program in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.