Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

Show Times:

Fri 9/23 thru Thu 9/29, 7:30pm daily
2:15pm Sunday Matinee

Documentary, Music
Rated: NR
Running Time: 137 minutes

This documentary has become the surprise sleeper hit of the fall. Here’s a feel-good movie that will make this feel-bad election season evaporate, at least for its two hour plus running time. Director Ron Howard threads interviews with the surviving Beatles (Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney), plus others like Elvis Costello, Sigourney Weaver, and Whoopi Goldberg commenting on the Beatles refusal to play to segregated audiences in Florida, through a pastiche of infectious footage including everything from their pre-hit days in Hamburg to their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show to John Lennon’s much quoted remark that we’re “more popular than Jesus.” See them at Shea Stadium in 1965 at the peak of Beatlemania and their final concert in Candlestick Park the following year. This movie is way more than an historical curiosity; it’s an introduction to the birth of the youth culture that transformed America in the ’60s.—Peter Biskind

“Ron Howard’s documentary rightly keeps coming back to the music and the band’s delight in making it. Good move. It truly is a joy forever.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Revel in the gleeful tumult and the gorgeous music.”—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“The Beatles now belong to an honored past, stuck there like an obelisk, and yet here they are, alive-busting out all over, time and time again. Yeah, yeah, yeah.”—Anthony Lane, New Yorker