Rocky’s Review
Macbeth, Velvet Queen & MLK/FBI

It's not easy upstaging Denzel Washington or Frances McDormand, but British theatre veteran Kathryn Hunter as the supernaturally prophetic Three Witches nearly does just that in Joel Coen's towering THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. 

     There was no bubbling cauldron or eye of newt or toe of frog involved. But McDormand says that there was some kind of enchantment at work when she and Coen met with Hunter about the part.

     "We said, 'Let's just talk about how you envision this physically,'" says McDormand. "Kathryn got up on the coffee table, took black pantyhose out of her backpack and pulled them over her head. And she started bending into shapes that she does in the film. Twisting her body into seemingly impossible shapes and speaking in a low, guttural rasp, Hunter delivers an unnerving and hypnotic - and genuinely weird - interpretation of the Weird Sisters that upends any prior notions you may have of what a witch looks and sounds like. "...Hunter snaps, twists, and contorts her body to terrifying, memorable effect." -Guardian"It's one of the most visually striking and leanest versions of "the Scottish play" ever put on film, with blockbuster performances from Oscar winners Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington...and a brilliant supporting cast." -Chicago Sun-Times. Excerpted from the LA Times

     Please see THE VELVET QUEEN. It's a beautiful film. In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey the two men ponder humankind's place amongst earth's magnificent creatures. "What an epic cat movie!" -POV Magazine. "Spellbinding." -Variety

     Our annual free movie for the community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr will be this coming Monday (1/17) at 1:00 in the Rose. We're presenting the documentary MLK/FBI. Free tickets are available at the Rose box office. They are available online as well, but there is a $1.50 charge per ticket when securing them that way. Limit 2 tickets per person. "The brilliance of MLK/FBI lies in how effortlessly conversant it manages to be with the injustices of the present, without ever deviating from the injustices of the past." -Los Angeles Times

     Blue Light Special: This Thursday evening (1/13) all tickets to SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME and RED ROCKET are just $5.

Cinematically yours,
Rocky