Rocky’s Review
American Utopia

Attention dog lovers, horse lovers, jazz lovers, opera lovers, romance lovers, Batman lovers and David Byrne lovers (me!). Have we got a line-up of entertainment for you this week.

     Clifton Collins (CAPOTETRAFFICSTAR TREK) finally gets the leading role he so richly deserves. In JOCKEY he plays an aging rider hoping to win one last title on a championship horse. But the years - and injuries - have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question his ability to continue his lifelong passion. "What elevates [Jockey] is Collins, a familiar supporting actor with an air of Johnny cash whose nuanced, soulful work as star makes the whole movie ring true." -Financial Times

     RONNIE'S and ¡VIVA MAESTRO! are two musical gems I recently discovered. RONNIE'S opens this Friday in the Rosebud. With incredible archival footage, the film chronicles the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott who became the owner of the eponymous London jazz club where all the jazz greats played - Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Chet Baker and Jimi Hendrix. Glorious clips bring to life this legendary jazz club. "A treat for jazz aficionados that's both insightful and soulful." -Cinemalogue ¡VIVA MAESTRO!, an uplifting profile of conductor Gustavo Dudamel opens next month.

     Lulu, a Belgian Malinois dog gets top billing in DOG. But I'm guessing that Channing Tatum - Lulu's costar - is perfectly fine with that. This buddy comedy about former Army Rangers on a road trip pulls all the familiar strings, but that's part of the fun of this unabashedly sentimental movie. "At heart, this is a film that wants some good pats, and it's willing to do whatever it takes to get them." -IndieWire
       
     If you're a David Byrne fan, or open to becoming one, there is no better place to start than with AMERICAN UTOPIA, Spike Lee's beautiful and soulful film of Byrne's hit Broadway show. It's an outstanding collaboration between two essential artists, "a cathartic celebration, exactly when we need it." (Hollywood Reporter). "Bolstered by Lee's trenchant, intimate direction, Byrne reframes a peerless set list of songs to a testament to hope and humanity that implores himself and his audience to keep going." -Empire Magazine. Our one showing - this Saturday in the Rose at 7:45 - is almost sold out.
     
     The Metropolitan Opera's presentation of Strauss's enchanting masterpiece, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS beings in the Rose Saturday at 9:55 a.m.

     Film scholar and frequent Starlight Room lecturer Ted Walch returns to the Starlight April 2nd and 3rd with a three-film program entitled Movies and Journalism: From Yellow to Red. Ted will introduce each film and lead a post-film discussion after each one; CITIZEN KANE (4/2, 12:00), ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (4/2, 3:30), REDS (4/3, 11:00). Tickets are now on sale: $12 each or $32 for the three-film series. 

     March is Women's History Month and the theme this year is Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. From out streaming Film Library we recommend the following movies about remarkable, inspiring women: BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWERBEYOND THE VISIBLE - HILMA AF KLINTBOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORYTHE EAGLE HUNTRESSEVA HESSETHE GLEANERS AND IIRISLOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINEMAIDENMAIDENTRIPWOMAN AT WAR
     
Cinematically yours,
Rocky