Rocky’s Review
Banshees & Wakanda

Whimsy and darkness pervade Martin McDonagh's films like the best of friends. It was present between Frances McDormand's grief-stricken mother and Sam Rockwell's police officer in THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017), and between hitmen Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in IN BRUGES (2008).

     McDonagh brings Gleeson and Farrell together again in THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN, an Irish tale of lifelong friends who find themselves at an impasse when one of them unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship, with alarming consequences for both of them. Kerry Condon of BETTER CALL SAUL costars. BANSHEES opens in the Starlight this Friday. "Gleeson and Farrell revive their mesmerizing interplay, surrounded by a brilliant ensemble cast." -Chicago Sun-Times. "Wounded but funny, quiet but resonant and resistant to anything like a Hollywood formula...[the film] "is a profound little comedy...one of the true originals among movies this year." -Wall Street Journal

     Our sneak preview this Thursday night of BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER is almost sold out. This Marvel Studio sequel to the massive 2018 hit begins its regular engagement Friday in the Rose.

     Having announced my retirement from the Rose last May, I find myself getting sentimental about the remaining movies that I get to book for the theatre. Although I have yet to see it, I can tell from the reviews and the trailer that Charlotte Wells' AFTERSUN is a quiet gem that I feel fortunate to open before bidding adieu. The movie has received 16 British Film Award nominations and was produced by Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT, 2016). It will be coming soon.

     "Rumors of something remarkable have circled around 'Aftersun' since its première, at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and guess what? The rumors are true." -The New Yorker. "An exquisite revelation, 'Aftersun' is the type of movie from which you don't walk away the same person." -TheWrap

     Emilia Clarke (GAME OF THRONES) has been receiving rave reviews for her West End stage debut in Anton Chekhov's THE SEAGULL. We present it this Saturday (11/12) and next Sunday (11/20) in the Rose at 11:30 a.m. "A maverick show that proves how dangerous and daring a revival can be." -Guardian

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky