Rocky’s Review
Cyrano & Worst Person

Have we got an impressive line-up of movies for you this week - 17 to be exact! Beginning in 1900, there have been 10 screen adaptations of Cyrano de Bergerac, and an equal number of derivative versions, including an animated one and Steve Martin's delightful take on unrequited love in ROXANNE (1987).

     Peter Dinklage as Cyrano in Joe Wright's ravishing new musical version reinforces his reputation as a dazzling talent. "It's both the single most sorrowful and the sexiest take on Cyrano you've ever seen." -Rolling Stone. "Dinklage saves the day, being worldly, wry, and mournfully amused at the cruelties of fate. Even his swordplay has comic agility; talk about rapier wit." -The New Yorker. CYRANO opens in the Rose this Friday, 2/25.

     Dinklage has that rare mix of confidence and vulnerability that make an ideal leading man, but he spent much of his early career turning down work he found demeaning or clichéd. As Cyrano, the heartsick poet who assumes his appearance rules out love, Dinklage reprises the role he played to ecstatic reviews off Broadway in 2019. In a performance suffused with humor and poignance, Dinklage finally plays the romantic lead he has long seemed destined to inhabit.

     Love and loss is also the tie that binds in THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, recipient of two Academy Award nominations - Best International Feature (Norway) and Best Original Screenplay. Fluidly told in twelve chapters, the film features a breakout performance by Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsve as she embarks on relationships in search for happiness and identity. "It's sexy, funny, sad and takes your breath away." -San Jose Mercury News. "A film so fresh and untethered to rom-com cliché it might actually reshape the idea of what movies like this can be." -Entertainment Weekly. The movie opens in the Starlight Room this Friday, 2/25.

     And Friday marks our annual presentation of the OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS for 2022. Once again we'll be presenting all three short film categories - animation, live action and documentary. The entire program is rated R and comes with a warning from the distributor that no children should be admitted under any circumstances

     Next Thursday, 3/3 at 7:30 we have a sneak preview in the Rose of THE BATMAN, which stars Robert Pattinson and Zöe Kravitz.

     Black History Month. February is Black History Month, and significant contributions and profiles of African Americans can be found in the Rose Theatre Film Library: A Well Spent LifeBarbara Lee: Speaking Truth To PowerBill Traylor: Chasing GhostsBoom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel BasquiatCan You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the WatersWhen We Were Kings.

Cinematically yours,
Rocky