Rocky’s Review
Frances McDormand

Writer-director Martin McDonagh wrote THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI specifically for actress Frances McDormand, but she felt, at age 58, she was too old to play the mother of a 20-year-old. Eventually, her husband and the man who directed her to her FARGO Oscar, Joel Coen, told her to just do the part. It's her best performance since FARGO.

      "I thought Fran could play the hell out of it," notes McDonagh. "Also, there's a working class sensibility to her that really works for the character. "This ability to suggest a fascinating inner life just out of the viewer's reach made McDormand's career as a character actress. She takes marginal characters and makes them the most robust people in the movie." (NY Times) She did just that in two favorite movies of mine - ALMOST FAMOUS and WONDER BOYS.

     THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a brazen, complicated, unpredictable comedy-drama with blunt bursts of brute force. Events transform the characters into different people from how you first meet them. The movie has been nominated for 6 Golden Globe Awards: Best Film, Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score (Carter Burwell). It opens in the Rosebud this Friday, and shows will sell out well in advance.

     STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI had a near record-breaking international opening this past weekend. It was exceeded only by STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS two years ago. It continues in the Rose beginning tomorrow, 12/22, and also opens tomorrow in a galaxy not too far away - the Starlight Room, showing only in 2D.

     The perennial favorite IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE shows in the Rose this Saturday at 12:00, and just over 100 tickets have already been sold. The movie is one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made, and Frank Capra revealed that this was his personal favorite among the films that he directed. 

     More great movies coming soon. Rose Theatre gift memberships and gift certificates to the Rose and Starlight Room are the perfect gift for movie lovers.