Rocky’s Review
Laura, Chuck & Norman

Judging by attendance (over 700!), and comments from viewers, our DANCE ON CAMERA festival has been a resounding success. My sincere thanks to all of you who took a chance on this new program, and most especially to Brighid Greene, Programs Director at the Dance Films Association in Brooklyn, NY for her invaluable assistance. Our final film in the festival - A SWAN LAKE - is this Wednesday at 7:30. ALIVE & KICKING was the most popular film in the festival, so it's returning this Friday for a full week. You might want to wear your dancing shoes; the movie is that good.

     Five movies departing Thursday night, and four new ones beginning Friday. Say adieu to OBIT, CHASING TRANE, THEIR FINEST, GOING IN STYLE and A QUIET PASSION.

     CHUCK is likely to be gone from theatres in a heartbeat, but I couldn't pass it up because I love the cast - Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Moss and Ron Perlman. Schreiber plays heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Wepner was a liquor salesman and a father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight. "In truth, this isn't a boxing movie at all. It's a movie about the kinds of existence in which boxing, or the swagger of boxing movies can feel like a big deal." (The New Yorker)

     If I put the full title of Richard Gere's new movie on our small box office board, there would be scant room for any other movies, but it'll be fun to try. NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER is the story of Norman Oppenheimer (Gere), a man who lives a lonely life in the margins of New York power and money, a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. "Richard Gere's performance is amazingly funny. It's got a lot to say about the world that we live in and how it works, but it says it in this very sly and deceptively lighthearted way." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times

     Based solely on the very scary trailer, I think that Ridley Scott could just as easily have used ALIVE & KICKING as the title for his new sci-fi film. I am bracing myself for ALIEN: COVENANT. Scott is a master filmmaker (BLADE RUNNER, THELMA & LOUISE, BLACKHAWK DOWN, THE MARTIAN), and with Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup at the helm of the colony ship Covenant, I'm betting that they'll return me safely to planet earth.

     Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire have been getting rave reviews for their performances in the National Theatre's new production of Tom Stoppard's ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. We're presenting the play only twice, this Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Our classic film in the Starlight is sold out next Wednesday. We're presenting LAURA because it was a a favorite film of Robert Osborne. Robert was the long-time host of Turner Classic Movies, and a great friend to the Rose and the Port Townsend Film Festival.

--Rocky See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room