Rocky’s Review
Loving Vincent

Never before have I kept tabs on the production of a movie as I have with LOVING VINCENT. I first learned about this audacious, mind-bending new animation about the life of Vincent Van Gogh roughly eighteen months ago, and checked in on the progress - via their VINCENT newsletter - at least once a month. I couldn't wait to present it at the Rose. It is cinema's first fully painted biography. Using over 62,000 oil paintings, wife-and-husband team Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman tell a surprising tale of the artist. The directors received 5,000 applications from around the world for oil painters, and selected 125 artists for their ground-breaking project. The film features the work of actors Saoirse Ronan (BROOKLYN, LADY BIRD), Helen McCrory (HUGO, SKYFALL), and Chris O'Dowd (ST. VINCENT, BRIDESMAIDS). If you have yet to see the trailer, please check it out. The movie opens in the Rose tomorrow, Friday, October 27th.

     LUCKY, the final film from the late-great actor Harry Dean Stanton is holding over for one more week and moves to the Rosebud Cinema tomorrow. VICTORIA AND ABDUL also enters its fourth big week in the Starlight Room tomorrow. BLADE RUNNER 2049 concludes its Rose engagement this evening. 

     Only 12 tickets remaining for THE BREAKFAST CLUB, our late night showing in the Starlight Room this Saturday. In writing about the passing of director John Hughes in 1999, film critic Elvis Mitchell said: "No one before him had created a body of work that treated adolescent crisis as if it were a tragedy disrupting the world as the millennium nears. His balance of sophistication and cruelty, scored with the smartest use of contemporary music a director has ever brought to his pictures on a consistent basis, played ever so brilliantly to an audience who felt it had never seen its own stories on the screen before."

     In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, NAMI of Jefferson County is presenting a free showing of HOME this Sunday in the Rose at noon. Doors open at 11:30, and it's first-come, first-seated. 

     My staff takes Halloween seriously, and dresses to the nines. My staff is also annually disappointed in me because I never dress up. But I do look forward to Halloween for one particular reason - the kids who parade through town and stop by the Rose for free popcorn. It makes for a very fun afternoon. Fun of a far different sort is the scary movie FRIDAY THE 13TH, showing Halloween evening in the Starlight Room at 10:00 p.m.

     Another great biography opens at the Rose next Friday, November 3rd. Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, JANE tells the story of Jane Goodall's early explorations, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that she studied. "A stunning achievement." -Indiwiere. "Transcends the boundaries of both nature films and biographies. A wondrous, moving, and truly stirring portrait." -Hollywood Reporter