Rocky’s Review
Monty Python & Licorice Pizza

FLEE made history this week by being the first film ever nominated for an Academy Award in these categories - Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature and Best International Feature. This distinction underscores the film's unique blend of interview and evocative animation. Catch it on the big screen before it ends its Rose engagement this Sunday. "Its ambition is as challenging as it is gorgeous." -RogerEbert.com. "An extraordinary story." -Guardian

     LICORICE PIZZA, Paul Thomas Anderson's lively, coming-of-age story picked up three Academy Award nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay. "It is, indeed, Anderson's happiest creation to date–blithe, easy-breathing, and expansive." -New Yorker. "An entertaining movie that, like 'American Graffiti' and 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' before it, captures youth in hilarious and poignant ways." -USA Today. LICORICE PIZZA opens at the Rose and Starlight this Friday.

     We're bringing back two other Oscar nominees for short engagements - BELFAST (7 nominations including Best Picture), and SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (Best Documentary Feature).

     Also returning this weekend is FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES, the Metropolitan Opera's groundbreaking and popular presentation of Grammy Award winning composer Terence Blanchard's adaptation of Charles M. Blow's moving memoir of a young man's journey. It is also the first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage, featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons.

     If you loved the cinematic artistry of PARALLEL MOTHERS, be sure to check out the three Pedro Almodóvar movies in our Film Library. You'll find the wonderful VOLVERALL ABOUT MY MOTHER and BAD EDUCATION. Discounts for members, as always.

     We had so much fun last weekend with our nearly sold-out show of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, that we decided to bring the zaniness again. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL plays Saturday in the Rose at 7:30.

     And last but not least in our busy week, the Bolshoi Ballet's stunning production of JEWELS plays this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

     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