Rocky’s Review
Bowie | Beats

One of the true pleasures of running the Rose Theatre for thirty years has been the unexpected discovery of exciting new films from around the world that I get to share with you. I experienced that discovery once again with CASABLANCA BEATS, a vibrant and inspiring coming-of-age musical with a decidedly feminist edge.

     Director Nabil Ayouch has drawn from his own experience of opening a youth cultural center in Casablanca for this story of a former rapper who takes a job teaching hip hop in an underprivileged neighborhood. Despite differences in identity, religion and politics, he encourages his students to bond together and break free from the weight of restrictive traditions and express themselves through art. The movie features a dynamic ensemble of first-time actors, many of them students from the real-life cultural center. "Defiant, uninhibited and full of attitude." -Screen Daily"Heartwarming and infectious and a youthful tribute to freedom of speech." -Ekko"A spiky, politically energized drama." -Time Out London. Morocco's official submission to the 94th Academy Awards.

     MOONAGE DAYDREAM is not so much a movie as a cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie's musical and spiritual journey. It's a trippy audiovisual treat for Bowie fans, featuring 40 remastered songs from his archive. Brett Morgen also directed JANE, COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK and THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE. "...an immersive kaleidoscopic fantasia." -NPR Los Angeles"...a Technicolor pastiche of sound, image, mood and feel - all the things that gave Bowie his near-mythical power." -Newsday"Moonage Daydream" is the film Bowie would have proudly made." -RogerEbert.com

     Vicky Kreips is one of the finest actresses working in film today. She first appeared on screen at the Rose in P. T. Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD (2017), and she gives another riveting performance in the drama HOLD ME TIGHT[An] "engrossing tale of love and loss. Further proof that Vicky Kreips is one of the world's most exciting actors." -Little White Lies"Kreips' performance is a standout - one not seen since Juliette Binoche's turn in Krzystof Kieslowski's 'Three Colors: Blue'" -Paste Magazine

     Only 12 tickets remaining for MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ, our classics feature in the Starlight this Sunday, 10/2. Reviews are glowing for Ralph Fiennes' performance in STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY from the National Theatre of London. It shows this Saturday in the Rose at 11:30. "Fiennes enthralls as the man who shaped New York. Another acting triumph." -Guardian

     Passing. Friend and film scholar Ted Walch who presented numerous films in the Starlight over the years, died after a short illness in Los Angeles on September 8th. I will miss his his unassuming brilliance and the boundless enthusiasm he brought to his presentations in the Starlight - his favorite venue for presenting movies. 

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky