Rocky’s Review
Parallel Mothers & Flee

PARALLEL MOTHERS is the seventh collaboration between Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar, and is one of their greatest. Her finally calibrated performance won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival, best actress honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. It may also earn Cruz her fourth Academy Award nomination. 

     Almodóvar always knew that he wanted the movie to juggle two plots: A Madrid photographer (Cruz) coping with an unplanned pregnancy and a tangled political past. The balance of light and dark, birth and death, and the power of women to create life, and to preserve memory over generations, melds in a warm, humanistic drama from a master filmmaker. "Cruz is a marvel: forceful, passionate, casually sexy. There are lots of people who star in movies. There are very few honest-to-Hollywood movie stars. Cruz is one of them."-Boston Globe. (See the generous offer below this column from Admiralty Fine Foods for PARALLEL MOTHERS ticket buyers)

      From the first cartoons more than a century ago, animation has invited us into the realms of the imagination. It's never been more potent in connecting us with the real as it does in the unprecedented cinematic adventure FLEE. It tells the story of Amin Nawabi, as he grapples with a secret that he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and soon-to-be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. "Luck and loss can't be disentangled, and that may be the meaning of home that this patient, humane film arrives at." -New York Times. "'Flee' morphs from a tale of dispossession to a testament to the power of narrative - to overtake a life and liberate it." -Washington Post

     To support our local LGBTQ+ community, the Rose will be donating $1 from every FLEE ticket Fri-Sun to Olympic Pride. For those of you who'd prefer to enjoy a movie from home, you can give back by watching BORN TO BE, a wonderful entry in our film library about a surgeon in New York who is changing the lives of trans people in immeasurable ways. A portion of your streaming ticket this weekend will also be donated.

     Our live simulcast of RIGOLETTO from the Metropolitan Opera begins this Saturday at 9:55 a.m.

     Tickets are now on sale for our next Classics Film in the Starlight: BIG NIGHT, Sunday, February 6th, 7:30. "Charming, funny, poignant and mouth-watering, this is most wisely seen well fed beforehand or you'll be drooling." -Empire Magazine

     *If you purchased a ticket(s) to our presentation of JEWELS by the Bolshoi Ballet on February 6th, the date needed to be changed to February 13th.You may use the 2/6 ticket on 2/13. If you cannot attend on the 13th, either call us or stop by the box office for an exchange or refund (385.1039) We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Cinematically yours,
Rocky