Rocky’s Review
Spring Salutations

Between movies and special events, we have a busy week ahead at the Rose and the Starlight Room. Two new movies begin this Friday that I am especially pleased to be showing. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL from director Jeff Nichols confirms once again this young director's gift for storytelling and generating great performances from actors. His last picture, MUD (2012), was a hit at the Rose, and along with TAKE SHELTER (2011), all three films from Nichols have featured actor Michael Shannon. When you come to see CITY OF GOLD - and you must - save room for dinner afterwards. Seriously, this wonderful, culturally inclusive, charming movie will send you out of the Rose craving the nearest culinary sensation. As A.O. Scott of The New York Times said, [Mr. Gold's] "enthusiasm and generosity of spirit stand in definitive rebuke to the myth that critics are crabbed, hostile, pleasure-hating creatures. He finds intimations of perfection - meals, dishes, single bites that sustain his faith in Los Angeles and, by implication, in humanity. CITY OF GOLD is a lovely testament to that faith, worth attending to even if you think you have no interest in food, California or criticism."

It's not easy scoring a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the reviews for Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK are positively glowing. Director Jon Favreau scores again. His credits include IRON MAN (2010), and CHEF (2014), which holds the distinction of the longest playing movie at the Rose/Starlight - 8 weeks! We'll be presenting THE JUNGLE BOOK in both 2D (matinees) and 3D (evening shows).

DORIS is moving back downstairs to the Rose for another week, and Thursdayis your last opportunity to see DEMOLITION and EYE IN THE SKY, with the always great Helen Mirren.

Our 2015/2016 season of stunning ballets from the Bolshoi concludes this Sunday with DON QUIXOTE. And our season of live simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera is coming to a close as well.  ROBERTO DEVEREUX - Saturday, 4/17 - is receiving stunning notices. "Shakespearean grandeur amid the vocal fireworks" -New York Magazine.  

And tickets are still available, but selling like wood chippers, for the 20th anniversary showing of FARGO next Wednesday, 4/20, in the Starlight Room. 

Marge Gunderson: Say, Lou, didya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized plates, so he went and changed his name to J3L2404?
Lou: Yay, that's a good one.

See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room.