Rocky’s Review
Summer Movies

Greetings Rose Fans, "Sliding into theaters on a river of slime and an endless supply of good vibes, the new, cheerfully silly GHOSTBUSTERS is that rarest of big-studio offerings - a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun. And enjoy it while you can because this doesn't happen often, even in summer...The season when everyone jumps onboard (whee!) and agrees that, yes, this great goof is exactly what you were thinking when you wondered why they didn't make summer movies like they used to." I'm not sure which makes me smile more, this joyous, pithy opening paragraph from The New York Times review, or that it was written by Manohla Dargis, the always erudite, rarely predictable film reviewer. No matter, this is definitely a Brando-sized-popcorn-with-butter-and-yeast-and-Silverwater-Secret-Spice movie.

If ghosts and slime are not your thing, then consider the Starlight Room beginning this Friday, where things take a more serious turn, courtesy of the international best-selling espionage author John Le Carré. OUR KIND OF TRAITOR stars Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard and, drum roll, please, a cameo by David John Moore Cornwell, otherwise known as John Le Carré. Spot him if you can.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS holds over for another week, while Spielberg's THE BFG departs this Thursday, July 14th. And I am sad to say that THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE must also depart Sunday after the 1:00 showing. But I am going to bring it back just as soon as I can, along with the equally impressive SONG OF LAHORE. 

Only 14 tickets remain for BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945), our Starlight Classics Feature next Wednesday, July 20th. Director David Lean and writer Noël Coward made the ordinary romantic in this beloved British film starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. Through a series of clandestine encounters in train-station tea-rooms, they fall in love, all to the strains of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. The picture won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. It went on to international acclaim, bringing Johnson the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress.

And for a rousing good summer time, don't forget the Inter-Dependence Day Party at Finnriver Orchard this Saturday, July 16th. It's BABE on the big inflatable screen at dusk. 


See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room