Rocky’s Review
Thank You

Thank you. For me, this past weekend was the first weekend in nearly two years when the energy around the Rose and Starlight was more than just a pre-pandemic memory. It was the combination of programming - 6 movies, 1 opera, 1 ballet - shades of Spring, and the precipitous decline of Omicron. It was the energy, the ineffable but tangible enthusiasm that you bring to the theatre. Thank you for returning.

     We are giving away 50 complimentary tickets to see WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA, divided between the two shows Friday (4:00, 7:15) and Saturday's matinee (4:00). They are available only at the box office beginning Friday at 3:30. The movie will be playing for one week. "It's unlikely that any lecture documentary since 'An Inconvenient Truth' has had the galvanizing potential of 'Who We Are' - and if that sounds like faint praise, it isn't meant that way." -New York Times. "Speaks to the power of cinema to reflect the times by sparking conversations and changing minds." -TheWrap

     BREAKING BREAD is also about changing minds, and delicious food. Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel  - the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef - is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, BREAKING BREAD illustrates what happens when people focus on the person rather than religion; on the public, rather than the politicians. "...delivers comfort food in every sense of the expression, from the mouthwatering Middle Eastern delicacies on view to the soul-nourishing displays of peacemaking compassion." -Washington Post

     BELFAST - nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture - returns for just two days, 2/16 and 2/17. And only 6 tickets remain for THE WOMEN, our Classics Film in the Starlight this Sunday evening. 

     LICORICE PIZZA is a hit and continues to sell out, and coming next Friday (2/25) two more lighthearted gems - CYRANO and THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD. Also, the always popular OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS - live action, animation and documentary.
     
     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