Rocky’s Review
Time For Change

"The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion." -Frederick Douglass      People around the world are marching in solidarity and shouting, enough is enough - racism must end. The death of George Floyd has united citizens in calling for immediate action, otherwise we are all complicit in perpetuating this injustice. 

     To better educate ourselves in the history of systemic inequality, our friends at Magnolia Pictures have put together a trio of films available to viewers in perpetuity, instead of the usual 72-hour viewing window. This offer is good through June 30th. Each title may be purchased for $6.99, or all three for $15. The Rose's entire share of ticket proceeds will be donated to Color of Change, an organization that helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world.

     All three movies begin streaming through the Rose website today, Wednesday, June 10th. The films include I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2017), based on an unpublished book by James Baldwin about the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends - Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. "A brilliant piece of film writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history, it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now." -Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

     Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE STREETS? (2017) is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. The killing of Michael Brown by police marked the breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, empowered citizens become the torchbearers of a new resistance. [The film] "presents so many important images - racism, hatred and so much love and dares you not to be moved." -Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

   TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (2019) offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. Ms. Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a "little black girl" seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. "It reminds you how long she had to wait for the recognition she so richly deserved, and what a distinctive, generous, funny, astute, self-doubting, unstoppable and formidable figure she was along the way." -Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

     And opening July 3rd, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE.