Rocky’s Review
Tully & Giselle

For Charlize Theron, acting means going beyond the script. And she doesn't shy away from subverting traditional notions of beauty to get into character: wearing mottled makeup and rotting teeth to play the serial killer Aileen Wuornos in MONSTER (and winning an Oscar); adding sinewy muscle and shaving her head as the one-armed warrior Furiosa in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; fighting so hard in hand-to-hand combat while filming ATOMIC BLONDE that she bruised ribs and cracked teeth.

     So she wasn't about to climb into a wear padding for TULLY, her second collaboration, after YOUNG ADULT, with director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody. 

     For the film, which opens Friday in the Rose and Starlight Room, she gained nearly 50 pounds to play Marlo, an end-of-her-tether mother of three who reluctantly accepts her wealthy brother's gift of a night-nurse, the Mary Poppins-esque Tully. (Excerpted from The New York Times) "Charlize Theron gives a fearless performance." - Variety. "A bitingly funny, deeply empathetic ode to motherhood." - Film Journal. Listen to this great interview with Ms. Theron on NPR.

     Known for his fusion of contemporary dance and Indian kathak dance, Akram Kahn's much talked-about reimagining of GISELLE updates the famous 1841 classic to a world of migrant workers and powerful landlords. The production by the English National Ballet was an immediate success with both critics and the public when it premiered in 2016. We're presenting this stunning production this Saturday and Sunday in the Rose at noon. "It may well rank as a masterpiece of 21st century dance." -Mail on Sunday

     AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR literally set world attendance records this past weekend, and continues for a second week in the Rose. Both DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY and LIVES WELL LIVED close out their engagements this Thursday. And Wes Anderson's ISLE OF DOGS is here for one more week, moving upstairs to the Starlight Room Friday as matinees.

     FROM HERE TO ETERNITY this Wednesday night in the Starlight is sold out, and tickets are going fast for HAIR (5/12) and the hilarious BALL OF FIRE (5/16) with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper.

--Rocky