Rocky’s Review
Women & Film

A group of very talented women dominate our screens beginning this Friday, August 11th. Zoe Lister-Jones is the writer, director and star of BAND AID, the hilarious feature about Ana (Lister-Jones) and her husband Ben (Adam Pally), who can't stop fighting. In a last ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave, (Fred Armisen), they start a band. A story of love, loss and rock and roll, BAND AID is a witty and perceptive view of modern love, with some seriously catchy tunes.

     If you've never heard of Florence Pugh, and I hadn't, that's about to change. This 21-year-old English actress is garnering glowing reviews as LADY MACBETH. "Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch." - Variety. "Newcomer Florence Pugh, in a performance that will soon become legendary, dives deep into this terrifically twisted, erotic thriller and makes it matter." -Rolling Stone. LADY MACBETH opens in the Rosebud this Friday.

     Would it be a real summer without a raunchy sex comedy? Not as far as Hollywood is concerned. GIRLS TRIP and a Starlight Room cocktail seems like a match made in R-rated heaven. Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish bring some serious fun to their roles in this good-hearted celebration of friendship. It's a BRIDESMAIDS-meets-THE HANGOVER comedy, "as funny as it needs to be, and possibly funnier." -Seattle Times

     David Lean's OLIVER TWIST in the Starlight Room tonight with film scholar Ted Walch is sold out. Part 2 of ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA plays this Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. THE BIG SICK and ATOMIC BLONDE play through Thursday (8/10) only. AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWERis holding over in the Rose for another week.

     Although it's more than a month away, I'm very excited to have just booked MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA from director Bertrand Tavernier. Tavernier's perspective on movies is matched only by that of Martin Scorsese. This magnificent, epic documentary has been a lifetime in the making. His observations and reminiscences are never less than penetrating and always deeply personal. "Any cineaste worth his salt will want to devour this film. It's a love letter straight from the heart." -Screen Daily. The movie plays the four days following the Port Townsend Film Festival - Monday, Sept. 18 - Thursday, Sept. 21. View the trailer.