WONDER WOMAN is the first superhero movie in over a decade to feature a woman as its title character, and the first time a female director (Patty Jenkins) will be in charge of such a film. And it will also be the first time that Wonder Woman - a seminal character dating from 1941 in the DC Comics universe - will be the star of a feature film. I don't know why it took Hollywood so long, but thank goodness WONDER WOMAN has finally arrived, and to such glowing reviews: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie opens in the Rose this Thursday, and if you say to the person behind the concession that evening, "I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolytal!" then the popcorn (any size) will be FREE.
Opening in the Rosebud Friday are two highly regarded documentaries: RISK, from Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR), and HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY. Poitras returns with her most personal film to date. Filmed over six years, RISK is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and it's controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization (WikiLeaks) he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. "Feels richer than even CITIZENFOUR for the way its foundation constantly shifts beneath our feet." -Slant Magazine
WONDER WOMAN is close, at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, but earth-bound mortals HAROLD AND LILLIAN reached 100%. Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don't recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks and Stanley Kubrick. Through an mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that helped shape the films we love. Both RISK and HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVER STORY will be playing in the Rosebud for just one week.
THE LOVERS move up to the Starlight Room this Friday, and ALIEN: COVENANT ends this Thursday afternoon.