Rose Theatre


The answer was right in front of me, but I couldn't see it. I was searching for a common thread among the three features opening this Friday - BECOMING ASTRID, BEAUTIFUL BOY and MARIA BY CALLAS - when the answer finally revealed itself; each character - a true-life story - found their voice through writing.

Past Rocky's Reviews

Widows, 11/29/18

Hate / Heal, 11/4/18

Free Solo, 10/25/18

Wife / Colette, 10/13/18

A Star is Born, 10/4/18

Gilda & Co., 9/25/18

Sweet Spot, 9/12/18

Programming Movies, 8/30/18

Spike Lee, 8/16/18

Marc Forster, 8/2/18

New York, 7/26/18

Fathers & Daughters, 7/15/18

Fred, 7/7/18

Rider / Rogers, 6/27/18

Write with Light, 6/15/18

The Two Rachels, 6/6/18

Disobedience, 5/31/18

RBG, 5/16/18

Tully & Giselle, 5/4/18

Senior Superheroes, 4/28/18

Northwest Stories, 4/19/18

Woof!, 4/14/18

Sonia & Andy, 4/5/18

Comedy! Comedy! Comedy!, 3/29/18

Stormy Weather, 3/14/18

Allison Janney, 3/2/18

Oscar Week, 2/22/18

Sam Shepard, 2/9/18

Hedy Lamarr, 1/31/18

Best Parent, 1/27/18

The Shape of Water, 1/10/18

Rosamond Purcell, 1/6/18

Goldsworthy & Oldman, 12/28/17

Frances McDormand, 12/24/17

Star Wars and Lady Bird, 12/13/17

Paris Pilgrimage, 11/28/17

Greta Gerwig, 11/22/17

Refrigerators, 11/16/17

Herb & Dorothy and more, 11/13/17

Remarkable Individuals, 11/1/17

Loving Vincent, 10/26/17

Royalty Rules, 10/13/17

Battle of the Sexes, 9/28/17

Greetings From Telluride, 9/10/17

Wind River & Spain, 8/31/17

Columbus, 8/25/17

Women & Film, 8/10/17

Inconvenient Sequel, 8/6/17

Mother & Daughter, 7/14/17

25th Anniversary, 6/27/17

Wonder Woman, 6/3/17

Laura, Chuck & Norman, 5/20/17

Happy Trails, Renée, 5/13/17

A Swan Lake, 5/3/17

Swiss Cows, 4/25/17

Dance on Camera - Day 2, 4/23/17

Zucchini, 4/6/17

Robert Osborne, 3/7/17

Poetry, 2/24/17

Amadeus, 2/2/17

POP QUIZ!, 1/21/17

I Am Not Your Negro, 1/12/17

Tangoheart, 1/5/17

Star-struck, 12/21/16

From the Balcony, 11/17/16

Mahler & Mom, 11/12/16

Alvin Ailey, 11/3/16

Community Arts Film Series, 9/29/16

17th Port Townsend Film Festival, 9/23/16

Off to Telluride, 8/31/16

PTFF Essay, 8/23/16

Wild Flowers, 8/2/16

Music Movies, 7/22/16

Summer Movies, 7/13/16

It’s Our Anniversary, 7/9/16

This Week, 6/30/16

Summer’s Greetings, 6/22/16

Love is in the air!, 6/17/16

5 New Movies, 6/8/16

Food Movies, 6/1/16

Tim Burton and more!, 5/28/16

This Week’s Great Films, 5/18/16

Steampunk Animation, Walken, Berlin Phil and more., 5/11/16

The King and I, My Golden Days and more., 5/4/16

This Week, 4/27/16

Spring Has Sprung!, 4/20/16

Spring Salutations, 4/14/16

This Week, 4/8/16

This Week, 3/30/16

J.J. Abrams, Sally Field and more., 3/23/16

New movies!, 3/18/16

A Week of Incredible International Cinema, 3/9/16

Michael Moore, Mustang, Maggie Smith and more, 3/1/16

Kaufman, Bergman, Moore and more., 2/24/16

7 Days of Oscar, 45 Years, Macbeth and more., 2/17/16

45 Years, Coen Brothers, Les Liasons Dangereuses and more, 2/10/16

Special Member Event + 6 New Movies!, 2/2/16

Elvis, Held-Over movies, Laurie Anderson, 1/26/16

This Week, 1/20/16

     BECOMING ASTRID doesn't focus on the famous writer of the Pippi Longstocking series, but rather on the spirited young woman who grew up to become a famous writer. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, Astrid accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to overcome personal challenges, and she emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work. BECOMING ASTRID is a well-told tale, anchored by an incredible performance by Danish-Swedish actress Alba August. "A gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking." -Variety. "This film about an exemplary as much a pleasure as it is a lesson."

     MARIA BY CALLAS is directed by Tom Volf, but he's likely the first to acknowledge that Ms. Callas is the true author of this work. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs - nearly all of which have never been shown to the public - the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international star and one of the greatest artists of all time. "Dazzling." -Rolling Stone. "Captivating." -The Hollywood Reporter

     BEAUTIFUL BOY is based not only on the best-selling memoir by David Sheff ("Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addcition"), but on his son Nic's memoir as well ("Tweak: Growing Up on Methaphetamines"). It's a harrowing story of recovery and relapse and the love and hard work that sees a family through a difficult time. Timothee Chalamet, the great young actor from LADY BIRD and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME stars with a cast that includes Steve Carell, Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney. "An emotional powerhouse too powerful to resist." -Rolling Stone

     Elsa Dorfman, the subject of Errol Morris's lovely documentary - THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN'S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY - also wanted to be a writer. Instead she became a photographer, a great photographer. And in this film, showing Sunday at noon, she is frank, revealing and funny. Preceding the feature is a short film by New York filmmaker Lynne Sachs. CAROLEE, BARBARA AND GUNVOR are three female filmmakers that the director has known for decades. It's a beautiful testimonial to life-long friendship and living the creative life.

     HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF BRIDGES! You are 69 years young today. Next Saturday, December 15th, we're showing, possibly for the umpteenth time, THE BIG LEBOWSKI. If you'd care to drop by, I'll save you a seat. As a door prize we're giving away two copies "The Dude And The Zen Master," The New York Timesbest-seller that you authored with the late Bernie Glassman. And Jeff, the popcorn is on the house.