First time writer directors are making some of the most inspired movies we’ve screened lately at THE SHOWROOM CINEMA, up next in that category: EIGHTH GRADE, from comedian, musician and actor Bo Burnham. Entering its fourth week THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, is the first feature documentary from director Tim Wardle. At the opposite end of that spectrum is DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT, the latest from long-time director and two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant, held-over for a second week. Add to the mix, a special Monday night event, AN EVENING WITH THE New York Times OP-DOCS, and you’ve got a screening schedule unique to Asbury Park.
DETAILS OF THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULED FILMS
EIGHTH GRADE is the story of thirteen-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher, who has been earning rave reviews for her performance) who endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school. LEARN MORE, WATCH THE TRAILER & PURCHASE TICKETS.
“An astutely observed film built around honesty and genuine emotion, it’s smart, funny and heartbreaking — and it shouldn’t be missed.” – Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS are David Kellman, Bobby Shafran and Eddy Galland, identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted by three different families. When they are reunited by random coincidence, their feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity. Their fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret – a secret with radical repercussions for us all. LEARN MORE, WATCH THE TRAILER & PURCHASE TICKETS.
“Blending excellent reporting and strong storytelling, this is a disturbing film truly stranger than fiction.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Joaquin Phoenix heads a stellar cast that includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black, in DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT, which is based on the autobiography of cartoonist John Callahan. When an all-night bender ends in a catastrophic car accident, the last thing Callahan (Phoenix) intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment, he discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop an international following and grant him a new lease on life. LEARN MORE, WATCH THE TRAILER & PURCHASE TICKETS.
“The film’s shape comes from an unsparing central performance by Joaquin Phoenix and strong support from an eclectic ensemble cast. – Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press
AN EVENING WITH THE NYT OP-DOCS. Monday, August 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 PM. The 6:30 show is SOLD OUT!
Join us to view five short films from Op-Docs, The New York Times’s Emmy-winning short documentary series. And hear from some of the filmmakers, along with Op-Docs supervising editor Andrew Blackwell. Celebrate great filmmaking, see the work on a large screen and find out what went into making it.
The program will include: “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes” by Charlie Tyrell, a 2018 Sundance Film Festival premiere; “The Happiest Guy in the World” by Harvard undergraduate Lance Oppenheim, about a man who boarded his first cruise 20 years ago and hasn’t returned; “The Last Storm” by Liam Saint-Pierre, on a man battling cancer and storm chasing; “The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan” by Roopa Gogineni, about a satirical puppet show that mocks an authoritarian ruler; and “The Blue Line” by Brooklyn-based Samantha Knowles, about racial tensions in her hometown.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not available at the ShowRoom box office or on the ShowRoom website. They are available only at: http://timesevents.nytimes.com/opdocsasbury
HORROR CHURCH presents FRANKENSTEIN. “Frankenstein” is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein”, who creates a monster, by taking body parts from dead people. Upon placing a brain inside the head of the monster, Henry and his assistant Fritz are amazed that the experiment is alive. When the monster mistakenly kills Maria, a young girl he meets down by the river, the town is up in arms and aims to bring the monster to justice. They find the monster and his creator in an old windmill, where the monster is attempting to kill his maker. Sunday, August 19th at 11:00 AM.
“The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.”– Elliott Stein, Village Voice
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – THE MUSICAL. This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you. An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war… Experience this “old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance” (The Wall Street Journal). Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 PM only.
ONE NIGHT ONLY: JOAN JETT, BAD REPUTATION. From the press release: Joan Jett is so much more than “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” It’s true, she became mega-famous from the number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV. But that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, and influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: even though people tried to define Jett and keep her stuck to one hit, she never compromised. Wednesday, September 26th. Details to come.
PARKING IN THE PARK: We all know that Asbury Park has evolved a great deal over the past few years, and one of the costs of that evolution is competition for street parking. Allow yourself plenty of time to find parking when driving to the theatre, especially on the weekends. We recommend 2 of the best kept secrets – the City Hall parking lot on Main Street with its entrance on Bangs Ave. and the train station lot on Springwood Avenue. Both are striped to accommodate hourly parking at the pay stations all over town. And while we’re on the subject of parking, have you tried the parking app Asbury Park? No more searching for a pay station, and you can even set it up to remind you when your time is about to expire. Available at Google Play and iTunes. We don’t want you to miss even a minute of our fantastic films!
FUTURE FILMS WE ARE ANTICIPATING: Movies listed as “Coming Soon” are films The ShowRoom Cinema would like to present and is actively trying to book. However, we don’t always know if or when we will be able to actually get them from distributors. We set showtimes on a week-by-week basis and will announce them as soon as we can confirm them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We look forward to bringing these films to THE SHOWROOM CINEMA and want you to know how much you support our theater by seeing them with us: THE BOOKSHOP; CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME; FAR FROM THE TREE; THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST; MCQUEEN; LOVE GILDA; 93QUEEN; GENERATION WEALTH; THE LITTLE STRANGER; SHOCK AND AWE; WHO WE ARE NOW; LEAVE NO TRACE; BOY ERASED; BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY; WELCOME TO MARWEN; METANGI, MAYA, M.I.; ON THE BASIS OF SEX; AN ACTOR PREPARES; JULIET NAKED; LIFE ITSELF; WE THE ANIMALS; BEAUTIFUL BOY; JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION; BROADWAY ON SCREEN – AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SHOWROOM CINEMA.