A Not-To-Be-Missed Week

Good Morning From Asbury Park!  

Choices abound this week for you. Along with our regularly scheduled, first-run films, we have a couple of classics, a recent documentary with talk back and an independently written, directed and shot-in-NJ feature with the director herself to answer your questions.  By the way, APOLLO 11 is racking up audiences all over the country so at the very least, don’t miss this time capsule of one of the US’s greatest hits.

THE WEDDING GUEST: A tour through the shadowy underworlds of Pakistan and India. Jay (a very different Dev Patel) is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding – armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be. Despite his cool efficiency, things quickly spiral out of control, sending Jay and his hostage on the run across the border. “It’s all quite gorgeous, and surprisingly moving. The Wedding Guest shows just how much you can do with a wisp of a story and a whole lot of cinematic vision.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine.  LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE: Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. Spanish with English subtitles. “Three viewings in, I’m still flabbergasted by the scope and detail of this movie, and in awe of the way its unique version of a ‘crime-doesn’t-pay’ story totally pays off.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

APOLLO 11: A cinematic event, fifty years in the making, starting out with the audiotapes between NASA and the 3 astronauts, and developed into this documentary that is both immersive and technically captivating. Featuring never-before-seen film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments, this is a ‘behind the scenes’ of the Apollo 11 mission that was the first to get humankind to the moon. Film footage from 1969 was restored and colorized in incredible detail, putting you in the cockpit with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. “Apollo 11 isn’t like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In fact it isn’t like most other movies, period.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com. LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.

A TUBA TO CUBA: The leader of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. The film celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls. And as for hometown flavor, Toms River native Danny Clinch is one of the directors of this film. Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in the New York Times“High on music and hot with the thrill of discovery, A TUBA TO CUBA swarms with shiny happy people.” LEARN MORE AND WATCH THE TRAILER.


Next up for our late fright night Fridays –  GRAVEYARD SHIFT PRESENTS: THE EXORCIST –FRIDAY, MARCH 15 AT 10:00PM.  This 1973 classic captured audiences and explored the little then known Catholic practice of exorcism, or the method used by priests to rid the body of demons.    When a 12 year old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. Starring Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow. See if the special effects still have the power to make you jump out of your seat!!!! LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

HORROR CHURCH PRESENTS: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN – SUNDAY, MARCH 17 AT 11:00AM – The third of the Frankenstein series,  this film unties for the last time, Boris Karloff as the monster with Bela Lagosi as the character, Ygor.  Ygor is a demented blacksmith, who while sentenced to death for a grave robbing, nonetheless survives, leaving him garishly deformed as the result of the bungled hanging and obsessed by the jury who convicted him.  The heir to the family castle looking to clear his father’s name, Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, is played by a young Basil Rathbone.  Frankenstein finds his father’s monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor, who is bent on revenge. Starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

REEL JERSEY GIRLS: SUNDAY, MARCH 17th at 3:00pm, in honor of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, come join the Fort Lee Film Commission/ Barrymore Film Center and us for a day of celebrating the phenomenal work the women of NJ have done in the film industry. Festivities begins with the screening the 1912 short ALGIE THE MINER, a short film directed by Alice Guy Blache, the first female studio owner, who ran Solax Studios in Fort Lee, NJ. Then, writer/director Jenna Laurenzo, a NJ native, will introduce and screen her film LEZ BOMB, the story of a closeted gay woman that brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving dinner. Afterwards, Laurenzo will host a Q&A session, and will be presented the 2019 Alice Guy Blache Award by the BFC. Program sponsored by Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Fortune Web Marketing, Medusa Stone Fired Kitchen, Purple Glaze Donuts, Revelation Creative, Sea + Green, words! Bookstore. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

RBG–MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY LIVE at The Showroom: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th at 7:30PM. Join us for a special screening of RBG. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. Then stay after the movie for a live talk/Q&A with Monmouth University professor Lisa M. Dinella, Ph.D. Professor Dinella is the director of the Gender Studies program at Monmouth University, as well as being the Principal Investigator of the Gender Development Laboratory. She has written the book Gender Typing of Children’s Toys: How Early Play Experiences Impact Development. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE:  ELECTRIC CHURCH – SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH at 7:30PM. Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival. The performance footage of the Experience has been carefully restored from the original negative in high definition. The audio soundtrack includes stereo and 5.1 surround mixes by Eddie Kramer directly from the original master tapes. This special one night only screening is sponsored by Purple Glaze Donuts, but of course. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

UPDATE: THE SHOWROOM CINEMA BRADLEY BEACH: When? WHEN? But really, WHEN WILL YOU BE OPEN????? First of all, thank you for caring. We are overwhelmed by the interest and are encouraged that everyone who is asking will be first in to visit once the theater opens its doors.  We can only say, if you have ever been involved in a renovation, you may have an idea of the process  We had expected to sprinkle on a little glitter and reopen as soon as possible.  Alas, we found issues we could not ignore – structural, electrical, plumbing – repairs and replacements you’ll probably never notice, but once brought to our attention, we had to address. The good news is we ARE making progress and we look to open as soon as we have all the approvals we need.  Thank you for your eagerness on our behalf and we’ll set a date as soon as we see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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:   GLORIA BELL, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER, EVERYBODY KNOWS, WOMAN AT WAR, THE AFTERMATH, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, AMAZING GRACE.


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