Pull up to the bumper baby! GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI opened exclusively in New York City last weekend, and this weekend the grand diva comes to Asbury Park! It’s been generating a lot of buzz for its behind the scenes look at the legendary star. ISLE OF DOGS is back. It’s been a real audience pleaser, with its meticulous, artistic use of traditional stop-motion animation. And you’ll have a few more chances to see the dark comedy THE DEATH OF STALIN. We’re holding it over for the weekend. Also on the agenda: a one night only, pre-release screening of THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW, the latest installment in the New York Film Critics Series. Don’t forget to come this Sunday for the launch of our HORROR CHURCH series featuring the 1958 film HORROR OF DRACULA – garlic optional.
MOVIE DETAILS: Sophie Fiennes‘s documentary, GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI, goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself. LEARN MORE.
“The documentary is a feat of portraiture and a restoration of humanity. It’s got the uncanny, the sublime, and, in many spots, a combination of both.” – Wesley Morris, New York Times
In ISLE OF DOGS, this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on a remote island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono. LEARN MORE.
“In every way, Isle of Dogs is a celebration of craftsmanship, the antithesis of the sleek, modern style of computer animation.” – Margot Harrison, Seven Days
THE DEATH OF STALIN follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. It’s 1953 Moscow, and Stalin’s parasitic cronies begin to square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. Directed by Armando Iannucci (VEEP, IN THE LOOP). Screenings Friday through Sunday only. LEARN MORE.
“‘The Death of Stalin’ should please moviegoers who appreciate humor that’s significantly more sophisticated than we’ve become accustomed to encountering on the big screen these days.” – Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SPECIAL EVENTS: Join us for the one night only, pre-release screening of THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW, the latest film in our popular New York Film Critics Series (NYFCS). Sixteen-year-old Sebastian Prendergast, who has spent most of his life with his Nana in their geodesic dome home tourist attraction where she raises him on the futurist teachings of her former mentor Buckminster. But when a stroke sidelines Nana, Sebastian begins sneaking around with Jared, a chain-smoking, punk-obsessed 16-year-old with a heart transplant who lives in the suburbs with his bible-thumping single father Alan and teenage sister Meredith. Sebastian and Jared form a band, and with his Nana’s dreams, his first real friendship, and a church talent show at stake, Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely.
The film will be followed by a Live-On-Tape Q&A with first time director Peter Livolsi and stars Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn. Monday, April 23 at 7:30 PM. LEARN MORE.
“Awkward straight arrow meets broody rebel in ‘The House of Tomorrow,’ a confident and perfectly cast debut feature.” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
Our new HORROR CHURCH series debuts this Sunday with a screening of the Hammer Films classic… HORROR OF DRACULA. Perhaps you remember watching this movie as a child, Sunday mornings, curled up on the couch in front of the TV, scared silly? Some of us here do, and we’re looking forward to watching it on the big screen with a dedicated group of horror aficionados – and hopefully a few of the horror-curious. Come hungry so you can indulge in our Incredible Edibles, including Purple Glaze Bloody Good Donuts. Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 AM. LEARN MORE.
“Bram Stoker’s terrifying vampire creation becomes a modern classic in the adept hands of the House of Hammer.” – Alan Jones, Radio Times
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 please help support our theater by seeing them with us: GOLDSTONE; CHAPPAQUIDDICK; FINDING YOUR FEET; HANNAH; FINAL PORTRAIT; LOVELESS; TULLY; UNSANE; BACK TO BURGUNDY; BEAUTY AND THE DOGS; DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT; DISOBEDIENCE; LEAN ON PETE; MOUNTAIN; THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS; YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE; RBG; ISMAEL’S GHOSTS; HEARTS BEAT LOUD.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SHOWROOM CINEMA.