Isle of Dogs, Borg vs. McEnroe, Stalin & American Impressionism

New this week is another in the retrospective sports movies about larger issues, BORG VS. MCENROE Much like the sports rivalry that culminated with the icy battle of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, this film pits two diametrically opposed personalities in their fiercest on court battle. You might say conflict is the theme of the next film, too, as a young boy defies city hall when he travels to the ISLE OF DOGS in search of his beloved pet. And then there is – THE DEATH OF STALIN, the dark comedy that examines the jockeying for position by the Soviet inner circle after, you guessed it, Stalin’s death. Come see how these struggles are resolved.

 Set in Japan, ISLE OF DOGS follows the odyssey of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. Directed by Wes Anderson and including the voices of Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, and others. LEARN MORE.

One of Wes Anderson’s best movies, an imaginative and amusing travelogue through incredible settings, populated by wonderful characters, with a lot of heart and even a little insight. You can feel the love radiating off of this movie, like a hug from your own beloved pet. – William Bibbiani, IGN

 

BORG VS. MCENROE tells the story of the historic 1980 Wimbledon Championships, where rising American star John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) set his sights on dethroning reigning champion Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason), sparking an unprecedented media frenzy in the tennis world. At the center of the hype are two legendary tennis icons with polar opposite personas and approaches to the game. McEnroe is infamous for his brash, ferocious energy on the court and his equally spectacular, expletive-fueled tantrums, whereas Borg’s coolly composed, elegant style of play complements his unflappable public demeanor. However, both men are hiding deep anxieties, locked in battle with their inner demons. Directed by Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen. LEARN MORE.

This fabulous, moody film isn’t your typical jock flick where bitter rivals compete to a crowning, sweaty end. There isn’t a real victor in Borg Vs. McEnroe and the points don’t prove anything. It’s less a tennis movie than a meditation on the personal costs of chasing excellence. – Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press

 

An uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire, THE DEATH OF STALIN visits 1953 Moscow where the tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin has just dropped dead and his 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). LEARN MORE.

 Iannucci is at it again in his usual uproarious fashion, slinging gags like weapons and flinging devastating one-liners like Molotov cocktails.”  – Sarah Ward, Concrete Playground

 

The EXHIBITION ON SCREEN series continues to bring out the crowds with THE ARTIST’S GARDEN: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM, screening Sunday, April 15th at 12:30 PM and Monday, April 16th at 7:30 PM. It follows the sell-out exhibition The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, on its journey from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the ‘home’ of the movement – Florence Griswold’s colony at Old Lyme. Famed as a “place for high thinking and low living”, the colony attracted a host of influential painters including Henry Ward Ranger and Willard Metcalf..

Good news for those of you who missed the first entry in the series, CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE: it will be returning Sunday, May 6th at 12:30 PM and Monday, May 7th at 7:30 PM. Also on the schedule: VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING (June 10th and 11th) and I, CLAUDE MONET (June 24th and 25th). Tickets are available now for these special screenings, at the box office and our website.

 

NEW AND NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART:  Turn your Sunday mornings into a hair-raising, spine-chilling experience at HORROR CHURCH, screenings of blood-curdling, classic films. Kicking off the series are titles from the studio that redefined the genre in the ‘50’s, HAMMER FILMS. And, of course, come hungry so you can indulge in our Incredible Edibles, including Purple Glaze Bloody Good Donuts. Start your Sundays classically horrified, at The ShowRoom’s HORROR CHURCH. The series opens Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 AM with HORROR OF DRACULA, starring Christopher Lee and Peter CushingCOME PRAY AT THE CHURCH OF GHOULISH DELIGHTS. LEARN MORE

 

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;   GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI; ISMAEL’S GHOSTS.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SHOWROOM CINEMA.

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