Stalin, Gemini, Nick Cave, Cezanne and The Jersey Devil

TWO new movies take over on our regular schedule this week, the long awaited comedy THE DEATH OF STALIN and the neo-noir GEMINI.   In addition we are welcoming films about the Jersey Devil, the painter Paul Cézanne and the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. A real variety of films to suit the diverse tastes of our many fans. All the more reason to try one or more ways to stay warm inside as the unseasonably cold weather continues for another week.

 

THE DEATH OF STALIN is an uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies 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). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? 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. LEARN MORE.

 Buscemi leads the cast valiantly in what are sharp comedic performances all around, guided by Iannucci’s most savage political satire to date.”  – Molly Laich, Missoula Independent

 

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke – MISTRESS AMERICA, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, GONE GIRL) and her Hollywood starlet boss (Zoë Kravitz – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, DIVERGENT) in GEMINI. As the assistant travels across Los Angeles to unravel the mystery, she must stay one step ahead of a determined policeman (John Cho – STAR TREK, HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE) and confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity. Written and directed by Aaron Katz. LEARN MORE.

There’s a ghostly aura over Katz’s L.A., even in broad daylight; the city feels thick with the possibility of double lives. – Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

THE JERSEY DEVIL FILM FESTIVAL opens tonight with a special 20th Anniversary screening of the genre defining, found-film classic THE LAST BROADCAST.   There are just a few tickets left for this Jersey-made original that will open the first annual Jersey Devil celebration, which is taking place in partnership with Paranormal Books and Curiosities. A post film Question & Answer session, hosted by Alex Biese of the Asbury Park Press, with co-director Lance Weiler and some of the cast members will give budding filmmakers a chance to see what they’ve been up to since the film’s debut in 1998. In addition, we are also screening 2 shorts selected from those that were entered in the festival before TLB screening, so you can experience the work of current filmmakers looking to illustrate Jersey’s homegrown monster. Friday, April 6 at 7:30 PM.

 

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: The EXHIBITION ON SCREEN series returns this week with CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE screening Sunday, April 8th at 12:30 PM and Monday, April 9th at 7:30 PM. A side note: the Cézanne portrait show that is the basis of this film is now on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. through July 1st. LEARN MORE.

Good news for those of you who missed the CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE screening: it will be returning Sunday, May 6th at 12:30 PM and Monday, May 7th at 7:30 PM. Also on the schedule: THE ARTIST’S GARDEN: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM (April 15th and 16th), VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING (June 10th and 11th) and I, CLAUDE MONET (June 24th and 25th). Buy your tickets in advance for these special screenings. 

 

Tickets are also going fast for DISTANT SKY: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – LIVE IN COPENHAGEN, our special one night only, worldwide screening. Recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, the film captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from this unique band. Performing exquisite compositions from the new album Skeleton Tree alongside their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in 3 years provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike, renewing a profound and intimate relationship wherever they played. The band’s acclaimed tour started in Australia in January 2017 before tearing across the USA and ending in Europe, with some of the best reviews of their decorated career. Directed by award winning filmmaker David Barnard. Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 PM. LEARN MORE.

★★★★★ “Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful” –The Independent

 

WHAT!!!??? THAT FILM I WANTED TO SEE IS GONE?!? Yes, sorry, but we must move on if attendance is not strong for the great films we screen during the first week they screen. You have to understand, we’d like to hold all our films for 3 or more weeks but YOU have to help us by coming to see the film the week it opens. We can appreciate that you are busy, who isn’t, but we take our lead from you, if you don’t come, we have to assume our audience just doesn’t find the film as compelling here in Asbury Park as elsewhere and we must try other titles.

 

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;  ISLE OF DOGS;  MOUNTAIN;  THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS;   YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE;  RBG;  BORG/MCENROE;  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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