Advertisement
  1. Arts & Entertainment

See an Oscar winner and a Rosie Marie doc at Tampa Theatre, plus more new movies

Rose Marie and Dick Van Dyke, from the documentary "Wait for Your Laugh." (Photo by Robert Enger, courtesy of rosemariemovie.com)
Published Mar. 9, 2018

Tampa Theatre celebrates International Women's Day all week with two movies about fantastic women, one a real-life trailblazer and the other a fictional Oscar winner.

Wait for Your Laugh(PG-13) is a sweet documentary on the show biz time capsule career of Rose Marie, who died in December at age 94. Known to millions as part of The Dick Van Dyke Show's classic ensemble, Rose Marie was also a woman of firsts: a vaudeville child star before Shirley Temple, a one-name celebrity before Cher and Madonna were born.

Jason Wise's documentary is packed with extraordinary footage of her journey through Las Vegas, Broadway, Hollywood and whistle stops in-between; it seems someone had a camera rolling at all times. Talking heads include Van Dyke and series creator Carl Reiner. Re-enactments of key scenes like mobsters Al Capone then Bugsy Siegel taking Rose Marie under his wing are necessary bio-doc evils.

Gloriously, uproariously, there's Rose Marie herself, sharp and tart as ever with total recall of every juicy moment, every conversation. A portrait of an indefatigable entertainer emerges, restless when she wasn't working and fearless when she was.

Wait for Your Laugh plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The final screening will be introduced by University of South Florida professor of women's and gender studies Diane Price Herndl. B+

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

A Fantastic Woman (R) takes over Tampa Theatre starting Friday, hot off Sunday's Academy Awards win for best foreign language film, a first for Chile. Transgender actor Daniela Vega is haunting in the title role, a restaurant server and nightclub singer named Marina Vidal whose well-to-do, older lover Orlando (Francisco Reyes) suddenly dies.

Marina's grief is matched by the disdain of Orlando's ex-wife, more for the other woman's gender identity than infidelity. The family won't allow Marina to pay last respects, their protests turning abusive. She's determined to be there. Meanwhile, Marina's gender also makes her suspect to police investigating Orlando's death.

Director and co-writer Sebastian Lelio keeps the melodrama muted, allowing Vega's expressive passivity to move viewers. She's a tragically striking character, a face of abruptly lost love seldom seen in movies. Already a sketchy narrative, A Fantastic Woman veers off track when Daniela does, going glam and lurid with little else accomplished dramatically. Then, like her, the movie pulls itself back together with class. B

OPENING FRIDAY: A WRINKLE IN TIME

2018's next multiplex-packer is bound to be A Wrinkle in Time (PG) based on Madeleine L'Engle's novel, a touchstone of youth for many. Even those who haven't read the book must be excited by the casting and phantasmagorical eye candy promised in trailers.

Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling star as space-traveling sorcerers helping a young girl (Storm Reid) find her missing scientist father (Chris Hemsworth).

THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

Ten years in a long time to wait for any sequel but the audience for The Strangers: Prey At Night (R) don't mind. Any home invasion horror yarn would suit them. This one's a mobile home invasion yarn, set in a remote trailer park where a mad mom (Christina Hendricks, Mad Men) defends her family against a trio of masked killers. I can wait another 10 years.

GRINGO

David Oyelowo (Selma), plays a meek businessman dragged into a Mexican marijuana cartel in Gringo (R) co-starring Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried. It's from Amazon Studios, so after this limited release it'll be at your fingertips in no time.

THE HURRICANE HEIST

Rob Cohen's crime thriller The Hurricane Heist (PG-13) just might beat Gringo to home video, or Redbox at least. Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) leads high-tech criminals in robbing the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane bears down. One of the crooks is nicknamed Breeze, get it?

in theaters: our Top 5

Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:

1Black Panther: Marvel's latest superhero (Chadwick Boseman) is a cultural game changer.

2Annihilation: Alex Garland's sci-fi bio-puzzle starring Natalie Portman.

3Red Sparrow: An unapologetically sexist, sadistic spy yarn starring Jennifer Lawrence, above.

4A Fantastic Woman: Daniela Vega fits that description. Opens Friday at Tampa Theatre.

5Early Man: Nick Park's stop-motion clay animation style never gets old.

UPCOMING RELEASES

(Dates subject to change)

March 16: Tomb Raider; Love, Simon

March 23: Isle of Dogs; Pacific Rim: Uprising; Sherlock Gnomes; Midnight Sun; Unsane

March 30: Ready Player One

April 6: A Quiet Place; Blockers; You Were Never Really Here; Chappaquiddick

April 13: Overboard; Truth or Dare

April 20: Rampage; Super Troopers 2; Dolphins; Duck Duck Goose

April 27: Animal Crackers; Traffik

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. 1 hour ago• Arts & Entertainment
    The Barrel-Aged Ramble Tamble spends time resting in bourbon barrels from St. Petersburg’s Horse Soldier Bourbon. Photo courtesy of Geneva Johnson
    The Tampa brewery’s American wheatwine spends some time in bourbon barrels.
  2. 2 hours ago• Arts & Entertainment
    Roll-up shutters create an open-air format in a space evenly divided between indoor seating and a patio. Photo courtesy of Salt Public House
    The Indian Rocks Beach venue’s casual atmosphere belies its elevated food and drink. | Bar review
  3. Garry Winogrand's "Laughing Woman with Ice Cream Cone",1968, on loan from the Kemper Museum in San Francisco. © The Estate of  Garry Winogrand. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    “Controversial” is just one adjective applied to these black-and-white photographs at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
  4. The sun sets in the Everglades just east of Naples as seen from the Tamiami Trail. J. PAT CARTER  |  Associated Press
    The environmental challenges of preserving a place that meant so much and drew so many of us here should serve as a rallying cry for all Floridians.
  5. Cheez Its. San Luis Obispo Tribune (2005)
    Some boxes of Cheese Nips are being recalled. Do people even like Cheese Nips?
  6. Ephraim Sykes participates in the 73rd annual Tony Awards "Meet the Nominees" press day at the Sofitel New York on May 1 in New York. CHARLES SYKES  |  Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
    ‘MJ’ will open July 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
  7. Ariana Grande, pictured in June 2018 at a performance in Los Angeles, won her first Grammy earlier this year and on Wednesday scored five Grammy Award nominations. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Invision
    She’s canceled one show this week due to illness, but the fresh five-time Grammy nominee still plans to play Amalie Arena.
  8. Elton John performs during his farewell tour at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 4. He'll be back on May 26. JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Plus, Martin Lawrence, Harry Styles, Melissa Etheridge, Whindersson Nunes and more.
  9. Diners at Yummy House in Tampa. Times (2018)
    Escape the traditional holiday menus at these Tampa Bay restaurants.
  10. Yesterday• Arts & Entertainment
     Justin Grant
    The Lakeland brewery delivers a lively, medium-bodied pale ale. | Local craft beer of the week
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement