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#304 June 13, 2017

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    By Entertainer

    Matt writes: We are certain that Roger Ebert would've been thrilled by director Patty Jenkins' recent record-shattering triumph. Her superhero blockbuster, "Wonder Woman," had the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film directed by a woman, and has earned widespread acclaim from both audiences and critics (including our own). It is only Jenkins' second feature, arriving 14 years after her astonishing debut, "Monster," which was hailed by Ebert as the best film of 2003, containing a performance by Charlize Theron that was dubbed by the critic as one of the greatest in cinema history (Theron went on to win the Best Actress Oscar). For more articles on "Wonder Woman," check out our recent Thumbnails section, as well as the following two articles: Jessica Ritchey's "Wonder Women of a Certain Age" and Brian Tallerico's report on seeing the film in 4DX.



    Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Michael Green (based on the memoir by Agatha Christie). Starring Johnny DeppKenneth BranaghDaisy Ridley. Synopsis: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. Opens in US theaters on November 10th, 2017.

    Endless Poetry (2017). Written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Starring Adan JodorowskyBrontis JodorowskyLeandro Taub. Synopsis: Charts the years of a Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations. US release date is TBA.

    The Putin Interviews

     (2017). Directed by Oliver StoneSynopsis: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone interviews the Russian president Vladimir Putin about divisive issues related to the US-Russia relations. Premieres on Showtime on June 12th, 2017.

    Logan Lucky (2017). Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Rebecca Blunt. Starring Katherine WaterstonRiley KeoughDaniel Craig. Synopsis: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Opens in US theaters on August 18th, 2017.

    Tiger Girl (2017). Directed by Jakob Lass. Written by Jakob Lass, Eva-Maria ReimerInes SchillerHannah Schopf and Nico Woche. Starring Ella RumpfMaria-Victoria DragusEnno Trebs. Synopsis: Tiger gets what she wants. Vanilla does not know what she wants. Apart from one important thing: a uniform. US release date is TBA.

    The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017). Directed by Patrick Hughes. Written by Tom O'Connor. Starring Salma HayekRyan ReynoldsSamuel L. Jackson. Synopsis: The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time. Opens in US theaters on August 18th, 2017.

    Landline (2017). Directed by Gillian Robespierre. Written by Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre. Starring Jenny SlateFinn WittrockJohn Turturro. Synopsis: In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair. Opens in US theaters on July 21st, 2017.

    Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017). Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Written by Riko Sakaguchi and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (based on the novel by Mary Stewart). Starring Hana SugisakiRyûnosuke KamikiYûki Amami. Synopsis: The first feature film from Studio Ponoc. US release date is TBA.

    Unforgiven (1992), restoration. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by David Webb Peoples. Starring Clint EastwoodGene HackmanMorgan Freeman. Synopsis: Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. US release date is TBA.

    The Mountain Between Us (2017). Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Written by J. Mills Goodloe and Chris Weitz (based on the novel by Charles Martin). Starring Idris ElbaKate WinsletDermot Mulroney. Synopsis: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Opens in US theaters on October 6th, 2017.

    Ripped (2017). Directed by Brad Epstein. Written by Billiam Coronel and Brad Epstein. Starring Alex MenesesFaizon LoveBridger Zadina. Synopsis: Comedy that tells the story of two free spirited stoners who, after smoking some top secret pot created by the CIA in 1986, find themselves catapulted into 2016. Opens in US theaters on June 23rd, 2017.

    Victoria & Abdul (2017). Directed by Stephen Frears. Written by Lee Hall (based on the novel by Shrabani Basu). Starring Judi DenchOlivia WilliamsMichael Gambon. Synopsis: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Opens in US theaters on September 22nd, 2017.

    American Made (2017). Directed by Doug Liman. Written by Gary Spinelli. Starring Tom CruiseCaleb Landry JonesJesse PlemonsSynopsis: A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s. Opens in US theaters on September 29th, 2017.

    Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017). Written and directed by Angela Robinson. Starring Luke EvansBella HeathcoteRebecca Hall. Synopsis: Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. US release date is TBA.

    Seven Sisters (2017). Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Written by Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson. Starring Noomi RapaceWillem DafoeGlenn Close. Synopsis: In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own. US release date is TBA.

    Killing Ground (2017). Written and directed by Damien PowerStarring Stephen HunterAaron PedersenTiarnie Coupland. Synopsis: A couples camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime. Opens in US theaters on July 21st, 2017.

    First Kill (2017). Directed by Steven C. Miller. Written by Nick Gordon. Starring Bruce WillisHayden ChristensenGethin Anthony. Synopsis: A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son's life. Opens in US theaters on July 21st, 2017.

    Coco (2017). Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Written by Adrian Molina. Starring Alanna UbachBenjamin BrattGael García Bernal. Synopsis: A 12-year-old boy named Miguel sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion. Opens in US theaters on November 22nd, 2017.

    Gabriela Cowperthwaite on "Megan Leavey"

    Matt writes: Nell Minow chats with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite about her new movie, "Megan Leavey." Minow's fellow critic, Sheila O'Malley, awarded the film three-and-a-half stars.


    Cannes Film Festival 2017

    Matt writes: Check out all seven of Chaz Ebert's video dispatches from this year's Cannes Film Festival, including a critic's roundtable featuring Jason Gorber and Lisa Nesselson.


    Free Movies

    The World's Greatest Lover (1977). Written and directed by Gene Wilder. Starring Gene WilderCarol KaneDom DeLuise. Synopsis: A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree!

    Watch "The World's Greatest Lover"

    Better Off Dead (1985). Written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. Starring John CusackDavid Ogden StiersKim Darby. Synopsis: A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

    Watch "Better Off Dead"

    Gotti (1996). Directed by Robert Harmon. Written by Steve Shagan (based on the book by Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain). Starring Armand AssanteAnthony QuinnWilliam Forsythe. Synopsis: John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder. 

    Watch "Gotti"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: June 13, 2017, 5:01 am


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