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#316 November 28, 2017

    Entertainer
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    Matt writes: With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, this year's awards season is already in full swing, with various titles vying for Oscar consideration. At RogerEbert.com, we recently reported on the nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which has often proven to be an indicator of Academy favorites. Jordan Peele's "Get Out" emerged as a frontrunner (alongside Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me By Your Name"), and also received numerous nominations from the NAACP Image Awards. Click here to read our critic Susan Wloszczyna's analysis of the powerhouse ensembles in this year's awards contenders. 

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    Trailers

    A Wrinkle in Time (2018). Directed by Ava DuVernay. Written by Jennifer Lee (based on the book by Madeleine L'Engle). Starring Chris PineReese WitherspoonGugu Mbatha-Raw. Synopsis: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Opens in US theaters on March 9th, 2018.

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017). Directed by Paul McGuigan. Written by Matt Greenhalgh (based on the memoir by Peter Turner). Starring Jamie BellAnnette BeningVanessa Redgrave. Synopsis: A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. Opens in US theaters on December 29th, 2017.

    The Final Year (2018). Directed by Greg Barker. Synopsis: A unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Opens in US theaters on January 19th, 2018.

    Journeymen (2017). Written and directed by Paddy Considine. Starring Paddy ConsidineJodie WhittakerPaul Popplewell. Synopsis: Boxer Matty Burton suffers a serious head injury during a fight. It is about the impact this has on his marriage, his life and and his family. US release date is TBA.

    12 Strong (2018). Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Written by Ted Tally and Peter Craig (based on the book by Doug Stanton). Starring Chris HemsworthElsa PatakyTaylor Sheridan. Synopsis: The story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Opens in US theaters on March 2nd, 2018.

    Rampage (2018). Directed by Brad Peyton. Written by Ryan EngleCarlton CuseRyan Condal and Adam Sztykiel (based on the video game by Brian Colin and Jeff Nauman). Starring Jeffrey Dean MorganDwayne JohnsonJoe Manganiello. Synopsis: Based on the classic 1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities. Opens in US theaters on April 20th, 2018.

    The Party (2018). Written and directed by Sally Potter. Starring Patricia ClarksonBruno GanzCherry Jones. Synopsis: Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. Opens in US theaters on February 16th, 2018.

    A Quiet Place (2018). Directed by John Krasinski. Written by John Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Starring Emily Blunt, Jon Krasinski, Noah Jupe. Synopsis: A family live an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound. Opens in US theaters on April 6th, 2018.

    The Mercy (2017). Directed by James Marsh. Written by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Rachel WeiszDavid ThewlisColin Firth. Synopsis: Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea. US release date is TBA.

    Cocaine Godmother (2018). Directed by Guillermo Navarro. Written by David McKenna. Starring Catherine Zeta-JonesRaúl MéndezJuan Pablo Espinosa. Synopsis: A biopic on Griselda Blanco. US release date is TBA.

    You Were Never Really Here (2018). Written and directed by Lynne Ramsay (based on the novel by Jonathan Ames). Starring Joaquin PhoenixEkaterina SamsonovAlessandro Nivola. Synopsis: A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening. Opens in US theaters on February 23rd, 2018.

    The Other Side of Hope (2017). Written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Starring Ville VirtanenDome KarukoskiKati Outinen. Synopsis: A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland. Opens in US theaters on December 1st, 2017.

    Judd Apatow: The Return (2017). Directed by Marcus Raboy. The comedy icon returns to stand-up after 25 years. Debuts on Netflix on December 12th, 2017.

    Smallfoot (2018). Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig. Written by Glenn FicarraJohn RequaSergio Pablos and Karey Kirkpatrick. Starring ZendayaChanning TatumDanny DeVito. Synopsis: A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist. Opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    Bullet Head (2017). Written and directed by Paul Solet. Starring Adrien BrodyAntonio BanderasRory Culkin. Synopsis: Three career criminals find themselves trapped in a wharehouse with the law closing in and an even worse threat waiting inside. US release date is TBA.

    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018). Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers. Starring Adam SandlerSelena GomezAndy Samberg. Synopsis: Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. Opens in US theaters on July 13th, 2018.

    Titanic (1997), re-release. Written and directed by James Cameron. Starring Leonardo DiCaprioKate WinsletBilly Zane. Synopsis: A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. US release date is TBA.

    Incredibles 2 (2018). Written and directed by Brad Bird. Starring Samuel L. JacksonHolly HunterCatherine Keener. Synopsis: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. Opens in US theaters on June 15th, 2018.

    Gary Oldman on "Darkest Hour"

    Matt writes: Gary Oldman recently spoke with our own Nick Allen about his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's new historical drama, "Darkest Hour" (click here for the full conversation). It's a role that could easily win Oldman his first Oscar for Best Actor, and has already earned many admirers, including our critic Godfrey Cheshire, who gave the film four stars.

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    Matt Zoller Seitz on "Wonder Woman"

    Matt writes: Matt Zoller Seitz took time to reflect on Patty Jenkins' history-making blockbuster, "Wonder Woman," a film that has embodied the warrior spirit of women in the industry this year. Click here for his full analysis.

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    Free Movies

    Jesse James (1939). Directed by Henry King. Written by Nunnally Johnson. Starring Tyrone PowerHenry FondaNancy Kelly. Synopsis: After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

    Watch "Jesse James"

    The Return of Frank James (1940). Directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Sam Hellman. Starring Henry FondaGene TierneyJackie Cooper. Synopsis: Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

    Watch "The Return of Frank James"

    My Name is Nobody (1973). Directed by Tonino Valerii. Written by Ernesto Gastaldi. Starring Terence HillHenry FondaJean Martin. Synopsis: A young, easygoing gunman worships and competes with an old gunfighter who only wants to retire. 

    Watch "My Name is Nobody"





    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/ebert-club/316-november-28-2017
    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: November 28, 2017, 6:01 am

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