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#324 March 20, 2018

    Entertainer
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    Matt writes: The 2018 SXSW Film Festival just wrapped this past weekend and featured a wide array of enticing titles headed for theaters and streaming platforms this year. Check out our table of contents providing reviews penned by Brian Tallerico and Nick Allen of festival selections such as Andrew Haigh's "Lean on Pete," John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" and Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One"

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    Trailers

    Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Directed by Rob Marshall. Written by David Magee (based on the books by P.L. Travers). Starring Emily BluntMeryl StreepLin-Manuel Miranda. Synopsis: In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Opens in US theaters on December 25th, 2018.

    Eighth Grade (2018). Written and directed by Bo Burnham. Starring Josh HamiltonElsie FisherEmily Robinson. Synopsis: A teenager tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school. US release date is TBA.

    Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018). Directed by Wim Wenders. Synopsis: A personal journey with Pope Francis that sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today's global questions. Opens in US theaters on May 18th, 2018.

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018). Directed by Marielle Heller. Written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (based on the memoir by Lee Israel). Starring Melissa McCarthyAnna Deavere SmithAlice Kremelberg. Synopsis: When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack. Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    Arthur Miller: Writer (2018). Directed by Rebecca Miller. Synopsis: Rebecca Miller's film is a portrait of her father, his times and insights, built around impromptu interviews shot over many years in the family home. US release date is TBA.

    Sorry to Bother You (2018). Written and directed by Boots Riley. Starring Armie HammerTessa ThompsonLakeith Stanfield. Synopsis: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. Opens in US theaters on July 6th, 2018.

    First Match (2018). Written and directed by Olivia Newman. Starring Elvire EmanuelleMuggaYahya Abdul-Mateen II. Synopsis: A teenage girl signs up for an all-boys wrestling team at her high school, causing more trouble than she may be prepared to handle. Debuts on Netflix on March 30th, 2018.

    Take Your Pills (2018). Directed by Alison Klayman. Synopsis: Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation. Now available on Netflix.

    Final Portrait (2018). Written and directed by Stanley Tucci. Starring Armie HammerGeoffrey RushClémence Poésy. Synopsis: The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Opens in US theaters on March 23rd, 2018.

    Happy Anniversary (2018). Written and directed by Jared Stern. Starring Noël WellsBen SchwartzAnnie Potts. Synopsis: A couple on their three-year anniversary need to decide whether to stay together or call it quits. Debuts on Netflix on March 30th, 2018.

    Adrift (2018). Directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Written by Aaron KandellJordan Kandell and David Branson Smith. Starring Lise Leplat PrudhommeJeanne VoisinLucile Gauthier. Synopsis: Based on the true story of survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. Opens in US theaters on June 1st, 2018.

    6 Balloons (2018). Written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan. Starring Dave FrancoTim MathesonAbbi Jacobson. Synopsis: A woman learns her brother has relapsed on heroin. Debuts on Netflix on April 6th, 2018.

    Life Itself (2018). Written and directed by Dan Fogelman. Starring Olivia CookeOlivia WildeOscar Isaac. Synopsis: The lives of people from New York to Spain intersect over the course of different generations. Opens in US theaters on September 21st, 2018.

    Tully (2018). Directed by Jason Reitman. Written by Diablo Cody. Starring Mackenzie DavisCharlize TheronMark Duplass. Synopsis: The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Opens in US theaters on May 4th, 2018.

    Christopher Robin (2018). Directed by Marc Forster. Written by Alex Ross PerryAllison Schroeder and Tom McCarthy (based on the characters by A.A. Milne). Starring Hayley AtwellJim CummingsEwan McGregor. Synopsis: A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. Opens in US theaters on August 3rd, 2018.

    The Seagull (2018). Directed by Michael Mayer. Written by Stephen Karam (based on the play by Anton Chekhov). Starring Saoirse RonanElisabeth MossAnnette Bening. Synopsis: An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. Opens in US theaters on May 11th, 2018.

    Book Club (2018). Directed by Bill Holderman. Written by Bill Holderman and Erin Simms. Starring Diane KeatonJane FondaCandice Bergen. Synopsis: Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club. Opens in US theaters on May 18th, 2018.

    The Director and the Jedi (2018). Directed by Anthony Wonke. Synopsis: An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. US release date is TBA.

    Frank Oz on "Muppet Guys Talking"

    Matt writes: I had the tremendous honor of interviewing my lifelong hero, the legendary puppeteer and marvelously gifted director Frank Oz, about his new documentary, "Muppet Guys Talking," which is the first great film I've seen in 2018. Oz's wife, Victoria Labalme, conceived the idea for this movie and served as executive producer. She joined us for the conversation, which you can read in full here. "Muppet Guys Talking" is available for purchase exclusively at MuppetGuysTalking.com.


    Three Queens of Cinema at Ebertfest

    Matt writes: Chaz Ebert provides a partial preview of next month's twentieth anniversary edition of Ebertfest, which will welcome filmmakers Amma Asante ("Belle"), Ava DuVernay ("13th") and Julie Dash ("Daughters of the Dust").

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    Free Movies

    Dishonored Lady (1947). Directed by Robert Stevenson. Written by Edmund H. North (based on the play by Edward Sheldon and Margaret Ayer Barnes). Starring Hedy LamarrDennis O'KeefeJohn Loder. Synopsis: Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty advertiser, and her bad luck with men are driving her to a breakdown.

    Watch "Dishonored Lady"

    Benji (1974). Written and directed by Joe Camp. Starring Peter BreckDeborah WalleyPatsy Garrett. Synopsis: A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

    Watch "Benji"

    Benji the Hunted (1987). Written and directed by Joe Camp. Starring Red SteagallFrank InnBenji. Synopsis: Benji is left in the wilderness after an accident. Can he survive?

    Watch "Benji the Hunted"





    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/ebert-club/324-march-20-2018
    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:01 am

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