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#330 June 12, 2018

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    Matt writes: In her latest edition of Thumbnails, Chaz Ebert has chosen to place a spotlight on in-depth conversations with various critics including Matt Zoller Seitz, Claudia Puig, A.O. Scott, Susan Wloszczyna, Dan Callahan and more. In addition to reading the full slate of articles, make sure to watch the video embedded below of the epic critics panel from this year's Ebertfest, featuring such esteemed writers as Leonard Maltin, Michael Phillips and Richard Roeper.


    Suspiria (2018). Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Written by David Kajganich. Starring Dakota JohnsonTilda SwintonMia Goth. Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up. Opens in US theaters on November 2nd, 2018.

    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018). Directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore. Written by Pamela Ribon. Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Anthony Daniels. Synopsis: Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. Opens in US theaters on November 21st, 2018.

    White Boy Rick (2018). Directed by Yann Demange. Written by Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller and Steve Kloves. Starring Jennifer Jason LeighMatthew McConaugheyEddie Marsan. Synopsis: The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison. Opens in US theaters on September 21st, 2018.

    Widows (2018). Directed by Steve McQueen. Written by Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen (based on the television series by Lynda La Plante). Starring Viola DavisElizabeth DebickiColin Farrell. Synopsis: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.

    Bumblebee (2018). Directed by Travis Knight. Written by Christina Hodson. Starring Hailee SteinfeldJohn CenaMartin Short. Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. Opens in US theaters on December 21st, 2018.

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019). Directed by Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum. Written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Matt Fogel and Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Starring Chris PrattAlison BrieStephanie Beatriz. Synopsis: It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. Opens in US theaters on February 8th, 2019.

    The Children Act (2018). Directed by Richard Eyre. Written by Ian McEwan. Starring Emma ThompsonStanley TucciFionn Whitehead. Synopsis: As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life?  US release date is TBA.

    Poor Boy (2018). Directed by Robert Scott Wildes. Written by Robert Scott Wildes and Logan Antill. Starring Michael ShannonAmanda CrewJustin Chatwin. Synopsis: Two misfit brothers hustle cash and chase dreams in the desert. When a mysterious woman threatens to repo their beloved houseboat the brothers cook up an epic con to finally leave their dusty town and sail off on a beam of sunshine to California. US release date is TBA.

    Con Man (2018). Directed by Bruce Caulk. Written by Bruce Caulk and Jonathan Meyers. Starring James Caan, Armand Assante, Mark Hamill. Synopsis: The story of Barry Minkow, a young charismatic business man who becomes a wealthy CEO by lying, cheating and stealing his way to the top. US release date is TBA.

    Peppermint (2018). Directed by Pierre Morel. Written by Chad St. John. Starring Jennifer GarnerJuan Pablo RabaRichard Cabral. Synopsis: A revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her. Opens in US theaters on September 7th, 2018.

    Dark River (2018). Written and directed by Clio Barnard. Starring Ruth WilsonMark StanleySean Bean. Synopsis: Following the death of her father, Alice returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Opens in US theaters on June 29th, 2018.

    The Sisters Brothers (2018). Directed by Jacques Audiard. Written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (based on the novel by Patrick Dewitt). Starring Jake GyllenhaalJoaquin PhoenixCarol Kane. Synopsis: In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers. US release date is TBA.

    Night School (2018). Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Written by Kevin Hart, John Hamburg, Nicholas Stoller, Joey Wells, Abraham MayneMatthew Kellard and Harry Ratchford. Starring Kevin HartTiffany Haddish, Anne Winters. Synopsis: A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school. Opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    Shadow (2018). Directed by Yimou Zhang. Written by Yimou Zhang and Wei Li. Starring Chao DengLi SunRyan Zheng. Synopsis: The latest visionary film from the director of "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Hero." US release date is TBA.

    The Wild Pear Tree (2018). Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Written by Nuri Bilge CeylanEbru Ceylan and Akin Aksu. Starring Dogu DemirkolMurat CemcirBennu Yildirimlar. Synopsis: An aspiring writer returns to his native village, where his father's debts catch up to him. US release date is TBA.

    Yardie (2018). Directed by Idris Elba. Written by Brock Norman Brock and Martin Stellman (based on the novel by Victor Headley). Starring Stephen GrahamAml AmeenFraser James. Synopsis: Adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name. Opens is US theaters on September 7th, 2018.

    McQueen (2018). Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui. Synopsis: Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of his McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence. Opens in US theaters on July 20th, 2018.

    Operation Finale (2018). Directed by Chris Weitz. Written by Matthew Orton. Starring Oscar IsaacMélanie LaurentHaley Lu Richardson. Synopsis: 15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust. Opens in US theaters on September 14th, 2018.

    Sidney Lumet's "Daniel"

    Matt writes: The 54th installment of Scout Tafoya's The Unloved series celebrates Sidney Lumet's 1983 drama, "Daniel," starring Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton. Click here for the full video.


    Laura Moss on "Fry Day"

    Matt writes: Collin Souter chats with filmmaker Laura Moss about her acclaimed short, "Fry Day," which won the Audience Award at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. Click here to watch the film and read their conversation.


    Free Movies

    The Devil's Rain (1975). Directed by Robert Fuest. Written by Gabe Essoe, James Ashton and Gerald Hopman. Starring Ernest BorgnineEddie AlbertJohn Travolta. Synopsis: A satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back and haunts down, and enslave, every descendant of his congregation by the power of a book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.

    Watch "The Devil's Rain"

    Michael (1996). Directed by Nora Ephron. Written by Nora EphronDelia Ephron, Peter Dexter and Jim Quinlan. Starring John TravoltaAndie MacDowellWilliam Hurt. Synopsis: Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.

    Watch "Michael"

    Pheonomenon (1996). Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Written by Gerald Di Pego. Starring John TravoltaKyra SedgwickForest Whitaker. Synopsis: An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

    Watch "Phenomenon"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: June 12, 2018, 5:01 am


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