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#333 July 24, 2018

    Entertainer
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    Matt writes: The 2018 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal has screened many memorably eccentric features, and Nick Allen has been there to cover it all for RogerEbert.com. Check out his coverage of such enticing titles as Yong-wan Kim's "Champion," Tim van Dammen's "Mega Time Squad," Darin Scott and Rusty Cundieff's "Tales from the Hood 2" and many more.

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    Trailers

    Cold War (2018). Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Written by Pawel Pawlikowski & Janusz Glowacki. Starring Joanna KuligTomasz KotBorys Szyc. Synopsis: A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. Opens in US theaters on December 21st, 2018.

    Boy Erased (2018). Written and directed by Joel Edgerton (based on the book by Garrard Conley). Starring Lucas HedgesNicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton. Synopsis: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. Opens in US theaters on November 2nd, 2018.

    On the Basis of Sex (2018). Directed by Mimi Leder. Written by Daniel Stiepleman. Starring Felicity Jones, Armie HammerJustin Theroux. Synopsis: The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Opens in US theaters on December 25th, 2018.

    Pin Cushion (2018). Written and directed by Deborah Haywood. Starring Lily NewmarkJoanna ScanlanLoris Scarpa. Synopsis: A super-close mother and daughter (Dafty One and Dafty Two) are excited for their new life in a new town, but soon find themselves retreating into fantasy and lies. Now playing in US theaters.

    Hell Fest (2018). Directed by Gregory Plotkin. Written by Seth M. Sherwood, Blair Butler, Gary Dauberman and Stephen Susco. Starring Amy ForsythReign EdwardsBex Taylor-Klaus. Synopsis: A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. Opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    Elizabeth Harvest (2018). Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. Starring Abbey LeeDylan BakerCarla Gugino. Synopsis: Newlywed Elizabeth arrives with her brilliant scientist husband Henry to his magnificent estate, where he wows her with lavish dinners and a dazzling tour of the property. The house staff Claire and Oliver treat her deferentially but she can't shake the feeling something is off. Opens in US theaters on August 10th, 2018.

    A Prayer Before Dawn (2018). Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. Written by Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese. Starring Joe ColeVithaya PansringarmPanya Yimmumphai. Synopsis: The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom. Opens in US theaters on August 10th, 2018.

    Galveston (2018). Written and directed by Mélanie Laurent (based on the novel by Nic Pizzolatto). Starring Ben FosterElle FanningLili Reinhart. Synopsis: After escaping a set up, a dying hitman returns to his hometown of Galveston where he plans his revenge. US release date is TBA.

    A Simple Favor (2018). Directed by Paul Feig. Written by Jessica Sharzer (based on the novel by Darcey Bell). Starring Linda CardelliniBlake LivelyAnna Kendrick. Synopsis: A mommy blogger seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend's sudden disappearance from their small town. Opens in US theaters on September 14th, 2018.

    A Crooked Somebody (2018). Directed by Trevor White. Written by Andrew Zilch. Starring Ed HarrisAmanda CrewClifton Collins Jr. Synopsis: An attention-seeking psychic is kidnapped and tries to use the situation to boost his popularity. Opens in US theaters on October 5th, 2018.

    Colette (2018). Directed by Wash Westmoreland. Written by Richard GlatzerRebecca Lenkiewicz and Wash Westmoreland. Starring Keira KnightleyDominic WestEleanor Tomlinson. Synopsis: Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms. Opens in US theaters on September 21st, 2018.

    Extinction (2018). Directed by Ben Young. Written by Eric Heisserer. Starring Michael PeñaLizzy CaplanMike Colter. Synopsis: A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm. Debuts on Netflix on July 27th, 2018.

    Patient Zero (2018). Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Written by Mike Le. Starring Natalie DormerStanley TucciMatt Smith. Synopsis: After an unprecedented global pandemic turns the majority of humankind into violent "Infected," a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Debuts on US digital platforms on August 14th, 2018.

    Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (2018). Directed by Steve Loveridge. Synopsis: Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions. Opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    I Still See You (2018). Directed by Scott Speer. Written by Jason Fuchs (based on the novel by Daniel Waters). Starring Bella ThorneDermot MulroneyRichard Harmon. Synopsis: Set nine years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts. Opens in US theaters on August 10th, 2018.

    Assassination Nation (2018), red-band trailer. Written and directed by Sam Levinson. Starring Odessa YoungHari NefSuki Waterhouse. Synopsis: This is a thousand percent a true story about how the quiet, all-American town of Salem absolutely lost its mind. Opens is US theaters on September 21st, 2018.

    Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018). Directed by Ian Samuels. Written by Lindsey Beer. Starring Chrissy MetzLea ThompsonAlan Ruck. Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes. US release date is TBA.

    Mary Queen of Scots (2018). Directed by Josie Rourke. Written by Beau Willimon (based on the book by John Guy). Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Maria Dragus. Synopsis: Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. Opens in US theaters on December 7th, 2018.

    Being a Teenage Girl

    Matt writes: Hannah Woodhead pens an excellent essay about "the political currency of being a teenage girl," in light of Bo Burnham's must-see film, "Eighth Grade." Also make sure to read Allison Shoemaker's interview with Burnham.

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    Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal

    Matt writes: The co-writers and co-stars of Carlos López Estrada’s electrifying new movie, "Blindspotting" (now in theaters), chat with me about their approach to seamlessly poetic dialogue and bracingly visceral sound design. Click here for the full conversation.

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    Free Movies

    To Catch a Thief (1955). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by John Michael Hayes (based on the novel by David Dodge). Starring Cary GrantGrace KellyJessie Royce Landis. Synopsis: When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

    Watch "To Catch a Thief"

    The Birds (1963). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Evan Hunter (based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier). Starring Rod TaylorTippi HedrenJessica Tandy. Synopsis: A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

    Watch "The Birds"

    what. (2013). Directed by Bo Burnham and Christopher Storer. Written by Bo Burnham. Starring Bo Burnham. Synopsis: A musical stand-up comedy show by Bo Burnham, the famous internet musician (and future director of "Eighth Grade").

    Watch "what."





    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/ebert-club/333-july-24-2018
    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: July 24, 2018, 5:01 am

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