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#334 August 7, 2018

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    Matt writes: On August 2nd, Chaz Ebert announced that is gender balancing its regular rotation of film critics. Nell MinowMonica Castillo and Tomris Laffly join Sheila O’Malley and Christy Lemire to round out the website’s roster of female critics to achieve a fifty-fifty split of five women and five men. The site also will publish more frequent contributions by diverse critics, including Castillo and Odie Henderson, who bring valued perspectives from their Cuban- and African-American roots. Minow has also been appointed the website's first female assistant editor. Click here to read the full article.



    If Beale Street Could Talk (2018). Written and directed by Barry Jenkins (based on the novel by James Baldwin). Starring KiKi LayneStephan JamesRegina King. Synopsis: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child. Opens in US theaters on November 30th, 2018.

    Mid90s (2018). Written and directed by Jonah Hill. Starring Sunny SuljicKatherine WaterstonLucas Hedges. Synopsis: Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.. Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    Sunset (2018). Directed by László Nemes. Written by László NemesClara Royer and Matthieu Taponier. Starring Vlad IvanovSusanne WuestJuli Jakab. Synopsis: A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I. US release date is TBA.

    What They Had (2018). Written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko. Starring Hilary Swank, Michael ShannonTaissa Farmiga. Synopsis: Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father's reluctance to let go of their life together. Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    Crime + Punishment (2018). Directed by Stephen Maing. Synopsis: A group of brave officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments. Debuts on Hulu on August 24th, 2018.

    On My Skin (2018). Directed by Alessio Cremonini. Written by Alessio Cremonini and Lisa Nur Sultan. Starring Jasmine TrincaAlessandro BorghiPaolo D Bovani. Synopsis: Arrested for a drug-related offense, Stefano Cucchi suffers at the hands of Italy's Carabinieri police and a broken legal system. Based on true events. Debuts soon on Netflix.

    Lizzie (2018). Directed by Craig William Macneill. Written by Bryce Kass. Starring Kristen StewartChloë SevignyKim Dickens. Synopsis: A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family. Opens in US theaters on September 14th, 2018.

    The Night is Short, Walk On Girl (2018). Directed by Masaaki Yuasa. Written by Makoto Ueda (based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi). Starring Gen HoshinoKana HanazawaHiroshi Kamiya. Synopsis: The story of the titular girl known only as "Otome" and her insanely long night of partying and drinking-complete with a book fair, festival, and many adventures in between. Opens in US theaters on August 21st,2018.

    The Happy Prince (2018). Written and directed by Rupert Everett. Starring Rupert EverettColin FirthEmily Watson. Synopsis: The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. Opens in US theaters on October 5th, 2018.

    Hunter Killer (2018). Directed by Donovan Marsh. Written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss (based on the novel by George Wallace and Don Keith). Starring Gerard ButlerGary OldmanLinda Cardellini. Synopsis: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. Opens in US theaters on October 26th, 2018.

    Operation Finale (2018). Directed by Chris Weitz. Written by Matthew Orton. Starring Oscar IsaacBen Kingsley, Haley 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 August 29th, 2018.

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018). Directed by Susan Johnson. Written by Sofia Alvarez (based on the book by Jenny Han). Starring Lana Condor, John Corbett, Noah Centineo. Synopsis: A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life. Debuts on Netflix on August 17th, 2018.

    Bad Reputation (2018). Directed by Kevin Kerslake. Synopsis: Documentary about rock star Joan JettOpens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    Peterloo (2018). Written and directed by Mike Leigh. Starring Rory KinnearMaxine PeakeNeil Bell. Synopsis: The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. Opens in US theaters on November 9th, 2018.

    Cut Throat City (2019). Directed by RZA. Written by Paul Cuschieri. Starring Eiza GonzálezKat GrahamWesley Snipes. Synopsis: A heist movie set in the lower ninth ward in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. US release date is TBA.

    I Am Paul Walker (2018). Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis. Synopsis: Documentary examining the life of the late actor Paul Walker. US release date is TBA.

    Nappily Ever After (2018). Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. Written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus (based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas). Starring Sanaa LathanRicky WhittleErnie Hudson. Synopsis: Venus Johnson, tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend to propose, breaks up with him. But old feelings, and heaps of jealousy, no doubt, arise when he promptly begins dating another woman. Debuts on Netflix on September 21st, 2018.

    Love, Gilda (2018). Directed by Lisa Dapolito. Synopsis: In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Opens in US theaters on September 21st, 2018.

    "Mission: Impossible" Analyzed

    Matt writes: To commemorate the celebrated sixth installment of Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible" film franchise, provided in-depth coverage to accompany its release. In his four-star review of Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission: Impossible—Fallout," Brian Tallerico hailed it as one of the year's best films, while Nick Allen rounded up Roger Ebert's thoughts on the first four pictures. Peter Sobczynski penned an in-depth analysis of the franchise, and Charlie Brigden reported on the evolution of the iconic "Mission: Impossible" theme. Thankfully, no one's ankle was broken in the process.


    Laurent Bouzereau: Master of Cinema

    Matt writes: If you have enjoyed the making-of documentaries accompanying DVD/Blu-ray editions of pictures by iconic filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese, chances are you have encountered the work of Laurent Bouzereau. He is the master of documenting cinema history onscreen, and recently directed the Emmy-winning Netflix documentary, "Five Came Back." Click here for my full conversation with Bouzereau, which was published on the same week that his latest behind-the-scenes content (on the "Ready Player One" Blu-ray) hit stores.


    Free Movies

    Enter Laughing (1967). Directed by Carl Reiner. Written by Carl Reiner and Joseph Stein. Starring José FerrerShelley WintersElaine May. Synopsis: A young would-be actor seeks his first break.

    Watch "Enter Laughing"

    Go Ask Alice (1973). Directed by John Korty. Written by Ellen M. Violett (based on the book by Beatrice Sparks). Starring William ShatnerRuth RomanWendell Burton. Synopsis: Inadvertently, a fourteen-year-old girl in the late American 1960s is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.

    Watch "Go Ask Alice"

    Dial H for Hitchcock (1999). Directed by Ted Haimes. Synopsis: A documentary providing a fascinating look at the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock.

    Watch "Dial H for Hitchcock"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: August 7, 2018, 5:01 am


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