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#335 August 21, 2018

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    Matt writes: Last week, we mourned the death of Aretha Franklin, the inimitable Queen of Soul who left behind a towering legacy of immortal music when she passed away at age 76. Odie Henderson penned a wonderful tribute to the legend, while various contributors at joined Chaz Ebert in offering their own reflections on her extraordinary life and career. "I loved Aretha and what she stood for and the news of her death leaves me heartbroken," wrote Chaz. "On the few occasions when Roger and I ran into her at events, I was surprised to find out that she could be shy. Or so she told me. Maybe that was part of her need for privacy; part of her Diva shield. She would get us alone and kick off her shoes, and she became playful and warm and funny. She could give as good as she got, and she loved teasing and catching up on the latest goings-on. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone who feels like they have been a part of your life for so long, even if you know them mainly through their music. I am just “saying a little prayer for her” and thanking her for all of the deeply soulful heart connections she engendered. And I am sending out the most heartfelt condolences to her family. Heaven has a new Queen."

    Three years ago, Franklin made a surprise appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors, where she paid tribute to Carole King by bringing down the house with "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." President Obama wept, and I did too...


    Widows (2018). Directed by Steve McQueen. Written by Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen (based on the mini-series by Lynda La Plante). Starring Viola DavisCarrie CoonElizabeth Debicki. 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.

    The Kindergarten Teacher (2018). Written and directed by Sara Colangelo (based on the screenplay by Nadav Lapid). Starring Maggie GyllenhaalGael García BernalRosa Salazar. Synopsis: A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students who she believes is a child prodigy. Opens in US theaters on October 12th, 2018.

    Green Book (2018). Directed by Peter Farrelly. Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo MortensenMahershala AliLinda Cardellini. Synopsis: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Opens in US theaters on November 21st, 2018.

    Climax (2018). Written and directed by Gaspar Noé. Starring Sofia BoutellaRomain GuillermicSouheila Yacoub. Synopsis: Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure. US release date is TBA.

    Roma (2018). Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring Yalitza AparicioMarina de TaviraDiego Cortina Autrey. Synopsis: A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Opens in US theaters on October 5th, 2018.

    City of Joy (2018). Directed by Madeleine Gavin. Synopsis: A documentary following the first class of students at a remarkable leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region often referred to as "the worst place in the world to be a woman." Debuts on Netflix on September 7th, 2018.

    All About Nina (2018). Written and directed by Eva Vives. Starring Mary Elizabeth WinsteadCommonChace Crawford. Synopsis: Nina Geld is a bracingly funny and blisteringly provocative stand-up comedian whose career is taking off, but whose personal life is a near-complete disaster. Opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    The Guilty (2018). Directed by Gustav Möller. Written by Emil Nygaard Albertsen and Gustav Möller. Starring Jakob CedergrenJessica DinnageOmar Shargawi. Synopsis: A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    Next Gen (2018). Written and directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander. Starring Jason SudeikisMichael PeñaDavid Cross. Synopsis: A friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl's life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots, and a scheming madman. Debuts on Netflix on September 7th, 2018.

    The Oath (2018). Written and directed by Ike Barinholtz. Starring Ike BarinholtzTiffany HaddishBilly Magnussen. Synopsis: In a politically divided America, a man struggles to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family. Opens in US theaters on October 12th, 2018.

    What Men Want (2019). Directed by Adam Shankman. Based on the screenplay by Nancy Meyers. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-CoveyMax Greenfield. Synopsis: A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts. Opens in US theaters on January 11th, 2019.

    An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018). Directed by Jim Hosking. Written by Jim Hosking and David Wike. Starring Aubrey PlazaJemaine ClementEmile Hirsch. Synopsis: Lulu Danger's unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.". Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    Cruise (2018). Written and directed by Robert D. Siegel. Starring Emily RatajkowskiKathrine NarducciSpencer Boldman. Synopsis: Set in the 1980s, a young Italian-American from the "wrong side of the tracks" falls for a Jewish girl from Long Island. US release date is TBA.

    Arizona (2018). Directed by Jonathan Watson. Written by Luke Del Tredici. Starring Danny McBride, Rosemarie DeWitt, Luke Wilson. Synopsis: Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder. US release date is TBA.

    The Angel (2019). Directed by Ariel Vromen. Written by David Arata (based on the novel by Uri Bar-Joseph). Starring Toby KebbellMarwan KenzariHannah Ware. Synopsis: True story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser's son-in-law and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat - while simultaneously Israeli Intelligence's most precious asset of the 20th century. Debuts on Netflix on September 14th, 2018.

    47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter (2019). Directed by Johannes Roberts. Written by Ernest Riera and Johannes Roberts. Synopsis: Five backpackers, diving in a ruined underwater city, quickly learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. Opens in US theaters on June 28th, 2019.

    Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018). Directed by Crispian Mills. Written by Crispian Mills and Henry Fitzherbert. Starring Simon PeggHermione CorfieldMichael Sheen. Synopsis: An illustrious British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror. Debuts on Netflix on September 21st, 2018.

    Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018). Written and directed by Michael Moore. Synopsis: A provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? Opens in US theaters on September 21st, 2018.

    "BlacKkKlansman" is a Must-See

    Matt writes: Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" is one of the year's must-see cinematic events, as noted by our critic Odie Henderson in his four-star review. I had an in-depth conversation with the film's star, John David Washington (son of Denzel), while Katherine Tulich spoke with both Washington and Lee in an exclusive video interview. Also make sure to check out Nick Allen's compilation of Roger's words on the vital and impassioned cinema of Lee.


    Glenn Close: The Virtue of Stillness

    Matt writes: In honor of Glenn Close's latest Oscar-worthy performance in Björn Runge's "The Wife," Max O'Connell celebrates the actress' career in an essay entitled "The Virtue of Stillness." Our Assistant Editor Nell Minow also had the opportunity to chat with Runge, Close and her co-star, Christian Slater. Click here for their full conversation.


    Free Movies

    Boom (1968). Directed by Joseph Losey. Written by Tennessee Williams. Starring Elizabeth TaylorRichard BurtonNoël Coward. Synopsis: Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.

    Watch "Boom"

    The Wild Geese (1978). Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Written by Reginald Rose (based on the novel by Daniel Carney). Starring Richard BurtonRoger MooreRichard Harris. Synopsis: A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African President from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

    Watch "The Wild Geese"

    Alice in Wonderland (1983). Directed by Kirk Browning. Written by Eva Le Gallienne (based on the novels by Lewis Carroll). Starring Richard Burton, Donald O'ConnorAustin Pendleton. Synopsis: From the elaborate Broadway revival of the 1932 production comes a whimsical retelling of the classic tale.

    Watch "Alice in Wonderland"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: August 21, 2018, 5:01 am


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