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#336 September 4, 2018

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    Matt writes: One of our Far Flung Correspondents at, Omer Mozaffar, served as a consultant on the widely publicized Amazon Prime series, "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," and shared his experiences with us in a must-read essay. Nick Allen penned an enthusiastic review of the show, while Brian Tallerico reported on the 4K Blu-ray releases of past films in the franchise, where the role of Jack Ryan went to Alec BaldwinHarrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine (he's played in the show by John Krasinski). 


    The Other Side of the Wind (2018). Directed by Orson Welles. Written by Oja Kodar and Orson Welles. Starring John HustonRobert RandomPeter Bogdanovich. Synopsis: A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture. Debuts on Netflix on November 2nd, 2018.

    Nuestro Tiempo (2018). Directed by Carlos Reygadas. Starring Carlos ReygadasNatalia LópezPhil Burgers. Synopsis: A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. When Esther becomes infatuated with a horse trainer named Phil, the couple struggles to stride through the emotional crisis. US release date is TBA.

    The Front Runner (2018). Directed by Jason Reitman. Written by Matt Bai, Jay Carson and Jason Reitman (based on the book by Matt Bai). Starring Hugh JackmanVera FarmigaSara Paxton. Synopsis: American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair. Opens in US theaters on November 21st, 2018.

    Tea with the Dames (2018). Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Sofia BoutellaRomain GuillermicSouheila Yacoub. Synopsis: Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. US release date is TBA.

    Museo (2018). Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Written by Manuel Alcalá and Alonso Ruizpalacios. Starring Gael García BernalSimon Russell BealeLynn Gilmartin. Synopsis: In 1985, a group of criminals mock the security of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City to extract 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from their showcases. US release date is TBA.

    Vox Lux (2018). Written and directed by Brady Corbet. Starring Natalie PortmanJude LawJennifer Ehle. Synopsis: An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star. US release date is TBA.

    Ben is Back (2018). Written and directed by Peter Hedges. Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton. Synopsis: Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns, who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother Holly Burns welcomes her beloved son's return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm's way. Opens in US theaters on December 7th, 2018.

    Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018). Directed by Ari Sandel. Written by Rob Lieber (based on the books by R.L. Stine). Starring Madison IsemanKen JeongWendi McLendon-Covey. Synopsis: Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series of books. Opens in US theaters on October 12th, 2018.

    The Land of Steady Habits (2018). Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. Starring Ben MendelsohnConnie BrittonCharlie Tahan. Synopsis: Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut, Anders Hill retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. However, he's quickly faced with the startling reality of his choices. Debuts on Netflix on September 14th, 2018.

    The Third Wife (2018). Directed by Ashleigh Mayfair. Synopsis: 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Little did she know that her hidden desires will take her by surprise and force her to make a choice between living in safety and being free. US release date is TBA.

    School's Out (2018). Directed by Sébastien Marnier. Written by Elise Griffon and Sébastien Marnier. Starring Laurent LafitteEmmanuelle BercotPascal Greggory. Synopsis: When Pierre Hoffman integrates the prestigious College St Joseph, he finds the kids displaying strange behavior. US release date is TBA.

    Hale County This Morning This Evening (2018). Directed by RaMell Ross. Synopsis: Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this documentary is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming. Opens in US theaters on September 14th, 2018.

    Close Enemies (2018). Written and directed by David Oelhoffen. Starring Matthias SchoenaertsReda KatebAdel Bencherif. Synopsis: Driss and Manuel are two childhood friends who end up taking opposite paths: Manuel chose to embrace the thug life, while Driss becomes a cop. When Manuel's biggest deal goes terribly wrong, the two men meet again and come to realize they both need each other to survive in their worlds. US release date is TBA.

    A Private War (2018). Directed by Matthew Heineman. Written by Arash Amel (based on the magazine article by Marie Brenner). Starring Rosamund PikeJamie DornanStanley Tucci. Synopsis: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.

    Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). Written and directed by Drew Goddard. Starring Chris HemsworthDakota JohnsonJon Hamm. Synopsis: Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption - before everything goes to hell. Opens in US theaters on October 5th, 2018.

    Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018). Directed by Michael Matthews. Written by Sean Drummond. Starring Zethu DlomoGarth BreytenbachAnthony Oseyemi. Synopsis: Lives change forever when Tau, the young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town. Opens in US theaters on September 7th, 2018.

    The Old Man & The Gun (2018). Written and directed by David Lowery (based on the article by David Grann). Starring Robert RedfordCasey AffleckSissy Spacek. Synopsis: Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Opens in US theaters on September 28th, 2018.

    Schindler's List (1993), 25th anniversary rerelease. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Steven Zaillian (based on the book by Thomas Keneally). Starring Liam NeesonRalph FiennesBen Kingsley. Synopsis: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. Opens in US theaters on December 7th, 2018.

    Bing Liu on "Minding the Gap"

    Matt writes: One of the year's greatest cinematic achievements, the Kartemquin documentary, "Minding the Gap," is the feature debut of director Bing Liu. The movie is currently in limited theatrical release and is also available on Hulu. Read my conversation with the filmmaker here.


    Chaz Ebert on Telluride 2008

    Matt writes: With the fall festival season now in full swing, Chaz Ebert shares the diary that she kept a decade ago while attending Telluride. Skim through her priceless memories here.


    Free Movies

    Behave Yourself! (1951). Written and directed by George Beck. Starring Farley GrangerShelley WintersWilliam Demarest. Synopsis: When a cute Welsh terrier follows Bill Denny home, little does he know that all gangland has its eye on that dog. Who will be bumbling Bill's undoing - the gangsters, the cops, or his suspicious mother-in-law?

    Watch "Behave Yourself!"

    The Young Savages (1961). Directed by John Frankenheimer. Written by Edward Anhalt and J.P. Miller (based on the novel by Evan Hunter). Starring Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Shelley Winters. Synopsis: A D.A. investigates 3 white teenagers accused of murdering a blind Puerto Rican kid.

    Watch "The Young Savages"

    The Devil's Daughter (1973). Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Written by Colin Higgins. Starring Shelley WintersBelinda MontgomeryRobert Foxworth. Synopsis: A young girl whose mother had sold her soul to Satan when she was born is told by Satan that she must marry a fellow demon.

    Watch "The Devil's Daughter"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: September 4, 2018, 5:01 am


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