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#337 September 18, 2018

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    By Entertainer

    Matt writes: The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, which wrapped on September 16th, had so many enticing selections guaranteed to be major contenders this awards season, and was there to cover them all. Click here for the full table of contents featuring dispatches penned by Brian Tallerico, Vikram Murthi, Monica Castillo, Tomris Laffly and Chaz Ebert. Last Monday, Claire Denis became the fifth recipient of the annual Ebert Tribute Award at TIFF, and the event proved to be unforgettable (read Brian's coverage of it here).



    Private Life (2018). Written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. Starring Kathryn HahnSiobhan Fallon HoganPaul Giamatti. Synopsis: An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge. Debuts on Netflix on October 5th, 2018.

    Capharnaüm (2018). Directed by Nadine Labaki. Written by Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar. Starring Kawthar Al HaddadBoluwatife Treasure BankoleNadine Labaki. Synopsis: A politically-charged fable, featuring mostly non-professional actors, about a child who launches a lawsuit against his parents. Opens in US theaters on December 14th, 2018.

    What Are You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (2018). Directed by Roberto Minervini. Synopsis: The story of a community of black people in the American South during the summer 2017, when a string of brutal killings of black men sent shockwaves throughout the country. US release date is TBA.

    Anna and the Apocalypse (2018). Directed by John McPhail. Written by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry. Starring Ella HuntMalcolm CummingSarah Swire. Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. Opens in US theaters on November 30th, 2018.

    Why Are We Creative? (2018). Directed by Hermann Vaske. Synopsis: A documentary in which such creative minds as David Lynch, Stephen Hawking, Angelina Jolie and David Bowie attempt to ask the titular question. US release date is TBA.

    At Eternity's Gate (2018). Directed by Julian Schnabel. Written by Jean-Claude Carrière and Julian Schnabel. Starring Willem DafoeRupert FriendOscar Isaac. Synopsis: A look at Vincent van Gogh's time in Arles. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.

    Quincy (2018). Directed by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones. Synopsis: An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America. Debuts on Netflix on September 21st, 2018.

    Captive State (2019). Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Written by Erica Beeney and Rupert Wyatt. Starring Vera FarmigaMachine Gun KellyMadeline Brewer. Synopsis: Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents. Opens in US theaters on March 29th, 2018.

    The Beach Bum (2019), red band trailer. Written and directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Matthew McConaugheySnoop DoggIsla Fisher. Synopsis: A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules. Opens in US theaters on March 22nd, 2019.

    Teen Spirit (2018). Written and directed by Max Minghella. Starring Elle FanningRebecca HallMillie Brady. Synopsis: Violet is a shy teenager living in the Isle of Wight who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her small town and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. US release date is TBA.

    Kursk (2018). Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Written by Robert Rodat. Starring Léa SeydouxColin FirthMatthias Schoenaerts. Synopsis: The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them. US release date is TBA.

    One Nation, One King (2018). Written and directed by Pierre Schoeller. Starring Gaspard UllielAdèle HaenelOlivier Gourmet. Synopsis: In 1789, a people is entered into revolution. Let us hear it. It has things to say to us. A people and its king crosses the destinies of men and women of the people, and historical figures. Their meeting place is the any young National Assembly. At the heart of the history, there is the fate of the King and the emergence of the Republic. US release date is TBA.

    Viper Club (2018). Directed by Maryam Keshavarz. Written by Maryam Keshavarz and Jonathan Mastro. Starring Matt BomerDamian YoungSusan Sarandon. Synopsis: A war correspondent gets taken hostage while on assignment, prompting his mother, impatient with the government's lack of concern, to take matters into her own hands. Opens in US theaters on October 26th, 2018.

    Instant Family (2018). Directed by Sean Anders. Written by Sean AndersJohn Morris. Starring Rose ByrneMark WahlbergIsabela Moner. Synopsis: A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.

    The Wind (2018). Directed by Emma Tammi. Written by Teresa Sutherland. Starring Miles AndersonCaitlin GerardJulia Goldani Telles. Synopsis: A plains-woman is driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land. US release date is TBA.

    F--- You All, The Uwe Boll Story (2018). Directed by Sean Patrick Shaul. Synopsis: Behind the lens with the most hated man in Hollywood. US release date is TBA.

    22 July (2018). Written and directed by Paul Greengrass (based on the book by Åsne Seierstad). Starring Anders Danielsen LieThorbjørn HarrJonas Strand Gravli. Synopsis: In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utøya Island outside of Oslo. A three-part story about the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved. Debuts on Netflix on October 10th, 2018.

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018). Written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan. Synopsis: An anthology western following six different storylines centering on a man named Buster Scruggs. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.

    Why "America to Me" is Must-See TV

    Matt writes: "America to Me," the new series from Kartemquin Films directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "Life Itself") and currently airing every Sunday on STARZ is an extraordinary achievement on every level. Brian Tallerico awarded the 10-part epic four stars while Allison Shoemaker interviewed James about how he and the show's essential segment directors (Bing Liu, Rebecca Parrish, Kevin Shaw) went about examining racial disparities at Oak Park and River Forest High School. I also conducted an in-depth roundtable discussion with editors Leslie Simmer, David E. Simpson and Alanna Schmelter about their process for assembling such a mammoth documentary.

    Effie T. Brown on Project Involve

    Matt writes: Effie T. Brown, the acclaimed producer of "Real Women Have Curves" and "Dear White People," spoke with me about the 25th anniversary of Film Independent's vital Project Involve program, which will be celebrated at a benefit dinner on Saturday, September 22nd, in Los Angeles. Click here for our full conversation.


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    A Girl in Every Port (1928). Written and directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Victor McLaglenRobert ArmstrongLouise Brooks. Synopsis: Two sailors with a rivalry over chasing women become friends. But when one decides to finally settle down, will this mysterious young women come between them?

    Watch "A Girl in Every Port"

    Hell's Angels (1930). Directed by Howard Hughes. Written by Joseph Moncure March. Starring Ben LyonJames HallJean Harlow. Synopsis: Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

    Watch "Hell's Angels"

    Nothing Sacred (1937). Directed by William A. Wellman. Written by Ben Hecht. Starring Carole LombardFredric MarchCharles Winninger. Synopsis: An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

    Watch "Nothing Sacred"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: September 18, 2018, 5:01 am


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