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#338 October 2, 2018

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    Matt writes: The 54th Chicago International Film Festival runs from Wednesday, October 10th, through Sunday, October 21st, and includes a slew of enticing titles, such as its opening night selection, Felix Van Groeningen's "Beautiful Boy," starring Oscar nominees Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Nick Allen previews the festival lineup here.


    Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Directed by Rob Marshall. Written by David Magee (based on the stories by P.L. Travers). Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke. Synopsis: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Opens in US theaters on December 19th, 2018.

    If Beale Street Could Talk (2018). Written and directed by Barry Jenkins (based on the novel by James Baldwin). Starring Stephan JamesRegina King, KiKi Layne. 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.

    The New Romantic (2018). Written and directed by Carly Stone. Starring Jessica Barden, Sarah ArmstrongDaina Barbeau. Synopsis: Frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age, a college senior gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead. US release date is TBA.

    Stan & Ollie (2018). Directed by Jon S. Baird. Written by Jeff Pope. Starring Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson. Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. US release date is TBA.

    They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018). Directed by Morgan Neville. Synopsis: In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, "The Other Side of the Wind," in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie. Debuts on Netflix on November 2nd, 2018.

    Bayou Caviar (2018). Directed by Cuba Gooding Jr. Written by Eitan Gorlin and Cuba Gooding Jr. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr.Famke JanssenRichard Dreyfuss. Synopsis: A movie about money, sex, power, corruption - and somebody getting fed to alligators. Opens in US theaters on October 5th, 2018.

    Galveston (2018). Written and directed by Mélanie Laurent. 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. Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    My Dinner with Hervé (2018). Written and directed by Sacha Gervasi. Starring Peter DinklageJamie DornanAndy Garcia. Synopsis: A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize, co-star of the hit '70s TV series "Fantasy Island", who took his own life in 1993 at the age of 50. Premieres on HBO on October 20th, 2018.

    Sadie (2018). Written and directed by Megan Griffiths. Starring Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr. Synopsis: The story of a girl who will stop at nothing to preserve her father's place on the home front. Opens in US theaters on October 12th, 2018.

    Shirkers (2018). Directed by Sandi Tan. Synopsis: In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie-a road movie called "Shirkers" with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona, who vanished with all the footage after shooting wrapped. 20 years later, the 16mm cans are recovered in New Orleans. Debuts on Netflix on October 26th, 2018.

    Replicas (2018). Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Written by Chad St. John. Starring Keanu ReevesEmily Alyn Lind, Alice Eve. Synopsis: A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident. US release date is TBA.

    Prospect (2018). Written and directed by Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl. Starring Sophie ThatcherPedro PascalJay Duplass. Synopsis: A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon's toxic forest and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight to escape. US release date is TBA.

    Apostle (2018). Written and directed by Gareth Evans. Starring Dan StevensLucy Boynton, Kristine Froseth. Synopsis: A man attempts to rescue his sister who's been kidnapped by a religious cult. Debuts on Netflix on October 12th, 2018.

    The Oath (2018), red band trailer. Written and directed by Ike Barinholtz. Starring Tiffany HaddishIke Barinholtz, Billy 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.

    Mid90s (2018). Written and directed by Jonah Hill. Starring Sunny SuljicLucas HedgesNa-kel Smith. 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.

    Halloween (2018). Directed by David Gordon Green. Written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley (based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill). Starring Jamie Lee CurtisJudy GreerAndi Matichak. Synopsis: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Opens in US theaters on October 19th, 2018.

    Bumblebee (2018). Directed by Travis Knight. Written by Christina Hodson. Starring Hailee SteinfeldAngela BassettJustin Theroux. Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. Opens in US theaters on December 21st, 2018.

    Captain Marvel (2019). Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Written by Anna BodenRyan FleckLiz Flahive, Meg LeFauve, Carly Mensch, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (based on the Marvel comics by Gene Colan and Roy Thomas). Starring Brie LarsonGemma ChanBen Mendelsohn. Synopsis: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Opens in US theaters on March 8th, 2019.

    Quincy Jones on "Quincy"

    Matt writes: Music icon Quincy Jones joined filmmaker Alan Hicks to chat with our writer Vikram Murthi about their new documentary, "Quincy," now available on Netflix. Click here to read their full conversation.


    "The Tree of Life" on Criterion

    Matt writes: One of Roger Ebert's favorite films, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," received a new extended cut available exclusively on its Criterion edition released last month. Click here to read Brian Tallerico's review.

    Free Movies

    Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957). Directed by Ralph Nelson. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Starring Julie AndrewsIlka ChaseEdie Adams. Synopsis: Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

    Watch "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella"

    Star! (1968). Directed by Robert Wise. Written by William Fairchild. Starring Julie AndrewsRichard CrennaMichael Craig. Synopsis: A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

    Watch "Star!"

    My Name is Lady Gaga (2018). Directed by Alex Lodge. The definitive documentary about Lady Gaga, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mother Monster's meteoric rise from struggling artist to pop icon.

    Watch "My Name is Lady Gaga"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: October 2, 2018, 5:01 am


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