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#348 February 19, 2019

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    Matt writes: With the 91st Academy Awards telecast scheduled to be broadcast this Sunday, February 24th, Collin Souter devotes his latest installment of Short Films in Focus to all of the shorts nominated for Oscars this year (and yes, ALL of the nominees deserve to be televised, as do the entirety of the winners' acceptance speeches in each category). One of the Best Documentary Short Subject nominees, Marshall Curry's "A Night at the Garden" is embedded below, and according to Souter, it appears to have "broken precedent" with its exceptionally brief running time (clocking in just over seven minutes in length). For Collin's full article, click here

    Field of Vision - A Night at the Garden from Field of Vision on Vimeo.


    Yesterday (2019). Directed by Danny Boyle. Written by Richard Curtis. Starring Lily JamesAna de ArmasKate McKinnon. Synopsis: A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. Opens in US theaters on June 28th, 2019.

    Diane (2019). Written and directed by Kent Jones. Starring Mary Kay PlaceJake LacyEstelle Parsons. Synopsis: Diane fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face. Opens in US theaters on March 29th, 2019.

    Juanita (2019). Directed by Clark Johnson. Written by Roderick M. Spencer (based on the book by Sheila Williams). Starring Alfre WoodardAdam BeachAshlie Atkinson. Synopsis: Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita takes a Greyhound bus to Paper Moon, Montana where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo. Debuts on Netflix on March 8th, 2019.

    The Hustle (2019). Directed by Chris Addison. Written by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer and Jac Schaeffer. Starring Anne HathawayRebel WilsonTim Blake Nelson. Synopsis: A remake of the 1988 comedy, 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', in which two down-and-out con artists engage in a "loser leaves town" contest. Opens in US theaters on May 10th, 2019.

    Black Mother (2019). Directed by Khalik Allah. Synopsis: From red light districts to lush rain-forests, 'Black Mother' is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a visual poem that is at once deeply felt love letter and ecstatic street-corner prayer. Opens in US theaters on March 8th, 2019.

    Asako I & II (2019). Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. Written by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Sachiko Tanaka (based on the novel by Tomoka Shibasaki). Starring Masahiro HigashideErika KarataSairi Itô.Synopsis: Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality. Opens in US theaters on March 1st, 2019.

    The Chaperone (2019). Directed by Michael Engler. Written by Julian Fellowes (based on the book by Laura Moriarty). Starring Haley Lu RichardsonElizabeth McGovernBlythe Danner. Synopsis: In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City. Opens in US theaters on March 29th, 2019.

    After (2019). Directed by Jenny Gage. Written by Susan McMartin (based on the novel by Anna Todd).Starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jennifer Beals. Synopsis: A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. Opens in US theaters on April 12th, 2019.

    Ma (2019). Directed by Tate Taylor. Written by Tate Taylor and Scotty Landes. Starring Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Missi Pyle. Synopsis: A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Opens in US theaters on May 31st, 2019.

    Tolkien (2019). Directed by Dome Karukoski. Written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Starring Nicholas HoultMimi Keene, Lily Collins. Synopsis: Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Opens in US theaters on May 10th, 2019.

    Child's Play (2019). Directed by Lars Klevberg. Written by Tyler Burton Smith. Starring Aubrey PlazaGabriel BatemanBrian Tyree Henry. Synopsis: A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Opens in US theaters on June 21st, 2019.

    Triple Threat (2019). Directed by Jesse V. Johnson. Written by Joey O'Bryan and Paul Staheli. Starring Celina JadeScott AdkinsMichael Jai White. Synopsis: A hit contract is taken out on a billionaires daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. A down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target. Opens in US theaters on March 22nd, 2019.

    Triple Frontier (2019). Directed by J.C. Chandor. Written by J.C. Chandor and Mark Boal. Starring Ben AffleckCharlie HunnamPedro Pascal. Synopsis: Five former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. Debuts on Netflix on March 13th, 2019.

    Greta (2019). Directed by Neil Jordan. Written by Neil Jordan and Ray Wright. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe. Synopsis: A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda towards her. Opens in US theaters on March 1st, 2019.

    Teen Spirit (2019). Written and directed by Max Minghella. Starring Elle FanningRebecca HallMillie Brady. Synopsis: Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Opens in US theaters on April 5th, 2019.

    Long Shot (2019). Directed by Jonathan Levine. Written by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling. Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Andy Serkis. Synopsis: When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly. Opens in US theaters on May 3rd, 2019.

    Frozen II (2019). Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Written by Allison Schroeder. Starring Kristen BellEvan Rachel WoodJonathan Groff. Synopsis: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. Opens in US theaters on November 22nd, 2019.

    Aladdin (2019). Directed by Guy Ritchie. Written by Guy Ritchie and John August. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott. Synopsis: A live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name. Opens in US theaters on May 24th, 2020.

    "Beale Street" and "Cherbourg" 

    Matt writes: Our contributor Shelley Farmer writes beautifully about how Barry Jenkins' latest critical darling, "If Beale Street Could Talk," serves as a spiritual successor to Jacques Demy's French New Wave musical, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." Click here for the full analysis.


    R.I.P. Bruno Ganz (1941-2019)

    Matt writes: editor Brian Tallerico pays tribute to legendary actor Bruno Ganz, whose masterful film, "Wings of Desire," directed by Wim Wenders, is a cinema classic for the ages. Click here for the full article.


    Free Movies

    Cinéma! Cinéma! The French New Wave (1992). Directed by Christopher Spencer. Synopsis: An excellent television special on the origins of the French New Wave and its influence on American cinema.

    Watch "Cinéma! Cinéma! The French New Wave" (Part 1 of 4)

    François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema—The Wild Child (1996). Synopsis: Part one of producer Jeff Morgan's feature-length profile of the legendary French filmmaker.

    Watch "François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema—The Wild Child"

    François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema—Love & Death (1996). Part two of producer Jeff Morgan's feature-length profile of the legendary French filmmaker.

    Watch "François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema—Love & Death"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: February 19, 2019, 6:01 am


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