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#350 March 19, 2019

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    Matt writes: Our annual Women Writers Week at ran from Monday, March 4th, through Sunday, March 10th, this year, and featured must-read essays, interviews and reviews from so many essential writers, including our Assistant Editor Nell Minow; our weekly critics Monica Castillo, Tomris Laffly, Christy Lemire and Sheila O'Malley; and frequent contributors such as Jana Monji, Allison Shoemaker and Katherine Tulich. For the complete round-up of our WWW 2019 articles, click here for the full table of contents.



    Booksmart (2019), red-band trailer. Directed by Olivia Wilde. Written by Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman. Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd. Synopsis: On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Opens in US theaters on May 24th, 2019.

    Good Boys (2019). Directed by Gene Stupnitsky. Written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Starring Jacob TremblayMolly GordonWill Forte. Synopsis: Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. Opens in US theaters on August 16th, 2019.

    Long Shot (2019). Directed by Jonathan Levine. Written by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling. Starring Charlize TheronSeth RogenJune Diane Raphael . 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.

    The Fall of the American Empire (2019). Written and directed by Denys Arcand. Starring Maxim RoyÉric BruneauMaripier Morin. Synopsis: A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of two tough police detectives isn't enough, the guy, who has a doctor's degree in philosophy which makes his mind mingle with remorse, must find a way to get rid of this dirty money. Opens in US theaters on May 31st, 2019.

    Long Day's Journey Into Night (2019). Written and directed by Gan Bi. Starring Wei TangJue HuangSylvia Chang. Synopsis: A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago. Opens in US theaters on April 12th, 2019.

    Someone Great (2019). Written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Starring Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow. Synopsis: After a devastating break up on the eve of her cross-country move, Jenny enjoys one last NYC adventure with her two best pals. Someone Great is a romantic comedy about love, loss, growth and the everlasting bond of female friendship. Debuts on Netflix on April 19th, 2019.

    Wild Nights with Emily (2019). Written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. Starring Molly ShannonSusan ZieglerAmy Seimetz. Synopsis: Dramatization of the little known side of the writer Emily Dickinson's life, in particular her relationship with another woman. Opens in US theaters on April 12th, 2019.

    Non-Fiction (2019). Written and directed by Olivier Assayas. Starring Guillaume CanetJuliette BinocheVincent Macaigne. Synopsis: Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives. Opens in US theaters on May 3rd, 2019.

    Late Night (2019). Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Written by Mindy Kaling. Starring Mindy Kaling, Emma ThompsonJohn Lithgow. Synopsis: A late-night talk show host suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show. Opens in US theaters on June 7th, 2019.

    The Art of Self-Defense (2019). Written and directed by Riley Stearns. Starring Jesse EisenbergAlessandro NivolaImogen Poots. Synopsis: A man who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself. Opens in US theaters on June 21st, 2019.

    Charlie Says (2019). Directed by Mary Harron. Written by Guinevere Turner (inspired by the book by Karlene Faith and Ed Sanders). Starring Hannah Murray, Suki Waterhouse, Matt Smith. Synopsis: Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them, and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes. Opens in US theaters on Ma7 17th, 2019.

    The Brink (2019). Directed by Alison Klayman. Synopsis: Brasil, 2027. A fly-on-the-wall chronicle of embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's global mission to spread extreme nationalism. Opens in US theaters on March 29th, 2019.

    The Wind (2019). Directed by Emma Tammi. Written by Teresa Sutherland. Starring Miles AndersonCaitlin GerardJulia Goldani Telles. Synopsis: A supernatural thriller set in the Western frontier of the late 1800s, centering on a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land. Opens in US theaters on April 5th, 2019.

    Relaxer (2019). Written and directed by Joel Potrykus. Starring Joshua BurgeDavid DastmalchianAndre Hyland. Synopsis: With the impending Y2K apocalypse fast approaching, Abbie is faced with the ultimate challenge - the unbeatable level 256 on Pac-Man - and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it. A survival story set in a living room. Opens in US theaters on March 22nd, 2019.

    Family (2019). Written and directed by Laura Steinel. Starring Kate McKinnonTaylor SchillingBrian Tyree Henry. Synopsis: Kate Stone is career-focused, and enjoys her life that way. Her brash attitude keeps relationships at arm's length, making her an outcast in her own right. When her estranged brother calls asking her to babysit her tween niece Maddie, Kate reluctantly agrees to help. US release date is TBA.

    The Legend of Cocaine Island (2019). Directed by Theo Love. Synopsis: A desperate man goes on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million worth of cocaine. Debuts on Netflix on March 29th, 2019.

    Maya (2019). Written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. Starring Roman KolinkaAarshi BanerjeeAlex Descas. Synopsis: A 30-year-old French war reporter is taken to hostage in Syria and then heads to India after months in captivity. US release date is TBA.

    Avengers: Endgame (2019). Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (based on the comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin). Starring Brie LarsonKaren GillanScarlett Johansson. Synopsis: After the devastating events of "Avengers: Infinity War," the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe. Opens in US theaters on April 26th, 2019.

    SXSW 2019 

    Matt writes: Another wonderful installment of Austin's SXSW film festival has just concluded, and we have loads of dispatches provided by our editor Brian Tallerico and critic Monica Castillo. Check out their takes on such anticipated titles as Jordan Peele's "Us," Olivia Wilde's "Booksmart" and Alex Thompson's Audience Award winner, "Saint Frances," by visiting the official table of contents.


    John McNaughton on "Mad Dog and Glory"

    Matt writes: "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" director John McNaughton chats with our frequent contributor Peter Sobczynski about his underrated 1993 gem, "Mad Dog and Glory," starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Bill Murray, which has just been released in a special Blu-ray edition. Click here for their full conversation.


    Free Movies

    Hansel and Gretel (1954). Directed by John Paul. Written by Padraic Colum. Starring Anna RussellMildred DunnockFrank Rogier. Synopsis: An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

    Watch "Hansel and Gretel"

    I Passed for White (1960). Written and directed by Fred M. Wilcox (based on the novel by Mary Hastings Bradley). Starring Sonya WildeJames FranciscusPatricia Michon. Synopsis: A young girl meets and marries the man of her dreams--only she hasn't told him that she is half-black, and he and his rich family and friends are white.

    Watch "I Passed for White"

    The Frog Prince (1998). Written and directed by Jackson Hunsicker. Starring Aileen QuinnJohn ParagonHelen Hunt. Synopsis: Children's musical based on Grimm's fairy tale of The Frog-King. A young girl learns how to be a good friend and princess with the help of a "tall frog."

    Watch "The Frog Prince"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: March 19, 2019, 5:01 am


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