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#262 September 30, 2015

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    Sheila writes: The 53rd New York Film Festival is up and running (dispatches from critics are included below), and Adrian Curry over at MUBI has a post up featuring all of the NYFF movie posters. There are some conventional ones and some beautiful striking ones, like the poster for "Miles." Go check out the gallery of posters!



    Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015). Written and directed by Kent Jones. Synopsis: Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work. Opens in New York on December 2, 2015. Other release dates TBD.

    Truth (2015). Written and directed by James Vanderbilt. Starring Cate Blanchett,
    Elisabeth Moss,
    Robert Redford. Synopsis: Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers. Opens in US theaters on October 16, 2015.

    Burnt (2015). Directed by John Wells. Written by Steven Knight . Starring Bradley Cooper,
    Sienna Miller,
    Omar Sy . Synopsis: Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. Opens in US theaters on October 23, 2015.

    Daft Punk Unchained (2015). Directed by 
    Hervé Martin-Delpierre. Written by Marina Rozenman,
    Hervé Martin-Delpierre. Synopsis: Documentary about the entire career of Daft Punk, from their start in early 90's with their first group called Darlin', until their Grammy award in 2014. We learn how the artists have built their music, their image and all aspects of their inspiration. Release dates TBD.

    (T)error (2015). Directed by Lyric R. Cabral,
    David Felix Sutcliffe. Synopsis: (T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff", a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government's counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them. (T)ERROR illuminates the fragile relationships between individual and surveillance state in modern America, and asks who is watching the watchers. Release dates TBD.

    The Angry Birds Movie (2016). Directed by Clay Kaytis,
    Fergal Reilly. Written by Jon Vitti. Starring Peter Dinklage,
    Jason Sudeikis,
    Keegan-Michael Key. Synopsis: In this hilarious 3D adventure, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. Opens in US theaters on May 16, 2016.

    Mustang (2015). Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour . Starring Günes Sensoy,
    Doga Zeynep Doguslu,
    Elit Iscan . Synopsis: In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. Opens in New York on November 20, 2015. Other release dates TBD.

    The Big Short (2015). Written and directed by Adam McKay. Starring Brad Pitt,
    Christian Bale,
    Karen Gillan . Synopsis: Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. Opens in the US in limited release on December 11, 2015, wider release to follow on December 23, 2015.

    Meadowland (2015). Directed by Reed Morano. Written by Chris Rossi. Starring  Luke Wilson, Olivia Wilde,
    Elisabeth Moss, John Leguizamo. Synopsis: In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, Sarah and Phil come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil starts to lose sight of his morals; Sarah takes off on a potentially disastrous journey, falling deeper into her own fever dream. Opens in US theaters on October 16, 2015.

    Manson Family Vacation (2015). Written and directed by J. Davis. Starring Jay Duplass,
    Linas Phillips,
    Leonora Pitts . Synopsis: Two brothers tour Charlie Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man. One is devoted to The Family. Opens in US theaters on October 6, 2015.

    The Walk (2015). * IMAX trailer * Written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
    Charlotte Le Bon,
    Guillaume Baillargeon. Synopsis: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Opens in US theaters September 30, 2015 in limited release, wider release to follow on October 9, 2015.

    In the Heart of the Sea (2015). Directed by Ron Howard. Written by Charles Leavitt. Starring Chris Hemsworth,
    Cillian Murphy,
    Brendan Gleeson. Synopsis: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Opens in US theaters on December 11, 2015.

    Point Break (2015: remake) Directed by Ericson Core. Written by Kurt Wimmer . Starring Teresa Palmer,
    Luke Bracey,
    Édgar Ramírez . Synopsis: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. "Point Break" is inspired by the classic 1991 hit. Opens in US theaters on December 25, 2015.

    The Office (2015). Directed by Johnnie To. Written by Sylvia Chang,
    Ka-Fai Wai. Starring Yun-Fat Chow,
    Sylvia Chang,
    Eason Chan. Synopsis: A 3D movie musical about romance and finance. Release dates TBD.

    The 53rd New York Film Festival

    Sheila writes: The dispatches and reviews for's coverage of the NYFF can be found on The festival is still happening so there will be more to come! Check out the dispatches thus far:
    On "Arabian Nights" and "Les Cowboys."
    On "The Witness," "Don't Blink," and "Maggie's Plan."
    On "The Walk."

    Interview with Michael Shannon

    Sheila writes: The always-excellent Michael Shannon is in two movies that will be out in theaters at the same time, "Freeheld" and Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes." managing editor Brian Tallerico sat down and had a great conversation with Shannon about acting. At one point, Shannon says: "I hope when I spend so much time working on something that at the end of it the result is something that is beyond simple entertainment; that it has some sort of significance. I don’t necessarily have anything against entertainment. And I think both of these films are also entertaining. They’re not lectures. They’re very visceral. You can’t just have a message. There’s got to be more than that. If it’s just a message without the drama, why would anybody pay attention?"

    Errol Morris' "Gates of Heaven"

    Sheila writes: Anyone aware of Roger Ebert's work in even a cursory way probably knows that Errol Morris' 1978 documentary "Gates of Heaven" was one of his favorite films. Not only did he write his original review at the time of the film's release, but he also included it in his Great Movies series. Lincoln Flynn just wrote an indepth examination of "Gates of Heaven", on the occasion of the film's release by Criterion. It is well worth the read. And finally, here is a QA with Errol Morris about the film. Enjoy!

    Free Movies

    The Iron Sheriff (1957). Directed by Sidney Salkow. Starring Sterling Hayden,
    Constance Ford,
    John Dehner. Synopsis: When the sheriff's son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, the sheriff desperately searches for the real killer - and finds the trail leads back to his boy.

    Watch "The Iron Sheriff."

    It Came From Outer Space (1953). Directed by Jack Arnold. Starring Richard Carlson,
    Barbara Rush,
    Charles Drake. Synopsis: A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange.

    Watch "It Came From Outer Space."

    Dangerous Crossing (1953). Directed by Joseph M. Newman. Starring Jeanne Crain,
    Michael Rennie,
    Max Showalter. Synopsis: When a beautiful bride goes on a ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.

    Watch "Dangerous Crossing."

    By: Sheila O'Malley
    Posted: September 30, 2015, 9:00 pm


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