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#271 February 22, 2016

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    Sheila writes: A really fun piece over on Mubi: Adrian Curry, who heads up Mubi's popular movie-poster column, interviews Mondo creative director and poster-designer Jay Shaw. Shaw provides commentary for his Top Ten American Movie Posters. It's an eclectic selection. Some of the designs were not used, ultimately, like the Bill Gold design for "Get Carter" below, but still worthy of appreciation.



    Bastille Day (2016). Directed by James Watkins. Written by Andrew Baldwin. Starring
    Idris Elba,

    Richard Madden,

    Kelly Reilly
    . Synopsis: A young artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Opens in France in July 13, 2016. US release date TBD.

    Born to Be Blue (2016). Written and directed by Robert Budreau. Starring
    Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie. Synopsis: A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late 60's. Opens in US theaters on March 25, 2016.

    Cemetery of Splendour (2016). Written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring
    Jenjira Pongpas,

    Banlop Lomnoi,

    Jarinpattra Rueangram. Synopsis: Tells of a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. Opens in US theaters in limited release on March 4, 2016.

    Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). Directed by Stephen Frears. Written by Nicholas Martin. Starring
    Rebecca Ferguson,

    Meryl Streep,

    Hugh Grant . Synopsis: The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Opens in the UK on May 6, 2016. US release date TBD.

    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016). Directed by Mandie Fletcher. Written by
    Jennifer Saunders. Starring
    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Dawn French. Synopsis: Edina and Patsy are blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party. They become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever! Opens in US theaters on July 22, 2016.

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016). * Netflix * Directed by Woo-Ping Yuen. Written by John Fusco. Starring
    Donnie Yen,

    Michelle Yeoh,

    Harry Shum Jr. . Synopsis: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption. Premieres on February 26, 2016.

    Pete's Dragon (2016). Directed by David Lowery. Written by Toby Halbrooks . Starring Bryce Dallas Howard,
    Robert Redford,
    Karl Urban. Synopsis: The adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Opens in US theaters on August 12, 2016.

    Go With Me (2015). Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Written by

    Joe Gangemi . Starring
    Taylor Hickson,

    Julia Stiles,

    Alexander Ludwig . Synopsis: An ex-logger comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned crime lord. Opens in US theaters on April 22, 2016.

    Fastball (2016). Directed by Jonathan Hock. Narrated by Kevin Costner. Synopsis: With Kevin Costner narrating, lead a cast of baseball legends and scientists who explore the magic within the 396 milliseconds it takes a fastball to reach home plate, and decipher who threw the fastest pitch ever. Opens in the US on March 25, 2016.

    The Sea of Trees (2015). Directed by
    Gus Van Sant . Written by Chris Sparling. Starring Ken Watanabe ,
    Matthew McConaughey,

    Naomi Watts,

    Katie Aselton. Synopsis: A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out. Opens in France on April 27, 2016. US release date TBD.

    Amityville: The Awakening (2016). Written and directed by Franck Khalfoun. Starring
    Jennifer Jason Leigh,

    Bella Thorne,

    Jennifer Morrison. Synopsis: A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house's bloody history. Opens in US theaters on April 1, 2016.

    Pee Wee's Big Holiday (2016). * Netflix * Directed by John Lee. Written by Paul Reubens . Starring 
    Paul Reubens,

    Stephanie Beatriz,

    Joe Manganiello . Synopsis: A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Opens in US theaters on March 18, 2016.

    Sing (2016). Written and directed by Garth Jennings. Starring
    Taron Egerton,

    Scarlett Johansson,

    Matthew McConaughey. Synopsis: A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition. Opens in US theaters on December 21, 2016.

    Marguerite (2015). Written and directed by Xavier Giannoli. Starring
    Catherine Frot,

    André Marcon,

    Michel Fau. Synopsis: Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience. Opens in US theaters on March 11, 2016.

    Things to Come (2016). Written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve . Starring
    Isabelle Huppert,

    André Marcon,

    Roman Kolinka. Synopsis: A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her. Opens in France on April 6, 2016. US release dates TBD.

    Oscars 2016: If We Picked the Winners

    Sheila writes: The writers at were polled on their choices for Oscar winners in each major category. The results were tallied up, and now, over the course of this week, each writer will contribute a short essay on each winner. Keep an eye on the Table of Contents for each new piece launching!

    Harper Lee 1926-2016

    Sheila writes: Harper Lee, a giant of American letters based on just one novel, her debut, "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died just before what would have been her 90th birthday. contributor Matt Falgelhom has written a sensitive appreciation of Lee.

    Andrzej Żuławski 1940-2016

    Sheila writes: The death of Polish novelist and director Andrzej Żuławski has brought forth an outpouring of tributes. Don't miss the appreciation by Polish critic and contributor Michał Oleszczyk. Oleszczyk (who worked with Żuławski on a project) writes: "The supreme troublemaker of Polish and world cinema alike, Andrzej Żuławski passed away in Warsaw yesterday, leaving behind a rich output of films and novels that’s only recently begun to be fully appreciated and rediscovered. A multilingual polymath, as well as an heir to a legendary family of Polish artists and intellectuals, this Paris-educated writer/director was a sensibility so singular as to be virtually unmatched." Keyframe Daily at Fandor has a terrific roundup of tributes.

    Free Movies

    The Ghost Train (1941). Directed by Walter Forde. Starring Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison . Synopsis: Hijinks and chills ensue when a group become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

    Watch "The Ghost Train."

    If ... (1968). Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Starring Malcolm McDowell. Synopsis: In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

    Watch "If ..."

    By: Sheila O'Malley
    Posted: February 23, 2016, 5:00 pm


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