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#309 August 22, 2017

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    By Entertainer

    Matt writes: This month has marked the fiftieth anniversary of Arthur Penn's 1967 masterpiece, "Bonnie and Clyde." While many critics at the time were baffled and offended by the picture, Roger Ebert awarded it four stars, writing, "This is pretty clearly the best American film of the year. It is also a landmark. Years from now it is quite possible that 'Bonnie and Clyde' will be seen as the definitive film of the 1960s, showing with sadness, humor and unforgiving detail what one society had come to. The fact that the story is set 35 years ago doesn't mean a thing. It had to be set sometime. But it was made now and it's about us." Later that year, he wrote a piece taking on the film's naysayers, and in 1998, Ebert inducted "Bonnie and Clyde" into his Great Movies series. To commemorate the film's anniversary, writers at offered their reflections on the film's legacy.



    Mother! (2017). Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Jennifer LawrenceJavier BardemEd Harris. Synopsis: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. Opens in US theaters on September 15th, 2017.

    Human Flow (2017). Directed by Ai Weiwei. Synopsis: Director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis. US release date is TBA.

    The Killing of Sacred Deer

     (2017). Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. Starring Nicole KidmanAlicia SilverstoneColin FarrellSynopsis: Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. Opens in US theaters on November 3rd, 2017.

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017). Written and directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam SandlerGrace Van PattenDustin Hoffman. Synopsis: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. US release date is TBA.

    The Death of Stalin (2017). Directed by Armando Iannucci. Written by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin (based on the comic books by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin). Starring Olga KurylenkoJason IsaacsSteve Buscemi. Synopsis: Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. US release date is TBA.

    Bright Sunshine In (2017). Directed by Claire Denis. Written by Claire Denis and Christine Angot. Starring Juliette BinocheXavier BeauvoisPhilippe Katerine. Synopsis: Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love at last. US release date is TBA.

    One Percent More Humid (2017). Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia. Starring Julia GarnerJuno TempleMaggie Siff. Synopsis: A pair of childhood friends reunite during their summer break from college and deal with a traumatizing experience from their past. US release date is TBA.

    Rememory (2017). Directed by Mark Palansky. Written by Mark Palansky and Mike Vukadinovich. Starring Peter DinklageAnton YelchinJulia OrmondSynopsis: The widow of a wise professor stumbles upon one of his inventions that's able to record and play a person's memory. Opens in US theaters on August 24th, 2017.

    Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017). Written and directed by Ryan Eggold. Starring Cobie SmuldersDana DelanyLea Thompson. Synopsis: A young man attends the wedding of his ex-girlfriend. US release date is TBA.

    Manhunt (2017). Written and directed by John Woo (based on the book by Jukô Nishimura). Starring Tao OkamotoJi-won HaHanyu Zhang. Synopsis: Accused of heinous crimes he didn't commit, a prosecutor sets out on a mission to clear his name. US release date is TBA.

    Molly's Game (2017). Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (based on the book by Molly Bloom). Starring Jessica ChastainIdris ElbaNatalie Krill. Synopsis: The true story of an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Her players included movie stars, business titans and unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Opens in US theaters on November 22nd, 2017.

    Dave Made a Maze (2017). Directed by Bill Watterson. Written by Bill Watterson and Steven Sears. Starring Kirsten VangsnessJohn HenniganJames Urbaniak. Synopsis: Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Debuted in the US on August 18th, 2017.

    Gemini (2018). Written and directed by Aaron Katz. Starring Lola KirkeZoë KravitzJohn Cho. Synopsis: A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity. US release date is TBA.

    Dayveon (2017). Directed by Amman Abbasi. Written by Amman Abbasi and Steven Reneau. Starring Devin BlackmonDontrell BrightLachion Buckingham. Synopsis: In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world. US release date is TBA.

    On the Road (2017). Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. Starring Shirley HendersonPaul PopplewellJames McArdle. Synopsis: An intimate look at life on the road for the band Wolf Alice as they tour Great Britain. US release date is TBA.

    Vengeance: A Love Story (2017). Directed by Johnny Martin. Written by John Mankiewicz (based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates). Starring Nicolas CageAnna HutchisonTalitha Eliana Bateman. Synopsis: A gulf war veteran seeks vengeance against those who assaulted a single mother. US release date is TBA.

    9/11 (2017). Directed by Martin Guigui. Written by Steven James Golebiowski and Martin Guigui (based on the play by Patrick James Carson). Starring Charlie SheenWhoopi GoldbergGina Gershon. Synopsis: A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens. Opens in US theaters on September 8th, 2017.

    The Florida Project (2017). Directed by Sean Baker. Written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch. Starring Willem DafoeBrooklynn PrinceValeria Cotto. Synopsis: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. Opens in US theaters on October 6th, 2017.

    Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)

    Matt writes: Comedy legend Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) was eulogized at by Scott Jordan Harris. Also make sure to check out Roger Ebert's 1983 interview with Lewis about Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy."


    Pens to Lens 2017

    Matt writes: Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of covering the fifth annual Pens to Lens Gala in Champaign-Urbana, featuring remarkable short films written by local students. To view the films, along with my two-part coverage of the fest, click here and here.


    Free Movies

    How Green Was My Valley (1941). Directed by John Ford. Written by Philip Dunne (based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn). Starring Walter PidgeonMaureen O'HaraAnna Lee. Synopsis: At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

    Watch "How Green Was My Valley"

    Hi, Mom! (1970). Written and directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Robert De NiroAllen GarfieldLara Parker. Synopsis: A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.

    Watch "Hi, Mom!"

    Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972). Directed by Brian De Palma. Written by Jordan Crittenden. Starring Tom SmothersJohn AstinSusanne Zenor. Synopsis: A young businessman goes to a magic expert to learn hardness and skill with his cynical and greedy collaborators. He becomes a very good tap dancer, but will he be able to get free of his old boss? 

    Watch "Get to Know Your Rabbit"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: August 22, 2017, 5:01 am


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