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#320 January 23, 2018

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    Matt writes: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, and is there to review the highlights, with coverage headed by Managing Editor Brian Tallerico and Assistant Editor Nick Allen. Our site's publisher, Chaz Ebert, is serving on this year's documentary jury, alongside Oscar-winning documentarian Ezra Edelman ("O.J.: Made in America"). Make sure to check out reviews of much-anticipated titles such as Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" (pictured below) and Panos Cosmatos' "Mandy." For our full coverage of Sundance, visit our site's official festival page.



    Allure (2018). Written and directed by Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez. Starring Evan Rachel WoodJulia Sarah StoneDenis O'Hare. Synopsis: A house cleaner meets a teenaged girl and convinces her to run away and live with her in secret. US release date is TBA.

    Psychokinesis (2018). Written and directed by Sang-ho Yeon. Starring Yeong-gi JeongYu-mi JungDo-yoon Kim. Synopsis: A father sets out to save his troubled daughter with superpowers that he discovers he possesses. US release date is TBA.

    Beast of Burden (2018). Directed by Jesper Ganslandt. Written by Adam Hoelzel. Starring Daniel RadcliffeGrace GummerPablo Schreiber. Synopsis: Sean Haggerty only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna. US release date is TBA.

    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018). Written and directed by Gus Van Sant (based on the book by John Callahan). Written by Michael SpierigPeter Spierig and Tom Vaughan. Starring Joaquin PhoenixJonah HillRooney Mara. Synopsis: About John Callahan, who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. Opens in US theaters on May 11th, 2018.

    Traffik (2018). Written and directed by Deon Taylor. Written by Jillian JacobsMichael ReiszChristopher Roach and Jeff Wadlow. Starring Paula PattonWilliam FichtnerMissi Pyle. Synopsis: A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a bike gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against a gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. Opens in US theaters on April 27th, 2018.

    Double Lover (2018). Written and directed by François Ozon (based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates). Starring Marine VacthJérémie RenierJacqueline Bisset. Synopsis: Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. Opens in US theaters on February 14th, 2018.

    Tully (2018). Directed by Jason Reitman. Written by Diablo Cody. Starring Charlize TheronMackenzie DavisRon Livingston. Synopsis: The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Opens in US theaters on April 20th, 2018.

    The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018). Directed by Shawn Christensen. Written by Shawn Christensen and Jason Dolan. Starring Janina GavankarMichelle MonaghanElle Fanning. Synopsis: Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace. US release date is TBA.

    Blockers (2018). Directed by Kay Cannon. Written by Brian KehoeJim KehoeJon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Starring Leslie MannJohn CenaKathryn Newton. Synopsis: Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night. Opens in US theaters on April 6th, 2018.

    Basmati Blues (2018). Directed by Dan Baron. Written by Dan Baron and Jeff Dorchen. Starring Brie LarsonUtkarsh AmbudkarScott Bakula. Synopsis: A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created - which she doesn't realize will destroy the farmers she thinks she's helping. Opens in US theaters on February 9th, 2018.

    Golden Exits (2018). Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. Starring Emily BrowningCraig ButtaJason Giampietro. Synopsis: An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides. Opens in US theaters on February 9th, 2018.

    The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018). Directed by Johannes Roberts. Written by Ben Ketai (based on a screenplay by Bryan Bertino). Starring Christina HendricksBailee MadisonMartin Henderson. Synopsis: A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit. Opens in US theaters on March 9th, 2018.

    Show Dogs (2018). Directed by Raja Gosnell. Written by Max Botkin and Marc Hyman. Starring Stanley TucciNatasha LyonneWill Arnett. Synopsis: Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. Opens in US theaters on May 18th, 2018.

    Breaking In (2018). Directed by James McTeigue. Written by Ryan Engle. Starring Gabrielle UnionBilly BurkeRichard Cabral. Synopsis: A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion. Opens in US theaters on May 11th, 2018.

    Kofi (2018). Written and directed by Alex Jovanoski. Starring Sebastian GeroldJennifer BuschmannAnne Tüscher. Synopsis: Katrin, a mid-30, overworked woman inherits her mother's house and decides to move in, after not caring for her the past few years. But there is someone else already living there - One night, she meets Kofi in the toilet, naked, a refugee from Ghana who is hiding from being deported, to find out, he was taking care of her mentally ill mother and desperately wants to stay in Germany. US release date is TBA.

    Still/Born (2018). Directed by Brandon Christensen. Written by Brandon Christensen and Colin Minihan. Starring Christie BurkeJesse MossRebecca Olson. Synopsis: Mary, a new mother, gives birth to twins, but only one of them is alive. While taking care of her living child, Adam, she suspects that something, a supernatural entity, has chosen him and will stop at nothing to take him from her. US release date is TBA.

    Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018). Directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail. Written by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic. Starring Kristen BellKhary PaytonWill Arnett. Synopsis: A villain's maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom. Opens in US theaters on July 27th, 2018.

    Sweet Country (2018). Directed by Warwick Thornton. Written by Steven McGregor and David Tranter. Starring Bryan BrownMatt DayTremayne Doolan. Synopsis: Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down. US release date is TBA.

    2018 Winter Movie Preview

    Matt writes: 25 enticing titles scheduled to arrive in theaters this winter are granted a sneak peek courtesy of Nick Allen.


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    Matt writes: Sarah Knight Adamson provides a marvelous on-the-ground report of this year's Critics Choice Awards, spotlighting several indelible moments that weren't televised, including a tearful acceptance speech by "The Florida Project" star Brooklynn Prince.


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    Watch "A Hatful of Rain"

    The Thin Red Line (1964). Directed by Andrew Marton. Written by Bernard Gordon (based on the novel by James Jones). Starring Keir DulleaJack WardenJames Philbrook. Synopsis: In Guadalcanal during World War II, a private and his sergeant clash during the heat of battle with the Japanese.

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    The Heartbreak Kid (1972). Directed by Elaine May. Written by Neil Simon. Starring Charles GrodinCybill ShepherdJeannie Berlin. Synopsis: Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead. Her rich father is less than keen and lets everyone - including Lenny - know that he hates everything about him and the way he is going on.

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    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:01 am


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