#362 September 3, 2019

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    Matt writes: Labor Day weekend has kicked off the official start of awards season, with film festivals in Venice and Telluride currently underway and Toronto following close behind on September 5th. Go to RogerEbert.com over the next couple weeks for our daily dispatches, beginning with Glenn Kenny's coverage of the Venice Film Festival, including his enticing preview and review of Roman Polanski's latest film, "J'Accuse."



    Bombshell (2019). Directed by Jay Roach. Written by Charles Randolph. Starring Margot RobbieCharlize TheronNicole Kidman. Synopsis: A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over the network. Opens in US theaters on December 20th, 2019.

    The Laundromat (2019). Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Scott Z. Burns (based on the book by Jake Bernstein). Starring Meryl StreepGary OldmanSharon Stone. Synopsis: A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system. Debuts on Netflix on October 18th, 2019.

    The King (2019). Directed by David Michôd. Written by Joel Edgerton and David Michôd. Starring Timothée ChalametRobert PattinsonBen Mendelsohn. Synopsis: Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life. Debuts on Netflix on November 1st, 2019.

    The Report (2019). Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam DriverAnnette BeningJon Hamm. Synopsis: Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets. Opens in US theaters on November 15th, 2019.

    Ema (2019). Directed by Pablo Larraín. Written by Guillermo Calderón and Alejandro Moreno. Starring Santiago CabreraGael García BernalMariana Di Girolamo. Synopsis: A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart. US release date is TBA.

    Babyteeth (2019). Directed by Shannon Murphy. Written by Rita Kalnejais. Starring Ben MendelsohnEliza ScanlenEssie Davis. Synopsis: When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. US release date is TBA.

    The Aeronauts (2019). Directed by Tom Harper. Written by Jack Thorne. Starring Felicity JonesEddie RedmayneHimesh Patel. Synopsis: Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon. Opens in US theaters on December 6th, 2019.

    Lucy in the Sky (2019). Directed by Noah Hawley. Written by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. Starring Natalie PortmanJon HammDan Stevens. Synopsis: Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. Opens in US theaters on October 4th, 2019.

    The Two Popes (2019). Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Written by Anthony McCarten. Starring Jonathan PryceAnthony HopkinsJuan Minujín. Synopsis: Behind Vatican walls, the traditionalist Pope Benedict and the reformist future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. Debuts on Netflix on December 20th, 2019.

    Villains (2019). Written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. Starring Bill SkarsgårdMaika MonroeJeffrey Donovan. Synopsis: After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out. Opens in US theaters on September 20th, 2019.

    Maria's Paradise (2019). Directed by Zaida Bergroth. Written by Jan Forsström and Anna Viitala. Starring Pihla ViitalaTommi KorpelaElina Knihtilä. Synopsis: The orphan Salome is the servant and devout follower of Maria Åkerblom, a charismatic sect leader. But as Salome befriends a rebellious outsider and starts to have doubts, Maria turns dangerous. US release date is TBA.

    Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019). Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe. Synopsis: The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's "Alien" - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious. Opens in US theaters on October 4th, 2019.

    Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019). Directed by Gavin Fitzgerald and Charlie Lightening. Synopsis: Documentary following musician Liam Gallagher, as he attempts to make a solo comeback. Opens in US theaters on September 13th, 2019.

    Motherless Brooklyn (2019). Written and directed by Edward Norton (based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem). Starring Edward NortonBruce WillisGugu Mbatha-Raw. Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Opens in US theaters on November 1st, 2019.

    Terminator: Dark Fate (2019). Directed by Tim Miller. Written by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray (based on characters created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd). Starring Arnold SchwarzeneggerMackenzie DavisEdward Furlong. Synopsis: Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. Opens in US theaters on November 1st, 2019.

    Joker (2019). Directed by Todd Phillips. Written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Marc Maron. Synopsis: An original standalone origin story of the iconic villain not seen before on the big screen, it's a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, and a broader cautionary tale. Opens in US theaters on October 4th, 2019.

    The Sound of Silence (2019). Directed by Michael Tyburski. Written by Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors. Starring Peter SarsgaardRashida JonesTony Revolori. Synopsis: A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve. Opens in US theaters on September 13th, 2019.

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (based on characters created by George Lucas). Starring Daisy RidleyAdam Driver, Carrie Fisher. Synopsis: The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Opens in US theaters on December 20th, 2019.

    The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 

    Matt writes: I had the great pleasure of reviewing all ten hours of Netflix's spellbinding new series, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," an epic prequel to Jim Henson and Frank Oz's audacious 1982 fantasy. It is the masterwork of puppetry most closely aligned with the late Muppet creator's humanistic philosophy since 1992's "The Muppet Christmas Carol." Click here to read the full review.


    John Travolta on "The Fanatic"

    Matt writes: The screen icon recently spoke with Nick Allen about his new movie, "The Fanatic," directed by Fred Durst. Their conversation is an entertaining one (and can be read here in its entirety), though the film itself received Brian Tallerico's first-ever zero-star review for the site.


    Free Movies

    Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Directed by John M. Stahl. Written by Jo Swerling (based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams). Starring Gene TierneyCornel WildeJeanne Crain. Synopsis: A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

    Watch "Leave Her to Heaven"

    Kill or Be Killed (1950). Directed by Max Nosseck. Written by Max Nosseck, Arnold Lipp and Lawrence L. Goldman. Starring Lawrence TierneyGeorge CoulourisMarissa O'Brien. Synopsis: Man accused of a murder he didn't commit hides out in the South American jungle.

    Watch "Kill or Be Killed"

    The Hoodlum (1951). Directed by Max Nosseck. Written by Sam Neuman and Nat Tanchuck. Starring Lawrence TierneyAllene RobertsMarjorie Riordan. Synopsis: Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

    Watch "The Hoodlum"

    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/ebert-club/362-september-3-2019
    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: September 3, 2019, 5:01 am


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