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#365 October 15, 2019

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    By Entertainer

    Matt writes: Today marks the final day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15th. In addition to our roundup of coverage celebrating the work of Hispanic filmmakers, particularly Gregory Nava's "El Norte," in this special edition of Thumbnails, make sure to read our contributor Aaron Aradillas' new interview with the legendary actor Edward James Olmos about his work in "Stand and Deliver," "Battlestar Galactica" and much more. You can read their full conversation here.



    Atlantics (2019). Directed by Mati Diop. Written by Mati Diop and Olivier Demangel. Starring Abdou BaldeAminata KaneIbrahima Mbaye. Synopsis: In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another. Debuts on Netflix on November 29th, 2019.

    Dolittle (2020). Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Written by Stephen Gaghan, Chris McKay and John Whittington (based on characters created by Hugh Lofting). Starring Robert Downey Jr.Michael Sheen, Tom Holland. Synopsis: A physician discovers that he can talk to animals. Opens in US theaters on January 17th, 2020.

    Richard Jewell (2019). Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Billy Ray (based on the magazine article by Marie Brenner). Starring Paul Walter HauserSam RockwellKathy Bates. Synopsis: American security guard, Richard Jewell, heroically saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist. Opens in US theaters on December 13th, 2019.

    The Turning (2020). Directed by Floria Sigismondi. Written by Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes (based on the novel by Henry James). Starring Mackenzie DavisFinn WolfhardBrooklynn Prince. Synopsis: A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. Opens in US theaters on January 24th, 2020.

    Daniel Isn't Real (2019). Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer. Written by Adam Egypt Mortimer and Brian DeLeeuw. Starring Andrew AyalaAndrew BridgesKatie Chang. Synopsis: A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope. Opens in US theaters on December 6th, 2019.

    The Song of Names (2019). Directed by François Girard. Written by Jeffrey Caine (based on the novel by Norman Lebrecht). Starring Clive OwenJonah Hauer-KingTim Roth. Synopsis: An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century exploring the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history. Opens in US theaters on December 25th, 2019.

    Jungle Cruise (2020). Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Michael Green. Starring Emily BluntDwayne Johnson, Jesse Plemons. Synopsis: Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element. Opens in US theaters on July 24th, 2020.

    Rattlesnake (2019). Written and directed by Zak Hilditch. Starring Carmen EjogoTheo RossiEmma Greenwell. Synopsis: When a single mother accepts the help of a mysterious woman after her daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake, she finds herself making an unthinkable deal with the devil to repay the stranger. Debuts on Netflix on October 25th, 2019.

    Judy & Punch (2019). Written and directed by Mirrah Foulkes. Starring Mia WasikowskaDamon HerrimanBenedict Hardie. Synopsis: Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule. US release date is TBA.

    Earthquake Bird (2019). Written and directed by Wash Westmoreland (based on the novel by Susanna Jones). Starring Alicia VikanderRiley KeoughJack Huston. Synopsis: A young woman living in Tokyo becomes the prime suspect in a horrific murder when her friend goes missing in the wake of a tumultuous love triangle. Debuts on Netflix on November 15th, 2019.

    Mickey and the Bear (2019). Written and directed by Annabelle Attanasio. Starring Camila MorroneJames Badge DaleCalvin Demba. Synopsis: Faced with the responsibility to take care of her addict, veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck keeps her household afloat. Opens in US theaters on November 13th, 2019.

    Tell Me Who I Am (2019). Directed by Ed Perkins. Synopsis: What if every memory that haunts you could be erased? What if something truly horrific had happened to you and the person who loves you most could wipe that from your mind? Would you want them to? This is the ethical dilemma that 18-year-old Marcus Lewis faced when his identical twin Alex awakened after a motorcycle accident and Marcus was the only person Alex recognized. With no memories at all, Alex relied entirely on his brother as he tried to understand who he was. Debuts on Netflix on October 18th, 2019.

    Light From Light (2019). Written and directed by Paul Harrill. Starring Marin IrelandJim GaffiganJosh Wiggins. Synopsis: A single mom and part-time paranormal investigator, is asked to look into a possible "haunting" at a widower's farmhouse in East Tennessee. Opens in US theaters on November 1st, 2019.

    Synonyms (2019). Directed by Nadav Lapid. Written by Nadav Lapid and Haim Lapid. Starring Tom MercierQuentin DolmaireLouise Chevillotte. Synopsis: A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary. Opens in US theaters on October 25th, 2019.

    Eli (2019). Directed by Ciarán Foy. Written by David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. Starring Kelly ReillySadie SinkLili Taylor. Synopsis: A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought. Debuts on Netflix on October 18th, 2019.

    Klaus (2019). Directed by Sergio Pablos. Written by Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney. Starring Joan CusackRashida JonesJ.K. Simmons. Synopsis: A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions. Opens in US theaters on November 8th, 2019.

    The Cat and the Moon (2019). Written and directed by Alex Wolff. Starring Alex WolffMike EppsSkyler Gisondo. Synopsis: Whilst his mother seeks treatment in rehab, teenager Nick comes to New York to stay with Cal, a Jazz musician friend of his late father's. During his stay he makes friends who show him what the city has to offer. Opens in US theaters on October 25th, 2019.

    Onward (2020). Written and directed by Dan Scanlon. Starring Tom HollandChris PrattJulia Louis-Dreyfus. Synopsis: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. Opens in US theaters on March 6th, 2020.

    Robert Forster (1941-2019) 

    Matt writes: The wonderful actor Robert Forster succumbed to brain cancer on October 11th at age 78. His numerous credits include "Medium Cool," "What They Had," "Twin Peaks: The Return" and his Oscar-nominated performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown." Read Peter Sobczynski's eulogy to the screen icon here.


    Matt Zoller Seitz's new short film

    Matt writes: Our Editor at Large Matt Zoller Seitz presents his new short film, "The Bed Thing," a picture that was ten years in the making and has debuted exclusively on You can watch it in full below, and read Seitz's essay on the movie here.

    The Bed Thing by Matt Zoller Seitz from Press Play Video Blog on Vimeo.

    Free Movies

    House on Haunted Hill (1959). Directed by William Castle. Written by Robb White. Starring Vincent PriceCarol OhmartRichard Long. Synopsis: A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

    Watch "House on Haunted Hill"

    The Last Man on Earth (1964). Directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow. Written by Richard Matheson and William F. Leicester. Starring Vincent PriceFranca BettoiaEmma Danieli. Synopsis: When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

    Watch "The Last Man on Earth"

    Vincent (1982). Written and directed by Tim Burton. Starring Vincent Price. Synopsis: Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother.

    Watch "Vincent"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: October 15, 2019, 5:01 am


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