#369 December 10, 2019

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    Matt writes: With Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" being named the best film of 2019 by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle soon after its Netflix debut over Thanksgiving weekend, let us take a closer look at this masterwork. Our contributor Max O'Connell took a deep dive into the film by exploring the work of its co-stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, as well as the key role each of them has played in the director's oeuvre. Meanwhile, our LA correspondent Katherine Tulich conducted an exclusive video interview with Scorsese and another of the film's legendary stars, Al Pacino, about their eagerly awaited collaboration. You can watch it in full below... 


    Mulan (2020). Directed by Niki Caro. Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek. Starring Yifei LiuDonnie YenJet Li. Synopsis: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. Opens in US theaters on March 27th, 2020.

    6 Underground (2019). Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Starring Ryan ReynoldsAdria ArjonaMélanie Laurent. Synopsis: Meet a new kind of action hero. Six untraceable agents, totally off the grid. They've buried their pasts so they can change the future. Debuts on Netflix on December 13th, 2019.

    Seberg (2019). Directed by Benedict Andrews. Written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Starring Margaret QualleyKristen StewartZazie Beetz. Synopsis: Inspired by real events in the life of French New Wave icon Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by Hoover's FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal. Opens in US theaters on December 13th, 2020.

    No Time to Die (2020). Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (based on the characters created by Ian Fleming). Starring Ana de ArmasDaniel CraigLéa Seydoux. Synopsis: Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. Opens in US theaters on April 10th, 2020.

    Ride Like a Girl (2019). Directed by Rachel Griffiths. Written by Andrew Knight and Elise McCredie. Starring Teresa PalmerSam NeillSullivan Stapleton. Synopsis: The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. US release date is TBA.

    Three Christs (2020). Directed by Jon Avnet. Written by Jon Avnet and Eric Nazarian (based on the book by Milton Rokeach). Starring Richard GerePeter DinklageWalton Goggins. Synopsis: Dr. Alan Stone is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believed they were Jesus Christ. What transpires is both comic and deeply moving. Opens in US theaters on January 3rd, 2020.

    The Last Full Measure (2020). Written and directed by Todd Robinson. Starring Christopher PlummerSamuel L. JacksonSebastian Stan. Synopsis: Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. ("Pits") is awarded the nation's highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield. Opens in US theaters on January 24th, 2020.

    Colewell (2019). Written and directed by Tom Quinn. Starring Karen AllenHannah GrossKevin J. O'Connor. Synopsis: For thirty-five years, Nora Pancowski has been the postmaster of Colewell, Pennsylvania. When the USPS decides to close her office, she must choose whether to relocate for a new position or face retirement in Colewell. US release date is TBA.

    She's Missing (2019). Written and directed by Alexandra McGuinness. Starring Lucy FryEiza GonzálezChristian Camargo. Synopsis: When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road. US release date is TBA.

    Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (2019). Directed by Charles Hood. Starring Dustin MilliganAngela SarafyanJulian Sands. Synopsis: The latest holiday-themed installment of Hulu's "Into the Dark" series. Now streaming on Hulu.

    The Wolf Hour (2019). Written and directed by Alistair Banks Griffin. Starring Naomi WattsBrennan BrownJennifer Ehle. Synopsis: June was once a known counter-culture figure, but that was a decade ago. She now lives alone in her South Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world. Now playing in US theaters.

    Come On Feel the Noize (2019). Directed by Jörg Sonntag. Synopsis: Exclusive, long-lost live material from rock's most iconic bands &artists, as well as all-new original interviews with the living legends themselves: This film is your access-all-areas backstage pass to Heavy Metal and Hard Rock history. US release date is TBA.

    After Parkland (2019). Directed by Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi. Synopsis: An intimate chronicle of the Parkland students who endured gunfire and the parents who lost their children as they navigate their way through the unthinkable; reckoning with unexpected loss, journeying through grief, and searching for new meaning. US release date is TBA.

    A Million Little Pieces (2019). Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Written by Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (based on the memoir by James Frey). Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBilly Bob ThorntonOdessa Young. Synopsis: A young aspiring writer at the bottom of his addictions is interned in a facility center to face his traumatic past. US release date is TBA.

    Just Mercy (2019). Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Written by Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham (based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson). Starring Brie LarsonTim Blake NelsonMichael B. Jordan. Synopsis: World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free. Opens in US theaters on January 10th, 2020.

    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 at the network. Opens in US theaters on December 20th, 2019.

    Honey Boy (2019). Directed by Alma Har'el. Written by Shia LaBeouf. Starring Shia LaBeoufLucas HedgesNoah Jupe. Synopsis: A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Now playing in US theaters.

    Black Widow (2020). Directed by Cate Shortland. Written by Ned Benson and Jac Schaeffer (based on characters created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck). Starring Scarlett JohanssonFlorence PughRobert Downey Jr. Synopsis: A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films "Civil War" and "Infinity War." Opens in US theaters on May 1st, 2020.

    Paul Hirsch on Editing "Star Wars' 


    Matt writes: A few days prior to Thanksgiving, I had the great honor of chatting with Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch about his work on such landmark films as "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Carrie," "Blow Out" and "Ray," all of which he discusses in his new memoir, A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away... Click here for our full conversation.

    The Best Television of the Decade


    Matt writes: Our regular TV critics Allison Shoemaker and Brian Tallerico round up their picks for the 50 best television shows of the decade including "Fleabag," "The Leftovers," "Breaking Bad" and "The Americans." For the full list, click here.

    Free Movies

    My Man Godfrey (1936). Directed by Gregory La Cava. Written by Morrie Ryskind and Eric Hatch. Starring William PowellCarole LombardAlice Brady. Synopsis: A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

    Watch "My Man Godfrey"

    The Outlaw (1943). Directed by Howard Hughes. Written by Jules Furthman. Starring Jack BuetelThomas MitchellJane Russell. Synopsis: Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

    Watch "The Outlaw"

    Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972). Directed by Theodore Gershuny. Written by Theodore Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz and Ira Teller. Starring Patrick O'NealJames PattersonMary Woronov. Synopsis: A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.

    Watch "Silent Night, Bloody Night"

    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/ebert-club/369-december-10-2019
    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: December 10, 2019, 6:01 am


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