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#370 December 24, 2019

    Entertainer
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    Matt writes: As the days of 2019 grow short, let's take a look at the Best Films of 2019, as chosen by the writers at RogerEbert.com. Our combined list includes such celebrated titles as "Marriage Story," "Parasite," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" and "The Irishman." You can find all the individual lists submitted by our writers (including your's truly) here. 

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    Trailers

    Tenet (2020). Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring John David WashingtonRobert PattinsonKenneth Branagh. Synopsis: An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution. Opens in US theaters on July 17th, 2020.

    The Woman in the Window (2020). Directed by Joe Wright. Written by Tracy Letts (based on the novel by A.J. Finn). Starring Jennifer Jason LeighAmy AdamsGary Oldman. Synopsis: An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence. Opens in US theaters on May 15th, 2020.

    Promising Young Woman (2020). Written and directed by Emerald Fennell. Starring Carey MulliganBo BurnhamLaverne Cox. Synopsis: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path. Opens in US theaters on April 17th, 2020.

    In the Heights (2020). Directed by Jon M. Chu. Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Marc Klein (based on the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes). Starring Corey HawkinsLin-Manuel MirandaAnthony Ramos. Synopsis: A bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune. Opens in US theaters on June 26th, 2020.

    Saint Maud (2020). Written and directed by Rose Glass. Starring Jennifer EhleMorfydd ClarkLily Frazer. Synopsis: Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. Opens in US theaters on March 27th, 2020.

    A Quiet Place: Part II (2020). Written and directed by John Krasinski (based on characters by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods). Starring Cillian MurphyEmily BluntNoah Jupe. Synopsis: Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Opens in US theaters on March 20th, 2020.

    Antlers (2020). Directed by Scott Cooper. Written by Scott Cooper, Nick Antosca and C. Henry Chaisson. Starring Keri RussellJesse PlemonsJeremy T. Thomas. Synopsis: A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. Opens in US theaters on April 17th, 2020.

    Buffaloed (2020). Directed by Tanya Wexler. Written by Brian Sacca. Starring Zoey DeutchJudy GreerJai Courtney. Synopsis: Set in the underworld of debt-collecting and follows the homegrown hustler Peg Dahl, who will do anything to escape Buffalo, NY. Opens in US theaters on February 14th, 2020.

    Free Guy (2020). Directed by Shawn Levy. Written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn. Starring Ryan ReynoldsJodie ComerTaika Waititi. Synopsis: A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game. Opens in US theaters on July 3rd, 2020.

    Enter the Girl Dragon (2019). Directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Starring Dustin MilliganAngela SarafyanJulian Sands. Synopsis: The latest holiday-themed installment of Hulu's "Into the Dark" series. Now streaming on Hulu.

    Darbar (2020). Written and directed by A.R. Murugadoss. Starring RajinikanthSunil ShettyNayanthara. Synopsis: A police officer on a chase to hunt down a dreaded gangster for fulfilling his own secret agenda. Opens in US theaters on January 10th, 2020.

    Good Newwz (2019). Directed by Raj Mehta. Written by Raj Mehta, Jyoti Kapoor and Rishabh Sharma.Starring Akshay KumarKareena KapoorDiljit Dosanjh.Synopsis: Two couples with the same surnames pursue in-vitro fertilization and wait for their upcoming babies. Trouble ensues when they find that the sperms of each couple have been mixed with each other. Opens in US theaters on December 27th, 2019.

    The Assistant (2020). Written and directed by Kitty Green. Starring Julia GarnerMatthew MacfadyenKristine Froseth. Synopsis: A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position. Opens in US theaters on January 31st, 2020.

    1917 (2019). Directed by Sam Mendes. Written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Starring Andrew ScottBenedict CumberbatchRichard Madden. Synopsis: Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. Opens in US theaters on December 25th, 2019.

    Onward (2020). Directed by Dan Scanlon. Written by Dan ScanlonJason Headley and Keith Bunin. Starring Tom HollandChris PrattOctavia Spencer. 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.

    Top Gun: Maverick (2020). Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Written by Peter Craig, Ehren Kruger, Justin Marks, Christopher McQuarrie and Eric Warren Singer (based on the characters by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.). Starring Tom CruiseMonica Barbaro, Jennifer Connelly. Synopsis: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Opens in US theaters on June 26th, 2020.

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2020). Directed by Jason Reitman. Written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan (based on the characters by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis). Starring Mckenna GraceCarrie CoonFinn Wolfhard. Synopsis: When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Opens in US theaters on July 10th, 2020.

    Wonder Woman 1984 (2020). Directed by Patty Jenkins. Written by Patty JenkinsDave Callaham and Geoff Johns (based on characters by William Moulton Marston). Starring Gal GadotKristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal. Synopsis: A sequel to "Wonder Woman." Opens in US theaters on June 5th, 2020.

    Our Lists for Best Films of the 2010s 

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    Matt writes: After reading our writers' combined list ranking the Best Films of the 2010s, take a look at our individuals lists highlighting many of the decade's greatest cinematic achievements including "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Tangerine," "The Tree of Life," "The Babadook," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Certain Women," "The Florida Project" and "Under the Skin."

    R.I.P. Danny Aiello & Anna Karina

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    Matt writes: Two legends of cinema recently passed, Danny Aiello (1933-2019) and Anna Karina (1940-2019), both of whom were eulogized beautifully by our critic Peter Sobczynski (click on each name to read the obituaries in full).

    Free Movies

    Scrooge (1935). Directed by Henry Edwards. Written by H. Fowler Mear (based on the novel by Charles Dickens). Starring Seymour HicksDonald CalthropRobert Cochran. Synopsis: Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of another color. Straightforward adaptation of Dickens

    Watch "Scrooge"

    A Family Circus Christmas (1979). Directed by Al Kouzel. Written by Joseph C. Cavella (based on characters by Bil Keane). Starring Anne CostelloBob KalibanMark Dermott. Synopsis: Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ try to behave as they prepare for Christmas and search for Grandad's Star.

    Watch "A Family Circus Christmas"

    The Snowman (1982). Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and Dianne Jackson (based on the book by Raymond Briggs). Starring David BowieRaymond BriggsMel Smith. Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

    Watch "The Snowman"





    Original: https://www.rogerebert.com/ebert-club/370-december-24-2019
    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: December 24, 2019, 6:01 am

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