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#371 January 7, 2020

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    Matt writes: One of the best-loved films of this year's awards season is Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, Little Women. In addition to Tomris Laffly's four-star review, make sure to check out Ally Johnson's appreciation of filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (who helmed the beloved 1994 adaptation) as well as Katherine Tulich's exclusive video interview (embedded below) with Gerwig and her leading lady, Saiorse Ronan.


    Gretel & Hansel (2020). Directed by Oz Perkins. Written by Rob Hayes. Starring Sophia LillisAlice KrigeJessica De Gouw. Synopsis: A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil. Opens in US theaters on January 31st, 2020.

    Downhill (2020). Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Written by Nat FaxonJim Rash and Jesse Armstrong (based on the screenplay by Ruben Östlund). Starring Will FerrellMiranda OttoJulia Louis-Dreyfus. Synopsis: Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Opens in US theaters on February 14th, 2020.

    Respect (2020). Directed by Liesl Tommy. Written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Starring Leroy McClainJennifer HudsonForest Whitaker. Synopsis: The life story of legendary R&B singer, Aretha Franklin. Opens in US theaters on August 14th, 2020.

    Advocate (2020). Directed by Philippe Bellaiche and Rachel Leah Jones. Synopsis: A look at the life and work of Jewish-Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel who has represented political prisoners for nearly 50 years. Now playing in US theaters.

    Proxima (2020). Directed by Alice Winocour. Written by Alice Winocour and Jean-Stéphane Bron. Starring Eva GreenZélie BoulantMatt Dillon. Synopsis: An astronaut prepares for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station. US release date is TBA.

    A Fall from Grace (2020). Written and directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Tyler PerryAdrian PasdarCicely Tyson. Synopsis: Disheartened since her ex-husband's affair, Grace Waters feels restored by a new romance. But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace's vulnerable side turns violent. Debuts on Netflix on January 17th, 2020.

    John Henry (2020). Directed by Will Forbes. Written by Will Forbes and Doug Skinner. Starring Terry CrewsLudacrisMaestro Harrell. Synopsis: A new drama/thriller with a plot yet to be released. US release date is TBA.

    Escape from Pretoria (2020). Directed by Francis Annan. Written by Francis Annan and L.H. Adams (based on the book by Tim Jenkin). Starring Daniel RadcliffeIan HartDaniel Webber. Synopsis: Two white South Africans, imprisoned for working on behalf of the ANC, determine to escape from the notorious white man's 'Robben Island', Pretoria Prison. US release date is TBA.

    Come to Daddy (2020). Directed by Ant Timpson. Written by Toby Harvard. Starring Elijah WoodStephen McHattieGarfield Wilson. Synopsis: A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father. US release date is TBA.

    A Quiet Place: Part II (2020). Written and directed by John Krasinski (based on the characters by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods). Starring Emily BluntCillian MurphyNoah 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.

    Malang (2020). Directed by Mohit Suri. Written by Mohit Suri, Aseem Arora and Aniruddha Guha. Starring Anil KapoorAditya Roy KapoorDisha Patani. Synopsis: A new action/romance blockbuster from India. US release date is TBA.

    Chhapaak (2020). Directed by Meghna Gulzar. Starring Deepika PadukoneVikrant MasseyMadhurjeet Sarghi. Synopsis: The trials and triumphs of Malti, an acid attack survivor. From the investigation of the attack to the court proceedings, the medical treatment to the emotional healing. Chhapaak is the story of the unquashable human spirit. Opens in US theaters on January 10th, 2020.

    Ana (2020). Directed by Charles McDougall. Written by Cris Cole. Starring Dafne KeenAndy GarciaJeanne Tripplehorn. Synopsis: Ana meets Rafa in a chance encounter and they embark on a road trip to try and save him from bankruptcy, or worse. Now playing in US theaters.

    True History of the Kelly Gang (2019). Directed by Justin Kurzel. Written by Shaun Grant (based on the novel by Peter Carey). Starring George MacKayEssie DavisNicholas Hoult. Synopsis: The story of Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s. US release date is TBA.

    The New Mutants (2020). Directed by Josh Boone. Written by Josh Boone and Knate Lee (based on the comics by Chris Claremont, Bob McLeod, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum). Starring Anya Taylor-JoyMaisie WilliamsAntonio Banderas. Synopsis: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Opens in US theaters on April 3rd, 2020.

    The Gentlemen (2020). Written and directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Matthew McConaugheyCharlie HunnamMichelle Dockery. Synopsis: A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Opens in US theaters on January 24th, 2020.

    Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). Directed by Jeff Fowler. Written by Josh Miller, Patrick Casey and Oren Uziel (based on the characters by Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara). Starring Adam PallyJim CarreyJames Marsden. Synopsis: A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him. Opens in US theaters on February 14th, 2020.

    Dolittle (2020). Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Written by Stephen Gaghan, Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (based on the characters by Hugh Lofting). Starring Tom HollandJessie BuckleyRobert Downey Jr.. Synopsis: A physician discovers that he can talk to animals. Opens in US theaters on January 17th, 2020.

    Behind the Scenes of "1917"


    Matt writes: On the heels of Sam Mendes' audacious WWI drama, "1917," winning awards for Best Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globes, I invite you to read my interview with the Oscar-winning director, who was joined in conversation by his co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns as well as actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman.

    Best Television of 2019


    Matt writes: Our regular television critics Brian Tallerico and Allison Shoemaker reveal their picks for the best television shows from 2019, including such acclaimed programs as "Fleabag," "Watchmen," "Whey They See Us" and "Unbelievable." To read the full list, click here.

    Free Movies

    Waltzes from Vienna (1934). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Guy Bolton and Alma Reville (based on the work of Heinz Reichert, Ernst Marischka and A.M. Willner). Starring Edmund GwennEsmond KnightJessie Matthews. Synopsis: The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

    Watch "Waltzes from Vienna"

    The Terror of Tiny Town (1938). Directed by Sam Newfield. Written by Fred Myton. Starring Billy CurtisYvonne Moray'Little Billy' Rhodes. Synopsis: An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue.

    Watch "The Terror of Tiny Town"

    Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961). Directed by Paolo Heusch.Written by Ernesto Gastaldi. Starring Barbara LassCarl SchellCurt Lowens. Synopsis: At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.

    Watch "Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory"

    By: Matt Fagerholm
    Posted: January 7, 2020, 6:01 am


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