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#216 April 30, 2014

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    Sheila writes: The 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival was a huge success. To those Ebert Club members who sought me out to say Hello, or who came to the Meet and Greet, it was so nice to get a chance to talk with you!  Thank you!  I would love to hear your impressions of the Festival, if you care to share. What were your favorite films? Did you attend any of the panels? What were the highlights for you? And for those of you who were not there, here is a Table of Contents page with all of the dispatches from the festival written by various contributors. It was a great time, and Chaz, as always, was a wonderful organizer and emcee. Of course, Roger was so missed. You cannot help but miss his presence. It is a beautiful thing, though, to know that the tradition will live on.


    A Hard Day's Night (1964) * 50th anniversary re-release * Directed by Richard Lester. Written by Alun Owen . Starring John Lennon,
    Paul McCartney,
    George Harrison , Ringo Starr. Synopsis: A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. Re-release dates TBD. This summer.

    [Rec]4 Apocalypse (2014). Directed by Jaume Balagueró. Written by Jaume Balagueró and
    Manu Díez. Starring Manuela Velasco,
    Héctor Colomé,
    María Alfonsa Rosso. Synopsis: The young reporter Ángela is rescued from the building and taken to an oil tanker to be examined. However, it is unbeknown to the soldiers that she carries the seed of the mysterious demonic virus. Opens in Spain October 31, 2014. Opens in France November 5, 2014. Other release dates TBD.

    The Grand Seduction (2013). Directed by Don McKellar. Written by Michael Dowse,
    Ken Scott. Starring Brendan Gleeson,
    Taylor Kitsch,
    Liane Balaban . Synopsis: The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs - along with the whole town - tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently. Opens in the US on May 30, 2014, in limited release.

    Jessabelle (2014). Directed by Kevin Greutert. Written by Robert Ben Garant. Starring Sarah Snook,
    Mark Webber,
    Joelle Carter . Synopsis: Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape. Opens August 29, 2014.

    Ticky Tacky (2013). * Short film * Written and directed by Brian Petsos. Starring Oscar Isaac,
    Helen Rogers,
    Erika Rankin . Synopsis: A wealthy and powerful man is betrayed by those closest to him, and under the guidance of his trusted confidant, devises a fiery requital. Release dates TBD.

    In Your Eyes (2014). Directed by Brin Hill. Written by Joss Whedon. Starring Jennifer Grey,
    Nikki Reed,
    Zoe Kazan. Synopsis: In the frozen East Coast winter, Rebecca is withering away in a life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the sheltered, soft-spoken wife of a successful doctor. Across the country in sun-drenched, arid New Mexico, charismatic ex-con Dylan is struggling to find his footing and a fresh start. When these polar opposites realize they share an inexplicable connection, a unique metaphysical romance begins. Release dates TBD.

    They Came Together (2014). Directed by David Wain. Written by Michael Showalter,
    David Wain. Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler. Synopsis: A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development. In theaters June 27, 2014.

    Godzilla (2014) * New trailer * Directed by Gareth Edwards. Written by Max Borenstein . Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
    Elizabeth Olsen,
    Bryan Cranston . Synopsis: The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. In theaters May 16, 2014.

    The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014). Written and directed by Brian Knappenberger. Synopsis: The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. In theaters June 27, 2014, in limited release.

    The Fault in Our Stars (2014). Directed by Josh Boone. Written by Scott Neustadter. Starring Shailene Woodley,
    Ansel Elgort,
    Willem Dafoe. Synopsis: Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. In theaters June 6, 2014.

    Boyhood (2014). Written and directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Patricia Arquette,
    Ellar Coltrane,
    Ethan Hawke . Synopsis: The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. In theaters July 11, 2014.

    As Above, So Below (2014). Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Starring Ben Feldman,
    Perdita Weeks,
    Edwin Hodge. Synopsis: A thriller centered on two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris. In theaters in the UK and the US on August 15, 2014.

    The Anomaly (2014). Directed by Noel Clarke. Written by Simon Lewis. Starring Noel ClarkeIan Somerhalder,
    Brian Cox .  Synopsis: A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there. Opens in the UK on July 4, 2014.

    Supermensch: The Legend of Ship Gordon (2013). Directed by Mike Myers. Synopsis: In his directorial debut, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep's transformation from the 1970's hedonist to today's practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own. In US theaters June 6, 2014.

    Ping Pong Summer (2014). Written and directed by Michael Tully. Starring John Hannah,
    Susan Sarandon,
    Lea Thompson. Synopsis: A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong. Release dates TBD.

    When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013). * NSFW trailer * Written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. Starring Diana Avramut,
    Mihaela Sirbu,
    Alexandru Papadopol . Synopsis: Focused on a director and his leading actress while they are off the set. They discuss the discrepancies between film and digital cinema, Western and Eastern food, and try to capture an unfiltered (and seemingly impossible) sense of "reality" on film. Release dates TBD.

    Ebertfest 2014

    Sheila writes: I thought I would share a couple more links about this year's Ebertfest. contributor wrote a piece for Indiewire called "Can Ebertfest Survive Without Roger Ebert? This Year, An Answer." And Laura Emerick, from the "Chicago Sun-Times", Roger Ebert's old paper, summed up the feeling of the festival in her piece entitled Critic's voice of empathy runs through Ebertfest.

    Free Movies

    'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942). Directed by Wallace Fox. Starring Leo Gorcey,
    Huntz Hall,
    Bobby Jordan. Synopsis: The East Side Kids find a young girl in the apartment of a man who has just been murdered. Believing her to be innocent, they hide her in their clubhouse while they try to find the real killer. The killer, however, used a baseball bat as his murder weapon, and the bat has the fingerprints of one of the gang on it.

    Watch "'Neath Brooklyn Bridge."

    The Night Porter (1974). Directed by Liliana Cavani. Starring Dirk Bogarde,
    Charlotte Rampling,
    Philippe Leroy . Synopsis: Thirteen years after WWII a concentration camp survivor (Rampling) and her tormentor, currently the night porter at a Vienna hotel, meet again and fall back into their sado-masochistic relationship.

    Watch "The Night Porter."

    Angel and the Badman (1947). Directed by James Edward Grant. Starring John Wayne,
    Gail Russell,
    Harry Carey . Synopsis: Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

    Watch "Angel and the Badman."

    By: Sheila O'Malley
    Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm


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