#389 September 15, 2020

#389 September 15, 2020

Matt writes: Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic stopping our writers from attending the 2020 Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition in particular person this yr, our Managing Editor Brian Tallerico remains to be screening all the highlights remotely. Hold your eyes peeled every day for his newest dispatches from the pageant, which kicked off September 10th and runs by means of Sunday, September 20th. Just a few of the hotly anticipated titles he is reviewed to this point are Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, Regina King’s “One Evening in Miami,” starring Leslie Odom Jr., and Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand. Zhao shall be this yr’s recipient of the TIFF Ebert Director Award throughout tonight’s awards telecast airing at 7pm CT on CTV and in all places CTV content material will be discovered (you may learn the complete announcement right here). Tallerico awarded “Nomadland” 4 stars, writing, “I like all the pieces about it.”


Nomadland (2020). Written and directed by Chloé Zhao (based mostly on the guide by Jessica Bruder). Starring Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells. Synopsis: Follows a lady in her sixties who, after dropping all the pieces within the Nice Recession, embarks on a journey by means of the American West, dwelling as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Opens within the US on December 4th, 2020.

The Glorias (2020). Directed by Julie Taymor. Written by Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl (based mostly on the guide by Gloria Steinem). Starring Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Janelle Monáe. Synopsis: The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s itinerant childhood’s affect on her life as a author, activist and organizer for ladies’s rights worldwide. Debuts on Amazon Prime on September 30th, 2020.

I Am Greta (2020). Directed by Nathan Grossman. Synopsis: Documentary follows teenage local weather activist Greta Thunberg on her worldwide campaign to get individuals to hearken to scientists concerning the world’s environmental issues. Debuts on Hulu on November 13th, 2020.

2067 (2020). Written and directed by Seth Larney. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Leeanna Walsman.Synopsis: One man’s journey to the longer term to avoid wasting a dying world. Debuts within the US on October 2nd, 2020.

Rebecca (2020). Directed by Ben Wheatley. Written by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (based mostly on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier). Starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes. Synopsis: A younger newlywed arrives at her husband’s imposing household property on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first spouse, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the home lengthy after her demise. Debuts on Netflix on October 21st, 2020.

Billie (2020). Directed by James Erskine. Synopsis: Documentary on the famed jazz singer, Billie Vacation. US launch date is TBA.

Yellow Rose (2020). Directed by Diane Paragas. Written by Diane Paragas, Annie J. Howell and Celena Cipriaso. Starring Lea Salonga, Eva Noblezada, Gustavo Gomez. Synopsis: A Filipina teen from a small Texas city fights to pursue her desires as a rustic music performer whereas having to determine between staying along with her household or leaving the one residence she has identified. Debuts within the US on October ninth, 2020.

The Comeback Path (2020). Directed by George Gallo. Written by George Gallo and Josh Posner. Starring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones. Synopsis: Two film producers who owe cash to the mob arrange their growing older film star for an insurance coverage rip-off to attempt to save themselves. However they wind up getting greater than they ever imagined. Debuts within the US on November 13th, 2020.

The Projectionist (2020). Directed by Abel Ferrara. Synopsis: The movie director converses with the proprietor of a Cinema complicated in Queens concerning the 1970s period of movie making and exhibition in New York Metropolis, when issues had been edgier and sleazier than they’re in in the present day’s cleaned up scene. US launch date is TBA.

Sportin’ Life (2020). Directed by Abel Ferrara. Synopsis: Filmmaker Abel Ferrara paperwork his experiences screening ‘Siberia’ on the Berlin Movie Competition in 2020 earlier than being compelled in quarantine throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. US launch date is TBA.

Truffle Hunters (2020). Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw. Synopsis: Deep within the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of males, seventy or eighty years younger, hunt for the uncommon and costly white Alba truffle-which so far has resisted all of recent science’s efforts at cultivation. Debuts within the US on December 25th, 2020.

Hubie Halloween (2020). Directed by Steven Brill. Written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. Starring Peyton Listing, Adam Sandler, Julie Bowen. Synopsis: Regardless of his devotion to his hometown of Salem, (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois is a determine of mockery for teenagers and adults alike. However this yr, one thing goes bump within the night time, and it is as much as Hubie to avoid wasting Halloween. Debuts on Netflix on October seventh, 2020.

Mandibles (2020). Written and directed by Quentin Dupieux. Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Dave Chapman, India Hair. Synopsis: Two simple-minded pals uncover a large fly within the trunk of a automotive and determine to cultivate it to earn cash with it. US launch date is TBA.

Freaky (2020). Directed by Christopher Landon. Written by Christopher Landon and Michael Kennedy. Starring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Alan Ruck. Synopsis: After swapping our bodies with a deranged serial killer, a younger woman in highschool discovers she has lower than 24 hours earlier than the change turns into everlasting. Debuts within the US on November 13th, 2020.

Friendsgiving (2020). Written and directed by Nicol Paone. Starring Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Christine Taylor. Synopsis: Molly and Abbey, together with their crew of shut pals and acquaintances, host a dysfunctional, comical and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner. Debuts within the US on October 23rd, 2020.

Attraction Metropolis Kings (2020). Directed by Angel Manuel Soto. Written by Sherman Payne. Starring Teyonah Parris, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Milan Ray. Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Mouse desperately needs to hitch the Midnight Clique, an notorious group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule {the summertime} streets. Debuts on HBO Max on October eighth, 2020.

Wi-fi (2020). Directed by Zach Wechter. Written by Zach Wechter and Jack Seidman. Starring Andie MacDowell, Tye Sheridan, Francesca Reale. Synopsis: A self-obsessed faculty scholar stranded within the Colorado mountains, whose solely hope for survival is the device he has spent his complete life studying to make use of: his smartphone. Now streaming on Quibi.

Dune (2020). Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Written by Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts (based mostly on the novel by Frank Herbert). Starring Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet. Synopsis: Function adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, concerning the son of a noble household entrusted with the safety of probably the most worthwhile asset and most important component within the galaxy. Debuts within the US on December 18th, 2020.

“Mr. Soul!” in Digital Cinemas

Matt writes: Melissa Haizlip’s acclaimed documentary, “Mr. Soul!”, which was government produced by Chaz Ebert and obtained 4 stars from our critic Glenn Kenny, has been prolonged in digital cinemas by means of Thursday, September 24th (learn the complete announcement right here).

R.I.P. Diana Rigg (1938-2020)

Matt writes: Our critic Odie Henderson not too long ago penned a lovely tribute to Diana Rigg, the sensible and versatile star of “The Avengers” and “Sport of Thrones,” who handed away on September 10th at age 82. You possibly can watch her dialog from final yr with BBC2’s Stephen Smith embedded above.

Free Films

Sister My Sister (1994). Directed by Nancy Meckler. Written by Wendy Kesselman. Starring Julie Walters, Joely Richardson, Jodhi Could. Synopsis: Two sisters separated in childhood reunite years later as servants at a family in France. Their happiness to be reunited spirals into an incestuous relationship.

Watch “Sister My Sister”

The Acid Home (1998). Directed by Paul McGuigan. Written by Irvine Welsh. Starring Stephen McCole, Maurice Roëves, Garry Sweeney. Synopsis: Three twisted tales of abuse, medicine, displaced personalities, and bug life by Scottish author Irvine Welsh.

Watch “The Acid Home”

The Map of Intercourse and Love (2001). Written and directed by Evans Chan. Starring Victor Ma, Cherie Ho, Bernardo Chow. Synopsis: A filmmaker goes to Hong Kong with hopes of documenting the creation of a Disneyland there, however is distracted by the individuals he encounters

Watch “The Map of Intercourse and Love”