Matt writes: Of all the films released so far in 2019, few are as head-over-heels in love with cinema as Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” RogerEbert.com editor Brian Tallerico awarded the film four stars, while our contributor Katherine Tulich sat down with Tarantino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie for an exclusive interview. You can view their chat below…
The Irishman (2019). Directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Steven Zaillian (based on the book by Charles Brandt). Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci. Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. US release date is TBA.
The Lighthouse (2019). Directed by Robert Eggers. Written by Robert Eggers and Max Eggers.Starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman. Synopsis: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Opens in US theaters on October 18th, 2019.
Jojo Rabbit (2019). Written and directed by Taika Waititi (based on the novel by Christine Leunens). Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi. Synopsis: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Opens in US theaters on October 18th, 2019.
Little Monsters (2019), red-band trailer. Written and directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Stephen Peacocke. Synopsis: A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. US release date is TBA.
Harriet (2019). Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Written by Kasi Lemmons and Gregory Allen Howard. Starring Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn. Synopsis: The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Opens in US theaters on November 1st, 2019.
Light of My Life (2019). Written and directed by Casey Affleck. Starring Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss. Synopsis: Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world’s population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested. Opens in US theaters on August 9th, 2019.
Gwen (2019). Written and directed by William McGregor. Starring Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Eleanor Worthington-Cox. Synopsis: A dark folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution. Opens in US theaters on August 16th, 2019.
1917 (2019). Directed by Sam Mendes. Written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Starring Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong. Synopsis: Two young British soldiers during the First World War, are given an impossible mission: deliver a message, deep in enemy territory, that will stop their own men, and Blake’s own brother, walking straight into a deadly trap. Opens in US theaters on December 25th, 2019.
The Parting Glass (2019). Directed by Stephen Moyer. Written by Denis O’Hare. Starring Denis O’Hare, Edward Asner, Cynthia Nixon. Synopsis: A family dealing with their sister’s death travel across country to collect her belongings and piece together their memories of the woman they lost. Opens in US theaters on October 6th, 2019.
Before You Know It (2019). Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Written by Jen Tullock and Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Jen Tullock, Hannah Pearl Utt, Alec Baldwin. Synopsis: A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera. Opens in US theaters on August 30th, 2019.
Ms. Purple (2019). Directed by Justin Chon. Written by Justin Chon and Chris Dinh. Starring Jake Choi, Mark Krenik, Alfredo Tavares. Synopsis: A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father’s life. US release date is TBA.
Tigers are Not Afraid (2019). Written and directed by Issa López. Starring Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas. Synopsis: A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war. Opens in US theaters on August 21st, 2019.
Spider in the Web (2019). Directed by Eran Riklis. Written by Gidon Maron and Emmanuel Naccache. Starring Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci, Itay Tiran. Synopsis: A young operative is sent on a mission to follow an older agent who’s behavior has come into question. US release date is TBA.
Tone-Deaf (2019). Written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. Starring Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman. Synopsis: A woman goes to the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last complicated relationship implode. She rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Opens in US theaters on August 23rd, 2019.
American Dreamer (2019). Directed by Derrick Borte. Written by Derrick Borte and Daniel Forte. Starring Jim Gaffigan, Robbie Jones, Tammy Blanchard. Synopsis: A down on his luck HAIL driver who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low level drug dealer around town, finds himself in a serious financial bind and decides to kidnap the dealer’s child. Opens in US theaters on September 27th, 2019.
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019). Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Written by Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Bill Murray. Synopsis: Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. Opens in US theaters on October 18th, 2019.
Playmobil: The Movie (2019). Directed by Lino DiSalvo. Written by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Adam Lambert. Synopsis: Animated feature film inspired by the Playmobil brand toys. Opens in US theaters on August 30th, 2019.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). Directed by Marielle Heller. Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Enrico Colantoni. Synopsis: Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Opens in US theaters on November 22nd, 2019.
The Films of Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt writes: With the ever-adventurous Hollywood icon delivering another Oscar-worthy performance in Tarantino’s latest blockbuster, our contributor Max O’Connell takes a deep dive into the actor’s career, exploring five of his key roles.
Indy Shorts International Film Festival
Matt writes: In the last weekend of July, I had the great privilege of attending Heartland Films’ Indy Shorts International Film Festival in Indianapolis, where I screened several brilliant shorts destined to be Oscar contenders, including Floor Adams’ “Mind My Mind,” Jenna Ruiz’s “Singh” and Sami Khan & Smriti Mundhra’s “St. Louis Superman.” Click here to read my full coverage of the highlights.
The Million Pound Note (1954). Directed by Ronald Neame. Written by Jill Craigie. Starring Gregory Peck, Jane Griffiths, Ronald Squire. Synopsis: As part of a bet, two aristocrats offer a penniless American a loan, without telling him that the amount is £1,000,000 in the form of a single banknote.
Watch “Man With a Million”
Paris Blues (1961). Directed by Martin Ritt. Written by Jack Sher, Irene Kamp, Walter Bernstein and Lulla Rosenfeld (based on the novel by Harold Flender). Starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier. Synopsis: During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.
Watch “Paris Blues”
Signpost to Murder (1964). Directed by George Englund. Written by Sally Benson (based on the play by Monte Doyle). Starring Joanne Woodward, Stuart Whitman, Edward Mulhare. Synopsis: An escapee from an asylum takes refuge in a woman’s house; but she has dark secrets of her own.