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The latest from The Cabin in the Woods writer-director Drew Goddard received a wide range of reactions, with some critics even ranking it among their 10 best films of 2018. Set in 1969, the film follows seven strangers as they check into a hotel on the California-Nevada border, where their dark pasts come bubbling up to the surface. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, and Nick Offerman star.
Lisa D’Apolito’s directs this documentary portrait of comedian Gilda Radner, the beloved former Saturday Night Live star who died in 1989. This "valentine" to Radner is a "brisk" and "warm" watch, say critics, though a few reviewers warn that it's too "breezy."
|More movie releases on January 1, 2019|
|After Everything DRAMA/COMEDY | Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe|
|Astral SCI-FI/HORROR/THRILLER | Frank Dillane|
|A.X.L. SCI-FI/FAMILY/ADVENTURE | Thomas Jane, Alex Neustaedter|
|Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders DOCUMENTARY|
|Eating Animals DOCUMENTARY|
|Night School COMEDY | Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish|
|The Ranger HORROR | Chloë Levine|
|Reach DRAMA/COMEDY | Garrett Clayton|
|Trouble DRAMA/COMEDY | Anjelica Houston, Bill Pullman, David Morse|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Victoria Season 2|
|Wolfblood Season 5|
The final film from famed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (who died in 2016) consists of 24 four-and-a-half minute shorts based around the fixed frame of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Hunters In The Snow” and 23 of Kiarostami’s own photographs. Within each short, the frame comes to life through animation, the computer effects adding animals or snow as music and other sounds bring even more life to the still images. It’s a hint at what the groundbreaking filmmaker still had to offer in his final days. This initial home video release comes via the Criterion Collection, which means there are plenty of extras, including a making-of documentary and interviews.
Jonah Hill’s feature directorial debut follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), a 13-year-old in Los Angeles who finds relief from a difficult home life by skateboarding with his new friends. Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges play Stevie’s mom and brother. Many critics felt that Hill’s work in front of the camera has paid off as he’s moved behind it, though some found the movie uneven and incomplete.
Director Steve Loveridge drew from 22 years of Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam’s personal recordings to create the definitive portrait of the Sri Lankan musician/rapper who records under the name M.I.A. Most know her from her hit song “Paper Planes,” but few know that her father was the leader of the Tamil independence movement in their home country. Loveridge, a friend of the artist since the mid-1990s, spent four years assembling the footage into an encompassing look at a multi-talented and controversial artist, and most critics think it was time well spent.
Reinaldo Marcus Green’s debut feature tells the story of how footage of a white cop wrongfully killing a black man affects the lives of three men—the man who films the incident, an African-American police officer, and a talented high school athlete. Green pick up an award for Outstanding First Feature at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
Another fairly well-reviewed debut feature (by writer-director Elizabeth Chomko) from last year's Sundance, this drama stars Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon as siblings dealing with their mother’s dementia. Blythe Danner plays their Alzheimer-afflicted mother, and Robert Forster is their stubborn father.
|More movie releases on January 8, 2019|
|An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn COMEDY | Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch|
|The Great Battle FOREIGN/ACTION/DRAMA|
|Hell Fest HORROR | Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards|
|Let the Corpses Tan FOREIGN/THRILLER|
|Memoir of War FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|The Oath COMEDY/THRILLER | Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho|
|The Party's Just Beginning DRAMA/COMEDY | Karen Gillan|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Castle Rock Season 1|
|A Chef's Life: The Final Harvest Special|
|Dragon Ball Super: Part 6|
|Frankie Drake Mysteries Season 1|
|LEGO Ninjago - Masters of Spinjitzu Season 8 (Sons of Garmadon)|
|Nature: Super Cats Miniseries|
|Poetry in America Season 1|
|The Purge Season 1|
|Secrets of Britain's Great Cathedrals Miniseries|
|Sinking Cities Miniseries|
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this continuation of the Halloween series that began with John Carpenter’s 1978 film. Directed by David Gordon Green (Stronger, Pineapple Express) from a script he wrote with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, the film finds Laurie ready to take on a newly escaped Michael Myers. Will Patton plays a local cop, and Judy Greer is Laurie’s daughter and Andi Matichak is her granddaughter. The film was decently reviewed, but, unsurprisingly for a 40-year-old horror franchise, it provided few surprises or genuine scares.
Following Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, writer-director Josephine Decker’s third feature is another experimental effort, but a much more successful one, according to critics. Capturing the relationship between mentally fragile teenager Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard), her mother (Miranda July), and the director of progressive theater group (Molly Parker), Madeline is “one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century,” according to Indiewire’s David Ehrlich.
David Lowery (A Ghost Story) directs Robert Redford again (they teamed up for Pete’s Dragon) in this loose adaptation of David Grann’s 2003 piece in The New Yorker about Forrest Tucker, a career criminal who escaped multiple prisons, including San Quentin, and pulled off a string of heists well into his 70s. Lowery regular Casey Affleck plays the detective who pursues Tucker, and Sissy Spacek is the woman who loves him despite his profession. Danny Glover and Tom Waits are his partners in crime. Redford has suggested that it is his final on-screen appearance, and he just picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
If your idea of a good time is watching legendary British actresses Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright spend a weekend together, then Roger Michell’s entertaining documentary is a must-see. Critics certainly had fun with it.
|More movie releases on January 15, 2019|
|The Bookshop DRAMA | Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Nighy|
|Four Times That Night (1971) FOREIGN/HORROR|
|The Glass Key (1942) DRAMA | Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd|
|Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween FAMILY|
|The Insufferable Groo DOCUMENTARY|
|Jack the Ripper (1959) HORROR/THRILLER | Lee Patterson, Eddie Byrne|
|Jonathan SCI-FI/DRAMA | Ansel Elgort|
|Knives of the Avenger (1966) FOREIGN/ACTION-ADVENTURE|
|The Last Suit FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Notorious (1946) Criterion Collection release|
|The Plague Dogs (1982) ANIMATION/ADVENTURE|
|Saturday the 14th (1981) HORROR/COMEDY | Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss|
|Speed Kills DRAMA/THRILLER | John Travolta|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Black Clover Season 1 Part 3|
|The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 5|
|Overlord II Season 2|
|The Pink Panther Show Volume 4 (1971-75)|
Damien Chazelle reunites with his La La Land star, Ryan Gosling, for an adaptation of James R. Hansen’s book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong. The film focuses on the astronaut’s life during the 1960s as NASA plans and executes its mission to the moon. Claire Foy plays Armstrong’s wife, Janet, and Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, and Ethan Embry also star. Critics seemed to admire the film’s craft—and gave it strong reviews overall—though some reviewers noted that it fails to connect emotionally, which could be why First Man's once-promising Oscar chances have diminished. (It also doesn't help that the film was a major box office disappointment.)
Adapted by Audrey Wells from Angie Thomas’ novel, the latest from director George Tillman Jr. (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete) stars Amanda Stenberg (Everything, Everything) as Starr Carter, a young girl living in a poor neighborhood but attending a rich prep school. She finds her voice when her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith) is gunned down by a cop. It's one of the best-reviewed YA novel adaptations in recent memory, boosted by a strong cast that also includes Regina Hall, Common, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, and Russell Hornsby.
The formal audacity of writer-director Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature stunned critics when the film premiered in the Director’s Fortnight during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Excellent reviews followed, and the film went on to win the 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Impressive newcomer Maggie Mulubwa plays Shula, an eight-year-old girl sentenced to life in a state-run witch camp in Zambia.
|More movie releases on January 22, 2019|
|4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2008) Criterion Collection release|
|American Renegades ACTION-ADVENTURE | JK Simmons, Ewen Bremner|
|The Apparition FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|El Angel FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Here and Now DRAMA | Sarah Jessica Parker, Common|
|Johnny English Strikes Again COMEDY | Rowan Atkinson|
|Mikey and Nicky (1976) Criterion Collection release|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|citrus Complete series set|
|Fuller House Season 3|
|Killjoys Season 4|
The Joel Edgerton-directed film (not to be confused with fellow coming-of-age drama Beautiful Boy) finds Lucas Hedges playing a young man forced into gay conversion therapy by his preacher father (Russell Crowe). Edgerton also penned the adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Cherry Jones, and Flea.
Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up to Call Me by Your Name is a re-imagining of Dario Argento’s Suspiria. The 1977 horror classic tells the story of an American dancer who joins a German ballet company only to find it is a front for something much more sinister. Reuniting the director with Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton (playing two roles), who starred together in A Bigger Splash, the new version also stars Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, and original Suspiria star Jessica Harper, accompanied by the first feature film score by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. The result is divisive, but not without its champions in the critic community.
Björn Runge's adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel finds Glenn Close delivering one of her career-best performances as Joan Castleman, the devoted wife of Joe Castleman, a writer who is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his body of work, written over their nearly 40-year marriage. The film jumps back and forth in time to provide a full picture of the couple’s complicated relationship.
|More movie releases on January 29, 2019|
|All That Jazz (1979) Criterion Collection release|
|All the Colors of the Dark (1972) FOREIGN/HORROR|
|Blood Brother ACTION/THRILLER Trey Songz, Jack Kesy|
|Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back ACTION/COMEDY | Tom Wilkinson|
|Honeyglue DRAMA | Adriana Mather,, Jessica Tuck|
|Hunter Killer ACTION/THRILLER | Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman|
|In the Heat of the Night (1967) Criterion Collection release|
|Indivisible DRAMA | Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening|
|The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl FOREIGN/ANIMATION|
|Postcards From London DRAMA | Harris Dickinson|
|Reign of the Supermen ANIMATION (straight-to-video)|
|Studio 54 DOCUMENTARY|
|The Workers Cup DOCUMENTARY|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Acquitted Season 1|
|Acquitted Season 2|
|Ballers Season 4|
|Crashing Season 2|
|Doctor Who Series 11|
|Freezing Season 1|
|The Game Complete series set|
|Humans Season 3|
|Jamestown Seasons 1&2|
|Kidding Season 1|
|Tokyo Ghoul Season 1|
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