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This 2018 directorial effort from Ethan Hawke tells the story of singer-songwriter Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) by weaving together three different moments in his life: his love affair with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat), his last night on earth, and his impact on friends and foes after his death. Dickey's performance earned him a Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Acting at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The latest from writer-director Asghar Farhadi opened the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, but it was a relative disappointment from a director who has consistently impressed critics and jurors (most notably with The Salesman, which took home best screenplay honors at Cannes in 2016). Set in Spain and starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Everybody Knows pivots on a disappearance (in this case a kidnapping), much like Farhadi's 2009 film About Elly. But critics feel Farhadi, while still producing a solid film worth recommending, is recycling his earlier work with less subtlety this time out.
[Released Friday, May 10] Pretty much any Alex Ross Perry film can be described as provoking a "divisive" response from critics and moviegoers. But his latest film may take divisiveness to an entirely new level. Her Smell, which first debuted at TIFF last fall, is the third collaboration between the director and actress Elisabeth Moss, following Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth. Here, she plays perhaps (actually, make that definitely) her most unpleasant character yet: Becky Something, the lead singer of a punk band that was big in the 1990s and is now less so—in no small part due to Becky's extremely self-destructive behavior. While her character may be toxic, Moss delivers yet another stunning performance, according to critics—even those who couldn't tolerate the film as a whole. Some reviewers, however, had a great deal of praise for the film, calling it an authentic and realistic portrayal told with "kinetic" style.
The 2014 hit The LEGO Movie has already spawned a pair of spinoffs in The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Now, five years later, it gets a proper sequel, albeit one that is slightly less awesome. The Second Part continues the original story of Emmet, Lucy, and all their friends as a threat from LEGO DUPLO invaders lead to new worlds, including a galaxy where everything is a musical. Director Mike Mitchell (Trolls) takes over for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who helped write and produce this time), but Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie and Nick Offerman reprise their roles. They are joined by Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, Stephanie Beatriz as Sweet Mayhem, and Arturo Castro as Ice Cream Cone.
|More movie releases on May 7, 2019|
|All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002) FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|The Grand Duel (1972) WESTERN | Lee Van Cleef|
|The Head Hunter HORROR/FANTASY|
|The Heiress (1949) Criterion Collection release|
|The Prodigy HORROR/THRILLER | Taylor Schilling|
|Sobibor DRAMA | Christopher Lambert|
|St. Agatha HORROR | Sabrina Kern|
|To Dust DRAMA | Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick|
|What Men Want COMEDY | Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Agatha Raisin SERIES 2|
|Baskets SEASON 3|
|Better Call Saul SEASON 4|
|Bonanza SEASON 9 VOL 1|
|Bonanza SEASON 9 VOL 2|
|Liar SEASON 1|
|Locked Up Abroad SEASON 9|
|My Hero Academia SEASON 3 PART 1|
|No Offence SERIES 3|
|The Toys That Made Us SEASONS 1-2|
|Trolls: The Beat Goes On! SEASONS 1-4|
|Unikitty! SEASON 1|
|When Calls the Heart: The Queen of Hearts|
This documentary from Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) shapes newly discovered 65mm footage and 11,000 hours of NASA audio recordings into an immersive experience for viewers. Without narration or talking heads, the film chronicles Apollo 11’s 1969 flight to the moon and back. Critics admired the film when it debuted at Sundance earlier this year.
After earning an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film for Embrace of the Serpent, director Ciro Guerra examines another part of Colombian culture with this story of an indigenous Wayuu family drawn into the drug trade. Set in the 1970s and co-directed by Cristina Gallego (a producer on Serpent), the film received excellent reviews from many critics, including THR's Jordan Mintzer, who calls it a “superbly crafted” film that is both “ethnographic chronicle and art-house thriller.”
Moving the action to the Rocky Mountains and replacing original star Stellan Skarsgård with Liam Neeson, director Hans Petter Moland remakes his own 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance (released on the U.S. in 2016). Neeson plays Nels Coxman, a snow plow driver who lives a quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) until the day his son turns up dead. The police think it’s a simple overdose case, but Nels suspects murder, and he sets out to prove it. His darkly comic vigilante ways cause quite a problem for a drug lord named Viking.
Directed by Stephen Merchant (co-creator of the original British version of The Office), this family comedy is based on the true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis (aka Paige), a WWE Superstar who got her start wrestling with her family in the U.K. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson produces the film and appears as himself, joined by Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as Raya Knight, Jack Lowden as her brother Zack, and Lena Headey and Nick Frost as her mother and father. Critics think that it doesn't break any new ground but is generally charming enough that it doesn't matter how familiar it feels.
An dual Oscar nominee for best foreign-language feature and best cinematography, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's third feature (and first in eight years) doesn't quite reach the heights of his debut (The Lives of Others) but is a huge improvement over his dreadful second film (The Tourist). The epic historical thriller—inspired by, but not entirely based on, the life of painter Gerhard Richter—centers on a young artist (Tom Schilling) who falls for a woman (Paula Beer) whose father is hiding a dark past.
|More movie releases on May 14, 2019|
|Ashes in the Snow DRAMA | James Cosmo|
|The Big Clock (1948) DRAMA/THRILLER | Ray Milland, Charles Laughton|
|Funny Games (1997) Criterion Collection release|
|This Gun for Hire (1942) DRAMA | Veronica Lake, Robert Preston|
|Happy Death Day 2U HORROR/THRILLER | Jessica Rothe|
|House of Games (1987) Criterion Collection release|
|Never Grow Old ACTION/THRILLER/WESTERN | Emile Hirsch, John Cusack|
|Triple Threat ACTION/THRILLER | Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping|
|What is Democracy? DOCUMENTARY|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Finding Your Roots SEASON 5|
Director Dean DeBlois completes his animated trilogy that began in 2010 with How to Train Your Dragon and continued in 2014 with How to Train Your Dragon 2. The film finds Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Astrid (America Ferrera) ruling Berk as a dragon utopia, but when their peaceful home is threatened by Grimmel (voiced by F. Murray Abraham), and Toothless meets a female Light Fury, they travel to a mythic world to fight and protect the world they’ve built. Like its two predecessors, Hidden World received positive reviews from critics when it opened in February.
Several years in the making, The Image Book is the latest feature from legendary (and now 88-year-old) French director Jean-Luc Godard. The experimental, plot-less and actor-less film is a montage of pre-existing footage edited together with an eclectic soundtrack including commentary by the director, and it was the director's original intention that the film be screened on televisions—so don't feel bad if you missed it on the big screen. Then again, you may want to miss it on the small screen too—especially if you are like those reviewers who were irritated or infuriated by the result. But most reviewers were all to eager to take in the film as an experience.
When it premiered at the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival back in 2017, this French-language rom-com from Claire Denis (Bastards, White Material, 35 Shots of Rum) shared the SACD Award for best French film with Philippe Garrel’s Lover for a Day. Written by Denis with novelist Christine Angot and inspired by Roland Barthes’ Fragments: A Lover’s Discourse, the film is much lighter in subject matter than most of her other work, catching some critics by surprise—but pleasing most reviewers nevertheless, thanks to Juliette Binoche’s star turn as an artist, mother and divorcee looking for love but unable to find a compatible match. This Criterion Collection release adds new interviews with Binoche and Denis, plus another short film by Denis.
The latest film from Christophe Honoré (In Paris, Love Songs, Beloved) is a gay love story set in 1993 Paris. Sorry Angel explores the relationship between Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps), a writer and single father in his late thirties who is battling AIDS, and Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), a 22-year-old aspiring filmmaker. The film's 2018 Cannes premiere resulted in some rave reviews as well as a few tepid responses.
|More movie releases on May 21, 2019|
|Big Brother ACTION/DRAMA | Donnie Yen|
|The Bostonians (1984) DRAMA | Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave|
|A Dark Place THRILLER | Andrew Scott|
|Drunk Parents COMEDY | Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek|
|Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable DOCUMENTARY|
|Isn't It Romantic ROM-COM | Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth|
|Science Fair DOCUMENTARY|
|Trading Paint ACTION/THRILLER/SPORTS | John Travolta|
|The Upside DRAMA/COMEDY | Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|13 Reasons Why SEASON 2|
|Call the Midwife SEASON 8|
|Les Misérables MINISERIES|
|The Loud House: Relative Chaos SEASON 2 VOL. 1|
|Public Defender SEASON 1|
[Rescheduled from previous April date] The latest acclaimed documentary from Robert Greene (Actress, Kate Plays Christine) delves into the heart and history of Bisbee, Arizona, an old mining town near the Mexican border. In 1917, 1200 immigrant miners were taken from their homes, forced into cattle cars, shipped to the desert, and left to die. Greene captures the community’s struggle to come to grips with the deportation on its 100th anniversary.
The latest from Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void, Love) is supposedly based on a true story about a dance troupe whose rehearsal after-party descended into madness after someone spiked the drinks with LSD. In Noé’s version, it’s a drug-laden sangria that causes trouble for Sofia Boutella and the rest of the dancers. Terrific early reviews from last year’s Cannes indicate Climax might be Noé’s best film.
|More movie releases on May 28, 2019|
|Boom! (1968) DRAMA | Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton|
|Blue Velvet (1986) Criterion Collection release|
|Greta DRAMA/THRILLER/HORROR | Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert|
|In the Last Days of the City FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Lords of Chaos HORROR/DRAMA/THRILLER | Rory Culkin|
|One Sings, The Other Doesn't (1977) Criterion Collection release|
|A Vigilante DRAMA/THRILLER | Olivia Wilde|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Blood SERIES 1|
|Outlander SEASON 4|
|South Park SEASON 22|
|The Twelve Kingdoms COMPLETE SERIES|
|Velvet COMPLETE SERIES|
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