Matt writes: The Roger and Chaz Ebert The Foundation joins forces with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation to present Illinois’ first No Malice film competition for youth and young adults. Young filmmakers ages 11-21 are invited to create short films that explore and promote racial healing. Cash prizes will be presented at a first red carpet to be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. On July 31 of this year. Virtual presentations will take place over the next two months with guests as esteemed as the acclaimed playwrightPamela Sherrod Anderson, Emmy-winning filmmaker Rita Coburn, Oscar-nominated documentary maker Steve james, Creative Cypher founder Troy Osborne Pryor and journalist / filmmaker T. Shawn Taylor.Registrations are due before Friday April 30. For more information on the No Malice Film Contest, visitthe official websiteof the Presidential Library and Abraham Lincoln Museum. You can read Chaz Ebert’s full announcement on our site.
Kings night(2021). Written and directed by Philippe Lacote. FeaturedBakary Koné,Steve Tientcheu,Jean Cyrille Digbeu. Synopsis: A young man is sent to “La Maca”, a prison in Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest run by his prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is nominated by the boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners.Debut in US February 26, 2021.
Giant(2021). Written and directed by Zoe Wittock. Featured Noemie Merlant,Emmanuelle Bercot,Bastien Bouillon. Synopsis: Jeanne, a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. Fascinated by carousels, she still lives at home with her mother. It was then that Jeanne met Jumbo, the new flagship attraction of the park. The release date in the United States is to be determined.
The violent heart(2021). Written and directed by Kerem Sanga. Featured Jovan Adepo,Grace Van Patten,Lukas haas. Synopsis: Fifteen years after the murder of his older sister, Daniel finds himself in love with Cassie, a high school student full of life. Debut in US February 19, 2021.
Me you madness(2021). Written and directed by Louise linton. FeaturedLouise linton,Ed westwick,Shuya Chang. Synopsis: A campy thriller in which a sociopathic bisexual woman stalks and kills men with crossbows, martini glasses and kitchen knives to eat them. Debut in the United States February 12, 2021.
My Salinger year(2021). Written and directed by Philippe Falardeau(based on the novel byJoanna smith rakoff). Featured Margaret qualley,Sigourney weaver,Douglas booth. Film synopsis: A college graduate takes a desk job for the literary agent of famous lone writer JD Salinger. Debut in US March 5, 2021.
Bodywork brokers(2021). Written and directed by John swab. Featured Frank grillo,Jessica rothe,Michael kenneth williams. Synopsis: Utah and Opal are drug addicts who live on the streets of countryside Ohio until a seemingly chance encounter with the enigmatic Wood brings them to Los Angeles for drug treatment. Debut in US February 19, 2021.
The mirror(1975), 4K restoration. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Written by Andrei TarkovskyandAleksandr Misharin. Featured Margarita Terekhova,Filipp Yankovskiy,Ignat Daniltsev. Synopsis: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell the recent history of the whole Russian nation.Currently playing at Film at Lincoln Center.
Crisis(2021). Written and directed by Nicolas jarecki. Featured Gary Oldman,Armie Hammer,Evangeline Lilly. Synopsis: Three Opioid World Stories Collide: A drug dealer organizes a multi-cartel fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the United States, an architect recovering from OxyContin addiction discovers the truth behind her son’s involvement in narcotics and a college professor battles unexpected revelations about his research employer, a pharmaceutical company with deep government influence that is bringing a new “non-addicting” pain reliever to market.Debut in US February 26, 2021.
Start(2021). Directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili. Written by Dea KulumbegashviliandRati Oneli. Featured Ia Sukhitashvili,Rati Oneli,Kakha Kintsurashvili. Synopsis: In a sleepy provincial town, a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles. Yana’s inner discontent grows as she struggles to make sense of her desires.Now available in the United States.
Boogie(2021). Written and directed by Eddie Huang. Featured Taylor Takahashi,Pamelyn chee,Jorge Lendeborg Jr.Synopsis: Set in contemporary New York City and follows a Chinese-American basketball phenomenon who struggles to balance the expectations of his immigrant family with his own dreams of becoming an NBA player.Debut in the United States on March 5, 2021.
The perfect little things card(2021). Directed by Ian samuels. Written byLev Grossman. Featured Kathryn newton,Josh hamilton,Kyle Allen. Synopsis: Two teenagers who live on the same day several times, allowing them to create the card holder.Debut on Prime Video on February 12, 2021.
Famous scythe(2021). Directed by Nick bilton. Synopsis: The documentary follows an actress, a fashion designer and a real estate assistant who attempt to become social media influencers by buying fake followers and bots to increase their popularity.Debut Today on HBO.
Silk Road(2021). Written and directed byTiller Russell(based on the magazine article byDavid kushner). Featured Nick robinson,Jennifer yun,Jimmi Simpson. Synopsis: Twenty philosophical years Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, a dark website that sells narcotics, while DEA agent Rick Bowden goes undercover to bring it down. Debut in US February 19, 2021.
The mail(2021). Directed by Dominique cooke. Written by Tom o’connor. FeaturedBenedict Cumberbatch,Merab ninidze,Rachel Brosnahan. Synopsis: Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to end the Cuban Missile Crisis. Debut in the U.S. March 19, 2021.
Barb & Star go to Vista Del Mar(2021). Directed by Josh greenbaum. Written byKristen wiigandAnnie mumolo. Featured Kristen wiig,Annie mumolo,Jamie Dornan. Synopsis: Two best friends find themselves over their heads. Debut in the United States February 12, 2021.
Boss level(2021). Directed by Joe carnahan. Written by Joe carnahan, Chris boreyandEddie Borey. Featured Frank grillo,Mel Gibson,Naomi watts. Synopsis: A retired Special Forces officer is trapped in an endless time loop on the day of his death.Debut in the United States on March 5, 2021.
Raya and the last dragon(2021). Directed by Don Hall,Carlos López Estrada, Paul BriggsandJohn ripa. Written by Adele limandWho Nguyen. Featured Alan tudyk,Kelly marie tran,Gemma chan. Synopsis: In a realm known as Kumandra, a reimagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.Debut on Disney + on March 5, 2021.
Godzilla vs. Kong(2021). Directed by Adam wingard. Written by Eric PearsonandMax Borenstein. FeaturedAlexander Skarsgård,Millie Bobby Brown,Rebecca Room. Synopsis: The next epic chapter in the Monsterverse cinematic pits two of the greatest icons in film history – the dreaded Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity taken into account.Debut in the United States March 31, 2021.
TEAR Cicely tyson & Cloris Leachman
Matt writes:Two screen legends passed away last week: Cicely Tyson (1924-2021), lauded on our site by Sergio Mims, and Cloris Leachman (1926-2021), who was honored by Odie Henderson. Watch Leachman’s steamy first scene in Mel Brooks’ comedic masterpiece, “Young Frankenstein, ” Here, after viewing TCM’s insightful interview with Tyson embedded above.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Matt writes: In honor of today being Groundhog Day, let’s take a look at Harold Ramis’ slyly deep 1993 classic, built around the inexplicable vacation. Roger ebert favorably evaluated “groundhog day, “with Bill Murray, upon its initial release, before making the film part of its Great Movies series 12 years later. Watch him and Gene Siskel review the image in the embedded video above.
Bad hats(1982). Directed by Pascal Ortega. Written byMick fordandRobert hickson. FeaturedMarcel bozzuffi,Mick ford,Catherine lachens. Synopsis: During World War I, two young soldiers, one French and one English, are disillusioned by the endless suffering. Distorted by the fighting at first, they want to kill each other, but this instinct is gradually replaced by friendship as they unite and turn their backs on the cause.
Trojan Eddie(1996). Directed by Gillies mackinnon. Written by Billy Roche. Featured Stephen rea,Richard Harris,Stuart Townsend. Synopsis: Eddie, a former inmate from a small town, discovers he has a knack for selling anything and everything. Eddie sees a way to rise above low life by settling on his own. What he didn’t negotiate was murder and chaos along the way.
Tall(2001). Directed by Justin edgar. Written by Mike DentandJustin edgar. Featured Luke of Woolfson,Melanie Gutteridge,Simon lowe. Synopsis: The son of a 70s rock star must meet strict conditions to inherit the family fortune, while his friends and his greedy stepmother have other ideas.