Matt writes: “The first time I saw ‘The Straight Story’ I focused on the foreground and liked it. The second time I also focused on the background and I liked it. loved it. The movie not only tells about Alvin Straight’s odyssey through sleepy towns and rural Midwestern districts, but about the people he finds to listen to him and take care of him. You’d think it was ‘was a fantasy, this kindness of strangers, if the film wasn’t based on a true story. “These are the opening lines of Roger Ebert’s four-star review of David Lynch’s 1999 masterpiece , “The right storyWhich recently received a touching new analysis from our contributor Abby Olcese. Read the full essay here and watch footage from the film’s premiere below, which features a special appearance from growing directorial talent. Sofia coppola.
Baby Shiva(2021). Written and directed by Emma Seligman. Featured Rachel Sennott,Molly gordon,Polly Draper. Synopsis: During a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a student meets her sugar daddy. Debut in US April 2, 2021.
Sophie jones(2021). Written and directed byJessica barr. FeaturedJessica barr,Chase Offerle,Sam kamerman. Film synopsis: After her mother’s death, 16-year-old Sophie Jones does everything she can to feel something again and succeed in high school.Now available in the United States.
To come true(2021). Written and directed by Anthony scott burns. FeaturedJulia sarah stone,Skylar Radzion,Landon Liboiron. Synopsis: A runaway teenager takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a chilling examination of the power of dreams. Debut in US March 12, 2021.
child 90(2021). Realized by Soleil Moon Frye. Synopsis: An intimate look at young Hollywood starlets who grew up in the 1990s, using hundreds of hours of footage captured by Soleil Moon Frye. Debut on Hulu on March 12, 2021.
Natural light(2021). Written and directed by Denes Nagy(based on the novel byPál Závada). Featured Ferenc Szabó,László Bajkó,Tamás Garbacz. Synopsis: WWII, occupied Soviet Union. István Semetka is a simple Hungarian farmer who serves as a Corporal in a special reconnaissance unit for partisan groups. On their way to an isolated village, his company fell under enemy fire. As the Commander is killed, Semetka must overcome his fears and take command of the unit as he is drawn into a chaos he cannot control. The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Funny head(2021). Written and directed by Tim sutton. Featured Cosmo Jarvis,Dela Meskienyar,Barzin Akhavan. Synopsis: The destruction of his grandparents’ house leads a young man to take revenge under a masked character.Debut in the United States on March 30, 2021.
Army of the dead(2021). Realized by Zack Snyder. Written byZack SnyderandShay Hatten. Featured Hiroyuki Sanada,Dave Bautista,Ella Purnell. Synopsis: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the biggest heist ever.Debut on Netflix on May 21, 2021.
A week away(2021). Realized by Roman white. Written by Kali baileyandAlan powell. Featured Bailee Madison,David Koechner,Sherri Shepherd. Synopsis: Nowhere to go, Will Hawkins finds himself in camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure and even a daughter who awakens his heart. Above all, he finally finds a home.Debut on Netflix on March 26, 2021.
SAS: Red Notice (2021). Realized by Magnus martens. Written by Laurence MalkinandChad thumann(based on the novel byAndy McNab). Featured Sam heughan,Hannah john-kamen,Ruby rose. Synopsis: A small army of well-trained criminals led by Laszlo Antonov has hijacked the Eurostar deep under the Channel.Debut in the United States March 16, 2021.
Enforcement(2021). Written and directed by Frederik Louis HviidandAnders Ølholm. Featured Jacob Lohmann,Simon sears,Tarek Zayat. Synopsis: Jens and Mike, two police officers on routine patrol, find themselves trapped in a maze of buildings as the unrest spreads.Debut in US March 19, 2021.
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the devil(2021). Realized byMichael D. Ratner. Synopsis: A documentary series exploring the aspects that led to Demi Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018 and her awakenings thereafter.Debut in US March 16, 2021.
Six minutes to midnight(2021). Realized byAndy goddard. Written byAndy goddard, Eddie Izzardand Celyn jones. Featured James D’Arcy,Judi Dench,Jim broadbent. Film synopsis: United Kingdom, August 15, 1939: 17 days before World War II, an English teacher and his camera disappear in a coastal boarding school with 20 German teenage girls. Miller gets the job 6 days later, secretly trying to find out what happened. The release date in the United States is to be determined.
Mortal Kormat(2021), red band trailer. Realized by Simon mcquoid. Written by Greg RussoandDave callaham(based on the video game created byEd boonandJohn Tobias). FeaturedJessica mcnamee,Hiroyuki Sanada,Josh lawson. Synopsis: MMA fighter Cole Young searches for Earth’s greatest champions to face off against enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe. Debut in the United States April 16, 2021.
Easttown mare(2021). Realized by Craig zobel. Featured Evan peters,Kate winslet,Guy Pearce. Synopsis: A detective in a small town in Pennsylvania investigates a local murder while trying to keep his life from falling apart. Debut on HBO April 18, 2021.
Mauritanian(2021). Realized by Kevin macdonald. Written by Michael bronner, Rory hainesand Sohrab Noshirvani. Featured Tahar Rahim,Jodie foster,Benedict Cumberbatch. Synopsis: Mohamedou Ould Salahi fights for freedom after being detained and jailed without charge by the US government for years.Now available in the United States.
Cruella(2021). Realized by Craig gillespie. Written by Dana foxandTony mcnamara(based on the novel byDodie smith). Featured Emma Stone,Emma thompson,Mark Strong. Synopsis: A prequel feature film live on a young Cruella de Vil.Debut on Disney + on May 28, 2021.
Luca(2021). Realized by Enrico Casarosa. Written by Jesse AndrewsandMike jones. FeaturedJacob Tremblay,Maya rudolph,Jack Dylan Grazer. Synopsis: On the Italian Riviera, an unlikely but strong friendship is born between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.Debut in the United States June 18, 2021.
REST IN PEACE Giuseppe Rotunno
Matt writes:On February 7, Giuseppe Rotunno, the legendary Oscar nominated director of photography of “Amarcord, “” All this jazz “and”Popeye, “passed away at the age of 97. Read the tribute from our Scout contributor Tafoya here.
Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar
Matt writes: The “Bridesmaids“duo of Kristen wiig and Annie mumolo are back with a vicious new comedy, “Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar, “which aims to brighten up our still-quarantined days. Read Nell Minow’s interview with the film’s director, Josh greenbaum, here, and Sheila O’Malley’s three-and-a-half-star review here.
Retired ladies(1941). Realized by Charles Vidor. Written byGarrett FortandReginald Denham. FeaturedIda Lupino,Louis hayward,Evelyn keyes. Film synopsis: The housekeeper of a retired actress tries to care for her two emotionally disturbed sisters at the same time, with dramatic results.
Deep valley(1947). Realized by Jean Negulesco. Written by Salka ViertelandStephen Morehouse Avery(based on the novel byDan Totheroh). Featured Ida Lupino,Dane clark,Wayne Morris. Film synopsis: A farm girl falls in love with a chain convict working at a nearby highway construction site and sets out to help him when he escapes.
The alligator people(1959). Realized by Roy Del Ruth. Written by Orville H. Hampton. Featured Beverly garland,Bruce bennett,Lon Chaney Jr.Synopsis: A woman in a hypnotic state tells two doctors about the details of a horrific experience in her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.