Matt writes: From March 8 to 12, RogerEbert.com celebrated Women Writers’ Week 2021 by showcasing the work of our wonderful writers, associate editor Nell Minow and regular reviewersChristy Lemire, Sheila O’Malley, Tomris Laffly and Monica Castillo to our valued collaborators Farren Smith Nehme, Roxana Hadadi, Carla Renata, Olivia Collette, Jennifer Merin, Joyce Kulhawik, Marya E. Gates, Arielle Bernstein, Justine Smith, Laura Emerick, Susan Wloszczyna, Sarah Knight Adamson, Mary Beth McAndrews, Hannah Benson, Kayleigh Donaldson, Cristina Escobar and Allison Shoemaker, in addition to works republished by Angelica Jade Bastién, Whitney Spencer, Abby Olcese and Katherine Tulich. You can find the full table of contents here and an annotated version containing the biographies of each featured writer here. Read Chaz ebert and Nell Minow’s introduction to the week here.
In the heights(2021). Realized by Jon M. Chu. Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes(based on the musical byLin-Manuel MirandaandQuiara Alegría Hudes). Featured Stephanie Beatriz,Lin-Manuel Miranda,Ariana Greenblatt. Synopsis: A version of the Broadway musical, in which a winery owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.Debut in US June 18, 2021.
Decay loops(2021). Realized by David Wexler. Synopsis: As the 20th anniversary of September 11 approaches, William Basinski contemplates the lasting legacy of “The Disintegration Loops” (his elegy to the 2001 attacks), as he is quarantined amid COVID-19. The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Every Breath You Take(2021). Realized by Vaughn stein. Written byDavid Murray. FeaturedMichelle monaghan,Sam claflin,Casey Affleck. Film synopsis: A psychiatrist whose client commits suicide sees his family life disrupted after introducing his surviving brother to his wife and daughter.Debut in US April 2, 2021.
Here are the young men(2021). Written and directed by Eoin Macken(based on the novel byRob doyle). FeaturedAnya Taylor-Joy,Travis Fimmel,Susan lynch. Synopsis: Dublin teens Matthew, nihilist Rez, and deranged Kearney leave school in a social vacuum of alcohol and drug use, falling into shocking acts of transgression. The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
The ungodly(2021). Written and directed by Evan spiliotopoulos(based on the novel byJames herbert). Featured Jeffrey Dean Morgan,Cary Elwes,Katie Aselton. Synopsis: A hearing-impaired girl receives a visit from the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people flock to witness his miracles, terrifying events unfold. Are they the work of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister? Debut in US April 2, 2021.
Monday(2021). Realized by Argyris Papadimitropoulos. Written by Rob hayesandArgyris Papadimitropoulos. Featured Sebastian stan,Denise gough,Dominique tipper. Synopsis: A spark on a Friday can lead to a scorching weekend adventure, but what happens when you get to the inevitable Monday? Debut in US April 16, 2021.
Moffie(2021). Realized by Oliver hermanus. Written by Oliver hermanusandJack Sidey(based on the book byAndré Carl van der Merwe). Featured Kai luke brummer,Barbara-Marié Immelman,Michael kirch. Synopsis: A young man in 1981 in South Africa must complete his brutal and racist two years of compulsory military service while desperately keeping the secret of his homosexuality.Debut in the United States April 9, 2021.
Oxygen(2021). Realized by Alexander Aja. Written byChristie leblanc. Featured Melanie Laurent,Mathieu Amalric,Marc Saez. Synopsis: A woman wakes up in a cryogenic chamber without remembering how she got there and must find a way out before she runs out of air.Debut on Netflix May 12, 2021.
City of lies(2021). Realized by Brad furman. Written by Christian Contreras(based on the book byRandall Sullivan). Featured Johnny Depp,Forest whitaker,Toby Huss. Synopsis: Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur.Debut in US March 19, 2021.
He dreams of giants (2021). Realized by Keith fultonandLouis pepe. Synopsis: 15 years after the years 2002 “Lost in La Mancha, “Keith fultonandLouis pepecome back to follow Terry Gilliam’s new (successful) shoot attempt “The man who killed Don Quixote. “The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Amundsen: the biggest expedition(2021). Realized by Espen sandberg. Written by Ravn lanesskog. Featured Pål Sverre Hagen,Christian rubeck,Katherine Waterston. Synopsis: The life and facts of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to arrive at the South Pole.The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Thunder force(2021). Written and directed byBen Falcone. Featured Jason bateman,Pom klementieff,Melissa McCarthy. Synopsis: In a world where supervillains are rife, two estranged childhood best friends find themselves after devising a treatment that empowers them to protect their city.Debut on Netflix April 9, 2021.
Without remorse(2021). Realized byStefano Sollima. Written byTaylor sheridanandWill staples(based on the novel byTom clancy). Featured Michael B. Jordan,Jodie Turner-Smith,Jamie bell. Synopsis: Seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife, an elite Navy SEAL uncovers a secret plot that threatens to engulf the United States and Russia in all-out war. Debut on Prime Video on April 30, 2021.
Travelers(2021). Written and directed byNeil burger. FeaturedColin Farrell,Tye Sheridan,Isaac hempstead wright. Synopsis: A crew of astronauts on a multigenerational mission sink into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real and what is not. Debut in the United States April 9, 2021.
The seventh day(2021). Written and directed by Justin P. Lange. Featured Guy Pearce,Keith david,Stephen lang. Synopsis: A renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest for his first day of training. As they dive deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur and their own demons emerge. Debut in US March 26, 2021.
Operation Varsity Blues(2021). Realized by Chris Smith. Synopsis: Reenactments lead this documentary investigating the mastermind behind a scam to sneak kids from rich and famous families into America’s top universities.Debut on Netflix on March 17, 2021.
About infinity(2021). Written and directed by Roy Andersson. Featured Bengt Bergius,Anja Broms,Marie burman. Synopsis: Roy Andersson adds to his cinematographic work a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and its banality.Debut in US April 30, 2021.
My beautiful stutter(2021). Realized by Ryan gielen. Synopsis: The documentary follows five stuttering children, aged 9 to 18, from across the United States, who after living a life of bullying and stigma, meet other stuttering children in an interactive arts program, The Stuttering Association for the Young, based in New York Cit.Now available in the United States.
A concerto is a conversation
Matt writes:Among the Oscar nominees announced yesterday was “A concerto is a conversation”, jazz pianist / composer Kris bowers and Ben Proudfoot’s short documentary on the fascinating lineage of the Bowers family. Watch the film in the embedded video above and read Laura Emerick’s essay on the film here.
Women’s Film Critics Panel
Matt writes: Last week, CherryPicks and Cinema Woman teamed up to host a virtual panel featuring top female film critics Claudia Puig (President, LA Film Critics Association, KPCC), Inkoo Kang (Hollywood journalist), Aramid Tinubu (Gasoline&Indiewire) and Kathia Woods (Soul Cup, AAFCA), moderated by Tasha Robinson (Polygon). You can watch the full conversation in the embedded video above and read Hilda Somarriba’s preview article here.
Is hot Jesse james (1949). Written and directed by Samuel fuller(based on an article byHomer Croy). FeaturedPreston Foster,Barbara britton,John Ireland. Synopsis: Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him from marrying his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-loathing.
Park row(1952). Written and directed bySamuel fuller. Featured Gene Evans,Mary welch,Bela Kovacs. Synopsis: The Globe is a visionary little newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies and the Star’s ruthless heiress, Charity Hackett, decides to eliminate the competition.
Forty cannons(1957). Written and directed bySamuel fuller. Featured Barbara stanwyck,Barry sullivan,Dean jagger. Synopsis: A clash in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, USMarshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron fist breeder who controls the land.