Matt writes: On March 15, the 2021 Oscar nominees were announced, and by David Fincher “Mank“scored the most nominations, the undisputed leader in the Best Picture category is Chloe Zhao”Nomadland, “followed closely by Lee Isaac Chung’s”Minari“Don’t miss Susan Wloszczyna’s report on the nominees as well as Robert Daniels’ passionate essay on the Academy’s inability to represent the diversity of black cinema in 2020.
Baby Shiva(2021), red band trailer. 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.
Four good days(2021). Directed by Rodrigo García. Written by Rodrigo GarcíaandEli saslow. Featured Mila kunis,Glenn Close,Stephen root. Synopsis: A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of addiction recovery. The release date in the United States is to be determined.
Stowaway(2021). Directed by Joe penna. Written byJoe pennaandRyan morrison. FeaturedAnna kendrick,Daniel Dae Kim,Toni Collette. Synopsis: A stowaway on a mission to Mars triggers a series of unintended consequences.Debut on Netflix on April 22, 2021.
Drunk bus(2021). Directed by John carlucciandBrandon LaGanke. Written by Chris Molinaro. FeaturedCharlie tahan,Kara hayward,Cherry Zach. Synopsis: A young, directionless campus bus driver and punk rock, Samoan security guard named Pineapple forms an unlikely kinship as they navigate the unpredictable late-shit spectacle known as the ‘Drunk Bus’. The release date in the United States is to be determined.
We are separated(2021). Directed by Jeff Rosenberg. Written by Laura JacqminandJeff Rosenberg. Featured Aya cash,William Jackson Harper,Sarah bolger. Synopsis: Lori and Doug, a longtime couple who split a few days before the wedding of Lori’s little sister, Bea, to Jayson. In order not to disturb the fun, the couple decide to pretend to be still together until the end of the weekend. Debut in US April 23, 2021.
Separation(2021). Directed by William Brent Bell. Written by Nick amadeusandJosh braun. Featured Rupert friend,Brian cox,Madeline Brewer. Synopsis: A young girl finds solace in her artist father and the ghost of her deceased mother. Debut in US April 30, 2021.
Find you(2021). Written and directed by Brian baugh. FeaturedKatherine mcnamara,Vanessa Redgrave,Saoirse-Monica Jackson. Film synopsis: Finley, a talented aspiring violinist, meets Beckett, a famous young movie star, on his way to his semester abroad program in a small Irish coastal village. Unexpected romance blooms.Debut in the United States May 14, 2021.
The last cruise(2021). Directed by Hannah olson. Synopsis: A terrifying story about the origin of the pandemic, chronicling the first and largest epidemic of the novel coronavirus outside of China: the cruise liner Diamond Princess. Through never-before-seen footage of passengers and crew, we watch class divisions erupt as humanity misses its chance to contain Covid-19.Debuts Today on HBO.
WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $ 47 Billion Unicorn(2021). Directed by Jed rothstein. Synopsis: An account of the six-week death spiral that led to the company’s IPO, a behind-the-scenes look at WeWork’s frat-boy culture.Debut on Hulu on April 2, 2021.
Concrete cowboy (2021). Directed by Ricky staub. Written by Ricky staubandDan Walser. Featured Idris elba,Lorraine Toussaint,Caleb McLaughlin. Synopsis: A teenage boy enters the world of urban horseback riding when he moves in with his estranged father to North Philadelphia.Debut on Netflix on April 2, 2021.
In the ground(2021). Written and directed by Ben Wheatley. Featured Joel fry,Reece shearsmith,Hayley squires. Synopsis: As the world searches for a cure for a disastrous virus, a scientist and a park scout venture into the forest for a routine equipment run..Debut in U.S. theaters April 30, 2021.
The night house(2021). Directed by David Bruckner. Written byBen collinsandLuke Piotrowski. Featured Rebecca Room,Stacy martin,Sarah goldberg. Synopsis: A widow begins to uncover the disturbing secrets of her recently deceased husband.Debut in the United States July 16, 2021.
County Hell Boys(2021). Written and directed by Chris Baugh. Featured Jack Rowan,Nigel o’neill,Louisa harland. Synopsis: A team of hardy road workers, led by a bickering father and son, must survive the night they accidentally wake up a former Irish vampire. The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
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.
Giants being alone(2021). Directed by Grear Patterson. Written by Grear PattersonandSam stillman. Featured Alejandro Castro Arias,Tal Chatterjee,Amalia Culp. Synopsis: Two players from a successful baseball team, the Giants, have come of age in the Southern United States. Debut in the United States April 1, 2021.
Tiny Tim: King for a Day(2021). Directed by Johan von sydow. Synopsis: The story of the outcast, Herbert Khaury’s rise to stardom as Tiny Tim. Either considered a monster or a genius Tiny Tim left no one indifferent.The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Limbo(2021). Written and directed by Ben sharrock. Featured Kwabena Ansah,Vikash bhai,Grace Chilton. Synopsis: Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stranded on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum claim.Debut in US April 30, 2021.
Anger of man(2021). Directed by Guy ritchie. Written by Guy ritchie,Ivan AtkinsonandMarn davies(based on the scenario ofNicolas Boukhrief). Featured Jason statham,Scott Eastwood,Jeffrey Donovan. Synopsis: The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working for a cash truck company tasked with moving hundreds of millions of dollars to Los Angeles every week.Debut in the United States May 7, 2021.
Video interview: “Soul“
Matt writes:In this exclusive virtual Q&A, publisher RogerEbert.comChaz ebert talk with the director Pete Docter, co-writer / director Kemp powers and producer Dana murray about their PGA award-winning Pixar film, “Soul”, for the Mill Valley Deadline Contenders and the California Film Institute. You can watch their full conversation in the embedded video above and find out more here.
Bertrand tavernier (1941-2021)
Matt writes:Among the many imposing talents that we have lost in recent days is Bertrand Tavernier, the legendary director whose 1992 film “L.627” was screened at Ebertfest in 2003. Read Scout Tafoya’s obituary , the tribute of Lisa Nesselson and our special edition of Thumbnails dedicated to the BAFTA-winning filmmaker, who died on March 25 at the age of 79.
Hell and high water(1954). Directed by Samuel fuller. Written bySamuel fuller andJesse Lasky Jr.FeaturedRichard widmark,Bella darvi,Victor Francen. Synopsis: During the Cold War, a science team overhauls a Japanese submarine and hires a former naval officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could spark the third world War.
Bamboo house(1955). Directed bySamuel fuller. Written byHarry kleinerandSamuel fuller. Featured Robert ryan,Robert stack,Shirley yamaguchi. Synopsis: Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a US military investigator attempts to investigate the concomitant death of another military official.
Suburbs(1983). Written and directed byPenelope spheeris. Featured Chris Pedersen,Bill Coyne,Jennifer clay. Film synopsis: When domestic tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds an escape when he clings to the orphans of a dump society.