#415 September 14, 2021

Matt writes: Since final month marked the fortieth anniversary of Robert Redford‘s Sundance Institute, RogerEbert.com introduced a particular version of Thumbnails that includes priceless articles penned by Roger Ebert, together with the one he wrote about his first expertise on the Institute in July of 1981. You possibly can learn an excerpt of that piece under and discover the complete roundup of Thumbnails right here. Additionally you’ll want to view the video embedded under of Roger doing what he did greatest: passionately defending a movie he believed in on the Sundance Movie Competition.

“Up right here above Provo, within the resort he has carved out of a bit mountain meadow, Robert Redford is conducting an experiment that Hol­lywood regards with a combination of suspicion and curiosity. He has chosen 10 low-budget movies which are within the middle-to-late levels of prepara­tion and invited their administrators to spend the summer time at Sundance engaged on their scripts within the firm of established administrators, writers and editors. On the floor, this looks as if an admirable and uncomplicated concept, a cinematic summer time camp at which you deliver dwelling a screenplay as an alternative of a woodcarving and an Indian belt. However the film trade is just not so certain. Rumors float round that Redford is beginning his personal studio, that his dream is to be a significant producer of impartial options, that simply as Francis Ford Coppola needs his personal main Hollywood studio, so does Redford need his personal mini-­studio right here on the mountain he’s creating. The reality is seemingly someplace in be­tween. Redford says he has no need to supply personally any of the flicks which are below building at Sundance. However he may hope that ultimately the Sundance Institute, a non­revenue basis headquartered right here, will likely be­come a clearinghouse for impartial movie­makers working exterior the studio system. There are numerous summer time writers’ workshops nestled away within the wilds of Vermont and Iowa – why not a workshop for filmmakers?”


Do not Look Up (2021). Written and directed by Adam McKay. Starring Leonardo DiCaprioJennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep. Synopsis: The story of two low-level astronomers, who should go on an enormous media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that may destroy planet Earth. Debuts on Netflix on December twenty fourth, 2021.

C’mon C’mon (2021). Written and directed by Mike Mills. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Woody Norman. Synopsis: A radio journalist embarks on a cross-country journey together with his younger nephew. US launch date is TBA.

Belfast (2021). Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds. Synopsis: A younger boy and his working class household expertise the tumultuous late Nineteen Sixties. Debuts within the US on November twelfth, 2021.

The Energy of the Canine (2021). Written and directed by Jane Campion (primarily based on the novel by Thomas Savage). Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Thomasin McKenzie. Synopsis: Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank conjures up worry and awe in these round him. When his brother brings dwelling a brand new spouse and her son, Phil torments them till he finds himself uncovered to the opportunity of love. Debuts on Netflix on December 1st, 2021.

Titane (2021). Written and directed by Julia Ducournau. Starring Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier. Synopsis: Following a sequence of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been lacking for 10 years. Titane: A steel extremely immune to warmth and corrosion, with excessive tensile energy alloys. Debuts within the US on October 1st, 2021.

Hive (2021). Written and directed by Blerta Basholli. Starring Yllka Gashi, Cun Lajci, Aurita Agushi. Synopsis: Fahrije’s husband has been lacking for the reason that warfare in Kosovo. She units up her personal small enterprise to offer for her children, however as she fights towards a patriarchal society that doesn’t assist her, she faces an important resolution. US launch date is TBA.

Spouse of a Spy (2021). Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Tadashi Nohara. Starring Yû Aoi, Issey Takahashi, Masahiro Higashide. Synopsis: A Japanese service provider who leaves his spouse behind in an effort to journey to Manchuria, the place he witnesses an act of barbarism. His subsequent actions trigger misunderstanding, jealousy and authorized issues for his spouse. Debuts within the US on September seventeenth, 2021.

Ron’s Gone Incorrect (2021). Directed by Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine and Octavio E. Rodriguez. Written by Sarah Smith and Peter Baynham. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman. Synopsis: The story of Barney, an ungainly middle-schooler and Ron, his new strolling, speaking, digitally-connected machine. Ron’s malfunctions set towards the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to study true friendship. Debuts within the US on October twenty second, 2021.

Wildhood (2021). Written and directed by Bretten Hannam. Starring Michael Greyeyes, Phillip Lewitski, Savonna Spracklin. Synopsis: A rebellious two-spirit teenager runs away from dwelling to seek out his beginning mom and reclaim his Mi’kmaw heritage. US launch date is TBA.

Encounter (2021). Directed by Michael Pearce. Written by Michael Pearce and Joe Barton. Starring Riz Ahmed, Janina Gavankar, Octavia Spencer. Synopsis: Two brothers embark on a journey with their father, who’s attempting to guard them from an alien risk. Debuts on Prime Video on December tenth, 2021.

Birds of Paradise (2021). Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith (primarily based on the novel by A.Okay. Small). Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Diana Silvers, Caroline Goodall. Synopsis: Two women at an elite Parisian ballet academy have their bond and our bodies examined as they compete for a contract to hitch the corporate of the Opéra nationwide de Paris. Debuts on Prime Video on September twenty fourth, 2021.

South of Heaven (2021). Directed by Aharon Keshales. Written by Aharon Keshales, Kai Mark and Navot Papushado. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Evangeline Lilly, Shea Whigham. Synopsis: Convicted felon Jimmy will get early parole after serving twelve years for armed theft. Upon his launch, he vows to offer Annie, his childhood love, now dying from most cancers, the very best final 12 months of her life – sadly it is not that straightforward. Debuts within the US on October eighth, 2021.

Bergman Island (2021). Written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. Starring Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska, Vicky Krieps. Synopsis: A pair retreat to the island that impressed Ingmar Bergman to write down screenplays for his or her upcoming movies when the traces between actuality and fiction begin to blur. Debuts within the US on October fifteenth, 2021.

No One Will get Out Alive (2021). Directed by Santiago Menghini. Written by Fernanda Coppel and Jon Croker (primarily based on the novel by Adam Nevill). Starring Cristina Rodlo, Marc Menchaca, Victoria Alcock. Synopsis: An immigrant seeking the American dream who, after being pressured to take a room in a boarding home, finds herself in a nightmare she will be able to’t escape. Debuts on Netflix on September twenty ninth, 2021.

A Cop Film (2021). Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Synopsis: Two skilled actors endure an immersive course of to seek out out what it takes to be a cop in Mexico Metropolis. Debuts on Netflix on November fifth, 2021.

Final Night time in Soho (2021). Directed by Edgar Wright. Written by Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Pleasure, Diana Rigg. Synopsis: An aspiring dressmaker is mysteriously capable of enter the Nineteen Sixties the place she encounters a blinding wannabe singer. However the glamour is just not all it seems to be and the desires of the previous begin to crack and splinter into one thing darker. Debuts within the US on October twenty ninth, 2021.

The Many Saints of Newark (2021). Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner. Starring Michael Gandolfini, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga. Synopsis: A have a look at the early life of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano. Debuts on HBO Max on October 1st, 2021.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021). Directed by Lana Wachowski. Written by Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon. Starring Keanu Reeves, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Carrie-Anne Moss. Synopsis: The newest installment of “The Matrix” franchise. Debuts within the US on December twenty second, 2021.

Telluride Movie Competition 2021

Matt writes: On the 2021 Telluride Movie Competition, our Managing Editor Brian Tallerico joined critics Monica Castillo and Tomris Laffly in overlaying the entire engaging picks, together with Pablo Larraín’s extremely anticipated biopic, “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. Yow will discover the complete desk of contents right here.

Venice Movie Competition 2021

Matt writes: On the 2021 Venice Movie Competition, our critic Glenn Kenny offered us together with his annual protection of the quite a few thrilling picks, together with Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited display model of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, “Dune,” starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. Yow will discover the complete desk of contents right here.

Free Films

The Sundowners (1950). Directed by George Templeton. Written by Alan Le Might. Starring Robert Preston, Robert Sterling, Chill Wills. Synopsis: Brother is pitted towards brother on this story of feuding ranchers within the outdated west.

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Kansas Pacific (1953). Directed by Ray Nazarro. Written by Daniel B. Ullman. Starring Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane. Synopsis: With the Civil Warfare about to start, Southern saboteurs assault frontier railroad building.

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Pink Roses of Ardour (1966). Written and directed by Joseph W. Sarno. Starring Judson Todd, Jean James, Carol Holleck. Synopsis: Jaded Carla medicine her caught up aunt and her daughter with mind-altering aphrodisiac concocted from a rose by an ominous Pan intercourse cult. The ladies change into crazed nymphos and the one option to remedy them is for Carla to offer herself to “Pan.”

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