Matt writes: The extraordinary century-long life of Hollywood icon Olivia de Havilland came to an end last month when she passed away at age 104. Not only was she a two-time Oscar-winner who delivered brilliant work in such classics as “Gone With the Wind,” “The Heiress,” “To Each His Own,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” and so many others, she successfully sued Warner Bros in order to grant greater creative freedom to actors. Be sure to read Dan Callahan’s tribute to her, as well as watch the two-and-a-half-hour interview with her embedded below, which was posted on YouTube by the Academy of Achievement.
Kajillionaire (2020). Written and directed by Miranda July. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger. Synopsis: A woman’s life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them on a major heist they’re planning. Debuts in the US on September 18th, 2020.
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020). Directed by Dean Parisot. Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving. Synopsis: Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny. Debuts in the US on September 1st, 2020.
The Pale Door (2020). Directed by Aaron B. Koontz. Written by Cameron Burns, Aaron B. Koontz and Keith Lansdale. Starring Melora Walters, Zachary Knighton, Devin Druid. Synopsis: After a train robbery goes bad, two brothers leading a gang of cowboys must survive the night in a ghost town inhabited by a coven of witches. Debuts in the US on August 21st, 2020.
The Bay of Silence (2020). Directed by Paula van der Oest. Written by Caroline Goodall (based on the novel by Lisa St Aubin de Terán). Starring Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, Brian Cox. Synopsis: Will believes his wife Rosalind is innocent of their son’s suspected murder, only to discover the devastating truth behind her past links her to another unsolved crime. Debuts in the US on August 14th, 2020.
Chemical Hearts (2020). Written and directed by Richard Tanne (based on the novel by Krystal Sutherland). Starring Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones. Synopsis: A high school transfer student finds a new passion when she begins to work on the school’s newspaper. Debuts in the US on August 21st, 2020.
Rogue (2020). Directed by M.J. Bassett. Written by Isabel Bassett and M.J. Bassett. Starring Megan Fox, Jessica Sutton, Lee-Anne Liebenberg. Synopsis: Team leader O’Hara leads a lively squad of soldiers on a daring mission: rescue hostages from their captors in remote Africa. Debuts in the US on August 28th, 2020.
Sputnik (2020). Directed by Egor Abramenko. Written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev. Starring Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov. Synopsis: The lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident hasn’t returned back home alone-hiding inside his body is a dangerous creature. Debuts in the US on August 14th, 2020.
After We Collided (2020). Directed by Roger Kumble. Written by Anna Todd and Mario Celaya. Starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Louise Lombard. Synopsis: The love life of two young adults continues in this follow-up to the teen romance “After.” Debuts in the US on October 2nd, 2020.
Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020). Directed by Justin McConnell. Synopsis: Following five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business? US release date is TBA.
Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020). Directed by Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood. Synopsis: A documentary that explores the rise and fall of “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi. Debuts in the US on August 14th, 2020.
Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2020). Directed by Reiner Holzemer. Synopsis: Documentary offering a view on Maison Martin Margiela during Martin Margiela’s helm. Debuts in the US on August 14th, 2020.
The One and Only Ivan (2020). Directed by Thea Sharrock. Written by Mike White (based on the book by Katherine Applegate). Starring Bryan Cranston, Phillipa Soo, Sam Rockwell. Synopsis: A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity. Debuts on Disney+ on August 21st, 2020.
The Kissing Booth 3 (2020). Directed by Vince Marcello. Starring Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi. Synopsis: It’s the summer before Elle Evans is set to head off to college, and she has a big decision to make. US release date is TBA.
Above Suspicion (2020). Directed by Phillip Noyce. Written by Chris Gerolmo (based on the book by Joe Sharkey). Starring Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe. Synopsis: The story that lead to the first conviction for murder of an FBI agent. US release date is TBA.
Guest House (2020). Directed by Sam Macaroni. Written by Sam Macaroni, Sean Bishop and Troy Duffy. Starring Pauly Shore, Billy Zane, Liz Katz. Synopsis: A newly engaged couple finds the home of their dreams and it quickly becomes a nightmare when the previous owner’s friend continues squatting in their guest house. US release date is TBA.
Spree (2020). Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko. Written by Eugene Kotlyarenko and Gene McHugh. Starring Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette. Synopsis: Thirsty for a following, Kurt Kunkle is a rideshare driver who has figured out a deadly plan to go viral. Debuts in the US on August 14th, 2020.
Halloween Kills (2021). Directed by David Gordon Green. Written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems (based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill). Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael Hall. Synopsis: The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the “Halloween” series. Debuts in the US on October 15th, 2021.
Black is King (2020). Directed by Beyoncé, Emmanuel Adjei and Blitz Bazawule. Written by Beyoncé and Yrsa Daley-Ward. Starring Beyoncé, Folajomi ‘FJ’ Akinmurele, Adut Akech. Synopsis: Visual album from Beyoncé inspired by “The Lion King.” Now available on Disney+.
Cinema Femme Short Film Festival
Matt writes: From Thursday, August 6th, through Sunday, August 9th, the essential online publication Cinema Femme will be hosting its inaugural Short Film Festival online via the Seed&Spark platform (tickets are available here). RogerEbert.com is sponsoring the festival, and our site’s publisher Chaz Ebert will be moderating a free panel entitled the Black Female Filmmaker Renaissance on Saturday, August 8th at 7pm CT. You can read my interview with Cinema Femme publisher Rebecca Martin here.
Why “The Fight” Matters
Matt writes: One of the year’s most urgent and powerful documentaries is “The Fight,” an exploration of the American Civil Liberties Union directed by Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, the trio of filmmakers behind 2016’s unforgettable doc, “Weiner.” All three of the directors spoke at length with Nell Minow, while I penned an enthusiastic review of the film.
Living Apart Together (1982). Written and directed by Charles Gormley. Starring B.A. Robertson, Barbara Kellerman, Judi Trott. Synopsis: Singer/songwriter Ritchie Hannah returns to Glasgow after an American tour. Working his way around the town clubs, he tries to prevent his marriage from falling apart.
God on the Rocks (1990). Directed by Ross Cramer. Written by David Ashton (based on the novel by Jane Gardam). Starring Bill Paterson, Sinéad Cusack, Rebecca Edwards. Synopsis: Growing up in a household incapable of showing love and affection, Margaret’s life is transformed when Lydia, a worldly teenage maid, arrives.
This Filthy Earth (2001). Directed by Andrew Kotting. Written by Andrew Kotting and Sean Lock (based on the novel by Émile Zola). Starring Rebecca Palmer, Demelza Randall, Shane Attwooll. Synopsis: The tragic story of two sisters whose lives are disrupted by two men. Amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition, events unfurl which threaten their sibling bond.