#408 June 8, 2021

Matt writes: With the 2021 Cannes Film Festival set to run from July 6th through the 17th, our contributor Lisa Nesselson penned an in-depth preview of this year’s offerings, led by the wildly audacious Leos Carax’s highly anticipated musical, “Annette,” starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard (you can view the trailer below). Also be sure to check out publisher Chaz Ebert’s article detailing the current dates of future festivals, including her own Ebertfest in September. 


Last Night in Soho (2021). Directed by Edgar Wright. Written by Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Starring Anya Taylor-JoyThomasin McKenzieJessie Mei Li. Synopsis: A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences. Debuts in the US on October 22nd, 2021.

Sisters on Track (2021). Directed by Tone Grøttjord-Glenne and Corinne van der Borch. Synopsis: A coming of age story about hope, belonging, and the metaphorical and literal sisterhood of young athletes Tai, Rainn, and Brooke Sheppard living in New York. Debuts on Netflix on June 24th, 2021.

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain (2021). Directed by Morgan Neville. Synopsis: A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel. Debuts in the US on July 16th, 2021.

Bergman Island (2021). Written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. Starring Mia WasikowskaVicky KriepsTim Roth. Synopsis: An American filmmaking couple spend the summer writing screenplays on an island to that served as a key inspiration for Ingmar Bergman. US release date is TBA.

No Sudden Move (2021). Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Ed Solomon. Starring Noah JupeMatt DamonBrendan Fraser. Synopsis: A group of criminals are brought together under mysterious circumstances and have to work together to uncover what’s really going on when their simple job goes completely sideways. Debuts on HBO Max on July 1st, 2021.

Mary J. Blige‘s My Life (2021). Directed by Vanessa Roth. Synopsis: A look at the life and work of Grammy-winning artist Mary J. Blige. Debuts on Prime Video on June 25th, 2021.

America: The Motion Picture (2021). Directed by Matt Thompson. Written by Dave Callaham. Starring Channing TatumSimon PeggJudy Greer. Synopsis: A chainsaw-wielding George Washington teams with beer-loving bro Sam Adams to take down the Brits in a tongue-in-cheek riff on the American Revolution. Debuts on Netflix on June 30th, 2021.

Ailey (2021). Directed by Jamila Wignot. Synopsis: An immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, told through his own words and a new dance inspired by his life. Debuts in the US on July 23rd, 2021.

Werewolves Within (2021). Directed by Josh Ruben. Written by Mishna Wolff. Starring Sam RichardsonMilana VayntrubGeorge Basil. Synopsis: Feature adaptation of the video game where werewolves attack a small town. Debuts in the US on July 2nd, 2021.

Lansky (2021). Written and directed by Eytan Rockaway. Starring Harvey Keitel, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Worthington. Synopsis: When the aging Meyer Lansky is investigated one last time by the Feds who suspect he has stashed away millions of dollars over half a century, the retired gangster spins a dizzying tale, revealing the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate. Debuts in the US on June 25th, 2021.

Reminiscence (2021). Written and directed by Lisa Joy. Starring Rebecca FergusonHugh JackmanNatalie Martinez. Synopsis: A scientist discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love. Debuts in the US on August 20th, 2021.

The Last Mercenary (2021). Directed by David Charhon. Written by David Charhon and Ismaël Sy Savané. Starring Jean-Claude Van DammeAlban IvanovSamir Decazza. Synopsis: A mysterious former secret service agent must urgently return to France when his estranged son is falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the government, following a blunder by an overzealous bureaucrat and a mafia operation. Debuts on Netflix on July 30th, 2021.

Roaring 20s (2021). Directed by Elisabeth Vogler. Written by Elisabeth Vogler, Noémie Schmidt, Joris Avodo and François Mark. Starring Noémie SchmidtAlice de LencquesaingPaul Scarfoglio. Synopsis: In a single unbroken shot, this film gives viewers the chance not only to travel to Paris, but to live a day in the life there during the COVID-19 pandemic. Debuts in the US on June 12th, 2021.

Petrov’s Flu (2021). Written and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov (based on the novel by Alexey Salnikov). Starring Yuri KolokolnikovYuliya PeresildChulpan Khamatova. Synopsis: A day in the life of a comic book artist and his family in post-Soviet Russia. While suffering from the flu, Petrov is carried by his friend Igor on a long walk, drifting in and out of fantasy and reality. US release date is TBA.

Aline (2021). Directed by Valérie Lemercier. Written by Valérie Lemercier and Brigitte Buc. Starring Valérie LemercierSylvain MarcelDanielle Fichaud. Synopsis: The life story of Canadian singing sensation Aline Dieu. US release date is TBA.

Demonic (2021). Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Carly PopeNathalie BolttChris William Martin. Synopsis: A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed. Debuts in the US on August 20th, 2021.

Infinite (2021). Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Written by Ian Shorr (based on the book by D. Eric Maikranz). Starring Mark WahlbergChiwetel EjioforSophie Cookson. Synopsis: A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. Debuts on Paramount+ on June 10th, 2021.

Old (2021). Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (based on the graphic novel by Pierre-Oscar Lévy and Frederick Peeters). Starring Gael García BernalVicky KriepsThomasin McKenzie. Synopsis: A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. Debuts in the US on July 23rd, 2021.

In the Heights

Matt writes: “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu’s highly anticipated adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, “In the Heights,” debuts in theaters and HBO Max this Thursday, June 10th. Read Tomis Laffly’s four-star review here and Brian Tallerico’s interview with Chu and actor Jimmy Smits here.

The Amusement Park

Matt writes: A long-lost classic from trailblazing filmmaker George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead“), 1973’s “The Amusement Park,” was recently restored and is now streaming on Shudder. Read Scout Tafoya’s four-star review here and Collin Souter’s interview with the late director’s daughter, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, here.

Free Movies

The Vagabond Lover (1929). Directed by Marshall Neilan. Written by James Ashmore Creelman. Starring Rudy ValleeSally BlaneMarie Dressler. Synopsis: A zany musical about an amateur musician in search of work who impersonates a big band leader.

Watch “The Vagabond Lover”

Crash of the Moons (1954). Directed by Hollingsworth Morse. Written by Warren Wilson. Starring Richard CraneScotty BeckettSally Mansfield. Synopsis: Comprised of 3 episodes from the TV series, “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,” which were edited together and released on video as a feature-length story.

Watch “Crash of the Moons”

The Beatniks (1960). Written and directed by Paul Frees. Starring Tony TravisKaren KadlerPeter Breck. Synopsis: A young singer’s chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.

Watch “The Beatniks”

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