Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Matt writes: Celebrated filmmakers George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg spoke with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel in 1990 about what they perceived to be the future of movies. This fascinating episode of “Siskel & Ebert” is filled with insights that proved to be quite prophetic and is a must-watch for any true film buff. You can watch the episode in full embedded below…


The Survivor (2022). Directed by Barry Levinson. Written by Justine Juel Gillmer. Starring Ben Foster, Vicky Krieps, Peter Sarsgaard. Synopsis: Post World War II, Harry Haft is a boxer who fought fellow prisoners in the concentration camps to survive. Haunted by memories and guilt, he attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to find his first love again. Debuts on HBO on April 1st, 2022.

Paris, 13th District (2022). Directed by Jacques Audiard. Written by Jacques Audiard, Céline Sciamma, Léa Mysius and Nicolas Livecchi (based on the short stories by Adrian Tomine). Starring Noémie Merlant, Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba. Synopsis: Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses paths with Amber. Three girls and a boy – They’re friends, sometimes lovers and often both. Debuts in the US on April 15th, 2022.

Return to Space (2022). Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Synopsis: Offering rare inside access to NASA and SpaceX, this is the thrilling story of the nearly 20 year journey to send American astronauts back to space aboard U.S. rockets, from filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Debuts on Netflix on April 7th, 2022.

Along for the Ride (2022). Written and directed by Sofia Alvarez (based on the novel by Sarah Dessen). Starring Emma Pasarow, Andie MacDowell, Dermot Mulroney. Synopsis: The summer before college Auden meets the mysterious Eli, a fellow insomniac. While the seaside town of Colby sleeps, the two embark on a nightly quest to help Auden experience the fun, carefree teen life she never knew she wanted. Debuts on Netflix on April 22nd, 2022.

This Much I Know to Be True (2022). Directed by Andrew Dominik. Synopsis: Explores the creative relationship and songs from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ last two studio albums, “Ghosteen” and “Carnage”. US release date is TBA.

I Love America (2022). Written and directed by Lisa Azuelos. Starring Sophie Marceau, Djanis Bouzyani, Colin Woodell. Synopsis: A single woman who decides to take a chance on love again by catapulting her life from Paris to Los Angeles. From awkward dates to touching surprise encounters, she understands the journey to love is a journey towards herself. Debuts on Prime Video on April 29th, 2022.

Where the Crawdads Sing (2022). Directed by Olivia Newman. Written by Lucy Alibar (based on the book by Delia Owens). Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn. Synopsis: A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with. Debuts in the US on July 15th, 2022.

Killing It (2022). Created by Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici. Starring Craig Robinson, Claudia O’Doherty, Rell Battle. Synopsis: Class, capitalism and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream. US release date is TBA.

Roar (2022). Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Starring Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever. Synopsis: An insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today. Featuring a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds. Debuts on Apple TV+ on April 15th, 2022.

The Offer (2022). Created by Michael Tolkin. Starring Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple. Synopsis: Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy’s never-before-revealed experiences of making “The Godfather” (1972). Debuts on Paramount+ on April 28th, 2022.

A Very British Scandal (2022). Created by Sarah Phelps. Starring Claire Foy, Paul Bettany, Olwen May. Synopsis: The story of events surrounding the notorious divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll during the 1960s. Debuts on Prime Video on April 22nd, 2022.

Candy (2022). Created by Robin Veith and Nick Antosca. Starring Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Raúl Esparza. Synopsis: Candy Montgomery is a 1980s housewife and mother who did everything right – but when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. Until someone tells her to shush. With deadly results. Debuts on Hulu on May 9th, 2022.

Anatomy of a Scandal (2022). Created by David E. Kelley. Starring Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend, Michelle Dockery. Synopsis: A sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake. Debuts on Netflix on April 15th, 2022.

The Flight Attendant: Season Two (2022). Created by Steve Yockey. Starring Kaley Cuoco, Zosia Mamet, Rosie Perez. Synopsis: A reckless flight attendant with an alcoholism problem wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. Unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer. Debuts on HBO Max on April 21st, 2022.

Starstruck: Season Two (2022). Created by Rose Matafeo. Starring Rose Matafeo, Nikesh Patel, Minnie Driver. Synopsis: A millennial in London juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a film star. Now streaming on HBO Max.

City on a Hill: Season Three (2022). Created by Chuck MacLean. Starring Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Lauren E. Banks. Synopsis: In early 1990s Boston, ADA Decourcy Ward forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr. Together, they take on a case that changes the city’s entire criminal justice system. Debuts on Showtime on July 10th, 2022.

Ambulance (2022). Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Chris Fedak (based on the script by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen). Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González. Synopsis: Two robbers steal an ambulance after their heist goes awry. Debuts in the US on April 8th, 2022.

Inland Empire (2006), 4K restoration. Written and directed by David Lynch. Starring Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Jeremy Irons. Synopsis: As an actress begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world becomes nightmarish and surreal. US release date is TBA.

Chatting with Charlotte Gainsbourg 

Matt writes: Acclaimed actress Charlotte Gainsbourg recently spoke with our frequent contributor Peter Sobczynski about her directorial debut, “Jane by Charlotte,” a documentary detailing the life of her mother, Jane Birkin. You can read their full conversation here.

The Costumes of “Mad Men”

Matt writes: Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant spoke at length with our contributor Nandini Balial for this in-depth essay on the memorable outfits she crafted for Matthew Weiner’s revered series, “Mad Men.” You can delve into it here.

Free Movies

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943). Directed by Andrew L. Stone and Friz Freleng. Written by Frederick J. Jackson. Starring Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott, Pola Negri. Synopsis: When the bride’s mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom’s father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer, while placating a jealous wife.

Watch “Hi Diddle Diddle”

The Green Glove (1952). Directed by Rudolph Maté. Written by Charles Bennett. Starring Glenn Ford, Geraldine Brooks, Cedric Hardwicke. Synopsis: An ex-soldier and his new girlfriend comb France for a valuable relic…which others are willing to kill for.

Watch “The Green Glove”

They Were So Young (1954). Directed by Kurt Neumann. Written by Kurt Neumann, Felix Lützkendorf, Dalton Trumbo and Michael Wilson. Starring Scott Brady, Johanna Matz, Raymond Burr. Synopsis: A model agency in Rio de Janeiro is actually a front for a white-slavery ring that kidnaps European women and sells them on the South American sex market.

Watch “They Were So Young”

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