Oscar winning actress Renée Zellweger should be a shoo-in for another Academy Award nomination with her performance as Judy Garland in Judy. The official trailer shows Garland in her final days, as she embarked on The Talk of the Town in London to perform in front of a sould out audience.
The trailer is a heartbreaking as we see Garland simply want to stay home with her kids. However, the show must go on as Garland has her share of financial problems. Judy co-stars Finn Wittrock as Garland’s fifth husband Mickey Deans and Gemma Leah Devereux and Bella Ramsay as her daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Judy hits theaters September 27 via Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld centers on the mysterious death of United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld. Most of the crew, along with Hammarskjöld perished in the 1961 plane crash, and since then speculation arose that the tragedy was actually an assassination.
Hammarskjöld was an activist who sought for Congo’s independence, something that was not popular European mining companies. Danish journalist and director Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) takes viewers on a search for the truth. The documentary also addresses an AIDS conspiracy discussed by an ex-militia member, a subject that was addressed in a New York Times article.
The picture has received its share of critical acclaim and currently has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld hits theaters August 16. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
If you’re in search of a first rate documentary to check out in theaters this month, Sea of Shadows should fit the bill. Directed by Richard Ladkani (The Ivory Game) and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the project focuses on the push to save the vaquita porpoise, an endangered whale species that resides near the Sea of Cortez.
Mexican drug cartels cast their nets in the vicinity to catch totoaba, a fish that is highly valuable in the Chinese market for its supposed medicinal purposes, and vaquita have become collateral damage in this illegal fishing. Ladkani approaches the subject from different vantage points, as we witness a group of scientists mounting an ambitious operation to save the vaquita. Broadcast journalist Carlos Loret De Mola is also prominently featured in the doc, as well as a non-profit conservation organization called Sea Shepherd.
Sea of Shadows is not your average talking head documentary, as it puts us right into the action of various missions to either expose an operation or patrol the ocean. Opening July 12, this project from National Geographic Documentary Films won the Sundance Audience Award.
Also covered on this episode of CinemAddicts are my reviews of Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, The Farewell and Phil, a feature which marks Greg Kinnear’s directing debut. Take a listen below!
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love centers on the relationship between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen. They met on the Greek island of Hydra, and this idyllic environment also served as a foundation for Leonard Cohen’s growth. That being said, Cohen was that rare individual who actually seemed to flourish, at least on an artistic basis, on the island.
“I think a lot of people went to the island and they couldn’t really exist well on the island,” said director Nick Broomfield, who actually spent time on the island when he was 20. “Many marriages came to pieces. Many of the families – their relationship broke up. They had affairs with other people on the island. They neglected the children. There was a lot of drug taking – this was the ‘60s. But I think all of that – Leonard was able to use it to his benefit and it kind of made his work and his art stronger. And I think he was one of the few exceptions to that. A lot of people have commented on that so I think it took a particular discipline to survive Hydra.
As for Ihlen, she spent most of her life raising her son Axel and married to her second husband Jan Stang until her 2016 passing. Click on the media bar to hear Broomfield, who was a friend and former lover of Ihlen, recount her “generosity of spirit”:
My full interview with Broomfield is available for CinemAddicts Patreon members. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love opens in theaters July 5.
The Sun Is Also A Star, a movie based on Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel, hits DVD on August 20 and Digital on August 6.
The plot centers on a college bound youth named Daniel (Riverdale’sCharles Melton) and a young pragmatist named Natasha (Grown-ish’sYara Shahidi) who become instantly smitten with one another during one day in New York City
Although there is instant attraction between the two, will they be able to hold onto that spark and carve out a real romance? With her family being deported the following day, Natasha’s time in the U.S. may be over, placing these two lovers’ future in jeopardy. Ry Russo-Young, who helmed 2017’s underrated feature Before I Fall, is the director.
The digital features include a deleted scene (“Korean Restaurant”), alternate scene (“Five Years Later), and two featurettes (“The Chemistry of Casting,” “Love is a Universe”). The DVD edition comes with the “Love is a Universe” featurette.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood features Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth, the easygoing stunt double of actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio). Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic is an ode to a Los Angeles that, amidst all the glamour and sunshine, was deeply affected by Tate-Labianca murders.
“That time, 1969 when the Manson murders occured, building up to that there was the free love movement,” said Pitt. “There was a lot of hope and these new ideas floating out there. Cinema was being re-calibrated and when that event happened and the tragic loss of Sharon and others . . . what scares people and why it lasts so much today, I think, was it was a sobering dark look at the dark side of human nature. That pivotal moment was a real loss of innocence and I think that is what the film so beautifully address.”
Click on the media bar to hear Pitt talk about the theme of acceptance that’s featured in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a trait that is embodied by Cliff Booth:
Co-starring Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood opens nationwide July 26.