Matt writes: Passes for the 21st annual Roger Ebert‘s Film Festival (a.k.a. Ebertfest) in Champaign, Illinois, are now on sale. The same amount of films will be screened next year, though the festival will take place over four days instead of five, enabling the closing night festivities to pack an even greater punch. Please join us for Ebertfest 2019, running from Wednesday, April 10th, through Saturday, April 13th. Tickets can be purchased through the festival website, the theater website or the theater box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, 217-356-9063. Individual tickets will be available for purchase on Monday, April 1st. Click here to read the full announcement, and make sure to watch the official video for last year’s installment of Ebertfest embedded below.
Capernaum (2018). Directed by Nadine Labaki. Written by Nadine Labaki, Khaled Mouzanar, Jihad Hojeily and Michelle Keserwany. Starring Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole. Synopsis: While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect. Opens in US theaters on December 14th, 2018.
Head Full of Honey (2018). Directed by Til Schweiger. Written by Til Schweiger, Lo Malinke and Jojo Moyes (based on the movie written by Til Schweiger and Hilly Martinek). Starring Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon, Emily Mortimer. Synopsis: A man suffering from Alzheimer’s embarks on a final road trip with his granddaughter. Opens in US theaters on November 30th, 2018.
The House That Jack Built (2018). Written and directed by Lars von Trier. Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman. Synopsis: The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman. Opens in US theaters on November 28th, 2018.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018). Written and directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Stephen Root. Synopsis: An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.
Isn’t It Romantic (2019). Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman. Starring Rebel Wilson, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin. Synopsis: A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. Opens in US theaters on February 14th, 2019.
Blue My Mind (2018). Written and directed by Lisa Brühlmann. Starring Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller. Synopsis: 15-year-old Mia is facing an overwhelming transformation which calls her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, she is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than her. US release date is TBA.
Back Roads (2018). Directed by Alex Pettyfer. Written by Adrian Lyne and Tawni O’Dell (based on the novel by Tawni O’Dell). Starring Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Longstreet. Synopsis: An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star. US release date is TBA.
The Quake (2018). Directed by John Andreas Andersen. Written by John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw-Eeg. Starring Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro. Synopsis: In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter in the “Oslo Graben” which runs under the Norwegian capital. There are now signs that indicate that we can expect a major future earthquake in Oslo. US release date is TBA.
Between Worlds (2018). Written and directed by Maria Pulera. Starring Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, Penelope Mitchell. Synopsis: Joe meets a mother who can contact spirits when suffocating. Her daughter is dying when Joe helps the mother spiritually contact the daughter and save her. Unfortunately, the spirit in the daughter’s body is now that of Joe’s dead wife. US release date is TBA.
A Dog’s Way Home (2019). Directed by Charles Martin Smith. Written by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon (based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron). Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos. Synopsis: A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner. Opens in US theaters on January 11th, 2019.
Spies in Disguise (2019). Directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Starring Karen Gillan, Will Smith, Tom Holland. Synopsis: When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. Opens in US theaters on September 13th, 2019.
Tyler Perry‘s A Madea Family Funeral (2019). Directed by Tyler Perry. Written by Tyler Perry and Jason Rogers. Starring Courtney Burrell, Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely. Synopsis: A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. Opens in US theaters on March 1st, 2019.
Jonathan (2018). Directed by Bill Oliver. Written by Gregory Davis, Peter Nickowitz and Bill Oliver. Starring Ansel Elgort, Patricia Clarkson, Suki Waterhouse. Synopsis: Jonathan leaves the office everyday at noon. When he gets home, he goes to sleep. Every morning he wakes up and there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day. Opens in US theaters on November 16th, 2018.
Five Feet Apart (2019). Directed by Justin Baldoni. Written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Starring Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani. Synopsis: A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. Opens in US theaters on March 22nd, 2019.
Miss Bala (2019). Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. Starring Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria. Synopsis: Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Opens in US theaters on February 1st, 2019.
Mowgli (2018). Directed by Andy Serkis. Written by Callie Kloves (based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling). Written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. Starring Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett. Synopsis: A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins. Debuts on Netflix on December 7th, 2018.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019). Directed by Chris Renaud. Written by Brian Lynch. Starring Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart. Synopsis: A follow-up to the hit film, “The Secret Life of Pets.” Opens in US theaters on June 7th, 2019.
Missing Link (2019). Written and directed by Chris Butler. Starring Zoe Saldana, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant. Synopsis: The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel’s last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link. Opens in US theaters on April 12th, 2019.
Matt writes: The wonderful actor-turned-director Paul Dano (memorably featured in “Little Miss Sunshine” and “There Will Be Blood“) recently spoke with Nick Allen about his acclaimed directorial debut, “Wildlife,” featuring Oscar-worthy turns by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Read their full conversation here.
“Little Tickles” wins Ebert Award
Matt writes: Allison Shoemaker reports on Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer’s French drama, “Little Tickles,” which her jury named as this year’s recipient of the Roger Ebert Award at the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival.
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (1985). Directed by Phil Roman. Written by Jim Davis. Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger. Synopsis: Garfield has one spooktacular adventure on the Eve of All Saints. He fashions himself a pirate costume then takes Odie out trick-or-treating to ensure extra candy. But when attempting to cross a river on a boat, Garfield and Odie end up at a haunted house.
A Garfield Christmas Special (1987). Directed by Phil Roman and George Singer. Written by Jim Davis. Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Pat Carroll. Synopsis: Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon’s grandmother’s house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.
Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989). Directed by Phil Roman, Gerard Baldwin, Bob Nesler and John Sparey. Written by Jim Davis and Kim Campbell. Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Pat Carroll. Synopsis: Finds Jon with a love interest-a veterinarian who orders Garfield on a diet-and then comes for Thanksgiving dinner!