Author: Brian

Molly’s Game

    Release Date: December 25, 2017 (limited); January 5, 2018 (wide) Runtime: 140 minutes Rating: R Studio: STX Entertainment Director: Aaron Sorkin Cast: Jessica Chastain; Idris Elba; Michael Cera; Kevin Costner; Jeremy Strong; Chris O’Dowd; Graham Greene; Brian d’Arcy James Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba make a glorious threesome in “Molly’s Game,”

Lady Bird

    Release Date: November 3, 2017 (limited) Runtime: 94 minutes Rating: R Studio: A24 Director: Greta Gerwig Cast: Saoirse Ronan; Timothée Chalamet; Lucas Hedges; Beanie Feldstein; Laurie Metcalf; Tracy Letts; Odeya Rush Movies don’t necessarily have to be big-budget extravaganzas in order to transport an audience to a different time and place. Sometimes, all

Thelma

      Release Date: September 15, 2017 (Norway); November 10, 2017 (USA – limited) Screened: October 6, 2017 (New York Film Festival) Runtime: 116 minutes Rating: Not Rated (as of post time) Studio: The Orchard; Motlys Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Eili Harboe; Kaya Wilkins; Henrik Rafaelsen; Ellen Dorrit Petersen A profoundly religious teenager discovers

First They Killed My Father

    Release Date: September 15, 2017 Screened: September 11, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 136 minutes Rating: NR – equivalent to a strong PG-13 Studio: Netflix Director: Angelina Jolie Cast: Sareum Srey Moch; Phoeung Kompheak; Sveng Socheata; Mun Kimhak; Heng Dara; Khoun Sothea; Sarun Nika; Run Malyna; Oun Srey Neang Angelina Jolie directs

mother!

    Release Date: September 15, 2017 Screened: September 11, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 121 minutes Rating: R Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Jennifer Lawrence; Javier Bardem; Ed Harris; Michelle Pfeiffer; Brian Gleeson; Domhnall Gleeson; Kristen Wiig I can’t think of a contemporary director who brings the “WTF?!?!” better than Darren

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

    Release Date: August 23, 2017 (France); October 20, 2017 (USA – limited) Screened: September 10, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 140 minutes Rating: No Rating Yet (it’ll be R) Studio: Memento Films Director: Robin Campillo Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart; Arnaud Valois; Adèle Haenel; Antoine Reinartz; Théophile Ray; Catherine Vinatier **Minor Spoilers** Director

Valley of Shadows

    Release Date: October 20, 2017 (Norway) Screened: September 10, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 91 minutes Rating: No Rating Yet Studio: Film Farms; Them Girls Film; Anna Kron Film Director: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen Cast: Adam Ekeli; Kathrine Fagerland While there is stuff to admire in Valley of Shadows, this Norwegian import really

I Love You, Daddy

    Release Date: September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Screened: September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 123 minutes Rating: No Rating Yet (it will be R for language, I’m willing to bet) Studio: None (self-financed by Louis C.K.) Director: Louis C.K. Cast: Louis C.K.; Chloë Grace Moretz; Charlie Day; John Malkovich;

I, Tonya

    Release Date: September 8, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Screened: September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival) Runtime: 119 minutes Rating: No Rating Yet Studio: Miramax  Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Margot Robbie; Sebastian Stan; Allison Janney; Julianne Nicholson; Bobby Cannavale; Caitlin Carver; Mckenna Grace; Paul Walter Hauser Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya takes a ripped-from-the-headlines