From the director of Food Inc. and Merchants of Doubt comes yet another documentary that will make you question humanity’s survival.
Based on the true story of the unlikely chess champion from the slums of Uganda, Phiona Mutesi, Queen of Katwe stars newcomer Madina Nalwanga and features celebrated actors David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.
Like most Americans, I’ve heard the name Edward Snowden. I even had an inkling of who he was – a whistleblower from the CIA, or NSA, or some such secret government agency. He revealed secrets about something and got in trouble and had to flee the country. That’s about it for me though having missed getting around to seeing the well received documentary Citizen Four last year, and I suspect the same for most of your average citizens, as well informed as we are. Well, this is the story of a young man who decides that he can’t just do nothing while he sees power abused every day, even if it means being labeled a traitor and facing a ruined life in exile.
In 1999 The Blair Witch Project terrified audiences who were half convinced that what they were seeing was real. Popularizing the relatively new concept of “found footage,” it made a mark in cinema history, but after one failed sequel and a relatively unsuccessful run at being a multimedia franchise, it faded into legend. Like the titular enchantress, though, it’s rising again.
Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut in this adaptation of the best seller by Amos Oz. She also wrote and stars.
Even if you’re not a gamer, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard the name “Final Fantasy” before. Counting all the various spinoffs, compilations, etc. there have been over one hundred Final Fantasy video games since 1987, with the latest in the main series – number fifteen – slated for release this year. Suffice to say, it’s a pretty popular franchise, and one ripe for cinematic adaptation.
You’re probably aware that DC is launching a film universe built around their most famous group of superheroes – The Justice League. We’ll see how that movie does next year, but for now we’re presented with a comic book team you probably never heard of before now. The Suicide Squad.
After the Jeremy Renner powered offshoot a few years ago, director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are back for another installment in the action packed Bourne franchise.
Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the stars of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their memorable roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively. This R rated adaptation of the widely acclaimed graphic novel is hotly anticipated and getting a limited theatrical release – and I have some tickets for you!