Writer/director Wes Anderson takes another all-star ensemble to the most gorgeous and wondrous of location in this dry comedy set within the decadent allure 20th-century France, looking like it came straight out of a retro illustration. Centered around the controversial stories within a European publication, where the artists they take interest in may be too dangerous to print about. The film features a fantastically grand collective of actors as beautiful as the setting, including the talents of Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
Homecomings are always troublesome when some juicy secrets are due to be revealed. In this lesbian romantic comedy, one young woman is hoping to finally make her proposal to her girlfriend and enter into marriage. The only problem is that she plans to do this at her family’s annual holiday party where she has not revealed to her conservative family that she is either in a relationship or a lesbian. She’ll soon find herself coming out in more ways than one to her seemingly closed-off family of dated values. Directed by Clea DuVall (The Intervention) and starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza.
West Side Story
Based on the acclaimed musical, this remake revives the classic story of retro 1950s street gangs in revision of the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet. Two gangs battle it out on the upper west side of New York City for control of their turf in battles of knives and dancing most vividly. The battle for the streets is made all the more complicated when a love between rivals enters the equation. This new version will be directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg with an ensemble cast that will include Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James.
Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place), this docudrama takes aim at the mafia of New York and what it’s like to be between sides. Located in New York’s lower East Side, a mother is placed in the tough position of being caught between a life of crime and a life of fighting crime. She makes the tough call of being a mafia informant for the FBI, reporting on as much illegal activity as she can discover within the organized world of crime. This stirring crime drama of conflicting views on justice is based on a true story and also stars the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Royalty.
Marriage can be tough, especially if your first one is with someone who is currently on their second. Mrs. de Winter (Lily James) has just gotten herself married to Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer). Their wedding occurs after the death of his first wife, Rebecca, a woman who still occupies space within his mind as someone he’ll never forget. But Mr.s de Winter will soon find it’s very difficult to live in the shadow of such a woman who still lingers over the life of Maxim, shadowing her in all aspects of their relationship and making for the most difficult of marriages. Ben Wheatley (High-Rise) directs this romantic thriller based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.
Sometimes a life of beauty and fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ana de Armas steps into the shoes of the beautifully iconic celebrity Marilyn Monroe. Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, this film stages a fictional story around the life of such a decadent woman and the role she played in shaping the cultural landscape of the era. Directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and produced by Brad Pitt, this historical drama of retro wondermen boasts a supporting cast of Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson.
Some summers you come of age and some summers you just feel like you want to curl up in a ball and die. Alexis is a teenager residing at a seaside resort in 1980s Normandy and is more concerned with the struggle to find himself than enjoy his summer in such a gorgeous location. Not content with the pleasures of the resort, Alexis finds his thoughts centering more around death than anything else. But maybe there’s something more that resort holds for shaping his future. This vivid looking coming-of-age drama was written and directed by François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In The House).
Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) returns once more to the horror genre that made him a notable director with a retro horror boasting a psychological twist. Utilizing elements of time travel and throwback British horror, Wright takes inspiration from the likes of Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion among others to stage a horror all his own in a film that will star the likes of Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp. Given that Wright never lost his touch as a slick and quick director, you can expect another fast-paced bit of genre excitement from this picture.
James Bond is back once more. The fifth entry in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond, the secret agent finds himself active after having left the service. Now tasked with tracking down and kidnapping a scientist, Bond is roped into another mission of stopping a new terrorist, this time a technological antagonist with environmentalism goals. Armed with new gadgets, including a car with machine guns, Craig gives Bond one more spin of spy action. But with Bond having been out of the game for so long, will this be his final adventure? We’re betting no but it would be a heck of a send-off for Daniel Craig.