Sunday, November 18, 2018

Tag: Biography

Private War, A (2018)

Title: A Private War
Rating: R
Directed by: Matthew Heineman
Written by: Arash Amel
Based on an article by: Marie Brenner
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander
Release Date: 11/16/2018
Running Time: 110 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her — along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) — to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.


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Dedication: Dedicated to Marie Catherine Colvin
1956 – 2012

Memoriam: In loving memory of Jeffrey Hammond Long
1982 – 2018

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Outlaw King (2018)

Title: Outlaw King
Rating: R
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Written by: Bathsheba Doran, David Mackenzie, and James MacInnes
Starring: Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, and Rebecca Robin
Release Date: 11/9/2018
Running Time: 121 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A true David vs. Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert the Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Beautiful Boy (2018)*

Title: Beautiful Boy
Rating: R
Directed by: Felix van Groeningen
Written by: Luke Davies and Felix van Groeningen
Based on the book by: David Sheff and Nic Sheff
Starring: Steve Carrell, Timothee Chalamet, and Maura Tierney
Release Date: 10/25/2018
Running Time: 112 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Beautiful Boy is a deeply moving portrait of a family’s unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son’s addiction and his attempts at recovery. Based on two memoirs, one from acclaimed journalist David Sheff and one from his son, Nic Sheff. As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time.


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Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)*

Title: Bohemian Rhapsody
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers
Release Date: 11/2/2018
Running Time: 134 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.


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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)*

Title: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rating: R
Directed by: Marielle Heller
Written by: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, and Dolly Wells
Release Date: 10/19/2018
Running Time: 105 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The story of Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).


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Dedication: Dedicated to the memory of
Leonore Carol “Lee” Israel
December 3, 1939 – December 24, 2014


First Man (2018)

Title: First Man
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Written by: Josh Singer
Based on the book by: James R. Hansen
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas
Release Date: 10/12/2018
Running Time: 141 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.


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Happy Prince, The (2018)*

Title: The Happy Prince
Rating: R
Directed by: Rupert Everett
Written by: Rupert Everett
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, and Emily Watson
Release Date: 10/10/2018
Running Time: 105 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintances, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories – his incomparable wit still sharp.


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Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)*

Title: Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Harold Cronk
Written by: Richard Friedenberg, and Ken Hixon
Based on the book by: Laura Hillenbrand
Starring: Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, and Will Graham
Release Date: 9/14/2018
Running Time: 98 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Then, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye—and his heart.

Louie’s wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair, putting the couple on the brink of divorce. Until Cynthia experiences Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade, where she finds faith in God and a renewed commitment to her marriage and her husband. Now, her most fervent prayer is for God to help Louie find the peace and forgiveness he so desperately needs.


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Memoriam: In Memory of Billy Graham


Colette (2018)

Title: Colette
Rating: R
Directed by: Wash Westmoreland
Written by: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, and Eleanor Tomlinson
Release Date: 1/25/2019
Running Time: 111 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

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Dedication: For Richard


Lizzie (2018)

Title: Lizzie
Rating: R
Directed by: Craig William Macneill
Written by: Bryce Kass
Starring: Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare, and Jeff Perry
Release Date: 9/14/2018
Running Time: 105 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A psychological thriller that reveals many layers of the strange and fragile Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Massachusetts. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) lives a claustrophobic life under her father’s cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a secret intimacy soon blossoms into a wicked plan.


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Special thanks to Tony, Boo, and Frank for this submission


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