Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Felix van Groeningen
Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
John David Washington,
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
This movie follows a teenager named Stevie growing up in Los Angeles. He's struggling with his family, including his co-dependent single mom and his abusive older brother, and at school, where his richer friends seem to overlook him. When Stevie befriends a crew of skateboarders, he learns some tough lessons about class, race, and privilege.Written by
A Messy, Insecure Movie about Messy, Insecure Kids
New teen drama Mid90s shows with cringe-worthy authenticity the awkward transition from tween to teen. That pervasive pull between our childhood innocence and our ever-growing adolescent arrogance. Each anxious decision is fueled by teenage politics and societal hierarchy; we move from our one overshadowing influence (parents, authority, and siblings) to another (age, class, and friends), with little thought to our own well-being, much less anyone else's. It's messy but also critical, much like Mid90s itself.
Set in the (duh) mid-90s, 13-year-old Stevie (played by revelatory discovery Suljic) looks to escape his faux-gangster older brother (a standout performance from Hedges) and overwhelmed mother by joining with a small crew of typical skater kids. The plot is intentionally thin, with little reliance on easy answers and predictable characters. Writer-director Hill opts to focus on feel, filling the film with grainy visuals, childishly offensive language, a strikingly killer score / soundtrack, and an old-school 4:3 aspect ratio, making it feel like an indie VHS from the late 20th century (think David Gordon Green or Steven Soderbergh, or homemade skate videos, more likely).
2018 has turned into the year of the actor-turned-director (John Krasinski's Quiet Place, Bradley Cooper's Star is Born), and Hill's care and heart behind the camera shines through nicely, even though his influences and insecurities aren't hard to pinpoint. His personal pretentions certainly make their appearances in the undergrad-level philosophies, making certain "important" moments ring a bit aimless. Nonetheless, Mid90s is an emotionally engaging and visually captivating directorial debut.
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