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Why Watch That Radio is a podcast featuring the Critic and the Referee who go head-to-head on a quest to find the best movies and TV shows that Hollywood has to offer!

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    First Look: King Richard

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 25:08

    On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKKing RichardWebsite: HBO Max See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie & TV Talk: True Story, The Harder They Fall, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 39:44

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKTrue StoryWebsite: NetflixMOVIE FIRST LOOKSThe Harder They FallWebsite: NetflixShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsWebsite: Disney+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Cowboy Bebop, Dexter: New Blood, Mayor of Kingstown, and Condor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 45:08

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SEASON PREMIERECondorWebsite: EpixSERIES PREMIEREMayor of Kingstown Website: Paramount+REVIVALDexter: New BloodWebsite: ShowtimeSNEAK PEEKCowboy BebopWebsite: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Queens, Baptiste, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Narcos: Mexico, and More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 65:15

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIERESWakefieldWebsite: ShowtimeQueensWebsite: ABCSEASON PREMIERESInsecureWebsite: HBOCurb Your EnthusiasmWebsite: HBOSEASON FINALEWu-Tang: An American SagaWebsite: HuluSNEAK PEEKSNarcos: MexicoWebsite: NetflixDr. BrainWebsite: Apple TV+SNEAK PEEK AT AN UPCOMING SERIES FINALEBaptisteWebsite: PBS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie Talk: Finch and Army of Thieves

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 16:21


    On this episode of Why Watch That: FIRST LOOKArmy of ThievesWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: In this prequel to Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol's most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.Release Date: Available on Netflix October 29, 2021Directed by: Matthias Schweighöfer Screenplay by: Shay HattenStory by: Zack Snyder & Shay HattenStarring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Jonathan Cohen, and Peter SimonischekDistributor: NetflixGenre: Comedy, ThrillerRunning Time: 2 hours 7 minutesRated TV-MASNEAK PEEKFinchWebsite: Apple TV+Synopsis: In “Finch,” a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man's quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he's gone. Tom Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot, played by Caleb Landry Jones, to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humor, as it's as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.Release Date: Available on Apple TV+ November 5, 2021Directed by: Miguel SapochnikScreenplay by: Craig Luck and Ivor PowellStarring: Tom Hanks and Caleb Landry JonesDistributor: Apple TV+Genre: Drama, Sci-FiRunning Time: 1 hour 55 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie Talk: Dune and Passing

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 48:04

    On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKDuneWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.Release Date: Available on HBO Max for 31 days and in theaters starting Thursday, October 21, 2021Directed by: Denis VilleneuveScreenplay by: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric RothBased on the novel of the same name by Frank HerbertStarring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier BardemDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-FiRunning Time: 2 hours 35 minutesRated PG-13SNEAK PEEKPassingWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, PASSING tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene's husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and PASSING becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.Acclaimed upon its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, PASSING marks the directorial debut of Rebecca Hall, who also adapted the screenplay. The film intimately uses the notion of “passing” to explore not just racial identity but also gender and the responsibilities of motherhood, sexuality, and the performance of femininity.Release Date: In select theaters on October 27, 2021 and available via Netflix on November 10, 2021Directed by: Rebecca HallScreenplay by: Rebecca HallBased on the novel “Passing” by Nella LarsenStarring: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and Alexander SkarsgårdDistributor: NetflixGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 38 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Squid Game, Ted Lasso, Succession, Dopesick, Invasion, and More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 65:22

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESDopesickWebsite: HuluSquid GameWebsite: NetflixTV SEASON PREMIERESYoung SheldonWebsite: CBSThe EqualizerWebsite: CBSSuccessionWebsite: HBOTV SEASON FINALESEvilWebsite: Paramount+Ted LassoWebsite: Apple TV+TV SNEAK PEEKInvasionWebsite: Apple TV+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie Talk: The Many Saints of Newark and Hard Luck Love Song

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 24:16


    On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKThe Many Saints of NewarkWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: Witness the making of Tony Soprano. Set in 1967, The Many Saints of Newark reveals the humanity behind Tony's struggles and the influence his family — especially his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti — had over him becoming the most iconic mob boss of all time.Release Date: Available via HBO Max for 31 days and in theaters October 1, 2021Directed by: Alan TaylorScreenplay by: David Chase and Lawrence KonnerStarring: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera FarmigaDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Crime, DramaRunning Time: 2 hours Rated RSNEAK PEEKHard Luck Love SongWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: A crime thriller wrapped inside a haunting love story wrapped inside a neo-noir western,' HARD LUCK LOVE SONG follows Jesse (Michael Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour hustling pool in dive bars, living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions. Jesse finds himself at an existential crossroads during a chance encounter with Carla (Bush), an old flame, as their complicated past and current troubles threaten to destroy their blissful reunion. HARD LUCK LOVE SONG captures a fractured optimism where characters navigate the choppy waters of life, searching for their 'own kind of American Dream.'Release Date: In theaters October 15, 2021Directed by: Justin CorsbieScreenplay by: Justin CorsbieBased on the song “Just Like Old Times” by Todd SniderStarring: Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA, Brian Sacca, Eric Roberts, Melora Walters, Max Arciniega, Randal Reeder, Taylor Gray, Geri Courtney-Austein, Toni Robison-May, and Zac BadasciDistributor: Roadside AttractionsGenre: Drama, Music, RomanceRunning Time: 1 hour 44 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie & TV Talk: BMF, The Wonder Years, Our Kind of People, Mass, and Acapulco

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 51:34

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESOur Kind of PeopleWebsite: FOXThe Wonder YearsWebsite: ABCBMFWebsite: StarzTV SNEAK PEEKAcapulcoWebsite: Apple TV+MOVIE SNEAK PEEKMassWebsite: Bleecker StreetSynopsis: Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents (Reed Birney and Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton), agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward. In Fran Kranz' writing and directing debut, he thoughtfully examines their journey of grief, anger and acceptance by coming face-to-face with the ones who have been left behind.Release Date: In theaters October 8, 2021Directed by: Fran KranzScreenplay by: Fran KranzStarring: Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, and Martha PlimptonDistributor: Bleecker StreetGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutes Rated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Catch-Up Part 2: Nine Perfect Strangers, The White Lotus, Reservation Dogs, Fantasy Island, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, and More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 65:12

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SEASON FINALESReservation DogsWebsite: HuluFantasy IslandWebsite: FOXNine Perfect StrangersWebsite: HuluGrown-ishWebsite: FreeformThe White Lotus Website: HBOPower Book III: Raising KananWebsite: StarzThe Good FightWebsite: Paramount+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie Talk: Worth, Old Henry, The Immortal, and Come From Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 37:03


    On this episode of Why Watch That:SNEAK PEEKOld HenryWebsite: Shout FactorySynopsis: Old Henry is an action-Western about a widowed farmer and his son who warily take in a mysterious, injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide whom to trust. Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question.Release Date: In theaters October 1, 2021Directed by: Potsy PonciroliScreenplay by: Potsy PonciroliStarring: Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, Trace Adkins, and Stephen DorffDistributor: Shout! FactoryGenre: WesternRunning Time: 1 hour 39 minutesNot Rated FIRST LOOKSCome From AwayWebsite: Apple TV+Synopsis: Filmed live on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the remarkable true story of 38 flights grounded in a small Canadian town on September 11, 2001. As the locals host these “come from aways,” they come together and find hope.Release Date: September 10, 2021 via Apple TV+Directed by: Christopher AshleyWritten by: Irene Sankoff and David HeinStarring: Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De'Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Tony LePage, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley, and Paul WhittyDistributor: Apple TV+Genre: Comedy, Drama, MusicalRunning Time: 1 hour 46 minutesRated TV-14WorthWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, a lawyer faces an emotional reckoning as he attempts to put a dollar value on the lives lost. Based on real events.Release Date: September 3, 2021Directed by: Sara ColangeloScreenplay by: Max BorensteinBased on “What Is Life Worth?” by Kenneth FeinbergStarring: Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan, Shunori Ramanathan, Laura Benanti, Marc Maron, and Chris TardioDistributor: NetflixGenre: Drama, HistoryRunning Time: 1 hour 58 minutesRated PG-13The Immortal (L'Immortale)Website: HBO MaxSynopsis: Set in Latvia, this Gomorrah spin-off finds the notorious, indestructible Naples mob assassin Ciro Di Marzio far from home yet navigating an all too familiar world, where immortality is just another form of damnation.Release Date: Available via HBO Max on July 29, 2021Directed by: Marco D'AmoreScreenplay by: Leonardo Fasoli, Maddalena Ravagli, Marco D'Amore, Francesco Ghiaccio, and Giulia ForgioneStory by: Leonardo Fasoli, Maddalena Ravagli, Marco D'Amore, and Francesco GhiaccioStarring: Marco D'Amore, Giuseppe Aiello, Salvatore D'Onofrio, Gianni Vastarella, Marianna Robustelli, Martina Attanasio, Gennaro Di Colandrea, Nello Mascia, Aleksei Guskov, Nunzio Coppola, and Salvio SimeoliDistributor: HBO MaxGenre: Crime, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutesRated TV-MA See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Catch-Up Part 1: See, Foundation, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Scenes from a Marriage, and American Rust

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 46:38

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESAmerican RustWebsite: ShowtimeScenes from a MarriageWebsite: HBOTV SEASON PREMIERESWu-Tang: An American SagaWebsite: HuluSeeWebsite: Apple TV+TV SNEAK PEEKFoundationWebsite: Apple TV+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Goodbye, TIFF 2021!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 40:54

    On this episode of Why Watch That:Featuring reviews of the following films at 2021's Toronto International Film Festival:SundownTim Roth stars in writer-director Michel Franco's chilling drama about a wealthy Briton attempting to abandon his life while vacationing in Acapulco.From the outside, it would appear that Neil Bennett (Tim Roth, also at the Festival with Bergman Island), a wealthy Briton vacationing with loved ones at a luxury resort in Acapulco, wants for nothing. Until, that is, a single phone call shatters Neil's idyll: there's been a death in the family, and he, his sister Allison (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and the kids must return to London immediately.At the airport, just before their flight is to depart, Neil pretends to have forgotten his passport at the resort. He insists the others go ahead; he'll catch the next flight. Instead, Neil checks into a budget hotel, drinks beer at the beach, meets a beautiful local named Berenice (Iazua Larios), and begins concocting reasons to delay his return home. What is Neil up to? How long can he linger abroad while his family grieves and contends with legal matters? And what if things go from bad to worse?The story of writer-director Michel Franco's Sundown seems simple, but its twists are riveting and its mysteries rich. As with Franco's Un Certain Regard–winning After Lucia or his TIFF selections April's Daughter and New Order, Sundown is an incisive study of class disparity and familial strife. Roth, who worked with Franco previously on Chronic, is brilliantly cast as the film's enigmatic antihero. His performance is one of immense containment, hinting incrementally at the profound ennui driving Neil to attempt to abandon his enviable life. There is something almost palpably haunted about Neil, and, as he makes his way along this strange journey, his desperate longing will resonate more than you'd expect. -DIANA SANCHEZMexico, 2021Spanish, English84 minutesDirectorMichel FrancoCastTim Roth, Iazua Larios, Charlotte GainsbourgScreenplayMichel Franco7 Prisoners (on Netflix this November)Alexandre Moratto's sophomore film follows a young man who compromises his own sense of friendship and community to survive in an extreme situation.After the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival selection Socrates, director Alexandre Moratto and producer Fernando Meirelles return to TIFF with a compelling tale of modern-day indentured slavery in Brazil.7 Prisoners follows a group of honest men from the countryside who think they are going to São Paulo for work but end up locked in a junkyard, where they are told they must work to pay off steep debts. The place functions like a prison; they are surveilled at gunpoint and their loved ones are threatened. One of the men, Mateus, tries to make a deal with the owner, Luca, saying he can increase productivity if Luca agrees to release them in six months. But it's a slippery slope, and Mateus becomes the boss's assistant in order to get ahead.The heartbreaking story reflects on systemic oppression and corruption, and on how a person can compromise their own sense of friendship and community to survive in an extreme situation. It also depicts the smuggling and cruel exploitation of migrant workers. There are no winners here, as we discover that dire circumstances can make people alternately endearing and naive, or capable of physical and psychological violence. With a thriller touch and stellar performances by Rodrigo Santoro and Christian Malheiros, the film transcends the facile binary of good versus bad to create a sense of urgency about some of the world's most blatant injustices. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFCONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMABrazil, 2021Portuguese93 minutesDirectorAlexandre MorattoCastChristian Malheiros, Rodrigo Santoro, Bruno Rocha, Vitor Julian, Lucas Oranmian, Cecília Homem de Mello, Dirce ThomazScreenplayThayná Mantesso, Alexandre MorattoPublicistNetflixI'm Your Man (Bleecker Street will release on Friday, September 24)Maria Schrader's unlikely sci-fi rom-com explores human relationships through the inquisitive eyes of a cyborg. Starring Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert.How would you react if the perfect partner were created for you — designed to respond to your every conscious or unconscious need? For scientist Alma Felser (Maren Eggert), the reaction is instant skepticism. She is reluctant when offered a job evaluating a new line of humanoid cyborgs to determine what rights they should be granted in society. She believes it takes more than millions of data points collected from the human population to make a human being. But when research funding for her cuneiform studies at Berlin's Pergamon Museum is dangled, Alma agrees to a three-week trial with Tom (Dan Stevens), an English-accented, rumba-dancing robot who is relentlessly eager to serve one purpose: her happiness.Writer-director Maria Schrader's I'm Your Man playfully interrogates the complexities of companionship and human interactions, as reflected back in the steely gaze of a replicant. Emotions and ego are explored through a full range of relationships: romantic, familial, professional, and, most importantly, the relationship with one's self.Schrader's profound understanding of, and respect for, our internal contradictions is manifested in the relatable Alma. Conveyed with remarkable authenticity by Eggert in her Berlin Silver Bear–winning performance, the scientist's reluctant feelings about cyborg Tom evolve ever so lightly into intimacy, in spite of his direct if perfectly charming advances (powered by the bionically good-looking Stevens of Downton Abbey fame — impressive in an entirely German-language role). It must be said: there aren't many entrants in the sci-fi rom-com subgenre that wholly reflect the human condition. I'm Your Man stands apart as exemplary. -DIANA SANCHEZSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSGermany, 2021German108 minutesDirectorMaria SchraderCastMaren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw, Wolfgang Hübsch, Annika MeierScreenplayJan Schomburg, Maria SchraderPublicistBleecker StreetThe Good HouseSigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline play ex-flames who rekindle their romance, in this drama from directors Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky.“I need a good year.” When Hildy (Sigourney Weaver) makes that pronouncement, she's talking about her sales prospects as a realtor. But there's also an unspoken acknowledgement that her best years just might be behind her. Bold, brash, and practiced in the ways of her affluent New England town, Hildy's barely controlled chaos is a bit too familiar to her friends and family. So is its fuel: booze.Veteran screenwriters Maya Forbes (who also directed Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wallace Wolodarsky adapt and direct Ann Leary's novel as a piercing observation of a woman capable of great charm, but always ready to sabotage her own success when the mood descends. Seeing the risk escalate, her family stages an intervention. It goes about as well as expected.Weaver is a pure pleasure to watch here, perfectly pitching Hildy's captivating side as well as her more vicious moments. A woman who proudly notes that her family has lived in Wendover for almost 300 years, she carries herself with regal bearing, ready to adopt new arrival Rebecca (Morena Baccarin) as a prize. But Hildy's mass of hurts and insecurities are never far from the surface. The only person who seems to see her fully is Frank (Kevin Kline, also appearing in TIFF selection The Starling), a grizzled old flame who earned his wealth with his own hands and may now be ready to take Hildy into his arms again. Wisely, Forbes and Wolodarsky allow us to bask in the bright glow of these two old pros at work. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSUnited States of America, 2021English114 minutesDirectorsMaya Forbes, Wallace WolodarskyCastSigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena BaccarinScreenplayThomas Bezucha, Maya Forbes, Wallace WolodarskySilent Night (in theaters and on AMC+ December 3, 2021)Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp star in Camille Griffin's feature directorial debut, about a family's eventful Christmas dinner in the country.A cozy house in the English countryside. The tree has been lovingly decorated. A grand feast is being prepared. Over the sound system, Michael Bublé croons about holiday sweaters. Nell (Oscar nominee Keira Knightley), Simon (Matthew Goode), and their boy Art (Roman Griffin Davis, star of TIFF '19 Grolsch People's Choice Award winner Jojo Rabbit) are ready to welcome friends and family for what promises to be a perfect Christmas gathering. Perfect except for one thing: everyone is going to die.A pitch-black comedy rooted in brilliantly conceived characters and wry observations about class and social order, writer-director Camille Griffin's feature debut merges that most wonderful night of the year with the end of the world as we know it. A poisonous cloud is descending upon the United Kingdom. An extinction event is imminent. YouTube videos display images of people bleeding from the eyes and ears. And yet, even in this hour of ultimate dread, happy announcements are made, disagreements erupt, people dance, and ordinary foibles ensue.Echoing elements of Last Night and Peter's Friends, Silent Night fuses festive frivolity with existential angst for high entertainment. Gleaning lovingly textured, frequently hilarious performances from its stellar ensemble cast — which also includes Annabelle Wallis, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Lily-Rose Depp (also at the Festival in Wolf) — Silent Night gives us reasons to toast the human spirit… even when the end is nigh. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSUnited Kingdom, 2021English90 minutesDirectorCamille GriffinCastKeira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Sope Dirisu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy PunchScreenplayCamille GriffinOne Second (will be distributed by Neon at some point)Master director Zhang Yimou returns with his love letter to cinema in which a man escapes a labour camp for a glimpse of his beloved daughter.China's Zhang Yimou is a giant of international cinema. His many films, including Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers, and Shadow have cemented his place in history. With One Second, he offers a powerful reminder of why film matters. A touching drama set against striking desert landscapes and marked by Zhang's characteristic flashes of humour, this is a fable about how cinema can inspire us.Towards the end of the Cultural Revolution, when movies were one of the few cultural experiences available to China's masses, the film's nameless hero (Zhang Yi) is sent to a remote labour camp for taking part in a fight. He escapes, but instead of returning to crime, his one aim is to see a screening of a newsreel where his daughter has been captured briefly on screen, immortalized as a model student and worker.In this journey towards a fleeting, cinematic reunion with his beloved daughter, his unexpected companions include a scruffy orphan girl named Liu (Liu Haocun) — pursuing her own secret search for celluloid — and Fan (Fan Wei), who goes by Mr. Movie and is widely known as the best projectionist around. In one standout sequence, a reel of film has been damaged in the mud and Fan recruits an entire village to clean the long, precious spool and restore it to its former glory.One Second marks Zhang's return to the classic, grand storytelling of his early films. He draws on the specific customs of moviegoing from China in the 1970s to craft an enduring, universal celebration of the transformative power of film. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSChina, 2020Mandarin105 minutesDirectorZhang YimouCastFan Wei, Liu Haocun, Zhang YiScreenplayZhang Yimou, Zou JingzhiPublicistNEON See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Reviews: The Morning Show, Blue Bayou, and Best Sellers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 20:55

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKThe Morning ShowWebsite: Apple TV+MOVIE SNEAK PEEKSBest SellersWebsite: Screen MediaSynopsis: Lucy Standbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has inherited her father's publishing house, and the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing titles. She discovers she is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map decades earlier. In a last-ditch effort to save the company, Lucy and Harris release his new book and embark on a book tour from hell that changes them both in ways they didn't expect.Release Date: Available in theaters and on demand September 17, 2021Directed by: Lina RoesslerScreenplay by: Anthony GreicoStarring: Sir Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Ellen Wong, Scott Speedman, and Cary ElwesDistributor: Screen Media FilmsGenre: Comedy, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 40 minutesNot Rated Blue BayouWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: An official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival from award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.Release Date: In theaters September 17, 2021Directed by: Justin ChonScreenplay by: Justin ChonStarring: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O'Brien, Linh Dan Pham, and Emory CohenDistributor: Focus FeaturesGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 52 minutes Rated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TIFF 2021 Has Begun!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 40:21


    On this episode of Why Watch That:Our reviews (so far) at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, including:Petite MamanFollowing a girl's journey to her mother's childhood home, French auteur Céline Sciamma's latest is a tender tale of intergenerational connection.Céline Sciamma's TIFF '19 selection Portrait of a Lady on Fire garnered international acclaim for its sumptuous rendering of queer female desire and the overwhelming power of both truly looking and truly being seen. Sciamma's follow-up brings the writer-director's exquisite craft and acute insights into longing to bear on a tale of childhood grief and wonder.After her grandmother dies, Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) is taken to her mother's childhood home. While her parents go about cleaning out the house, Nelly explores the surrounding woods. She encounters Marion (Gabrielle Sanz), a girl exactly Nelly's age and to whom she bears a striking resemblance. The pair become fast friends, constructing a hut together, sharing lunches, and talking over the life transitions both are in the midst of. (Marion is only days away from going to hospital for an operation.) Incrementally, the girls' eerie similarities yield revelations that merge events of the past with those of the present.Working once again with cinematographer Claire Mathon and production designer Lionel Brison, Sciamma gently ushers us into a series of hushed, crepuscular spaces where the spectral meets the everyday and time seems to fold in on itself. Drawing lovely, subtle performances from her young stars, Sciamma allows us to see the world through Nelly and Marion's eyes. The result is a film of tremendous tenderness and sombre beauty that, like all of Sciamma's films, celebrates the spectrum of feminine connection. -DIANA SANCHEZSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSFrance, 2021French70 minutesDirectorCéline SciammaCastJoséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margo AbascalScreenplayCéline SciammaMothering SundayOlivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this deeply affecting adaptation of Graham Swift's bittersweet novel about secret love in post-WWI England.Featuring captivating performances from up-and-coming talents Odessa Young (TIFF '18's Assassination Nation) and Josh O'Connor (The Crown), and Oscar-winning veterans Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, and Glenda Jackson, this exquisite adaptation of Booker Prize–winning author Graham Swift's eponymous novella transports us to Britain's inter-war years for a story of grief, responsibility, and hidden love.Jane (Young) works as a maid for the Nivens (Colman and Firth), an aging home counties couple who, like so many other families, lost their sons on the battlefields of the First World War. Jane is having a secret affair with Paul (O'Connor), son of the Nivens' neighbours, the Sheringhams. Paul is the only member of his peer group to return from the front, a status that has left him with a powerful dose of survivor's guilt and a weighty sense of duty to his family, who expects him to pursue a legal career and marry a woman of his station — which is to say, not the likes of Jane.On Mothering Sunday, her day off, Jane trysts with Paul at his house while his parents are away. There is a sense of quiet idyll to their stolen hours of lovemaking and Jane's gentle exploration of this world of wealth and prestige. Yet a double shadow hangs over this precious day, arising from the horrors of the recent past and the disappointments and sacrifices looming in the pair's future.Scripted by Alice Birch (TIFF '16 world premiere Lady Macbeth) and directed by Eva Husson (TIFF '18's Girls of the Sun), Mothering Sunday draws us into Jane and Paul's rendezvous, vividly evoking both its sensuous peaks and sobering undercurrents before zooming ahead into a future time when all this can be placed in perspective. -DIANA SANCHEZSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSUnited Kingdom, 2021English104 minutesDirectorEva HussonCastOdessa Young, Josh O'Connor, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Glenda Jackson, Patsy Ferran, Emma D'ArcyScreenplayAlice BirchThe StarlingMelissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd and Kevin Kline star in Theodore Melfi's bittersweet tale of a couple working their way toward the other side of grief.Melissa McCarthy has long proved she can play both wild comedy and heartbreaking drama. Working again with her St. Vincent director Theodore Melfi and buoyed by a superb supporting cast, she soars in a complex role that draws upon her impeccable timing and emotional instincts.Lilly (McCarthy) is always the one who holds it together when things go south for her family. A year has passed since she and her husband Jack (Chris O'Dowd) lost their infant daughter. Grief got the better of Jack, who's now recovering in a psychiatric clinic. Lilly holds down her job at the grocery store, keeps up the family's expansive rural property, and faithfully makes the weekly two-hour journey to visit her husband.Concerned that Lilly isn't tending to her own grieving process, a counsellor at Jack's clinic suggests that she see a local therapist, Larry (Kevin Kline, also appearing in Festival selection The Good House). The counsellor neglects to mention that Larry long ago gave up psychology to become a veterinarian — a practice that will prove germane when a dive-bombing starling begins wreaking havoc in Lilly's garden.The intricacies of Matt Harris's sensitive, canny screenplay allow us to observe the ways that every act of love — whether toward a spouse, a client, or an insistent bird — requires both generosity and boundary setting. Lilly can't bear the notion of being a quitter, but without some self-care, all her efforts to care for others could come to naught.Helmed with rich insight into the healing process by Melfi (Academy Award– nominated for Hidden Figures), The Starling lights upon a rare balance of levity and gravity, mischief and tenderness. -CAMERON BAILEYSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSUnited States of America, 2021English103 minutesDirectorTheodore MelfiCastMelissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Timothy Olyphant, Skyler Gisondo, Daveed Diggs, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, Loretta Devine, Kevin KlineScreenplayMatt HarrisPublicistNetflixThe Electrical Life of Louis Wain An eccentric artist (Benedict Cumberbatch) introduces Victorian London to the delights of cats, in Will Sharpe's enlightening biopic.From Ancient Egypt to TikTok, cats have accompanied humans on life's journey. But who made the creatures cute? The Electrical Life of Louis Wain tells the story of the Victorian-era artist whose widely published drawings of anthropomorphized cats transformed them from mysterious to irresistible. In a dazzling, career-best performance, Benedict Cumberbatch plays one of Britain's most influential eccentrics as a flurry of wild ideas and prodigious artistic output.Louis Wain (Cumberbatch, also at the Festival in The Power of the Dog) brims with creativity, even as his life in the 1880s oscillates between the delightful and the dizzying. To support his widowed mother and five younger sisters, the academy-trained artist sells drawings of animals from the country fair. His skilled and speedy portraiture impresses, but his often stormy view of the world and those in it keeps him from engaging much with society. That is, until he hires a kind, curious governess for his youngest sisters, Emily Richardson (Claire Foy), who illuminates his life in a way even he'd never imagined. Love blooms across the class divide — albeit to the chagrin of Louis's stern sister Caroline (Andrea Riseborough), second oldest and second in command.Writer-director Will Sharpe (television's Flowers, whose co-star Olivia Colman narrates here) uses dynamic visual technique and colourfully shifting mood to convey Louis's complicated mind, fickle wealth, momentous love, and consuming grief. Cumberbatch's transcendent performance stands at the centre of an impressive cast that includes Toby Jones and Adeel Akhtar (also at the Festival in Ali & Ava). Alive with imagination in every scene, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain shows just how we came to live in a cat's world. Meow. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSUnited Kingdom, 2021English111 minutesDirectorWill SharpeCastBenedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby JonesScreenplaySimon Stephenson, Will SharpePublicistAmazon StudiosAll My Puny SorrowsMichael McGowan's touching adaptation of Miriam Toews' beloved novel about two sisters boasts a fine cast led by Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon.Michael McGowan's moving adaptation of Miriam Toews' beloved novel All My Puny Sorrows is propelled by nuanced direction, an affecting script, and a truly stellar, fearless cast. The story revolves around the women of the Von Riesen clan: writer Yoli (Alison Pill), who's tormented by self-doubt and is going through a tough, protracted divorce; her sister Elf (Sarah Gadon), a well-known concert pianist whose bouts with depression threaten to consume her; their steadfast mother Lottie (Mare Winningham); their no-nonsense aunt Tina (Mimi Kuzyk); and Yoli's precocious daughter Nora (Amybeth McNulty).The family are no strangers to sorrow. They left the Mennonite community after their patriarch (Donal Logue) unexpectedly killed himself. (It's not said explicitly, but the film suggests his church played a key role in his decision.) How the Von Riesens, especially Yoli and Elf, confront — and fail to confront — tragedy and trauma is the central focus of the film. The sisters' wisecracking banter and acute awareness of each other's foibles indicates a profound love and mutual dependency, but as Yoli struggles to understand Elf and protect her from her demons, the women's fundamental differences come to the fore.Oscillating powerfully between extremes of joy and sadness, All My Puny Sorrows is also one of the most erudite, literary films you will see this year. Much of the close relationship between Yoli and Elf is based on their love of books (stretching from Philip Larkin to D.H. Lawrence), reflecting their intellectual curiosity and capacity for life — which only makes the film all the more heartbreaking, and its ultimate embrace of life so touching. -STEVE GRAVESTOCKSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSCanada, 2021English103 minutesDirectorMichael McGowanCastAlison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Mare Winningham, Amybeth McNulty, Donal LogueScreenplayMichael McGowanEncounterA decorated Marine (Riz Ahmed) goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an inhuman threat, in the latest from director Michael Pearce.Suspenseful, wildly imaginative, and eerily resonant, British director Michael Pearce's follow-up to his TIFF '17 Platform competitor Beast catapults us into a world where every encounter could lead to peril. Featuring an adrenalized lead performance from Riz Ahmed, this is a thriller for the age of cultural division and seemingly endless existential threat.A decorated marine, Malik Khan (Ahmed) is trained to identify risk. But what if the risk appears totally ordinary? Malik sees bugs. Evil bugs. Alien bugs that seem to be seizing control of people, one after another. Malik can't convince the world to sound the alarm, but he can at least protect his two young sons from global parasitic invasion — which might involve kidnapping them from the home of Malik's estranged wife.Written with Joe Barton (TIFF '17 world premiere The Ritual), Pearce's leap into large-scale filmmaking, with its nod to genre classics like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, brilliantly fuses dazzling spectacle with character-driven drama. Encounter's visuals are by turns gorgeous and shocking. Its atmosphere of American heartland creepiness is both familiar and unnerving.Yet the film ultimately rests on its performances. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is masterful in a supporting role that prompts us to reconsider everything we've seen, while Ahmed cements his reputation as one of the most compelling actors working today. Whether playfully joshing with his boys, confronting far-right extremists, or defending himself against a human-insect hybrid, Ahmed imbues Malik's every gesture with magnetism and mystery, leading up to a showdown that blurs the cosmic with the cognitive. -CAMERON BAILEYSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSUnited Kingdom, United States of America, 2021English108 minutesDirectorMichael PearceCastRiz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Rory CochraneScreenplayJoe Barton, Michael PearcePublicistAmazon StudiosThe GuiltyJake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua's thriller set over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch centre.Versatile action auteur Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, screening at the Festival as part of TIFF Rewind) reunites with his Southpaw star Jake Gyllenhaal in this riveting film about an emergency responder's desperate race to save a distressed caller. Unfolding in real time within the confines of a frenetic 911 dispatch centre, Fuqua's The Guilty delivers on its high-concept premise, channelled through another powerhouse performance from Gyllenhaal.As a wildfire rages towards Los Angeles, embittered police officer Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) winds down a chaotic but tedious shift answering emergency calls — a punitive demotion he received ahead of an imminent disciplinary hearing. His ennui is soon interrupted by a cryptic call from a woman (Riley Keough) who appears to be attempting to call her child, but is in fact discreetly reporting her own abduction. Working with the meagre clues she is able to provide, Joe throws all his skill and intuition towards ensuring her safety, but as the severity of the crime comes to light, Joe's own psychological state begins to fray and he is forced to reconcile with demons of his own.Every tense moment plays out on Gyllenhaal's face, as he spars with a dynamic ensemble of voices in his headset, including those of Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, and Paul Dano. Building off a script from True Detective creator-writer Nic Pizzolatto, Fuqua and cinematographer Maz Makhani crosscut the white-knuckle drama with a montage of monitors broadcasting the apocalyptic inferno outside; a surreal, but all too familiar reflection of our mad world. -CAMERON BAILEYSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSUnited States of America, 2021English90 minutesDirectorAntoine FuquaCastJake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Christina Vidal Mitchell, Eli Goree, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda, Paul Dano, Peter SarsgaardScreenplayNic PizzolattoPublicistNetflixLakewood​​Naomi Watts stars in Phillip Noyce's nerve-rattling thriller about a mother struggling to rescue her son from a school shooter.Amy Carr (Naomi Watts) is out for what should have been a restorative morning run when a friend calls with terrifying news: the local high school attended by Noah, her teenage son, has been besieged by an active shooter. Deep within a network of forest paths surrounding her home, miles from town and nearly overwhelmed by panic, Amy refuses to succumb to hopelessness. With her smartphone as her sole means of intervention, she will draw upon every resource she can think of to ensure that her son survives the attack.Helmed by veteran director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence, Dead Calm) and written by Chris Sparling, Lakewood plunges us headlong into a desperate scenario unfolding in real time. The film echoes Sparling's acclaimed screenplay for Buried, a selection at TIFF 2010, in the sense that most of it unfolds as a one-person show, with Amy navigating the situation remotely. Yet Noyce's film also functions as a tribute to the power of a community working together in the face of calamity, as Amy enlists the assistance of an auto-body shop manager, a 911 operator, a rideshare driver, and one of her co-workers at the Marion County Division of Taxation to help her take matters into her own hands.It is rare to encounter a thriller like Lakewood, at once high-concept and heartfelt, exhilarating and poignant. It is also a showcase for Watts, who masterfully conveys a captivating fusion of impromptu heroism and maternal devotion. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSCanada, 2021English84 minutesDirectorPhillip NoyceCastNaomi WattsScreenplayChris Sparling See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie Talk: Candyman and The Night House

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 25:08


    On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE FIRST LOOKThe Night House Website: Searchlight PicturesSynopsis: THE NIGHT HOUSE follows a widow (Rebecca Hall of GODZILLA VS. KONG) who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets.Release Date: Only in theaters August 20, 2021Directed by: David BrucknerScreenplay by: Ben Collins and Luke PiotrowskiStarring: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, and Stacy MartinDistributor: Searchlight PicturesGenre: Horror, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 47 minutesRated RMOVIE SNEAK PEEKCandymanWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO's Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.With Anthony's painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO's Eurphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.Release Date: In theaters August 27, 2021Directed by: Nia DaCosta Screenplay by: Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCostaStarring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman DomingoDistributor: Universal PicturesGenre: HorrorRunning Time: 1 hour 31 minutes Rated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Sneak Peek: CODA

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 17:14

    On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE SNEAK PEEKCODAWebsite: Apple TV+Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family's struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school's choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.Release Date: Streaming via Apple TV+ on August 13, 2021Directed by: Siân HederScreenplay by: Siân HederStarring: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, Amy Forsyth, and Kevin ChapmanDistributor: Apple TV+Genre: Drama, MusicRunning Time: 1 hour 52 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie and TV Talk: Gunpowder Milkshake, Naked Singularity, and Hit & Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 27:54

    On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE FIRST LOOKGunpowder MilkshakeWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: Sam (KAREN GILLAN) was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (LENA HEADEY), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother's footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm's most dangerous messes. She's as efficient as she is loyal. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl - Emily (CHLOE COLEMAN). With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associates, The Librarians (MICHELLE YEOH, ANGELA BASSETT and CARLA GUGINO). These three generations of women must now learn to trust each other, stand up to The Firm and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them.Release Date: Available on Netflix July 14, 2021Directed by: Navot PapushadoScreenplay by: Navot Papushado and Ehud LavskiStarring: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, and Paul GiamattiDistributor: NetflixGenre: ActionRunning Time: 1 hour 54 minutesRated RTV SNEAK PEEKHit & RunWebsite: NetflixMOVIE SNEAK PEEKNaked Singularity Website: Screen MediaSynopsis: Naked Singularity tells the story of Casi (John Boyega), a promising young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he's trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client (Olivia Cooke) to beat the broken system at its own game.Release Date: In theaters August 6, 2021 and on demand August 13, 2021 Directed by: Chase PalmerScreenplay by: Chase Palmer and David MatthewsBased on the novel “A Naked Singularity” by Sergio De La PavaStarring: John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgård, Ed Skrein, Linda Lavin, and Tim Blake NelsonDistributor: Screen Media FilmsGenre: CrimeRunning Time: 1 hour 33 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: The White Lotus, Mr Inbetween, Good Girls, The Beast Must Die, and Power Book III: Raising Kanan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 50:26

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESThe White Lotus Website: HBOThe Beast Must DieWebsite: AMCPower Book III: Raising KananWebsite: StarzTV SERIES FINALESGood GirlsWebsite: NBCMr InbetweenWebsite: FX See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sneak Peeks: Ted Lasso, Old, and Jolt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 36:32


    On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE SNEAK PEEKSOldWebsite: Official Site Synopsis: This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day.Release Date: In theaters July 23, 2021Directed by: M. Night ShyamalanScreenplay by: M. Night ShyamalanBased on the graphic novel “Sandcastle” by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik PeetersStarring: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, and Emun ElliottDistributor: Universal PicturesGenre: ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 48 minutes Rated PG-13JoltWebsite: Prime VideoSynopsis: Lindy is a beautiful, sardonically-funny woman with a painful secret: Due to a lifelong, rare neurological disorder, she experiences sporadic rage-filled, murderous impulses that can only be stopped when she shocks herself with a special electrode device. Unable to find love and connection in a world that fears her bizarre condition, she finally trusts a man long enough to fall in love, only to find him murdered the next day. Heartbroken and enraged, she embarks on a revenge-filled mission to find his killer, while also being pursued by the police as the crime's prime suspect.Release Date: Available on Prime Video July 23, 2021Directed by: Tanya WexlerScreenplay by: Scott WaschaStarring: Kate Beckinsale, Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, David Bradley, Ori Pfeffer, with Susan Sarandon and Stanley TucciDistributor: Amazon Prime VideoGenre: Action, ComedyRunning Time: 1 hour 31 minutesRated RTV SNEAK PEEKTed Lasso Website: Apple TV+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie and TV Talk: Loki, A Quiet Place Part II, and Joe Bell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 38:05


    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SEASON FINALELokiWebsite: Disney+MOVIE FIRST LOOKA Quiet Place Part IIWebsite: Paramount+Synopsis: Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path in this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller written and directed by John Krasinski.Release Date: In theaters May 28, 2021 and on Paramount+ July 13, 2021Directed by: John KrasinskiScreenplay by: John KrasinskiBased on characters by Bryan Woods and Scott BeckStarring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, and John KrasinskiDistributor: Paramount PicturesGenre: Drama, Horror, Sci-FiRunning Time: 1 hour 37 minutesRated PG-13MOVIE SNEAK PEEKJoe BellWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: From filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green (MONSTERS AND MEN; upcoming KING RICHARD), along with the Academy Award-winning writing team behind BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry) and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg, JOE BELL tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.Release Date: In theaters July 23, 2021Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus GreenScreenplay by: Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtryStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton, Reid Miller, Gary SiniseDistributor: Roadside AttractionsGenre: Biography, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 33 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie and TV Talk: Gossip Girl, No Sudden Move, Pig, Schmigadoon!, and Grown-ish

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 35:58

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV REBOOTGossip Girl Website: HBO MaxTV SEASON PREMIEREGrown-ishWebsite: FreeformTV SNEAK PEEKSchmigadoon! Website: Apple TV+MOVIE SNEAK PEEKPigWebsite: NeonSynopsis: A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.Release Date: In theaters July 16, 2021Directed by: Michael SarnoskiScreenplay by: Michael SarnoskiStarring: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, and Adam ArkinDistributor: NeonGenre: Drama, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 32 minutesRated RMOVIE FIRST LOOKNo Sudden MoveWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: Set in 1954 Detroit, NO SUDDEN MOVE centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.Release Date: Available on HBO Max July 1, 2021Directed by: Steven SoderberghScreenplay by: Ed SolomonStarring: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser, Kieran Culkin, Noah Jupe, Craig muMs Grant, Julia Fox, and Frankie Shaw, with Ray Liotta and Bill DukeDistributor: HBO MaxGenre: Crime, Drama, MysteryRunning Time: 1 hour 55 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    First Looks: The Ice Road and Infinite

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 24:17

    On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKS InfiniteWebsite: Paramount+Synopsis: For Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, Evan is sought by a secret group that call themselves "Infinites," revealing to him that his memories may be real – but they are from multiple past lives.Release Date: Exclusively on Paramount+ Thursday, June 10, 2021Directed by: Antoine FuquaScreenplay by: Ian ShorrStory by: Todd SteinBased on the book “The Reincarnationist Papers” by D. Eric MaikranzStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Dylan O'Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, and Toby JonesDistributor: Paramount+Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 46 minutesRated PG-13The Ice RoadWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: After a remote diamond mine collapses in far northern Canada, a ‘big-rig' ice road driver (Liam Neeson) must lead an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the trapped miners. Contending with thawing waters and a massive storm, they discover the real threat is one they never saw coming.Release Date: Available on Netflix Friday, June 25, 2021Directed by: Jonathan HensleighScreenplay by: Jonathan HensleighStarring: Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne, Benjamin Walker, Amber Midthunder, and Marcus ThomasDistributor: NetflixGenre: Adventure, Drama, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 49 minutes Rated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sneak Peeks: The Forever Purge and The Tomorrow War

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 25:55

    On this episode of Why Watch That: SNEAK PEEKSThe Tomorrow WarWebsite: Prime VideoSynopsis: The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.Release Date: Available on Amazon Prime July 2, 2021Directed by: Chris McKayScreenplay by: Zach DeanStarring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Keith PowersDistributor: Prime VideoGenre: Action, Adventure, Sci-FiRunning Time: 2 hours 20 minutesRated PG-13The Forever PurgeWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: Vaulting from the record-shattering success of 2018's The First Purge, Blumhouse's infamous terror franchise hurtles into innovative new territory as members of an underground movement, no longer satisfied with one annual night of anarchy and murder, decide to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. No one is safe.Adela (Ana de la Reguera, Cowboys & Aliens) and her husband Juan (Tenoch Huerta, Days of Grace) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton, Halloween), but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb's son, Dylan (Josh Lucas, Ford v Ferrari).On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family—including Dylan's wife (Cassidy Freeman, HBO's The Righteous Gemstones), and his sister (Leven Rambin, The Hunger Games), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.Release Date: In theaters Friday, July 2, 2021Directed by: Everardo GoutScreenplay by: James DeMonacoStarring: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, and Will PattonDistributor: Universal PicturesGenre: Action, HorrorRunning Time: 1 hour 43 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Loki, Kevin Can F**k Himself, The Good Fight, Evil, and More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 47:30

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIEREKevin Can F**k HimselfWebsite: AMCSEASON PREMIERESEvilWebsite: Paramount+The Good Fight Website: Paramount+A Discovery of WitchesWebsite: AMCSEASON FINALEThe Girlfriend ExperienceWebsite: StarzCHECK-INLokiWebsite: Disney+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up feat. Werewolves Within, 12 Mighty Orphans, False Positive, Wolfgang, No Man of God, and More! + I Carry You With Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 64:23


    On this episode of Why Watch That:SNEAK PEEKI Carry You With MeWebsite: Sony Pictures ClassicsSynopsis: Based on true love, this decades spanning romance begins in Mexico between an aspiring chef and a teacher. Their lives restart in incredible ways as societal pressure propels the couple to embark on a treacherous journey to New York with dreams, hopes, and memories in tow.Release Date: Opens Friday, June 25, 2021 in NY and LA (with a national rollout throughout July)Directed by: Heidi EwingScreenplay by: Heidi Ewing and Alan Page ArriagaStarring: Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Raúl Briones, and Arcelia RamírezDistributed by: Sony Pictures ClassicsGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutesRated RTRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 WRAP-UPFeatured Narrative Films:No Man of GodWebsite: TribecaTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: It was a radical new approach to criminal investigations: “profiling.” Through one-on-one discussions with serial offenders, FBI researchers could go much more in-depth. FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood), emboldened by this new philosophy, sat down with famed serial killer Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) for several interviews from 1984-1989 inside Florida State Prison, in hopes of figuring out why Bundy murdered more than 20 victims. What started out as a straightforward informational assignment gradually turned personal for Hagmaier, whose feelings about his charismatic subject grew more complicated with each conversation. Is it possible to empathize with evil?Studies of Ted Bundy's life and crimes have been in vogue lately, but this two-character study from director Amber Sealey is the most sober and psychologically intricate look at the killer's story yet. With a pair of dynamic performances at its center, particularly that of an exceptional Kirby as Bundy, No Man of God is riveting in its intimate chamber piece structure. Sealey and company, including writer Kit Lesser, who based the screenplay on real-life transcripts, don't glamourize the oft-romanticized Bundy; instead, No Man of God deftly balances emotional complexity and clear-eyed truthfulness. —Matt BaroneRelease Date: In theaters and available on demand and digital August 27, 2021Directed by: Amber SealeyScreenplay by: Kit LesserStarring: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino, and Robert PatrickDistributed by: RLJE FilmsGenre: Drama, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 40 minutesNot RatedIndia Sweets and SpicesWebsite: TribecaTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: On her summer break from college, outspoken Indian American freshman Alia returns home to her wealthy New Jersey suburb and for the first time pushes back against her parents' pretentious lifestyle. After a year at UCLA, she's eager to trade in the family's lavish Saturday-night dinner parties and the gossiping “aunties” of her community for a more meaningful existence—even if she doesn't quite know what that looks like yet. When Alia meets Varun (Rish Shah), the handsome son of local shopkeepers, she impulsively invites him to her straitlaced mother's upcoming extravagant soiree, and accidentally uncovers a pair of family secrets in the process. In this fresh take on the classic coming of age story, writer-director Geeta Malik brings a tongue in cheek sense of humor and an acute understanding of class privilege to an award winning script. And actress Sophia Ali delivers a charming performance as the rebellious leading lady who confronts her parents' values in order to understand her own evolving identity. —Lucy MukerjeeNo release date yetDirected by: Geeta MalikScreenplay by: Geeta MalikStarring: Sophia Ali, Manisha Koirala, Adil Hussain, Deepti Gupta, Rish Shah, and Ved SapruGenre: Comedy, Drama, RomanceRunning Time: 1 hour 41 minutes12 Mighty OrphansWebsite: Official SiteTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: 12 Mighty Orphans tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn't beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.Release Date: Opens in Texas Friday, June 11, 2021 and everywhere Friday, June 18, 2021Directed by: Ty RobertsScreenplay by: Ty Roberts, Lane Garrison, Kevin MeyerStarring: Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Lane Garrison, Levi Dylan, Jacob Lofland, Treat Williams, and Scott HazeDistributed by: Sony Pictures ClassicsGenre: Drama, History, SportsRunning Time: 1 hour 58 minutesRated PG-13Werewolves WithinWebsite: Official SiteTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: Forest ranger Finn Wheeler (Veep's Sam Richardson) is jazzed about his latest assignment: temporarily living inside The Beaverfield Inn, a cozy, woods-bound nook run by nice folks and frequented by Beaverfield's colorful array of residents, for the duration of a new pipeline construction project. Little does he realize, his timing couldn't be worse. For one, a major snowstorm is set to rid him and the inn's occupants of communication with the outside world. And two, something is on the loose and brutally murdering Beaverfield's denizens—perhaps something lycanthropic. As the body count rises, it's up to Finn to play the reluctant hero and figure what, or who, is shrinking Beaverfield's population.Building on the horror-comedy fun of his 2020 debut, Scare Me (a Shudder Exclusive), director Josh Ruben expands both his storytelling scope and offbeat hilarity quotient with this delightfully macabre whodunit/monster movie, based on Ubisoft's popular VR game of the same name. It's also the perfect leading man vehicle for Richardson, whose lovable everyman charms complement a strong cast of TV comedy fan favorites, including AT&T commercial fixture Milana Vayntrub, Casual's Michaela Watkins and What We Do in the Shadows' Harvey Guillén. —Matt BaroneRelease Date: Opens in theaters and drive-ins Friday, June 25, 2021; Everywhere you rent movies Friday, July 2, 2021Directed by: Josh RubenScreenplay by: Mishna WolffStarring: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Michaela Watkins, Cheyenne Jackson, Glenn Fleshler, and Harvey GuillénDistributed by: IFC FilmsGenre: Comedy, Horror, MysteryRunning Time: 1 hour 37 minutesRated RFalse PositiveWebsite: HuluTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: After difficult struggles with fertility, loving couple Lucy (Ilana Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) seem to have finally found their potential savior in the charming and world-renowned reproductive specialist Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). But as their dreams begin to come true and hope transforms to happiness, cracks start to appear in the façade of normalcy, sending the now-expectant mother into a spiral of suspicion that threatens her grasp on reality. A clever and chilling look at gender roles and the notion of unconditional trust, False Positive delivers an unexpectedly twisted tale of modern family troubles. Boasting a solid ensemble cast, including a memorable turn from Gretchen Mol as Hindle's loyal nurse, director John Lee has truly found a kindred spirit in leading lady and co-writer Glazer. Longtime collaborators on the acclaimed Broad City, the two have shifted gears entirely here, abandoning the jokes but maintaining the edge for this genre-bending thriller about the perils of parenthood. —Loren HammondsRelease Date: Available on Hulu Friday, June 25, 2021Directed by: John LeeScreenplay by: John Lee and Ilana GlazerStarring: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Sophia Bush, Zainab Jah, and Pierce BrosnanDistributed by: A24 and HuluGenre: Horror, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 32 minutesRated RFeatured Documentaries:WolfgangWebsite: DisneyTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker and Tribeca alum David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chef's Table) comes another mouthwatering delight of a film about one of the first “celebrity chefs” to rule the scene and a pioneer in the world of California cuisine, Wolfgang Puck. Pushing beyond the sunny, superstar persona, Gelb follows Puck as he revisits his birthplace in Austria, revealing an abusive childhood that pushed him to flee home and fight for a life of his own as a teenager. With Puck steadily gaining life confidence and cooking know-how in his homeland, France and, eventually, America, he would officially launch a storied career in Los Angeles with the opening of the celebrity hot spot of the 80s and 90s, Spago. Though Puck's inventive cuisine has remained the core of his popularity, his charming, energetic persona is what pushed him to a stratosphere of fame that would eventually include countless TV appearances, cookbooks and restaurants that span the globe. Using a wealth of archival material and eye-dazzling cinematography of Puck's truly mouth-watering food, Gelb expertly brings us into the kitchen—and the mind—of this obsessively hard-working and inspirational virtuoso. Be prepared to leave hungry. —Liza DomnitzRelease Date: Available on Disney+ Friday, June 25, 2021Directed by: David GelbWritten by: Brian McGinnFeaturing: Wolfgang Puck, Barbara Lazaroff, Byron Puck, Christina Puck, Nancy Silverton, Evan Funke, Ruth Reichl, Laurie Ochoa, and Michael OvitzDistributed by: Disney+Genre: Biography, Documentary, FoodRunning Time: 1 hour 18 minutesThe Lost LeonardoWebsite: Sony Pictures ClassicsTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: In 2008, a few of the world's most distinguished Leonardo Da Vinci experts gathered around an easel at the National Gallery in London to examine a mysterious painting–an unassuming Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the World)–found in a shady New Orleans auction house, that a select few believed to be a long-forgotten masterwork by Leonardo Da Vinci. That day, Salvator Mundi was authenticated as being the creation of Da Vinci himself, and thus, one of the most beguiling and perplexing stories of the 21st century was set into motion.Unfolding as a gripping, real-life art thriller, The Lost Leonardo pulls back the curtain to uncover the stranger than fiction story behind how a Salvator Mundi painting went from bargain-basement replication to setting the world record as the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, weighing in at an astonishing $450 million. Director Andreas Keofoed positions this story squarely at the intersection of capitalism and myth-making, posing the question: is this multi-million dollar painting actually by Leonardo, or do certain powerful players simply want it to be? The Lost Leonardo detangles how a painting became a pawn in a geopolitical game played by the world's wealthiest and most powerful people, ultimately revealing how vested interests became all-important, and the truth secondary. —Shayna WeingastRelease Date: Opens NY & LA Friday, August 13, 2021Directed by: Andreas KoefoedWritten by: Duska Zagorac, Andreas Dalsgaard, Mark Monroe, Christian Kirk Muff, and Andreas KoefoedFeaturing: Dianne Modestini, Yves Bouvier, Evan Beard, Robert Simon, Alexander Parish, Warren Adelson, Luke Syson, Martin Kemp, Frank Zöllner, Maria Teresa Fiorio, Jacques Franck, Kenny Schachter, Bruce Lamarche, Jerry Saltz, Robert K Wittman, Alexandra Bregman, Georgina Adam, Alison Cole, Bradley Hope, Doug Patteson, Stephane Lacroix, Antoine Harari, Didier Rykner, David D. Kirkpatrick, and Bernd LindemannDistributed by: Sony Pictures ClassicsGenre: Art, DocumentaryRunning Time: 1 hour 35 minutesBitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick JamesWebsite: TribecaTribeca Film Festival Synopsis: This profile of legendary funk/R&B icon Rick James captures the peaks and valleys of his storied career to reveal a complicated and rebellious soul, driven to share his talent with the world. Known for his unapologetic and charismatic stage presence, James has been celebrated for his massive catalog of such hit songs as "Mary Jane" and "Superfreak." In this definitive portrait, acclaimed filmmaker Sacha Jenkins examines the brain beneath the braids, charting his soaring artistic success and eventual personal decline. Sexuality, race, and the tumultuous stew of American culture all contributed to the transformation of the songwriter born as James Ambrose Johnson into the larger-than-life performer forever known as Rick James. Against a soundtrack that compels you to get out of your seat from the opening moments, Jenkins approaches his subject not with reverence, but instead with indisputable care as he delves into the circumstances that birthed this one-of-a-kind personality. Surprising and enlightening, Jenkins' film still pulls no punches with its exploration of James' tragic obsessions. Comprised of rare archival performances, animation, interviews with family and collaborators and recorded conversations with James himself, this crowd-pleasing film proves the impact that this undeniable force had on American music and popular culture. —Loren Hammonds*Part of the Juneteenth programmingComing soon to ShowtimeDirected by: Sacha JenkinsWritten by: Sacha Jenkins, Steve Rivo, and Jason PollardDistributed by: Showtime NetworksGenre: Documentary, MusicRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie Talk: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and In the Heights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 37:14


    On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKSThe Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do ItWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder, and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.Release Date: Available on HBO Max for 31 days and in theaters Friday, June 4, 2021Directed by: Michael ChavesScreenplay by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrickStory by: James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrickBased on characters created by Chad Hayes & Carey W. HayesStarring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard, John Noble, Eugenie Bondurant, Shannon Kook, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Keith Arthur BoldenDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Horror, Mystery, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 52 minutesRated RIn the HeightsWebsite: Warner Bros.Tribeca Film Festival Synopsis: It's the hottest day of the summer in Washington Heights, NYC. Bodega owner Usnavi dreams of opening a bar in the Dominican Republic, while also pining for aspiring designer Vanessa. His best friend Benny hopes to reconnect with Nina, his ex home for the summer from Stanford. Above it all, Abuela Claudia keeps a watchful eye over the intersecting stories of the rapidly changing neighborhood's many residents.Jon Chu's hotly anticipated adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award®-winning musical is a visual and musical celebration of community, a treat for lovers of Broadway showstoppers and sticky New York summers. In the Heights is the story of a community on the brink of change, but looking fearlessly towards the future. As we too look toward the future—of moviemaking and moviegoing, of NYC itself—we are proud to open the Festival with this joyful cinematic tribute to the city we call home. —Cara CusumanoRelease Date: Available on HBO Max for 31 days and in theaters Thursday, June 10, 2021Directed by: Jon M. ChuScreenplay by: Quiara Alegría HudesStarring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Olga Merediz, and Jimmy SmitsDistributed by: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Comedy, Drama, MusicalRunning Time: 2 hours 23 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    TV Talk: Hacks, Loki, Queen of the South, Younger, Pose, Physical, and Much More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 86:37

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIERESWe Are Lady PartsWebsite: PeacockBlindspottingWebsite: StarzLokiWebsite: Disney+SEASON PREMIERESLove, VictorWebsite: HuluSummertimeWebsite: NetflixSEASON FINALESThe EqualizerWebsite: CBSHacksWebsite: HBO MaxSERIES FINALESPoseWebsite: FXQueen of the SouthWebsite: USAYoungerWebsite: Paramount+TV SNEAK PEEK: SERIES PREMIEREPhysicalWebsite: Apple TV+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Welcome to Tribeca 2021 and Reviews of Lupin, Army of the Dead, and Oslo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 27:31

    On this episode of Why Watch That:WELCOME TO THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL OF 2021Website: TribecaMOVIE FIRST LOOKSOsloWebsite: HBOSynopsis: Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, OSLO is based on a true story of negotiations between implacable enemies that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Starring Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson (HBO's His Dark Materials, Mrs. Wilson) as Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister, and Emmy-nominee Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Black Mirror) as Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norwegian sociologist and Mona's husband, the film details the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple.Release Date: May 29, 2021Directed by: Bartlett SherScreenplay by: J.T. RogersAdapted from J.T. Rogers' Tony Award-winning play of the same nameStarring: Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Salim Daw, Waleed Zuaiter, Jeff Wilbusch, Igal Naor, Dov Glickman, Rotem Keinan, Itzik Cohen, Tobias Zilliacus, and Sasson GabayDistributor: HBOGenre: Drama, History, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 58 minutes Rated TV-MAArmy of the Dead Website: NetflixSynopsis: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.Release Date: May 21, 2021Directed by: Zack SnyderScreenplay by: Zack Snyder & Shay Hatten and Joby HaroldStory by: Zack SnyderStarring: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, along with Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma S. Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, and Michael CassidyDistributor: NetflixGenre: Action, Crime, HorrorRunning Time: 2 hours 28 minutesRated RTV SNEAK PEEK: PART 2 PREMIERELupinWebsite: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Sweet Tooth, Mare of Easttown, Lisey’s Story, Debris, Gomorrah, and Mr. Inbetween!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 62:10

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SEASON FINALEDebrisWebsite: NBCSEASON PREMIERESMr. InbetweenWebsite: FXGomorrahWebsite: HBO MaxLIMITED SERIES FINALEMare of EasttownWebsite: HBOSNEAK PEEKS: SERIES PREMIERESLisey’s StoryWebsite: Apple TV+Sweet ToothWebsite: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sneak Peek: Cruella

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 19:28


    On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE SNEAK PEEKCruellaWebsite: DisneySynopsis: Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.Release Date: In select theaters and available on Disney+ with Premier Access on May 28, 2021Directed by: Craig GillespieScreenplay by: Dana Fox and Tony McNamaraStory by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve ZissisBased on the novel “The One Hundred and One Dalmations” by Dodie SmithStarring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Mark StrongDistributor: Walt Disney StudiosGenre: Comedy, CrimeRunning Time: 2 hours 14 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    TV Talk: Young Sheldon, Intergalactic, Pose, Halston, and More!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 51:31

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERES Girls5evaWebsite: PeacockHacksWebsite: HBO MaxIntergalacticWebsite: PeacockHalstonWebsite: NetflixTV SEASON PREMIERESPoseWebsite: FXShrillWebsite: HuluTV SEASON FINALEYoung SheldonWebsite: CBS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    First Looks: Those Who Wish Me Dead and The Woman in the Window

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 21:14


    On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKSThe Woman in the WindowWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who finds herself keeping tabs on the picture perfect family across the street through the windows of her New York City brownstone. Her life is turned upside down when she inadvertently witnesses a brutal crime. Based on the gripping, best-selling novel adapted by Tracy Letts, shocking secrets are revealed and nothing and no one are what they seem.Release Date: Available on Netflix Friday, May 14, 2021Directed by: Joe WrightScreenplay by: Tracy LettsBased on the novel of the same name by A.J. FinnStarring: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Tracy Letts, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne MooreDistributor: NetflixGenre: Crime, Drama, MysteryRunning Time: 1 hour 40 minutesRated RThose Who Wish Me DeadWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: Jolie stars as Hannah, a smokejumper still reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save from a fire. She takes a sort of comfort in the pain she inflicts on herself, whether it’s a showy stunt that knocks her on her ass or the self-imposed solitary confinement of her watchtower high above the Montana wilderness. However, when Connor arrives in her remote territory — a skittish young boy who appears bloodied and traumatized — they must set out together to cross the miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that threaten even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they are unaware of the real dangers they face: two relentless killers hunting Connor from one direction, and a massive fiery blaze coming straight for them, quickly consuming everything in their path. Caught dead center between two evils, can Hannah keep them alive long enough to save Connor and ultimately set herself free?Release Date: In theaters and available via HBO Max for 31 days starting on Friday, May 14, 2021Directed by: Taylor SheridanScreenplay by: Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, and Taylor SheridanBased on the novel of the same name by Michael KorytaStarring: Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Finn Little, Aidan Gillen, Medina Senghore, Tyler Perry, Jake Weber, and Jon BernthalDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Action, Drama, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 40 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie and TV Sneak Peeks: The Underground Railroad, The Killing of Two Lovers, and Georgetown

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 30:05

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKThe Underground Railroad Website: Prime VideoMOVIE SNEAK PEEKSGeorgetownSynopsis: In this thrilling true crime story filled with twists, turns, and political turmoil, Christoph Waltz stars as Ulrich Mott, an eccentric and smooth-talking social climber who seems to have everyone in Washington, D.C. wrapped around his finger. But when his wealthy, well-connected and much older wife (Vanessa Redgrave) turns up dead in their home, her daughter Amanda (Annette Bening) suspects Ulrich may not be all that he seems as the police investigation begins to uncover a larger deception that goes far deeper than anyone ever imagined.Release Date: In select theaters May 14, 2021; available on digital and on demand May 18, 2021Directed by: Christoph WaltzScreenplay by: David AuburnStarring: Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave, and Annette BeningDistributor: Vertical Entertainment and Paramount Home EntertainmentGenre: Biography, Crime, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 39 minutesRated RThe Killing of Two LoversWebsite: NeonSynopsis: “The Killing of Two Lovers” follows David, who desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife, Nikki. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife's new relationship.Release Date: In theaters and on demand May 14, 2021Directed by: Robert MachoianScreenplay by: Robert MachoianStarring: Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, and Chris CoyDistributor: NeonGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 24 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie and TV Talk: Mare of Easttown, Jupiter’s Legacy, Pink Skies Ahead, The Water Man, and Stowaway

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 39:31


    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIEREMare of EasttownWebsite: HBOTV SNEAK PEEKJupiter’s Legacy Website: NetflixMOVIE FIRST LOOKStowawayWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: In the near-future, a time when humankind is reaching for the stars, the Kingfisher rocket blasts off from Earth, propelling Hyperion’s MTS-42 for yet-another manned mission to Mars. Leading the team is MARINA BARNETT (Toni Colette), the ship’s commander, on her third and final mission to the colony on the red planet. Joining her is medical researcher ZOE LEVENSON (Anna Kendrick) and biologist DAVID KIM (Daniel Dae Kim), accomplished academics chosen from thousands of applicants who have rigorously trained for a journey that will see them spend two years away from their loved ones. In the course of their safety checks after docking with a miniature space station, Barnett makes a startling discovery: a stowaway. The man MICHAEL ADAMS (Shamier Anderson) is unconscious, his harness wrapped around a pipe attached to the CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly) – Life Support. Damaging both Barnett’s forearm and the pipe the situation becomes an emergency. When Adams awakens to realize his circumstances — his sister Ava, who he looks after, is back on Earth alone, and there is not enough fuel to turn back — he gradually accepts the situation and joins the crew in what becomes a fight for their lives.Release Date: Available via Netflix on April 22, 2021Directed by: Joe PennaScreenplay by: Joe Penna and Ryan MorrisonStarring: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, and Toni ColletteDistributor: NetflixGenre: Drama, Sci-Fi, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 56 minutesRated TV-MAMOVIE SNEAK PEEKSThe Water ManSynopsis: Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) and his mother (Rosario Dawson) share a special bond. She supports his daydreaming and artistic pursuits, while his frequently-on-the-road father, Amos (Oyelowo), with whom Gunner shares a strained relationship, has other ideas about where his son’s interests should lie. Gunner and his dad attempt to smooth over their differences for the sake of the family, but when his mom’s sickness worsens, Gunner disappears into stacks of books on both science and the supernatural in search of possible cures. When Gunner and his rebellious friend Jo (Amiah Miller) go missing during their quest into the Water Man’s mysterious forest, Amos must immerse himself in his son’s world to find them and put his family back together.Release Date: In theaters and via premium VOD on May 7, 2021Directed by: David OyelowoScreenplay by: Emma NeedellStarring: David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, and Maria BelloDistributor: RLJE FilmsGenre: Adventure, Drama, FamilyRunning Time: 1 hour 32 minutesRated PGPink Skies AheadWebsite: MTV VMAsSynopsis: Los Angeles, 1998. After dropping out of college and moving back home to live with her parents, Winona is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Skeptical of her doctor’s opinion — she hasn’t had a panic attack after all — Winona carries on with her wild lifestyle. Only when things begin to truly unravel around her, does she reluctantly decide to see a therapist and face her truths.Release Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 on MTV and Pop TV as part of MTV’s Mental Health Is Health initiativeDirected by: Kelly OxfordScreenplay by: Kelly OxfordStarring: Jessica Barden, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael McKean, Rosa Salazar, Lewis Pullman, Devon Bostick, Odeya Rush, Evan Ross, Henry Winkler, and Mary J. BligeDistributor: MTVGenre: Comedy, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 34 minutesRated TV-14 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Sneak Peeks: Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, The Mosquito Coast, The Girlfriend Experience, and The Outside Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 38:55


    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKSThe Mosquito CoastWebsite: Apple TV+The Girlfriend ExperienceWebsite: StarzMOVIE SNEAK PEEKSThe Outside StoryWebsite: Samuel Goldwyn FilmsSynopsis: Brian Tyree Henry takes on his first big screen lead role as Charles Young, a broken-hearted video editor. Perceiving a betrayal of trust as a sign his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is leaving him, Charles preemptively blows up his relationship and sequesters himself at home. The fates do not comply, and Charles locks himself out of his apartment. Stumbling into a transformational, timely odyssey as he explores his community, Charles meets a dynamic ensemble of previously avoided neighbors (including Sunita Mani, Olivia Edward, and Asia Kate Dillon) who show him everyone's got issues, and it never helps to keep them all locked up.Release Date: Available on digital and on demand April 30, 2021Directed by: Casimir NozkowskiScreenplay by: Casimir NozkowskiStarring: Brian Tyree Henry, Sunita Mani, Sonequa Martin-Green, Olivia Edward, Asia Kate Dillon, and Rebecca Naomi JonesDistributor: Samuel Goldwyn FilmsGenre: Comedy, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 25 minutesNot RatedTom Clancy’s Without RemorseWebsite: Prime VideoSynopsis: An elite Navy SEAL uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, the explosive origin story of action hero John Clark – one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs. Joining forces with a fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), Kelly's mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war. Torn between personal honor and loyalty to his country, Kelly must fight his enemies without remorse if he hopes to avert disaster and reveal the powerful figures behind the conspiracy.Release Date: Available on Prime Video Friday, April 30, 2021Directed by: Stefano SollimaScreenplay by: Taylor Sheridan and Will StaplesStarring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, Brett Gelman, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Colman Domingo, Todd Lassance, Cam Gigandet, Luke Mitchell, and Guy PearceDistributor: Amazon Prime VideoGenre: Action, Adventure, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 50 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Movie and TV Talk: Mortal Kombat and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 32:41

    MOVIE FIRST LOOKMortal Kombat Website: HBO MaxSynopsis: Why has Outworld's emperor sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, to hunt down MMA fighter Cole Young? In search of answers, Cole finds his way to the temple of Lord Raiden and begins unlocking the secrets of his heritage. As Outworld’s threat to Earthrealm grows, Cole joins warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Kano in a high-stakes battle for the soul of the universe.Release Date: In theaters April 23, 2021 and available on HBO Max through May 23, 2021Directed by: Simon McQuoidScreenplay by: Greg Russo and Dave CallahamStory by: Oren Uziel and Greg RussoStarring: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki SanadaDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Action, Adventure, FantasyRunning Time: 1 hour 50 minutesRated RTV FINALEThe Falcon and the Winter SoldierWebsite: Disney+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Our Reaction to the Oscars (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 29:56

    On this episode of Why Watch That:Our Reaction to the 93rd Annual Academy AwardsWebsite: Nominees and Winners See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sneak Peeks: Together Together, Trigger Point, and Limbo

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 23:43

    On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE SNEAK PEEKS Trigger PointWebsite: Screen MediaSynopsis: Nicolas Brazer is a retired U.S. special operative who worked in the darkest shadows of the government, part of an elite “invisible” team that quietly took out some of the worst villains around the world. After being blamed for the exposure, and ultimately the assassination, of several members of his own team, Nicolas disappeared into a life of solitude and indignity. Now, two years removed, he is reluctantly drawn back into this dangerous world – with both enemies and supposed friends coming after him – to not only clear his name, but to prevent the killing of a new generation of noble operatives.Release Date: In theaters Friday, April 16, 2021 and available on demand Friday, April 23, 2021Directed by: Brad TurnerScreenplay by: Michael VickersonStarring: Barry Pepper, Colm Feore, Laura Vandervoort, Eve Harlow, Jayne Eastwood, and Karen RobinsonDistributor: Screen MediaGenre: Action, ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 22 minutesNot Rated LimboWebsite: Focus FeaturesSynopsis: Recently nominated for two BAFTA® awards for Best British Film and Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, LIMBO is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather's oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland. Reflecting the complexity of the movement of people across borders has been a long-held passion for director and writer Ben Sharrock, who spent time working for an NGO in refugee camps in southern Algeria and living in Damascus in 2009 shortly before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. There, he formed a network of friends whose personal stories inspired the film.Release Date: In theaters Friday, April 30, 2021Directed by: Ben SharrockScreenplay by: Ben SharrockStarring: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah,Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Kais NashifDistributor: Focus FeaturesGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 44 minutesRated RTogether TogetherWebsite: Bleecker StreetSynopsis: When young loner Anna is hired as the gestational surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s who wants a child, the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.Release Date: In select theaters Friday, April 23, 2021 and available on digital Tuesday, May 11, 2021Directed by: Nikole BeckwithScreenplay by: Nikole BeckwithStarring: Patti Harrison and Ed Helms Distributor: Bleecker StreetGenre: ComedyRunning Time: 1 hour 30 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Shameless, Kung Fu, Shadow and Bone, The Nevers, For All Mankind, and Much More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 63:48

    Atlantic CrossingWebsite: PBSGangs of LondonWebsite: AMCKung FuWebsite: CWThe NeversWebsite: HBOSEASON PREMIERESQueen of the SouthWebsite: USAYoungerWebsite: Paramount+SERIES FINALEShamelessWebsite: ShowtimeTV SNEAK PEEKSShadow and BoneWebsite: NetflixFor All Mankind Season Finale See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Them, Superman & Lois, Resident Alien, and Beartown!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 41:16

    On this episode of Why Watch That:CHECK-INSSuperman & Lois Follow the world's most famous super hero and comic books' most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society.The Falcon and the Winter SoldierFollowing the events of 'Avengers: Endgame,' Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities -- and their patience.SEASON FINALEResident AlienSERIES FINALEBeartown TV SNEAK PEEKThem A limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, 1950s-set "Covenant" centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family's idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sneak Peak: In the Earth

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 9:48

    In the Earth Synopsis: As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run.Release Date: In theaters Friday, April 16Directed by: Ben WheatleyScreenplay by: Ben WheatleyStarring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley SquiresDistributor: NeonGenre: HorrorRunning Time: 107 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    First Look: Concrete Cowboy and Godzilla vs. Kong

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 27:52

    Concrete CowboySynopsis: The film is about a 15-year-old boy from Detroit who is sent to live with his estranged father in Philadelphia and learns about the local urban cowboys. The main source of conflict revolves around his old friend, Smush, and Smush's efforts to undermine the local drug dealer. As the movie progresses it addresses the threat of the gentrification of the stables.Release Date: September 13, 2020(TIFF), April 2, 2021 (United States)Directed by: Ricky StaubScreenplay by: Ricky Staub, Dan WalserStarring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint, Clifford "Method Man" SmithDistributor: NetflixGenre: AdventureRunning Time: 111 minutesRated RGodzilla vs. KongSynopsis: The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.Release Date: March 31, 2021Directed by: Adam WingardScreenplay by: Eric Pearson, Max BorensteinStarring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree HenryDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Action | Sci-Fi | ThrillerRunning Time: 67:09Rated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Sneak Peeks: The Serpent and Made for Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 14:34

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKSMade for LoveWebsite: HBO MaxThe Serpent Website: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Good Girls, Generation, The Investigation, Bulletproof & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 32:49

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIEREGENERA+ION Website: HBO MaxSEASON PREMIERESGood GirlsWebsite: NBCBulletproofWebsite: CWSEASON FINALESGrown-ishWebsite: FreeformThe InvestigationWebsite: HBOTV SNEAK PEEKWho Killed Sara?Website: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Movie Talk: Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Nobody

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 34:38


    On this episode of Why Watch That:SNEAK PEEKNobodyWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: Sometimes the man you don't notice is the most dangerous of all. Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen), seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch's long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov) — and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again. Nobody is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ilya Naishuller, from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise, and co-stars legendary Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd as Hutch's father and multi-hyphenate musician-actor RZA as Hutch's brother, whose own hidden talents aid Hutch in his quest for vengeance.Release Date: In theaters Friday, March 26, 2021Directed by: Ilya NaishullerScreenplay by: Derek KolstadStarring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Aleksey Serebryakov, and Christopher LloydDistributor: Universal PicturesGenre: ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 32 minutesRated RFIRST LOOKZack Snyder’s Justice LeagueWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: Batman and Wonder Woman enlist a team capable of protecting the world from the impending threat of Steppenwolf and his Parademon army, who are scouring the universe for three hidden Mother Boxes that would enable Steppenwolf to transcend worlds, lay waste to all enemies, and restore his good standing with his master, Darkseid. Though most of Batman and Wonder Woman’s initial efforts are met with resistance, they ultimately recruit Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. But in order to help preserve the future of mankind, first they must each overcome their own demons.After Steppenwolf secures two of the boxes buried deep within Themyscira and Atlantis, the superheroes are forced to take advantage of Cyborg’s unique connection to the one remaining. Harnessing the box’s capabilities to resurrect a final team member, they inadvertently provide Steppenwolf with an opportunity to obtain it – setting him up for imminent domination. With DeSaad and Darkseid waiting in the wings and posing catastrophic threats of their own, can this unique band of heroes dismantle the Mother Boxes before Steppenwolf’s synchronization is complete?An epic, unabridged, and wildly different cut that will more than satisfy the fans who championed its release, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” offers a bounty of extended fight scenes; deeper dives into character history – including a brand-new backstory for Victor Stone, his father, and Star Labs, which ties directly into one of the Mother Boxes; expanded roles for Steppenwolf, Lois Lane, and Martha Kent; two additional forces of evil; and so much more.Release Date: March 18, 2021Directed by: Zack SnyderScreenplay by: Chris TerrioStory by: Zack Snyder, Chris Terrio, and Will BeallStarring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and many moreDistributor: HBO MaxGenre: Action, Adventure, FantasyRunning Time: 4 hours 2 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Our Farewell to SXSW Online 2021!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 26:54


    On this episode of Why Watch That:Featured Films and TV shows listed in SXSW premiere order:Women Is Losers [Narrative Feature Competition]Synopsis: In 1960’s San Francisco, a once-promising catholic school girl, Celina Guerrera (Lorenza Izzo), sets out to rise above the oppression of poverty and invest in a future for herself and her son that sets new precedents for the time. Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Bryan Craig, Chrissie Fit, Simu Liu, Steven Bauer, Liza Weil, Cranston Johnson, Alejandra Miranda, Shalim Ortiz, and Lincoln BonillaDirector: Lissette FelicianoScreenwriter: Lissette FelicianoRuntime: 1 hour 24 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #womenislosersmovieLudi[Narrative Spotlight]Synopsis: Ludi, a hardworking and exhausted nurse, battles coworkers, clients and one impatient bus driver to learn her self worth as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.Cast: Shein Mompremier, Alan Myles Heyman, Madelin Marchant, Success St. Fleur Jr., Kerline Alce, Plus Pierre, Patrice DeGraff Arenas, and Farah LarrieuxDirector: Edson JeanScreenwriters: Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-BaptisteRuntime: 1 hour 19 minutesPremiere Status: Texas PremiereThis film has not been rated. #LudiFilmR#J[Festival Favorites]Synopsis: A re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, featuring a diverse cast in the classic Shakespearean roles. This modern day take is told on mobile and is a mashup of Shakespearean dialogue with current social media communication.Cast: Camaron Engels, Francesca Noel, RJ Cyler, Diego Tinoco, Russell Hornsby, and Siddiq SaundersonDirector: Carey WilliamsScreenwriters: Carey Williams and Rickie CastanedaRuntime: 1 hour 30 minutesPremiere Status: Texas PremiereThis film has not been rated.Made for Love[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: Based on Alissa Nutting’s tragicomic novel, Made for Love is a dark, absurd and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge following Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage.Cast: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, Caleb Foote, and Ray RomanoShowrunner: Christina LeeDirector: Christina LeeRuntime: 27 minutesPremiere Status: World Premiere#MadeForLoveHere Before[Narrative Feature Competition]Synopsis: After new neighbours move in next door, a bereaved mother begins to question her reality in this unsettling psychological thriller.Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Martin McCann, Jonjo O’Neill, and Eileen O’HigginsDirector: Stacey GreggScreenwriter: Stacey GreggRuntime: 1 hour 23 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #HEREBEFOREThe Girlfriend Experience[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: Set in the London tech scene, Iris, a neuroscience major, begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience and quickly learns that client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world.Cast: Julia Goldani Telles, Oliver Masucci, Frank Dillane, Daniel Betts, Armin Karima, Tobi Bamtefa, and Jemima RooperShowrunners: Anja Marquardt and Philip FleishmanDirector: Anja MarquardtExecutive Producer: Steven SoderberghScreenwriter: Anja MarquardtRuntime: 1 hourPremiere Status: World PremiereLanguage Lessons[Narrative Spotlight]Synopsis: A Spanish teacher and her student develop an unexpected friendship.Cast: Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass, Desean Terry, and Christine QuesadaDirector: Natalie MoralesScreenwriters: Mark Duplass and Natalie MoralesRuntime: 1 hour 31 minutesPremiere Status: North American PremiereThis film has not been rated.The Fallout[Narrative Feature Competition]Synopsis: High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view of the world are forever altered.Cast: Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen, and Shailene WoodleyDirector: Megan ParkScreenwriter: Megan ParkRuntime: 1 hour 32 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #TheFalloutWitch Hunt[2020 Spotlight]Synopsis: In a modern America where witches are real and witchcraft is illegal, a sheltered teenager must face her own demons and prejudices as she helps two young witches avoid law enforcement and cross the southern border to asylum in Mexico.Cast: Gideon Adlon, Elizabeth Mitchell, Abigail Cowen, Nicholas & Cameron Crovetti, and Christian CamargoDirector: Elle CallahanScreenwriter: Elle CallahanRuntime: 1 hour 37 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #witchhuntmovieViolet[2020 Spotlight]Synopsis: A film development executive realizes that "guiding voice" inside her head has been lying to her about everything.Cast: Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin TherouxDirector: Justine BatemanScreenwriter: Justine BatemanRuntime: 1 hour 32 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #VIOLETthefilmThem[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: 'Them' is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. Cast: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, and Alison PillShowrunner: Little MarvinDirector: Nelson CraggScreenwriter: Little MarvinExecutive Producer: Lena WaitheCo-produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon StudiosRuntime: 1 hour 42 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThe Lost Sons [Documentary Spotlight]Synopsis: 1960s Chicago, a baby is kidnapped from a hospital. Fifteen months later, a toddler is abandoned. Could he be the same baby? In a tale of breathtaking twists and turns, two mysteries begin to unravel and dark family secrets are revealed. Cast: Paul FronczakDirector: Ursula MacfarlaneRuntime: 1 hour 38 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #thelostsonsTwyla Moves[Visions]Synopsis: Interwoven with her storied career and prolific works, Twyla Moves sees legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp navigate her latest creative challenge: choreographing a dance for a world plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic. An American Masters documentary.Cast: Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Byrne, Billy Joel, Herman Cornejo, Jesse Huot, and Misty CopelandDirector: Steven CantorRuntime: 1 hour 22 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    TV Sneak Peek: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 18:10

    On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKThe Falcon and the Winter SoldierPremiere Date: Friday, March 19, 2021Website: Disney+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Welcome to SXSW Online 2021!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 15:14


    SXSW 2021 EVENT INFORMATIONSXSW is launching SXSW Online as part of our 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 – March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.“The challenge of building a new future is one that we’re excited to tackle. This has been such a year of change and we, like the entire world, are reshaping our perspective on how we connect. We’re pleased to be working on SXSW Online as part of our program for 2021, and regardless of platform, we will continue to bring together the brightest minds from creative industries worldwide.” – Roland Swenson, CEO and Co-FounderSXSW Online programming takes place in web, mobile, and Connected TV apps, XR environments, plus video networking and mentoring platforms. Content includes 24/7 streaming across five channels and on-demand Keynotes & Featured Sessions, Conference Sessions, Film Screenings, Music Showcases and Special Events.FEATURED OFFERINGS Listed in order of scheduled premiere: Made for Love[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: Based on Alissa Nutting’s tragicomic novel, Made for Love is a dark, absurd and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge following Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage.Cast: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, Caleb Foote, and Ray RomanoShowrunner: Christina LeeDirector: Christina LeeRuntime: 27 minutesPremiere Status: World Premiere#MadeForLove Here Before[Narrative Feature Competition]Synopsis: After new neighbours move in next door, a bereaved mother begins to question her reality in this unsettling psychological thriller.Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Martin McCann, Jonjo O’Neill, and Eileen O’HigginsDirector: Stacey GreggScreenwriter: Stacey GreggRuntime: 83 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #HEREBEFORE The Girlfriend Experience[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: Set in the London tech scene, Iris, a neuroscience major, begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience and quickly learns that client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world.Cast: Julia Goldani Telles, Oliver Masucci, Frank Dillane, Daniel Betts, Armin Karima, Tobi Bamtefa, and Jemima RooperShowrunners: Anja Marquardt and Philip FleishmanDirector: Anja MarquardtExecutive Producer: Steven SoderberghRuntime: 60 minutesPremiere Status: World Premiere Language Lessons[Narrative Spotlight]Synopsis: A Spanish teacher and her student develop an unexpected friendship.Cast: Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass, Desean Terry, and Christine QuesadaDirector: Natalie MoralesScreenwriters: Mark Duplass and Natalie MoralesRuntime: 91 minutesPremiere Status: North American PremiereThis film has not been rated. Twyla Moves[Visions]Synopsis: Interwoven with her storied career and prolific works, Twyla Moves sees legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp navigate her latest creative challenge: choreographing a dance for a world plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic. An American Masters documentary.Cast: Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Byrne, Billy Joel, Herman Cornejo, Jesse Huot, and Misty CopelandDirector: Steven CantorRuntime: 82 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. The Fallout[Narrative Feature Competition]Synopsis: High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view of the world are forever altered.Cast: Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen, and Shailene WoodleyDirector: Megan ParkScreenwriter: Megan ParkRuntime: 92 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #TheFallout Cruel Summer[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: From Exec Producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s Cruel Summer is a psychological thriller taking place over three summers when a popular girl goes missing and an awkward outlier transforms to queen bee and eventually, the most despised person in America.Cast: Olivia Holt, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, and Brooklyn SudanoShowrunner: Tia NapolitanoDirectors: Tia Napolitano and Max WinklerExecutive Producer: Jessica BielRuntime: 45 minutesPremiere Status: World Premiere Violet[2020 Spotlight]Synopsis: A film development executive realizes that "guiding voice" inside her head has been lying to her about everything.Cast: Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin TherouxDirector: Justine BatemanScreenwriter: Justine BatemanRuntime: 92 minutesPremiere Status: World PremiereThis film has not been rated. #VIOLETthefilm Them[Episodic Premieres]Synopsis: 'Them' is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. Cast: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, and Alison PillShowrunner: Little MarvinDirectors: Little Marvin and Nelson CraggScreenwriter: Little MarvinExecutive Producers: Little Marvin and Lena Waithe Co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon StudiosRuntime: 102 minutesPremiere Status: World Premiere See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Sneak Peek: The Courier

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 11:23

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SNEAK PEEKThe Courier Website: Roadside AttractionsSynopsis: THE COURIER is a true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK's MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.Release Date: In theaters Friday, March 19, 2021Directed by: Dominic CookeScreenplay by: Tom O’ConnorStarring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, and Jessie BuckleyDistributor: Lionsgate and Roadside AttractionsGenre: ThrillerRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    TV Talk: Superman & Lois, WandaVision, Genius: Aretha, Debris, and Beartown

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 55:28

    On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIERESBeartownWebsite: HBOSuperman & LoisWebsite: CWDebrisWebsite: NBCSERIES FINALEWandaVisionWebsite: Disney+SNEAK PEEKGenius: Aretha Website: National Geographic See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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