Fall Movie Preview Highlights Exciting New Movies


Good morning! I am Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your usual field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.

Telluride and Venice kick off the season. The Venice and Telluride film festivals are underway, with a few filmmakers criss-crossing the world to make it to both. With these two, plus the Toronto International Film Festival kicking off next week, many of the most anticipated films of the year are finally getting their eyes on audiences.

Among the anticipated premieres are “White Noise” by Noah Baumbach, “Tár” by Todd Field, “Women Talking” by Sarah Polley, “Bardo (False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths)” by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “Don’ t Worry Darling” by Olivia Wilde. “, “Bones and All” by Luca Guadagnino and many others.

Speaking to Josh Rottenberg, Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger called it a “very unusual year,” one in which filmmakers, distributors and festivals are all finding their footing in an emerging world.

The Cinémathèque revisits Robert Bresson… The American Cinematheque launches a series of 12 films on French filmmaker Robert Bresson, who explored a world of faith and morality, or sometimes the lack thereof, in films such as “Pickpocket”, “Au Hasard Balthazar” and “Diary of a Country Priest”. Although Bresson’s work may seem cold and intimidating, it’s hugely rewarding from the first dive, and it’s easy to see why he’s had such a big influence on generations of filmmakers, including Paul Schrader. Other titles in the series include “The Devil, Probably”, “The Money”, “An Escaped Man”, “Four Nights of a Dreamer”, “The Trial of Joan of Arc”, “The Ladies of the Woods of Boulogne” and more.

…and Nora Ephron. The Cinémathèque is also showing a series of writer-director films to celebrate the new book “Nora Ephron: A Biography”. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge will be signing copies of her book at Skylight Books ahead of screenings of “You’ve Got Mail,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” next door at Los Feliz 3. Opposed to Bresson, the ease of access to so much of Ephron’s work masks the pointed observations and rigorous worldview she put forth.

Do you like this newsletter? Consider subscribing to the Los Angeles Times

Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most. Become a subscriber.

Reason to get excited

Our fall movie preview is out in print on Sunday, but we already have everything available online. For anyone with a thirst for more movies, there’s plenty to get excited about.

Justin Chang wrote that the fall season filled him with a wary sense of hope, noting, “The future, like most movies on the horizon, remains to be seen, but at this early stage, I cling like crazy to optimism. The conversation will start at festivals, where, at the very least, films will be seen as they were meant to be seen, in actual theaters. When these movies come out, I suspect – I hope – that audiences will head to the cinemas, not just for the air conditioning and a cheap diversion, but also for the experience of being truly swept away by something new and exciting. ‘exciting.

Glenn Whipp picked 14 potential Oscar nominees, including Gina Prince-Bythewood’s ‘The Woman King’, David O. Russell’s ‘Amsterdam’, Park Chan-wook’s ‘Decision to Leave’, Martin’s ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ McDonagh and “Armageddon” by James Gray. Time.”

Whipp also wrote about Palm Springs’ use of mid-century architecture in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” Wilde recalls her first visit to Palm Springs and being struck by its sense of an oasis in the desert: “It was like the ultimate expression of male dominance and power. It’s so beautiful, but it’s also a really strange place. Without all the man-made comforts, you would die very quickly here. And it’s the desert, so it’s scary. I remember thinking that one day we should do a horror movie there.

Sonaiya Kelley wrote about “The Woman King”, based on the story of the Agojie warrior women of the African kingdom of Dahomey. Directed by Prince-Bythewood and starring Viola Davis, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch and Sheila Atim, the film unveils a chapter in history unknown to many.

As Prince-Bythewood said, “How much of our history has been hidden from us, ignored, hidden? I think it’s more tragic for those of us growing up in America where our history begins with slavery. We grow up in this country where the majority of our images, especially when it happens in the past, is that of victims. We never learn how we fought back. And to have a story like this to show that we literally come from warriors, I wish I had that when I was a little girl.

Carlos Aguilar spoke to Ana de Armas about her role as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel. Of the experience portraying such an iconic person, De Armas said, “Whatever happens with the film, it doesn’t matter. It’s important that we tell a story we believe in. It’s important that I played a character that I wasn’t supposed to play, that I challenged myself, that I grew as an actress and as a person. That’s what I take with me.

Josh Rottenberg spoke with Luke Macfarlane, star of the gay romantic comedy ‘Bros’. Macfarlane explained how, despite having already had a long career, including a prolific streak of Hallmark Christmas movies, “Bros” was his first audition for a studio movie: “The thing is, I don’t think not that studio execs are saying, ‘Find me the gay guy from ‘Brothers and Sisters’ who does all these Hallmark movies.’ That’s probably not what people who run multi-billion dollar companies think. [laughs] You know, careers are funny. But I still worked and was grateful to work.

And among the season’s performers are Danielle Deadwyler in ‘Till’, Harry Styles in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ and ‘My Policeman’, Paul Mescal in ‘Aftersun’ and ‘God’s Creatures’ and Dolly De Leon in ‘Triangle’. . sadness.

Viola Davis and John Boyega star in “The Woman King.”

(Ilze Kitshoff/Sony Pictures)

Do you like this newsletter? Consider subscribing to the Los Angeles Times

Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most. Become a subscriber.

‘Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.’

Written and directed by Adamma Ebo and produced with his identical twin sister Adanne Ebo, the satire “Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.is drawn from their experiences growing up in the Southern Baptist church community around Atlanta. In the film, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) and his wife and “first lady,” Trinitia (Regina Hall), attempt to rebuild their church’s congregation (and treasury) after a sex scandal involving Lee-Curtis. The film is currently in theaters and streaming on Peacock.

For The Times, Sarah-Tai Black wrote, “The free mockumentary format of ‘Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.’ offers Hall a chance to showcase his well-established comedic chops throughout his nimble execution, but his final chapter gives him space to pull off a career-best dramatic performance as effective as raw nerve. … A debut feature as fresh as it is concise, ‘Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.’ presents a toothy view of gospel living without losing sight of the feeling that lingers when the facade of it all finally falls.

For The New York Times, Lisa Kennedy wrote, “At the end of the day, the movie doesn’t extend much sympathy to the good Reverend. (He has more than enough sympathy for himself.) Nor is much made of the pain actual parishioners might feel when their mighty fell. If Ebo had gone that way, ‘Honk for Jesus.’ could have been truer but darker, landing on the heartbreaking on the artfully hilarious. For such an intelligent comedy, it would have been tragic.

For Little White Lies, Jordan Searles wrote, “More than just putting black and brown faces on camera, films that demonstrate a real understanding of the culture they represent have real and lasting value. ‘Honk for Jesus’ by Adamma Ebo. Save your soul.’ is one such film, giving a thoughtful look at Southern Baptist culture, focusing on the predatory nature of mega-churches and celebrity pastors who drain money from their congregations to fuel their lavish lifestyles. It’s a very specific story, probably foreign to those unconnected to the South American evangelical community, and Ebo doesn’t go out of his way to explain everything.

A woman and a man dressed in Easter egg-colored clothing shake hands as they sit behind a glass coffee table on a velvet sofa.

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown in “Honk for Jesus.” Save your soul.”

(Steve Swisher / Focus Features)

‘Peter of Kant’

Written and directed by prolific French filmmaker François Ozon, “Kant’s Stoneis a gendered reimagining of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.” In Ozon’s tale, a filmmaker (Denis Ménochet, loosely impersonating Fassbinder himself) pursues an affair with the new boyfriend (Khalil Ben Gharbia) of an actress (Isabelle Adjani) whose career he helped establish. The film is currently in theaters.

For The Times, Gary Goldstein wrote: “Despite being set 50 years ago, writer-director Ozon’s energetic homage brings less modern insight and perspective to the overheated, revamped procedural than one might expect. might expect — or at least wish — from the out-gay filmmaker. As specific as Ozon’s approach may be here (nothing feels accidental or arbitrary), his lovingly crafted curiosity, which often borrows verbatim from his predecessor, feels a little tired and insignificant.

For The New York Times, Beatrice Loayza wrote: “Certainly there is a baked call for such an adoring resurrection of man and myth, through the prism of one of his most beloved works (the cast of fellow Fassbinder collaborator Hanna Schygulla, as Peter’s mother, doesn’t hurt). …Fassbinder’s work finds a kind of truth in the artifice of emotionally plumping dramas, but Ozon’s often tedious tragicomedy never hits such a pace, confident that the material will automatically confer grandeur; instead, ‘Peter’ feels like top-notch fan-fiction.

A man sits smoking next to a person working with a camera.

Denis Ménochet, on the right, in “Peter von Kant” by François Ozon.

(Carole Bethuel / Strand Releasing)


Comments are closed.