Pick of the Litter – September 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

The Nun

(New Line) Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Jonny Coyne. The second spin-off film from the Conjuring film universe focuses on a demonic nun who has appeared in the visions of Lorraine Warren – played by Vera Farmiga, the older sister of Taissa. In this period piece, a young novitiate about to take her final vows and a priest with a troubled past are sent to a Romanian convent to investigate the suicide of a nun there. They find a terrifying apparition who heralds a desperate battle between the living and the damned with the fate of their souls on the line. Could be another winner for the series.  September 7

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Hal

(Oscilloscope) Hal Ashby, Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges. Hal Ashby directed some of the most seminal films of the 70s including Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Being There, Coming Home, Shampoo and Bound for Glory. Despite a resume of that caliber he remains largely unsung today, his later career being marked by drug use and a reputation for being difficult to work with. Still, many contemporary directors are influenced by his passion and his eye for a great story. September 7

Life in the Doghouse

(FilmRise) Ron Davis. Danny and Ron’s Dog Rescue is a unique operation. They are contacted regularly by animal shelters to take dogs that are on the euthanasia list and bring the animals into their home. Since beginning their business, they’ve rescued over 10,000 dogs, many of them who are basically unadoptable. Their pledge is that these animals will never see the inside of a shelter again, and if nobody adopts them, they’ll live their lives out with Danny and Ron. September 12

The Children’s Act

(A24) Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Finn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin. A judge whose marriage is crumbling is assigned a particularly difficult case in which a young teen with leukemia refuses blood transfusions that he needs to survive because of his faith. The judge must determine whether the teen is being unduly influenced by his parents who are devout Jehovah’s Witnesses or that the boy has arrived at his stand on his own. The two will find inspiration in one another as time ticks down on the seriously ill young man. September 14

Lizzie

(Roadside Attractions/Saban) Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw. The story of Lizzie Borden is a familiar one; in 1892, her mother and father were brutally murdered with an axe. Lizzie was accused of the heinous crime but was never convicted. This is a reimagining of the notorious case which remains unsolved more than 125 years later. September 14

Love, Gilda

(Magnolia/CNN) Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader. She was one of the most beloved comedians of her time. She was also the first person selected for the original Saturday Night Live cast. In this intimate documentary, we hear her thoughts and her life in her own words through tape recordings made during her illness and in journal entries throughout her life. September 21

 Tea With the Dames

(Sundance Selects) Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins. Four of the greatest actresses of the 21st century (and the 20th) get together for a spot of tea and a bit of idle gossip. The results are hilarious, heartwarming and vivacious. September 21

The Old Man and the Gun

(Fox Searchlight) Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover. This is the story of Forrest Tucker, an enigmatic bank robber who at 70 years old  escapes from San Quentin and embarks on a series of daring heists that frustrate law enforcement authorities and captivate the public. Redford has stated that this will be his final acting role. September 28

Bad Reputation

(Magnolia) Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend. Joan Jett has gone from an upstart who dared to play rock and roll as a woman to an icon who has inspired generations of female rockers. This is her story from her time in the Runaways to her battles with the powers that be to her acceptance as one of the most influential figures in the annals of rock and roll. September 28

Monsters and Men

(Neon) Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, Rob Morgan, Chanté Adams. A young man with a future films an unjustified police shooting of an unarmed man in front of a Brooklyn bodega. He is faced with the choice of posting the video and potentially jeopardizing everything he has worked so hard to achieve, or keep it hidden and in doing so becoming complicit in the cover-up. September 28

 

 

 

 

September 2018


The Nun

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

Any Bullet Will Do – VOD
The Barn – Limited/VOD
Bee Team – VOD
Epidemic – Limited/VOD
Silencer – VOD
UFO – VOD

SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

Bisbee ’17 – Limited

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

God Bless the Broken Road
The Nun
Peppermint
The Age of Summer – VOD
All Right Now – Limited
The Apparition – Limited
The Big Take – New York City/VOD
City of Joy – Netflix
Cold Skin – Limited
Diane – Limited
Edge of Obedience – Limited
Five Fingers from Marseilles – Limited/VOD
Great Great Great – Limited
Hal – Limited
I Am Not a Witch – Limited
Kusama: Infinity – Limited
Laila Majnu – Limited
Lost Fare – Limited
Mara – Limited
Nelly – Limited
Paltan – Limited
Sierra Burgess is a Loser – Netflix
Susanne Bartsch: On Top – Limited

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Slice – VOD
Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age – HBO

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

Jurassic Bark – Limited/VOD

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Life in the Doghouse – Limited

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

A Simple Favor
The Predator

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. – Limited
A Wizard’s Tale – Limited
American Chaos – Limited
The Angel – Netflix
Another Time – Limited
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion and Disco – Limited
Armed – VOD
The Basement – VOD/Limited
Bel Canto – Limited
Bleach – Netflix
The Children Act – Limited
Danger One – Limited
The Dawn Wall – Limited
Don’t Leave Home – Limited/VOD
E-Demon – Limited
Four Hands – Limited
I Think We’re Alone Now – New York City/Los Angeles
Interference – Los Angeles
The Land of Steady Habits – Netflix
Letter from Masanjia – Limited
Life of the Party – Limited
Lizzie – Limited
Longing – Limited
Lost Child – Limited
Mandy – Limited
MDMA – Limited
Patient Zero – Limited
The Public Image is Rotten – New York City
Revenge is a Promise – Limited
The Riot Act – Limited
Science Fair – Limited
Warning Shot – Limited
Where Hands Touch – Limited
White Boy Rick – Limited
The Wrong Friend – Lifetime

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

After Porn Ends 3 – VOD

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Extremity – VOD/Limited

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

A Greater Society – VOD
Haunted Transylvania 2 – VOD
Live – VOD
Randy’s Canvas – VOD
The ToyBox – VOD
Trolled – VOD

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

The Dawn Wall – Expands Further
Gary Winogrand: All Things are Photographable – Limited/PBS

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

Assassination Nation
Fahrenheit 11/9
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
Life Itself

I Think We’re Alone Now – Expands to Limited Release/VOD
White Boy Rick – Expands to Wide Release
A Happening of Monumental Proportions – Limited
American Dresser – Limited
Beyond the Sky – Limited
Call Me Ganda – Limited
Collette – Limited
Feng Shui – Limited
The Great Battle – Limited
Intelligent Lives – New York City
The Last Suit – Limited
Little Italy – VOD/Limited
Love, Gilda – Limited
My Son – Limited
The Pagan King – Limited
Painless – Limited
Quincy – Limited/Netflix
Sharon 1.2.3. – Limited
The Sisters Brothers – Limited
The Song of Sway Lake – Limited
Strange Nature – Limited
The Storyteller – Limited
Tea With the Dames – Limited
White Rabbit – Limited/VOD

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

Don’t Open Your Eyes – VOD
Outlawed – VOD
The Son of South Florida – Amazon

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

Hell Fest
Night School
Smallfoot

3 Years in Pakistan: The Erik Aude Story – Limited
All About Nina – Limited
Apostle – Netflix
At First Light – Limited
Bad Reputation – Limited
Black 47 – Limited
Conny Plank-The Potential of Noise – Limited
Cruise – Limited
Domain – Limited
Free Solo – Limited
Golden Job – Limited
The Healer – Limited
Hold the Dark – Netflix
Little Women – Limited
Maggie Black – Los Angeles/VOD
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. – Limited
Maximum Impact – Limited
Monsters and Men – Limited
The Old Man & the Gun – Limited
The Outer Wild – Limited
The Padre – Limited/VOD
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution – Limited
Scaffolding – Limited
Sui Dhaaga: Made in India – Limited
Summer ’03 – Limited/VOD
The System – Limited
Trico Tri Happy Halloween – Limited