Written by Matt: From the tenth of June 2022 to Sunday, June 26, RogerEbert.com presents the second annual installation of Black Writers Week, showcasing significant work from ourguest editors Danielle Scruggs, Robert Daniels and Sergio Mims, as well as writers Mack Bates, Bijan Bayne, Shawn Edwards, André Hammel, Esq., Odie Henderson, Jewel Ifeguni, Craig D. Lindsey, David Moses, Shelli Nicole, Sherin Nicole, Ife Olatunji, Eric Pierson, Reginald Ponder, Taj Rani, Carla Renata, Peyton Robinson, Niani Scott, Jourdain Searles, Kaiya Shunyata, Aramide Tinubu, Brandon Towns and Brandon David Wilson. You can find all of their reviews, interviews and essays published in Black Writers Week 2022 on our official table of contentsand you will find the complete list of their bios and headshots HERE.
Clara Alone(2022). Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén. Written by Nathalie Álvarez MesénandMaria Camila Arias. studdedWendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Daniel Castaneda Rincon. Synopsis: In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a 40-year-old retreating woman, experiences a sexual and mysterious awakening as she embarks on a journey to free herself from oppression. learned religious and social conventions that dominated his life.Now available in the US.
Not Okay(2022). Written and directed by Quinn Shephard. studdedZoey Deutsch, Dylan O’Brien, Embeth Davidtz. Synopsis: A lost young woman, desperate for friends and fame, fakes a trip to Paris to update her social media presence. A terrible incident took place in the real world that became part of the imaginary trip and offered everything he wanted. US debuts on July 29, 2022.
Beauty(2022). Directed by Andrew Dosunmu. Written by Lena Waithe. studdedGracie Marie Bradley, Aleyse Shannon, Niecy Nash. Synopsis: A talented young Black woman struggles to maintain her voice and identity after she was offered a lucrative recording contract.Now available on Netflix.
Persuasion(2022). Directed by Carrie Cracknell. Written by Alice Victoria WinslowandRon Bass(based on this novelJane Austen). studdedDakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis, Richard E. Grant. Synopsis: Eight years after Anne Elliot was persuaded not to marry a daring man of low descent, they meet again. Will she get her second chance at true love?Netflix debuts on July 15, 2022.
smiles(2022). Written and directed byParker Finn. studded Bacon sauce, Rob Morgan, Kal Penn. Synopsis: After witnessing a unique, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter begins to experience frightening events that she cannot describe. Rose has to face her troublesome past to survive and escape her horrible new reality.US debuts on September 30, 2022.
Both sides of the Blade(2022). Directed by Claire Dennis. Written by Claire DennisandChristine Angot. studdedJuliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Mati Diop. Synopsis: A love triangle story about a woman who is caught between two men, her longtime partner and her best friend, her ex -boyfriend. US debuts on August 31, 2022.
Lost in the Night(2022). Directed byEli Horowitz. Written by Eli HorowitzandMatthew Derby. studded Winona Ryder, John Gallagher Jr., Dermot Mulroney. Synopsis: When Kath and her boyfriend arrive at a remote cabin in the redwoods, they find a mysterious young couple already there. Her boyfriend disappears with the young woman, and Kath is distracted by the search for an explanation. The US release date is TBA.
My Police(2022). Directed byMichael Grandage. Written by Ron Nyswaner(based on this novelBethan Roberts). studded Harry’s Styles, Emma Corrin, Rupert Everett. Synopsis: Patrick’s arrival at Marion and Tom’s house prompts the exploration of seismic events from 40 years ago.Prime Video debuts on November 4, 2022.
Anonymous Club(2022). Directed by Danny Cohen. Synopsis: An intimate access to the private life of Courtney Barnett, an anti-influencer powerful voice of our time.The US release date is TBA.
I love My Dad(2022). Written and directed byJames Morosini. studded Patton Oswalt, James Morosini, Lil Rel Howery. Synopsis: A hopeless father is separated from his son’s catfish in an attempt to reconnect.US debuts on August 5, 2022.
In His Name(2022). Written and directed bySarah Carter. studded Erin Hammond, Sarah Carter, Ciera Danielle. Synopsis: The brotherhood separated by their father’s devotion to art is above all united in the same spirit. The US release date is TBA.
Menudo: Until Young(2022). Directed byAngel Manuel SotoandKristofer Rios. Synopsis: A shocking four -part docuseries that records the unfathomable story behind the rise and fall of Menudo, the most iconic Latin American boy band in history.Now available on HBO Max.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile(2022). Directed byJosh GordonandSi Speck. Written by Davies(based on the book byBernard Waber). studded Javier Bardem, Shawn Mendes, Brett Gelman. Synopsis: Feature film based on a children’s book about a crocodile that lives in New York City.US debuts on October 7, 2022.
DB Cooper: Where are you ?!(2022). Directed byMarina Zenovich. Synopsis: It follows the 50-year search for Cooper, the man who hijacked a Northwest Airlines passenger jet in November 1971 and escaped with $ 200,000.Netflix debuts on July 13, 2022.
This Is What I Know To Be True(2022). Directed byAndrew Dominik. Synopsis: Explores creative relationships and songs from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ last two studio albums, “Ghosten” and “killing“.Now available in the US.
Blonde (2022). Written and directed by Andrew Dominik (based on this novelJoyce Carol Oates). studdedAnne in Arms, Adrian Brody, Garret Dillahunt. Synopsis: A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.US debuts on September 23, 2022.
Olivia DeJonge in “Elvis“
Written by Matt:I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Olivia DeJonge, the acclaimed star of HBO’s “The Staircase,” about the description Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic, “Elvis.” You can read our full conversation HERE.
Highlights of Tribeca 2022
Written by Matt:Highlights of Tribeca 2022 in two tell and documentary categories recentlymentioned by Peter Sobczynski.I’m especially excited for Alexandre O. Philippe’s latest visual essay, “Lynch/Oz,” which captures provocative connections between “The Wizard of Oz“and the surrealist work of the director David Lynch.
The Light of the Western Stars(1940). Directed by Lesley Selander. Written byNorman Houston(based on this novel Zane Gray). studded Alan Ladd, Ester Estrella, Tom Tyler. Synopsis: Cowhand Ladd dances with cantina girl Estrella and has a part in the shooting of Sheriff Tyler.
Medicine for Kadato(1940). Directed by Earl C. Kenton. Written by Lee Loeb. studdedJean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Edgar Kennedy. Synopsis: A college friend of the local soda-jerk comes to town and announces that he is looking for property to build a resort. If he buys land and suddenly “discovers” that there is oil under it-and generously offers to sell the townspeople’s share of his newly discovered oil reserve-Dr. Christian suspects a fraud and prepares to prove it.
One Body Too Many(1944). Directed by Frank McDonald. Written byWinston MillerandMaxwell Shane. studded Bela Lugosi, Jack Haley, Jean Parker. Synopsis: An insurance investigator arrives at a horrible mansion to protect a millionaire with death threats made against him.