14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
For a moment, it looked like Christopher Nolan might be directing the next Bond movie. But sadly, all he said is he would be interested if the franchise needed a shot in the arm. For now, though, he thinks it’s doing fine. That may be true, but it doesn’t mean Bond couldn’t use a shot in the arm anyway — he is a spy, after all. /Shane Hnetka
DUNKIRK Speaking of Nolan, his latest movie is about a mass evacuation at Dunkirk during the early days of World War II. Nazi Germany had the Allies on the run, but halted their advance for three days to consolidate their hold on territory already gained. That gave the Allies time to organize a flotilla of boats from England to rescue over 300,000 troops stranded on beaches in northern France. Sounds like it’s going to be awesome, and intense.
GIRLS TRIP Four women, life-long friends, meet up and party on the town for a weekend. Hmmm, sounds familiar. Oh yeah, absent the dead male stripper, that was pretty much the plot of Rough Night! Instead of Scarlett Johansson and company, though, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Writer/director/producer Luc Besson has a reputation for producing more action movies than the world really needs. How many times can Liam Neeson’s family get taken for Pete’s sake! Besson has directed some awesome movies over the years though: La Femme Nikita, Leon, The Fifth Element, Lucy and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. The last was adapted from a popular French comic book series, as is this movie. The trailer looks amazing, and even it ends up being a beautiful failure, those movies are still worth a look too.
ATOMIC BLONDE Hey, another comic book movie! Charlize Theron stars as a bad-ass spy trying to find out who is killing operatives. The movie has already won acclaim for awesome fight scenes, and the director David Leitch co-directed John Wick. Who wouldn’t want to see Theron beat the crap out of bad guys?
THE EMOJI MOVIE Ugh. Sony has decided that the world needs an animated emoji movie. Why? I guess for money, but I’d like to think the movie-going public has better taste than that. Still, nothing else is really playing for kids these days. So Sony is going to make a few bucks from this crap.
7:00 RADIO DREAMS A movie about an Iranian radio station in San Francisco where the DJ is trying to get an Afghanistan rock band to jam with Metallica. Not surprisingly, there are many obstacles.
9:00 IT COMES AT NIGHT This low-budget horror movie won a ton of acclaim after premiering at the Overlook Film Festival. It’s set in a near future where some terrible plague has unleashed a bunch of zombies, and focuses on a man, his wife and son who live alone in a cabin in the woods. Then another family shows up looking for shelter. From what I’ve read, the movie is more psychological thriller than monster in the woods style horror. Still, it sounds and looks awesome.
7:00 DEAREST SISTER A Loatian horror movie about a wealthy young woman who loses her sight, but can now communicate with the dead, and a cousin from a poor village who moves in to help her out. Additional screenings July 23, 25, 27 at 9 p.m., July 24 and 26 at 7 p.m.
9:00 13 MINUTES This German film recounts an assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler in the early days of WWII by Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) who objected to his country’s embrace of fascism. His timing is off by a few minutes, though, and he’s subsequently captured by the Nazis. Additional screenings July 23, 25, 27, 29 at 7 p.m., July 24, 26, 28 and 30 at 9 p.m.
7:00 MONTEREY POP A documentary about a pre-Woodstock music festival in 1967 that featured The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Otis Reading, Ravi Shankar and more. Additional screenings July 29 at 9 p.m., July 30 at 7 p.m.
4:00 SCI-FI SUNDAY: SPACEBALLS Made in 1987, Mel Brooks’ classic spoof of Star Wars still holds up pretty good.
CERTAIN WOMEN The lives of three women intersect in this drama set in a small Montana town. Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros and Jared Harris star.
SPIRITED AWAY In advance of the Ganbatte anime festival, there’s a screening of Hayoa Miyazaki’s masterful 2001 animated film about a young girl in a strange world searching for a way to restore her parents.
BIRTH OF A FAMILY This NFB documentary by Tasha Hubbard sees three sisters and a brother reunite after they were separated from their Dene mother as children during the infamous Sixties Scoop.