Films Coming Soon

Friday, May 17, 2019

The year is 1613, and William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. ALL IS TRUE is a labor of love for Branagh, who has been fascinated with the life of Shakespeare since his teens. He has assembled a troupe of Shakespeareans, ranging from legends like Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, to longtime veterans of Branagh's plays and films, to a young generation of actors drawn from his theatre company. Told with warmth and wry humor, ALL IS TRUE is a family drama, a detective story and a quiet reflection on a life dedicated to art. Ultimately, it is the uplifting tale of a man who journeys from darkness and loss to a renewed appreciation of the richness and value of life, allowing him to play out his final act in peace. DIR/PROD Kenneth Branagh; SCR Ben Elton; PROD Ted Gagliano, Tamar Thomas. UK, 2018, color, 101 min. RATED PG-13

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Friday, May 10, 2019

ASK DR. RUTH chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution. DIR/PROD Ryan White; PROD Rafael Marmor, Jessica Hargrave, Christopher Leggett. U.S., 2019, color, 100 min. NOT RATED

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning, in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910. They started in Flushing, Queens, before moving to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green's energetic documentary is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster; featuring Agnès Varda, Andy Samberg, Ava DuVernay, Ben Kingsley, Bryony Dixon, Catherine Hardwicke, Gale Anne Hurd, Geena Davis, Gillian Armstrong, John Bailey, Jon M. Chu, Julie Delpy, Julie Taymor, Michel Hazanavicius, Patty Jenkins, Peter Farrelly, Stephanie Allain and Walter Murch. DIR/SCR/PROD Pamela B. Green; SCR Joan Simon. U.S., 2018, color and b&w, 103 min. NOT RATED

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (NUTS!, OUR NIXON). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world. DIR Penny Lane; PROD Gabriel Sedgwick. U.S., 2019, color, 95 min. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.