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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Based on real events, Terrence Malick tells the story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian farmer from the Alpine village of Radegund who was a conscientious objector during WWII. Drawing extensively from the letters Jägerstätter exchanged with his wife (Valerie Pachner) during his time in prison, Malick combines the epistolary with the visionary in realizing this deeply spiritual story, aided by Jörg Widmer's stunning cinematography and James Newton Howard's moving score, with counterpoint provided by choice selections from Arvo Pärt, Bach, Beethoven, Handel and Gorecki. The excellent cast includes the late Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz in their final film roles, as well as Matthias Schoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow, Alexander Fehling, Karl Markovics and Franz Rogowski. Winner, Ecumenical Jury Prize, 2019 Cannes International Film Festival; Official Selection, 2019 Telluride, Toronto, New York and BFI London film festivals. DIR/SCR Terrence Malick; SCR inspired by "Franz Jägerstätter: Letters and Writings from Prison," edited by Erna Putz; PROD Elisabeth Bentley, Dario Bergesio, Grant Hill, Josh Jeter. Germany/U.S., 2019, color, 173 min. In English and German with English subtitles. RATED PG-13

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD) has crafted a LITTLE WOMEN that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig's take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms – is both timeless and timely. Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen star as Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. DIR/SCR Greta Gerwig, from the novel by Louisa May Alcott; PROD Denise Di Novi, Amy Pascal, Robin Swicord. U.S., 2019, color, 135 min. RATED PG

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