The BFG [PG] – Steven Spielberg charmer based on Roald Dahl classic. With Mark Rylance. [trailer]
Cafe Society [PG-13] – Ambition and disillusion in Hollywood society of the 1930’s. Directed by Woody Allen, with Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople [PG-13] – Overweight orphan (Julian Dennison) forms unlikely alliance with New Zealand bushlands loner (Sam Neill). [trailer]
The Lobster [R] – Deadpan dating satire in an oppressive province where singles must find a mate in 45 days or be turned into animals. With Colin Farrell. [trailer]
Love & Friendship [PG] – Quick-witted comedy from a Jane Austen story via director Whit Stillman. With Kate Beckinsale as lovely and devious Lady Susan. [trailer]
Sing Street [PG-13] – Winning come-of-age romance set in Dublin, with a bouyant soundtrack, from director John Carney [trailer.]
Southside With You [PG-13] – Romantic drama portrays Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson on their first date. [trailer]
1. Suicide Squad [PG-13] – So-so super-villainy based on DC Comics.
2. Sausage Party [R] – Animated grocery stocked with raunchy jokes. Voiced by Seth Rogen.
3. War Dogs [R] – Twenty-something businessmen get rich selling weapons to the U.S. military. With Jonah Hill.
4. Kubo and the Two Strings [PG] – Dazzling animated tale of 12-year-old Japanese boy with exceptional storytelling powers. Directed by Travis Knight.
5. Pete’s Dragon [PG] – Endearing Disney remake about an orphaned boy’s friendship with a flying green dinosaur.
September 9 – Sully – Tom Hanks plays pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who landed a stricken airliner on the Hudson River in 2009.
September 16 – Snowden – From director Oliver Stone, a sympathetic look at Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying on citizens.
October 9 – The Birth of a Nation – Brutal drama of Nat Turner slave rebellion.
December – The Founder – Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s.
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Jan 22-Feb 1, 2016 – Sundance Film Festival, Park City UT
U.S. Grand Jury Prizes – Weiner (documentary) – A behind-the-scenes look at scandal in Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign. The Birth of a Nation (drama) – Brutal historical drama of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South.
U.S. Audience Awards – Jim: The James Foley Story (documentary) – Examines the public execution by ISIS of American journalist James Foley. The Birth of a Nation (drama).
Last year’s winners –Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Wolfpack, Meru
Mar 11-19, 2016 – SXSW Film Conference & Festival, Austin TX
Richard Linklater’s poignant college drama Everybody Wants Some!! opened the film portion of the festival. Adam Pinney’s quirky film about eccentricity and obsession, The Arbalest, won the narrative grand jury prize. Keith Maitland’s Tower, which reconstructs the 1966 sniper shootings at the University of Texas at Austin, won the top documentary prize.
Apr 13-Apr 24, 2016 – Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY
Opening night: The First Monday in May, Andrew Rossi documentary goes behind the scenes as fashion mogul Anna Wintour mounts a benefit show at the Met Museum in New York.
Best Narrative Feature: Dean, directed by Dimetri Martin.
Best International Narrative Feature: Junction 28, written and directed by Udi Aloni.
Best Documentary Feature: Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson.
The feature slate includes 102 titles in American and international tracks, with an anniversary celebration of Taxi Driver. The new TV track includes screenings of The Good Wife, Six Feet Under, Roots and Broad City.
May 11–22, 2016 – Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France #Cannes2016
Palme d’Or: I, Daniel Blake, from British director Ken Loach, about a British carpenter struggling to keep his benefits after a heart attack. Notable screenings out of competition: Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, set in 1930s Hollywood, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG starring Mark Rylance, and Jim Jarmusch documentary about Iggy Pop, Gimme Danger.
Last year’s Palme d’Or winner was Dheepan, French crime drama about three refugees who flee to France from war-ravaged Sri Lanka.
September 2-5, 2016 – Telluride Film Festival, Telluride CO
September 8-18 – Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
September 30 – October 16 – New York Film Festival, New York, NY
Opening night: The 13th, documentary by Ava DuVernay (director of Selma in 2014) about America’s sky-high prison incarceration rate.