Directed by Oscar-winner Morgan Neville, the documentary about the life and work of Fred Rogers called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? captures an in-depth look at America’s favored neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers.
According to the storyline, the movie follows a man whom we all thought we knew as we watched on television. The documentary is being promoted as an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius, who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
“Morgan once again avoids making a traditional biodoc and instead takes us behind the curtain to see how Fred Rogers navigated the cultural and social issues of the second half of the twentieth century with his own brand of forward-thinking, compassionate wisdom far beyond his time,” commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “Mister Rogers makes us all want to be better people, and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of telling his story today.”
“The Fred Rogers I discovered making this film is at once comfortably familiar and completely surprising. I believe Mister Rogers is the kind of voice we need to hear right now,” said director Morgan Neville. “I am thrilled to work with Focus Features on taking this film out into the world, along with my collaborators at Impact Partners and Independent Lens.”
“This is Morgan’s fourth film with Independent Lens, following our Emmy Award-winning collaboration on Best of Enemies,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer. “His beautiful new film shows us just how cool Mister Rogers was and how relevant and vital his voice is right now.”
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is produced by Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, and Nicholas Ma. This is the only movie clip I could get of the documentary. It looks like a movie all generations will want to see because Mr. Rogers was an inspiration.
Directed by Gus Van Sant, who brought us notable movies like To Die For, Milk, The Sea of Trees, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is based on a true story. The movie follows Joaquin Phoenix, a Van Sant alumni, as he performs John Callahan lust for life with a quirky knack for off-color jokes and an obvious drinking problem.
The tragedy begins with an all-night bender and ends in a catastrophic car accident. John wakes up to the reality of being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
The movie is his journey back from rock bottom, his honesty and wicked sense of humor turn out to be his saving grace. He builds friends with an oddball AA group while finding out that love is not beyond his reach. He develops a talent for drawing irreverent and sometimes shocking cartoons that bring him notoriety.
The movie is brought to us by Amazon Studios, which means I am a Prime member and will be able to see it as soon as it leaves the movie theaters. I look forward to taking a peek at the acting chops of some fine actors in this movie including Rooney Mara, Jack Black, and Jonah Hill.
Check out the trailer and notice both Jack Black and Jonah Hill are taking a serious turn in this poignant story.
Directed by Jason Reitman, who brought you Juno and Young Adult, Tully follows Marlo, a housewife of three, played by Charlize Theron. Her brother gifts her a nighttime nanny named Tully, played by Mackenzie Davis. Marlo is uncertain about the extravagance at first, and she comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young Tully.
The trailer is touching and real, but not very much information has been released about the movie except this trailer.
Written and directed by John Callas, No Solicitors is a creepy, campy horror movie with a thread of political satire. The movie is a Fright Night and Scare-A-Con Film Festival Winner.
The movie follows Lewis Cutterman, played by Eric Roberts, is a well-respected brain surgeon and happily married with two beautiful children who run the family business. Clearly, they seem like model citizens within the community.
A typical visit to their home by a real estate agent is greeted by an invitation to dinner. The except dinner takes a macabre turn when the solicitor finds herself drugged by the family.
Waking up, the solicitor soon discovers they will be slowly eaten piece by piece and that the kid’s family business is to farm out their internal organs to needy patients.
The movie is filled with eye candy and silly, offbeat humor. My husband used to be a solicitor, and I understand the need to make a living. But, solicitors can be annoying. No Solicitors puts a new creepiness to door-to-door salespeople.
Co-directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, I Can Only Imagine follows a true story based on a song by possibly the most popular faith-based song ever played on Christian radio – I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe.
The story follows Bart Millard, who the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe. His relationship with his troubled father played to the core by Dennis Quaid. See the movie clip below of Quaid playing a very emotionally torqued father. The message in the movie, which is totally Christian, nobody is ever too far from God’s love — or too far from an eternal home in Heaven.
The movie also stars Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins, Michael Finley, Priscilla Shire, and Madeline Carroll.
Directed by Kay Cannon, Blocker’s follows three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom. The parents launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon. She is the writer of the Pitch Perfect series.
Directed and co-written by Italian Paolo Virzì, The Leisure Seeker follows a vintage recreational vehicle as John, played by Donald Sutherland and Ella Spencer, played by Helen Mirren take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys.
The road trip movie is about John and Ella arriving at the Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them. The movie is based on a novel, so the story is rich and thought-provoking.
Directed by Johannes Roberts and co-written by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai, The Strangers: Prey at Night follows a family on a road trip as it turns into a dangerous horrific trip when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park. The plan is to stay with relatives but find the place deserted, which is as puzzling as most horror movie stories play to the end.
Under the creepy night of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s limit as they are driven to the verge of insanity as they struggle to survive.
The horror movie is inspired by the 2008 horror winner The Strangers about a young couple being tested by three masked assailants. The movie was directed by Bryan Bertino who co-wrote Prey at Night.
The trailer is horrific so enjoy the terror.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare is a horror movie. The movie follows Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars and Tyler Posey of Teen Wolf.
It appears to be a harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends and turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.
Directed by Sylvain White, horror movie Slender Man follows four high school girls in a small town in Massachusetts. The girls perform a ritual in an attempt to reveal the lore of Slender Man.
One of the girls mysteriously disappears and the other three girls suspect she is truly Slender Man’s latest victim.
The cast includes Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Javier Botet.
Slender Man is based on a character created by Eric Knudsen, a.k.a. Victor Surge. A mythical character created by Surge via the Internet forum called Something Awful.
However, the movie is written for the screen by David Birke who also scripted Elle and 13 Sins.
Watch the trailer and you will see why horror fans will scream to see this movie.