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.
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. I saw a dynamic clip of Quaid playing a very emotionally torqued father. I encourage you to see the movie, just to Quaid, amazing.
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 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 Michael Sucsy, Every Day is based on a bestseller by David Levithan. The movie follows Rhiannon, played by Angourie Rice, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day.
Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and “A” work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.
The movie also stars Maria Bello. I’ve liked her work since History of Violence.
The movie trailer is inspirational and gets under my skin.
Directed and co-written by Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8, follows Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie, played by Sandra Bullock, attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita, and Constance. These roles are played part and parcel by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dakota Fanning in an undisclosed role.
Take a look at who is starring in this movie. Oscar winners William Hurt and Helen Hunt are fantastic as a parent of a tragic death and a coach who must pull her champion team together and maintain a winning streak, unlike any other volleyball team.
Directed by Sean McNamara, The Miracle Season follows a champion volleyball team that lost their star player to a tragic auto accident. The town, school, and team go through the process of snapping back to determining winners.
With such an awesome cast, I am sure this movie will not go unnoticed. The ending is predictable but still, it will be fun to watch as long as it doesn’t get too mushy. Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
Directed by José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad), 7 Days in Entebbe follows the inspired true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris.
Watching the trailer, I can sense the gripping terror of the passengers and those who attempted to rescue the hijack victims. The movie shows the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.
Written by Gregory Burke, who also wrote 71, a gripping film about Ireland’s Civil War, 7 Days in Entebbe unique and talent cast includes Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Daniel Brühl (The Zookeeper’s Wife), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet.
Directed by Beth Lamure, Daisy Winters follows an eleven-year-old girl, played by Sterling Jerins. Her unconventional, yet deeply loving relationship with her mother becomes painfully broken.
Along with her journey, including her quest to discover her father, the courageous, resourceful and precocious Daisy learns about how to embrace every moment with determination and an unrelenting belief in herself.
The story pretty much covers everything – love, death, and the meaning of life.
The movie also stars Brooke Shields, Carrie Preston, and Iwan Rheon.
The Party is a very British movie with a stellar cast. Here is the first trailer, and I am intrigued that it is in black and white.