October 25, 2019
The Cat and The MoonOctober 25, 2019
Drama / 2019/ 114 minutes
Proving himself a triple-threat talent, Alex Wolff – young star of last year’s horror hit Hereditary – makes his feature debut as a writer/director in his 2019 indie film The Cat and the Moon. Also starring in the central role, Wolff’s film concerns a teenager who, following his mother’s admission to rehab, comes to New York City to stay with a Jazz musician friend of his deceased father (Mike Epps) and takes his first steps into adulthood with the help of the friends he makes in this vibrant and exciting new environment. For someone so young Wolff has a remarkably mature grasp on the joys and challenges of coming-of-age in the modern world, and his sturdy filmmaking and skill with other actors all but assure that we’ll be seeing great things from him – both as an actor and a writer/director – going forward. With Skyler Gisondo, Stefania LaVie Owen and Guillian Yao Gioiello.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (35mm)October 25, 2019
Comedy / 2019 / 161 minutes
The phrase “love letter to Hollywood” gets thrown around critical circles with obnoxious regularity, but if any film ever deserved the distinction it’s Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. A rose-tinted look back at Tinseltown circa 1969 that follows three primary characters – a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt double/best friend (Brad Pitt) and infamously doomed starlet Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) – Tarantino’s ninth and possibly penultimate film is less an attempt at historical documentation and more an effort of historical reclamation, a cinematic balm to pop culture’s darkest moment and a nostalgic longing for a time that never truly existed. As always Tarantino is at the top of his directorial game, and with the powerhouse trio of DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie dropping movie star charisma bombs into to every scene, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lands as the auteur’s most purely enjoyable film, a world that film fans will cherish getting lost in.