Summer Loving: Movies for Romance

Who’s in the mood for love? Set the stage for the perfect date night with a bottle of wine, some candles, and films that inspire romance. From bouncy musicals to tragic tales, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for on Fashion Reverie‘s list of the most romantic movies.  

Upcoming Films

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The Last Letter from Your Lover” – July 23rd Netflix

Jennifer Sterling (played by Shailene Woodley) is an American woman living in 1960s England in a safe but loveless marriage.  She falls into a romance with the mysterious B to whom she shares a passionate romance via love letters. Decades later, Ellie, a London reporter played by Felicity Jones, finds the letters and is determined to find out what happened to the star-crossed lovers.

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Resort to Love” – July 29th Netflix

With her career hitting a snag, a singer still smarting from her broken engagement a year earlier takes a job performing at a wedding at a swanky tropical resort. It’s only after she arrives that she discovers her ex fiancé is the groom! Starring Christina Milan and produced by Alicia Keys, this is a fun, screwball romantic comedy with a lot of great music.

The Classics

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The Princess Bride 

This classic from 1987 was directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name. Buttercup (played by Robin Wright) longs for her lost love Westley, feared dead in a pirate attack. Westley (played by Cary Elwes), who survived, is determined to find his way back to her in this action-adventure romance.  The idea that streaming this film with your honey will lead to anything but a night of steamy romance is INCONCEIVABLE!  

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In the Mood for Love 

Directed by Wong Kar-Wei and set in 1962 Hong Kong, this lush tale of unrequited love will inspire you to snuggle even harder with your better half.  Neighbors find themselves forming a strong bond when they discover their spouses are having an affair. Filled with music and lush jewel tones, this moving film will inspire you to be brave and fight for happiness and fulfillment.  

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Once  

Written and directed by John Carney, this Oscar-winning film tells the story of a street musician who happens upon a young immigrant. They decide to write a song together and find themselves falling in love. Despite a measly $150,000 budget, the film takes full advantage of the beautiful Irish countryside it was filmed in and is stunning to look at. The song they write (actually written by the actors themselves!)  “Falling” would go win an Oscar for Best Original Song and the film would later inspire a Broadway adaption.  

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire  

This quiet and meditative, yet robust film of doomed love was criminally overlooked in 2019. Set in 17th century France, it tells the story of a painter, Marianne, hired to do a portrait of a young woman, Heloise, living on a remote island. To their surprise, the two women find themselves falling passionately in love. Alas, Heloise has been promised to another. Directed by Céline Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was filmed in 8K stock so the movie is bursting with color and such amazing cinematography that every frame is a painting.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is not for everyone. Many will find it slow and tedious, but multiple critics called it the best film of the year. And the ending? Have tissues handy. This tragic tale will remind you to cherish the love you have.  

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It Happened One Night” 

Considered by many to be the original romantic comedy, it features Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert at their height being directed by legend Frank Capra. Runway heiress Ellie meets reporter Peter on a Greyhound bus to New York City only to be forced to find alternate travel when the bus breaks down, resulting in madcap adventures. Many critics call this one of the greatest films ever made.

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Loving

This is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (yes that was their last name). With their interracial marriage illegal in their home state of Virginia, the pair move to Washington D.C. but find themselves longing for home. Upon getting arrested for visiting family, they set into motion events that would end with a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Asked by a reporter what he wants the world to know about him, Richard Loving simply replied “I love my wife.”

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Say Anything

Do you remember being a reckless and endlessly optimistic teenager? Go there again with this classic from the ’80s. Directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Ione Skye and John Cusack, it tells the story of two teenagers awkwardly navigating their slide into adult life after graduating from high school while falling in love. Crowe recently indicated he is considering revisiting the character all these years later to see where they ended up.  

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The Big Sick” 

This film written by Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon was inspired by the true story of their courtship. Kumail plays himself, and after dating Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) for a few months, they have a huge fight. Emily runs off. The next day Kumail gets a call that Emily is suffering from a severe infection and is now in a coma. Will their relationship survive? Will Emily?  

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Singin’ in the Rain” 

Saving the best for last! This fun romantic comedy has been hailed as the greatest musical of all time. Starring Gene Kelly—who also co-directed and choreographed the picture— Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, this film is a celebration of romance and the joy of falling in love set in the film industry during the advent of talking pictures. A pure delight from beginning to end, you’ll be humming the title song for days.  

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

Fashion Reverie’s Spring/Summer 2021 Movie Roundup

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

So many shocking things have happened in the past year and one of them is “King Kong vs Godzilla.” The special effects juggernaut was a huge hit at the box office. This is even more shocking when you know that movie theaters are opening with reduced capacity, yet, it still managed to pull in a $48 million opening weekend despite being available for streaming on HBO MAX. The simple explanation?  People LIKE seeing movies in theaters! The summer blockbuster is here to stay.

Please keep in mind, the pandemic is not over. Yes, we have glimpsed the finish line, but we still have a long way to go.  Even if you are vaccinated, you still need to wear your mask and social distance. Health is wealth!!

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Black Widow

After the wild success of “Wandavision” we have another female-led entry into the MCU (the fictional Marvel Comics Universe) that was actually directed by a woman, Cate Shortland, with the story by “writer Jack Schaffer. The $200 million epic will be a feast for the eyes with its exciting action and top of the line special effects. It tells the story of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansen) troubled past as she is forced to confront her present. It will be available in theaters as well as on Disney+ for an additional charge.

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Free Guy

Pushed back from its 2020 release, “Free Guy” tells the story of Guy, a simple man who works in a bank, but suddenly discovers he’s living in a video game as an NPC (nonplaying character). But hold the phone, he finds out the game is about to go offline. He’s in a race against time to make himself the hero of the game before it disappears forever.

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Luca

Still sad you can’t travel? The latest offering from Pixar will take you to a beautiful seaside town in the Italian Rivera. “Luca” is bursting with color and life, telling the story of Luca, a young boy who is enjoying a fun-filled summer with his new best friend while they go on scooter rides, gobble pasta, and eat gelato. But their happiness is threatened by a terrible secret. Not only does this kid-friendly fare work for grown-ups but it will be available on Disney+ without any additional charges.

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In the Heights

Based on the Tony award-winning play of the same name written by Lin Manuel Miranda, “In The Heights” is a bubbly musical set, where else, in Washington Heights. Filmed on location, it tells the story of a bodega owner who, after inheriting a large sum of money, is considering closing his bodega and retiring to the Dominican Republic.

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Jungle Cruise

ANOTHER movie based on a Disneyland ride? Must Fashion Reverie remind you the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” was pretty good until Disney ran the franchise into the ground? “Jungle Cruise” is already getting some advanced buzz that’s it’s a fun action-adventure thrill ride. The film stars Emily Blunt as a scientist searching for the legendary “tree of life” said to have magical healing properties. She hires a grizzled riverboat captain played by Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson to guide her down the infamous Amazon ahead of German scientists determined to find it first. 

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The Pink Cloud

Looking for some more independent fare? While it may seem like this Brazilian film was tailor-made for the pandemic, the truth is it was written in 2015 and completed filming in 2019. It tells the story of a world where a deadly pink cloud has forced everyone to stay indoors indefinitely, focusing on a young woman now trapped with the one-night stand she brought home the night before. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to excellent reviews.

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Summer of Soul

This documentary directed by Ahmir Thompson (better known by his stage name Questlove) recovers long-lost footage of a 1969 concert that was all but forgotten when Woodstock would take place just a few months later. The feature showcases filmed footage of the Harlem Cultural Festival, including never-before-seen concert performances by B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder, and more. Despite the top-level talent that performed at the festival, the concert went largely unremembered and, according to the opening title of the film, the footage “sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen.” 

 —Cameron Grey Rose

2021 Oscar Predictions

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While we all wait for everyone to get vaccinated and for herd immunity to kick in—experts are predicting summer of 2021—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement assuring that there absolutely WILL be an in-person ceremony for the 93rd Oscars on April 25, 2021. How exactly that is going to work, especially since so many of the likely nominees are vulnerable to the virus due to their age, remains to be seen.

The eligibility window for qualifying films has also been extended, from December 31 of this year to February 28, 2021. Also, films also won’t be required to have a theatrical run, which means there’s plenty of time to watch the possible nominees in the safety of your home.  Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of films that might be taking home Oscar statuettes.

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“Nomadland” directed by Chloe Zhao

It’s interesting that this film is based on a non-fiction book that was published in 2017 because it perfectly encapsulates the living tragedy that was 2020. Frances McDormand plays Fern, a woman who has lost everything, travels across the American West in a van seeking work. At one point, a young girl asks, “You’re homeless right?” Fern firmly tells her “I’m not homeless, I’m houseless. Not the same is it?” With Oscar buzz already circling, McDormand could make Oscar history. If she simultaneously receives both a best actress and best picture nomination as a producer of the film, she would be the first woman to do so.

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“Minari” directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Comparisons to last year’s best picture “Parasite” are inevitable, but this brilliant film stands on its own. Minari is both a heartbreaking and inspiring tale of a Korean American family attempting to start a farm in Arkansas. A controversy arose when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was deciding which category the film was eligible for—Best Picture or Best Foreign Language film. Many are demanding rules be changed. Don’t be distracted; this gentle film is a feast for the eyes as well as the heart as the film quietly dissects the American Dream.

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“Mank” directed by David Fincher
One major failing that seems to dog the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts is its tendency to celebrate films that, well, celebrate filmmaking. “The Artist,” “La La Land,” and “Boogie Nights” are a few examples. Director David Fincher—who also wrote and did the cinematography for the picture under pseudonyms—looks at 1930s Hollywood through the scathing wit of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.” The film is a passion project as the original script “Mnk” was based on was written by Finchers’ late father, Jack Fincher, in the 1990s. Be warned, “Mank” is WILDLY historically inaccurate and Gary Oldman overacts like it’s about to made illegal. 

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” directed by George C. Wolfe

Based on August Wilson’s 1984 play of the same name, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a celebration of three real-life Black artists and legends. While critics are divided on how successful the film is, the acclaim for the late Chadwick Boseman is universal. Many are calling his work as a trumpet player Lavee the finest of his remarkable career. We’ll never know if Boseman knew this would be his swan song. Boseman never gave less than one hundred percent to his often-demanding roles. He will almost certainly be awarded a posthumous Oscar for Best Actor.

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“Promising Young Woman” written and directed by Emerald Fenell
Carey Mulligan plays Cassie, a young woman who dropped out of medical school due to severe trauma in this candy-colored black comedy revenge thriller for the #Metoo era. If that seems like a lot of adjectives, know this smart film has a lot of tonal shifts which makes sense considering what trauma can do to a brain. Many critics are saying this is a lock to get women nominated for writing and directing awards this year. If the name Emerald Fenell sounds familiar she played Camilla Parker-Bowles on season 4 of “The Crown.”

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“News of the World” directed by Paul Greengrass
Would it even be an awards season without Tom Hanks’ name being bandied about? Hanks reunites with his “Captain Phillips’” director for a sumptuous tale of an 18th century newsreader. This was a real profession at the time. Newspapers were difficult to acquire and not many people knew how to read. Newsreaders would travel around telling people the “news of the world.” Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) stumbles upon an abandoned child while traveling through Texas and is determined to find a home for the orphan.  From the score to the acting, directing, and cinematography, the entire film is an assembly of titans in the industry at the top of their game.

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“Tenet” directed by Christopher Nolan

While “Tenet” is definitely in the Oscar race, many are saying this might not be the year for Nolan. The film was definitely hurt by being screened at home rather than the original IMAX release that had been planned. The 200-million-dollar spectacular didn’t play so well on the small screen.  Audiences were utterly confused by the densely plotted film. Star Kenneth Branagh even admitted despite starring in the picture he wasn’t entirely sure if he was the villain or not.  Nolan will just have to wait and see.

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“Soul” directed by Peter Docter

Another entry from the always reliable Pixar veteran director Peter Docter, (“Up,” “Inside Out”) “Soul” is a gentle tale of the afterlife. Jazz Musician Joe (Jamie Foxx) had a wonderful day that sadly ends with him falling into an open manhole, going into a coma, and getting trapped between life and death. Despite the dark themes, the film is a brightly colorful tale, full of music and life. So far, no animated film has ever won best picture—only 4 have been nominated—but some are saying this could be Pixar’s year.

Possible Dark Horses

Every year there are a few films that have real potential to jam up the works by being unexpected nominees and winners, And, if there was any year for that to happen it will be this one.

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“The Invisible Man“ directed by Leigh Whannell 

“The Invisible Man” is one of the only films with some Oscar talk to enjoy an actual theatrical run. While it is incredibly rare for horror films to be nominated, there is a real buzz that Elisabeth Moss’s work in “The Invisible Man” as a woman desperately trying to survive a toxic relationship is strong enough to put her in the race.

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“Let Them All Talk” directed by Steven Soderbergh

Despite starring Meryl Streep, who holds the current world record of twenty-three acting nominations, buzz from this Steven Soderbergh-directed film is around Candice Bergen’s performance as Roberta, a woman who’s painfully dissatisfied with life and determined to take steps to find happiness while cruising with friends. Many critics are saying it’s their favorite performance of the year.

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“The Assistant” directed by Kitty Green
Julia Garner—no relation to Jennifer—already has two Emmys for her scene-stealing work on Netflix’s “Ozark” but may be looking at an Oscar nomination for her role as Jane in Kitty Green’s “The Assistant.”  Jane is an assistant to a Harvey Weinstein-like producer. (Full disclosure: writer Cameron Grey Rose worked with Harvey Weinstein during her time at The Hollywood Reporter.) The only stumbling block is how closely Harvey Weinstein worked with the Academy (he was stripped of his membership) contributing to a breath-taking 81 wins. This may hit a little too close to home.

—Cameron Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2020 Television Shows and Series Roundup

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”

—Robert Frost

The juggernaut that is 2020 continues slouching toward oblivion as people bounce from dire emergency to dire emergency like a tennis ball in the dryer from hell.  While so many things have been canceled, one tradition that will remain is the fall television season, but it will be significantly altered.  Many premiere dates are TBA and all are subject to change. A considerable number of series coming to mainstream television are originally Canadian or BBC productions as networks are trying to pad their autumn schedules. With a desperate need for new programming, it’s time to step out of your comfort zones and try something new.

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Star Trek Lower Decks” – CBS All Access

Considering the sheer volume of Star Trek spinoffs, it’s surprising that this is the first animation series borne from the Gene Roddenberry classic.  The show focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the USS Cerritos, in the year 2380. The first episode is available for free on YouTube.

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LoveCraft Country” – HBO

With this summer seeing race relations in America reaching a boiling point, this JJ Abrams and Jorden Peele produced series couldn’t come at a better time. Based on the Matt Ruff novel, Lovecraft Country, the series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America.  The series puts a supernatural spin on the very real horrors that African Americans faced at that time (and many will argue never went away). This is going to be a wild, exciting, terrifying and eye-opening ride into America’s past (and current) racial scars.

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Woke” – Hulu

In another shockingly timely series addressing racism in America–hmm, maybe these issues have been reaching a critical momentum since before George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’ murders–“Woke” tells the story of Keef (Lamorne Morris), a black cartoonist set to break into mainstream success. After his life is shaken to the core, due to a misunderstanding borne out of an abuse of power and systematic racism, Keef suddenly sees inanimate objects coming to life and cracking wise.  This show addresses many of the same issues as “Lovecraft Country,” but with an absurdist comedic tone.

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The Undoing” – HBO

Were you underwhelmed by the 2nd season of “Big Little Lies”? You and everyone else.  Get ready for “The Undoing.” Written and produced by David E Kelly, it’s a new mini-series starring Nicole Kidman based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz  set to premiere on HBO this fall. Joyfully living the life of wealthy elite New Yorker, Grace Fraser’s world is rocked due to a violent death and the fallout that threatens to consume her.

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Mr. Mayor” – NBC

Have you been missing Ted Danson since “Good Place” ended? Never fear, he will return in this upcoming series created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. (The powerhouses behind such shows as “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.) The crux of the show is a wealthy businessman runs for office and becomes the mayor of Los Angeles.  It is a story inspired by a New York politician whose name rhymes with Schloomberg.

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Big Sky” – ABC

Visionary storyteller David E. Kelly (“Big Little Lies”) has created this thriller based on a series of books by CJ Box.  The show builds around two private detectives search for two missing teenage girls along a stretch of Montana highway. They promptly discover the mystery goes far deeper than anyone could have imagined. Ryan Phillipe stars as Cody Hoyt.

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Clarice” – CBS

Hannibal Lecter has been portrayed in multiple movies and TV series (many say it peaked with Mad Mikkelsen performance) but are we forgetting someone? Juliana Moore portrayed Clarice Starling in 2001 but that was almost 20 years ago! It’s time to bring her back. Set in 1993, a year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs” (when Agent Starling was played by Jodie Foster), the series takes a hard look at the FBI agent as she traverses the murky waters of investigating murderers and sexual predators amid the landscape of Washington DC politics.

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The Equalizer” – CBS

The 1980 TV show has already inspired two theatrical films and now yet another reboot, but with a fabulous twist. This CBS series will feature none other than Queen Latifah! The Grammy-winning performer stars as an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Created by Andrew Marlowe who also helmed ABC’s long-running “Castle.”

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Bob’s Burgers” – Fox

With COVID-19 messing with so many production schedules, we are likely to see more animation because it can be produced while safely social distancing. With a firm start date of Sept 27th, viewers will once again greet the Belcher clan at their seaside restaurant with their burger of the day puns (“She’s a super leek burger,” “Hit me with your best shallot burger,” “The Roquefort Files Burger”) and bizarre but delightful musical numbers for their 11th season! Seasons 1-10 are available on Hulu.

With COVID making safe production of shows difficult, if not impossible, many TV series are being pushed back. A lot of shows have premiere dates that are yet to be announced. Here is a quick list of streaming shows you may have missed to help you pass the time.

Search Party” – HBO Max

Bored Millennials get overly involved in the search for a missing college classmate with horrifying results.

At Home with Amy Sedaris” – HBO Max

Part crafting DIY, part sketch comedy with a hefty dash of wildly inappropriate humor thrown in, featuring the deliciously charming Amy Sedaris.

The Floor is Lava” – Netflix
Fun game show where contestants get a cash prize if they can make their way across a room w/o touching the floor.  This frequently results in them getting beaten up badly.

Get Even” – Netflix

Teen girls at an elite British school form a squad to get revenge on bullies only to find themselves framed for murder.

Pushing Daisies” – CW Seed
This forensic fairytale of a show is filled with brutal murders while bursting with color, humor, music, and heart.

Alias Grace” – Netflix

Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, it tells the true story of a murderous maid in 19th century Canada.

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” – Netflix

Ever wondered what a cooking show written by Tim Burton and directed by David Lynch would be like? This is your chance to find out.

—Cameron Grey Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Summer 2020 Movie Guide

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Well, it’s almost summer!  What better way to take a break from the heat than by settling into a dark air-conditioned theater and take in a show? Well, this year, things may be a bit different. As the curve of infections from the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to flatten, plans are being made to re-open movie theaters with reduced capacity perhaps as soon as July.

In the meantime, some films that were meant to be released in theaters might be moved to VOD or postponed. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of fantastic summer movies, their release dates and the platforms they’ll be released on.

One of the surprising side effects of the pandemic is that drive-ins are coming back. For any of our readers under 35, a drive-in is a giant iPhone screen you watch through your cars’ windshield.  In previous summers, Shakespeare in the Park was the hot ticket for New Yorkers, but it’s canceled this year. This summer’s hot ticket is the drive-in at the Bel Aire Diner in Queens, which saw tickets sell out in minutes. Drive-ins are the only way to see a movie in a large audience while still social distancing. Check your local area and you may find drive-ins popping up all over, and not just for movies!

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The Vast of Night – Available on Amazon Prime

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of this inventive sci-fi film. This movie was passed on by most major film festivals due to its microbudget and complete lack of stars. But don’t let it pass you by. Unable to afford high-end special effects, director Andrew Patterson focuses on mood, lighting, and dialogue to tell the story of a fictional 1950s New Mexico town called Cayuga. While the majority of the town is taking in a high school basketball game, a local DJ and phone operator begin to suspect something might be out there.

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Da 5 Bloods – Available on Netflix June 12th

Just months after receiving an Academy Award for “BlackkKlansmen,” Spike Lee will debut his first Netflix feature “Da 5 Bloods.” Centering on a group of aging African American vets, they return to Vietnam to retrieve the body of their fallen squad leader (played by Chadwick Boseman) along with some treasure they buried in the jungle during the Vietnam War. Cutting back and forth in time, the film explores the bond of brotherhood that brought the former warriors together and the lingering scars that threaten to pull them all apart.

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Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga – Available on Netflix June 26th

Eurovision, the epic European song contest, has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you’re desperate for some good songs set to some mind-blowing staging, check out this parody starring Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell as Icelandic singers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir competing with their pop tune “Volcano man.” In an odd twist, filming in Iceland ended just days before a nearby volcano actually erupted.

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The King of Staten Island – VOD starting July 12th

Pete Davidson stars as Scott, a man in his twenties still living with his mother on Staten Island and caught in a state of arrested development ever since his firefighter father was killed on 9/11. As his younger sister heads off to college and his mother begins dating a firefighter, he’s forced to find direction in his life.

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Relic – In theatres and VOD starting July 10th

Looking for some psychological horror in the vein of “Hereditary”? When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. They find more than they bargained for.

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Sometimes Always Rarely Never – VOD July 10th

This film festival darling was going into wide release in March but was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available on Amazon and on VOD July 10th.  It tells the harrowing story of a fragile teenager being forced to cross state lines to seek an abortion. Director Eliza Hittman hits all the right notes in her directorial debut.

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Tenet – in theaters July 17th

Unfortunately, Fashion Reverie doesn’t know much about this film, but that is only making us more excited to see it. Cast and crew have been sworn to secrecy and there have been no critic screenings. Here’s what we do know: John David Washington and Robert Pattison star as spies tasked with preventing World War III from being started by villain Kenneth Branagh. (Is he the villain? Branagh recently admitted in an interview, he’s not sure.) How does time travel factor in? It’s anybody guess, but clearly from the trailer and the whopping 200-million budget, this will be action-packed thinkfest. See it in IMAX if you can. Director Christopher Nolan is optimistic he can keep the July 17th opening date.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge on the Run – in theaters August 7th

Looking for some family-friendly fare? It’s the return of SpongeBob to the big screen!  SpongeBob and Patrick travel to the lost town of Atlantic City to solve the mysterious kidnapping of Gary the snail.

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Wonder Woman 1984 – in theaters August 14th

Get ready for kick-ass action and some new wave hits! Director Patty Jenkins follows up her 2017 blockbuster with a new story set in, you guessed it, 1984. During the Cold War, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) comes into conflict with two formidable foes—media businessman Maxwell Lord and friend-turned-enemy Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah—while reuniting with her love interest Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine.

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Antebellum – in theaters August 21st

With its original release date delayed, this film directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, stars Janelle Monae as a modern-day successful author magicked back into the 19th century as a slave on a Louisiana plantation coming face-to-face with her ancestors.

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Quiet Place 2 – in theaters Sept 2nd

John Krasinski scored a critical and commercial hit with his directorial debut “Quiet Place,” starring his wife Emily Blunt. He returns with “Quiet Place 2” which follows his family as they continue to battle aliens. Flashbacks tells how the attack began.

—Cameron Rose

Bingeable Fashion Documentaries, Film, and Television Series

As this stay-at-home quarantine wears on, we’re all getting awfully restless. Are you looking for a way to pass the time? Fashion Reverie has put together another list of fashion friendly bingeable content to keep you sane as we wait for this madness to end. NeYC

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Making the Cut

Ever see something on “Project Runway” that you wanted to buy? Except for a few tie-ins with Macy’s, almost none of the looks were mass produced. However, on “Making the Cut” produced by Amazon, each week the winning look will be available in limited quantities. While the format is nearly identical to “Project Runway,” Amazon clearly provided the show with a big budget–the runway shows are spectacular!and a lot of freedom. The real star is Naomi Campbell as a judge, who clearly has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of fashion and a biting razor sharp wit.

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McQueen

This 2017 documentary tackles the dark genius of troubled designer Alexander McQueen. The film explores his extraordinary and deeply controversial collections that made headlines with every showing. Interviews with close friends and family create a rounded portrait of this tortured fashion visionary who took his own life in 2010.

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First Monday in May

The Met Gala will not be taking place this year; cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. Referred to as “The Superbowl of Fashion” this 2016 documentary goes behind the scenes, taking a hard look at how this complicated night comes together, and how tightly Anna Wintour controls it. Don’t take it too hard if you never get in, Wintour personally reviews each invite and reserves the right to revoke them for any reason.

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Next in Fashion

On the surface this seems like just another “Project Runway” clone but hosts Tan France and Alexa Chung make it fun and interesting. The contestants are skilled professionals who have already made a name for themselves in fashion but are looking to take it to the next level. So, no tacky home craft fashion here.  

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Styling Hollywood

Meet Jason Bolden and his husband, interior designer Adair Curtis as they create looks for Hollywood stars. This series, which charts an awards season in the life of the stylist Jason Bolden, carefully outlines the serious craft of costuming a star for a red-carpet performance. In passing asides and straight-to-camera testimonies, Jason shares his strategies for flattering clients’ figures and playing to their personalities.

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Pose

Ryan Murphy explores New York City’s African American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-non-conforming ballroom culture scene of the 1980s. From episode one, where a daring heist “liberates” several priceless royal gowns from a museum–Murphy insists it’s based on a true story–you’ll see some eye-popping fashion as well as some the best music from the 1980s. Make sure you have tissues handy, the AIDS epidemic rears its ugly head more than once.

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Gossip Girl

Remember this soapy drama from the aughts? It featured rich Upper Eastside teens –played by actors in their 20’s–who thanks to their parents’ deep pockets wore some of the best fashion of the decade.  Has there ever been a better time to dive into six seasons of escapist fun? Make sure to read the Netflix synopsis. Whoever wrote them was clearly having a good time.

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Schitt’s Creek

This heartwarming show just ended its six-year run (Season 6 is not yet on Netflix.) But despite the odd title, “Schitt’s Creek” is wonderfully funny and features some of the best fashion on television. It tells the story of the Rose family, once home video titans, but thanks to a corrupt business manager the Rose family find themselves bankrupt. Creator Dan Levy said it was important to him that the Roses hung onto their high-end clothes to symbolize their past. Levy insisted on purchasing genuine designer garments for the cast.   An entire episode revolves around Moira Rose ordering a $3700 Pamela Rolland dress.  

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Coronavirus Lockdown Faciliates Bingeable Television

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The world is in a virtual shock and fear is taking hold. The coronavirus has cancelled everything, or almost everything. No movies. No sporting events. No gatherings of more than 10 people.

Well, Fashion Reverie is doing what we can. Here are some television shows to binge. And please make use of the comment section. Give your own suggestions!!

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 4 seasons

The most amazing thing about the Emmy-winning “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was that the CW stayed with this painfully low-rated show for 4 seasons: but, thank goodness they did. This warm riotously funny musical—total number of 129 songs; that number is correct—looks at a woman attempting to find love while battling debilitating mental illness.

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Episode” – 5 seasons

Co-Creator Jeffrey Klarik—who made a little show called “Friends”—gifted the world with this black comedy that takes a sugarless look at the world of Network TV. Two British writers bring their critically acclaimed series to America and quickly come to regret it. Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe for playing himself!

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Ozark” – 3 Seasons

This excellent Netflix original flew under the radar until the last year’s Emmys where “Ozark” took home statues for Directing (Jason Bateman) and Supporting Actress (Julia Garner). The third season will be available on March 27th. When economic advisor Marty Bryde sees his money-laundering scheme with a Mexican drug cartel go horrifically awry, he’s forced to relocate to the Ozarks. Things just get worse from there.

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – 4 seasons

Tiny Fey’s follow up to “30 Rock” tells the darkly comic tale of Kimmy Schmidt who was kidnapped at age 14 and forced to spend 15 years underground by a crazed Reverend. Hilarious and poignant, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” touches on trophy wives, gentrification, and race relations in New York City.

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Parks and Recreation” – 7 Seasons

This Amy Poehler comedy never really received the props it deserved. Starring as Leslie Knope, “Parks and Recreation” tells the story of politics in small town Pawnee, Indiana Rediscover it now.

 

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Killing Eve” – 2 Seasons

This show is so good Netflix tweeted about how awesome it was and urged people to check it out. Even though it’s on Hulu! The series follows Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle.

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You’re the Worst” – 6 Seasons

If you like your romantic comedies to be like coffee—jet black and bitter —you’ll love this dark tale of two Angelenos reluctantly falling in love and fighting happiness every step of the way.

THE BOLD TYPE – “Carry The Weight” – Jane gets an eye opening experience when she is tasked with writing a piece about a performance artist/activist who is speaking out about sexual assault. Kat is distracted by thoughts of Adena while trying to throw a memorable NY Fashion Week party for Scarlet. And Sutton gets into an awkward situation with Richard. This episode of “The Bold Type” airs Tuesday, September 5 (9:01 – 10:02 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Eric Liebowitz)
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The Bold Type” – 4 Seasons

Fashion Reverie gave a great review to this tale of young female empowerment set in a fashion magazine. Have you kept up? Now is the perfect time to check out again. If nothing else, you’ll get some fab outfit ideas.

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Cougar Town” – 6 Seasons

The series would spend the entire run regretting their chosen name —adding punny comments about it to the opening credits in the final seasons. It tells the stories of neighbors aka The Cul de Sac crew of Gulf Haven, Florida as they hilariously navigate a slide into middle age while drinking wine by the barrel.

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Ugly Betty” – 5 seasons

Though “Ugly Betty” was last on television 10 years ago, the adventures and meanderings of an unglamorous girl, America Ferrera, working at a fashion magazine can still hold your interest and keep you smiling and laughing. And Vanessa Williams as the conniving creative director Wilhelmina Slater is classic television at its best.

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Fashion Reverie’s 2019 Holiday Film Roundup

The holidays can mean family, friends, celebrations, and great movies!  Studios release their films in late Nov and December in the hope that they will garner a major award during award season which can contribute to increased sales and viewership. That provides us with a rich opportunity to escape the hectic holiday season with a few hours of pure entertainment. These are the films Fashion Reverie recommends. Enjoy!

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“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

This has been a dark year. Forest fires, mass shootings, Venice is sinking and the less said about politics the better. Why not spend two heartwarming hours watching multiple Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks portray Fred Rogers. Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, the film tells the story of kindness triumphing over cynicism.  Bring tissues. You’ll be crying with joy.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opens on November 22.

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“Knives Out”

Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in “Knives Out.” When a rich crime novelist is found dead following his 85th birthday party, everyone is a suspect. With a knockout cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more. This exciting whodunit will have you guessing til the end.

“Knives Out” opens November 27.

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“The Aeronauts”

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While based on true events filmmakers strayed from the actual, considerably.  But, in doing so delivered an exciting story with stunning cinematography. See this in IMAX if you can. The sweeping visuals will take your breath away.

“The Aeronauts” opens December 6.

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“In Fabric”

Who hasn’t dreamed of finding a dress that will change their life?  An insecure woman looking to dip her toe into the dating scene visits a bewitching London boutique and leaves with a perfectly fitted blood red gown. This darkly humorous tale blends horror with comedy as Marianne Jean-Baptiste discovers she’s a true fashion victim after inadvertently unleashing a curse.

“In Fabric” opens December 6.

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“Jumanji: The Next Level”

Looking for a film suitable for the entire family? This third installment in the Jumanji reboot finds the gang trying to save their friend Spencer after he gets sucked back into the video game while attempting to destroy the console. This time, bouncing from jungles to deserts to frozen tundra with two new characters.  Get ready for some rip-roaring adventure.

 “Jumanji: The Next Level” opens December 13.

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“Bombshell”

“Bombshell” is based on the real scandal that would force the late Roger Aisles to resign from Fox News following accusations of sexual harassment. Featuring Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theronwho looks so much like Megyn Kelly it’s disturbingtells the explosive story of the women who stood up to Media mogul and took him down.

“Bombshell” opens December 13.

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Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker

Co-Written and directed by J.J Abrams this is the third installment in the sequel trilogy, the ninth and final installment in the Skywalker saga. A year after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. It was planned that Rise of Skywalker would focus on General Leia Organa, but Carrie Fisher’s sudden death two years ago forced a script change. Fisher will appear in scenes leftover from the previous films.

“Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker” opens December 20.

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“Cats”

Written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and being the longest running musical on Broadway,  this “Cats” stars James CordenJudi DenchJason DeruloIdris Elba, Jennifer HudsonIan McKellenTaylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson. The polarizing trailer was described by some as a “demented dream ballet.” But with this cast, you know the film will have some amazing musical numbers. You’re curious admit it.

“Cats” opens December 20.

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Little Women

After writing and directing the exceptional “Ladybird,” Greta Gerwig found herself the fifth woman to be nominated for a best director Academy Award. This Christmas she will unspool an adaption of the classic Louisa May Alcott s novel Little Women starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scalen, and Timothée Chalamet. The four March sisters find themselves coming of age in America after the Civil War.

“Little Women” opens on December 25.

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Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2019 Movie Roundup

After seeing a drop in their average movie attendance during the summer, the studios are focusing their attention on award season and the crop of films they hope Academy members will take into consideration when filling out their ballots in January. And why wouldn’t they? Some of the fall films are amazing and Fashion Reverie is prepped and primed to keep you informed.

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The Goldfinch

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartlett, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, but many were intimidated by the novel’s 700-page length. This hefty tome has been concentrated into an easily digestible two-and-half hour tale of a young boy who loses his mother during a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the continued impact of that tragedy on the course of his life.  “The Goldfinch,” directed by John Crowley, is in theaters beginning September 13, and stars Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, and Sarah Paulson.

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Ad Astra

Brad Pitt recently announced his plans to step back from acting, despite raves for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and now for “Ad Astra,” the story of an astronaut on a quest to save the Earth and solve the mystery of his father doomed space expedition that took place 30 years earlier. 

“Ad Astra” is directed by James Gray and stars Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, and Tommy Lee Jones. “Ad Astra’ opens in theaters on September 20.

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Downton Abbey

Fans of the PBS series can rejoice in a return to the grounds when “Downton Abbey” debuts on the big screen. While navigating a slow slide into a more modern world, Abbey is thrown into a tizzy when it’s announced the King and Queen will be visiting the grounds. Get ready for some savage takedowns by the Dowager!

“Downton Abbey” was directed by Michael Engler, stars Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith, and Michelle Dockery. “Downton Abbey” opens in theaters on September 20.

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Judy

There is already talk that this will bring Renee Zellweger a second Oscar. After having been mercilessly exploited by MGM, her own mother, husbands, and incompetent managers, Judy Garland found herself nearly bankrupt at age 47. Attempting a comeback, the beloved entertainer spent her final days performing in London. Zellweger actually performs the songs in “Judy.” Those who were lucky enough to see Judy Garland perform in London detail that while Garland’s sparkling wit remained, her voice was nearly shot due to decades of hard living. Make sure you bring some tissues. 

“Judy” is directed by Rupert Goold and stars Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, and Gaia Weiss. “Judy” opens in theaters on September 27.

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The Laundromat

With a roster of A-list stars and the crowd-pleasing director of Ocean’s 11, “The Laundromat” is guaranteed to be rollicking good time. When her idyllic vacation takes a horrifyingly tragic turn, Ellen Martin starts investigating her husband’s fake life insurance policy only to find a cesspool of fraud and money laundering, leading all way to Panama City. Inspired by true events and other illicit absurdities that the super-wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system, “The Laundromat” will not disappoint.

“The Laundromat” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Sharon Stone. “The Laundromat is in theaters on September 27.

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Lucy in the Sky

Natalie Portman plays Astronaut Lucy Cola. After an extended time in space, Cola returns to Earth only to find herself unraveling after beginning an extra-marital affair with a NASA colleague played by Jon Hamm. “Lucy in the Sky” is loosely based on the incredible tale of Lisa Nowak who was once charged with attempting to kidnap a fellow astronaut. 

“Lucy in the Sky” is directed by Noah Hawley and stars Natalie Portman, Zazie Beetz, and Jon Hamm. “Lucy in the Sky” opens in theaters on October 4.

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The Lighthouse

Ready for some good old-fashioned horror? In December 1900, the lighthouse keepers of Eilean Mor (an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland) vanished, leaving few clues. Though many theories abound, the most popular is the extreme solitude resulted from something deeply unfortunate. Director Robert Eggers filmed this unsolved mystery in black and white, highlighting its creepy themes. Hmm, is that Sea Monster? 

“The Lighthouse” stars Robert Pattison and Willem Dafoe and is directed by Robert Eggers. “The Lighthouse” opens in theaters on October 18.

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Dolemite Is My Name

Eddie Murphy plays the comedian and singer Rudy Ray Moore, who was inspired to branch out and develop an alter-ego he could use on stage, a foul-mouthed pimp named Dolemite. When the character’s direction couldn’t take off on stage or in a comedy album, he took Dolemite to the screen and made a series of Blaxploitation movies starring his alternate persona. Look for some great 70s Blaxploitation fashion in this film.

“Dolemite Is My Name” is set for the release date of October 25 and is directed by Craig Brewer, “Dolemite Is My Name” stars Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Titus Burgess, TI, and Craig Robinson..

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Harriet

Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

“Harriet” is directed by Kasi Lemons and stars Cynthia Enrivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, and Vondie Curtis-Hall.  “Harriet” opens in theaters on November 1.          

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“All Is True” Recounts an Unknown Period of Shakespeare’s Life

How much do we really know about William Shakespeare? We know that he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was educated at Kings New School.  He married Anne Hathaway at 18 and had three children with her. And most importantly he wrote at least 37 plays between 1590 and 1613.

Kenneth Branagh’s “All Is True” examines the last dark decade of Shakespeare’s life and what has been speculated about his last years. In this last decade, Shakespeare had quietly retired to his birth home of Stratford-upon-Avon with his wife and two daughters. His beloved son Hamnet died of unknown cases in 1596. The death of his son is the seed narrative for “All Is True.”

The films open with Shakespeare’s beloved (Kenneth Branagh) Globe Theatre burning to the ground with Shakespeare watching accompanied by a very young boy. Shakespeare returns to his home in Stratford-upon-Avon and attempts to mend his tedious relationship with his wife and two daughters.

Shakespeare’s oldest daughter Susanna (Lydia Wilson) is married to a self-righteous doctor John Hall (Hadley Fraser) while his younger acidic daughter Judith, brilliantly portrayed by Kathryn Wilder, and his wife (Judy Dench) have remained at the family home in Stratford-upon-Avon. Dench and Wilder are two opposite sides of the same coin. They have both experienced the fame and absence of Shakespeare while responding to absence in different ways. Dench refuses him access to the marital bed and Wilder bitterly criticizes almost everything he does. This is the household that Shakespeare in his later life must settle down to.

At the core of this uneasy family reunion of sorts is Shakespeare’s mourning over the death of his son Hamnet, Judith’s twin brother. Believing that his son possessed a great talent for writing, Shakespeare continues to bemoan Hamnet’s death many years after his son’s passing. Judith has become a bitter shrew believing that her father would have preferred her death over her twin brother, and Anne, Shakespeare, has settled done to a frustrated existence of mundane normalcy.

Though “All Is True” is a slow-moving film, Branagh has done an excellent job at recapturing the norms and attitudes of post-Elizabethan England. His Shakespeare is both wise and blithely unaware at times. Having spent so much of his time being a man of the stage, the pedestrian humdrum life of Stratford-upon-Avon is a relief from the hustle and bustle of London, and at other times a lifestyle to be tolerated. Reintegrating himself into family life is proving to be tedious at best. And often, Branagh’s Shakespeare is treated like a stranger in his own home.

Dench’s Anne Hathaway is a resolute and tempered matriarch who has written her own narrative about the circumstances of her marriage and the death of her son. Her narrative is her only truth. No other truth matters.

While Dench and Branagh’s characters are fully fleshed out portrayals, it is Wilder as Judith that really gives viewers insight into norms and morays of post-Elizabethan England. Women are just an appendage to men with no real power or consequence. And they wear their unhappiness like a heavy shroud.

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Though “All Is True is not for a mass audience, Branagh does give an interesting perspective on Shakespeare’s last days with an interesting twist on his sexual preference thrown in for good measure.  The challenge is if audience will really care about this depiction of William Shakespeare. Hmm, it is a hard call.

“All Is True” is a Sony Pictures film, directed by Kenneth Branagh. “All Is True” opens in select theaters on May 10.

 —William S. Gooch

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