NEON Shares Official Trailer for 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'

Since the last trailer I posted for this was surreptitiously removed, I had to get rid of my post. But now I finally get to post this new official trailer from Neon, since the movie’s coming out in December. This French film got raves at Cannes and again at Toronto yesterday, so be on the lookout, because I’m sure it’s going to be France’s Oscar submission. And it looks soooo good.

Sterling K. Brown Stars in New Movie 'Waves'

This film is a small indie from A24, but it made a big splash at Telluride a few days ago, with critics raving about the emotional impact it creates. About a family in Florida who deals with the aftermath of a tragedy, this could be a player in the awards season if the studio can get enough attention for it. It’s got a prime release date of November 1st, which means A24 is confident in its chances and its quality.

Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader Are Santa's Kids in 'Noelle'

Looks like this is the year to attempt some new Christmas movies, with this one and Last Christmas, but these don’t usually work out. When was the last Christmas movie to become an actual perennial? I can’t think of anything past Elf and Love, Actually (both from 2003!). And this one doesn’t look great either (it could be the next Fred Claus- ick), but I do love me some Bill Hader in just about anything, so I may check it out when it comes on Disney+ in November. Yes, this is another straight to streaming movie, with Disney going all in on the service with original films like this and Lady and the Tramp. By the way, I have to assume this ends with Anna Kendrick taking up the reigns as a female Santa, right? There’s no hint of that in the trailer, but it seems obvious that’s the logical conclusion here. Or does she actually reform her brother to save the day in the end? Would it be too controversial for Disney to make Santa Claus a woman?

Edward Norton Finally Brings 'Motherless Brooklyn' to the Screen

Edward Norton directs this film based on a novel that he’s been trying to make for almost twenty years now, and it’s only his second directorial feature, after 2000’s Keeping the Faith, with Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman (remember that one?). He’s got a good cast at least, and the movie is premiering at Telluride this weekend, so we’ll find out about it pretty soon.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Go Up in a Hot Air Balloon in 'The Aeronauts'

The former Theory of Everything costars reunite for this movie about aeronautic flight, but there’s something about this that bothers me right off the bat. This is supposedly based on true events, and the Eddie Redmayne character was a real guy who did this stuff, but with a man named Henry Tracey Coxwell as his co-pilot and the scientist who saved his life in the sky. That real life figure has been erased and the Felicity Jones character completely made up out of thin air, presumably so Redmayne can have a woman guiding him at the controls instead. But that never happened! Look, there’s embellishing history and then there’s making shit up and claiming it’s real. There are plenty of impressive and accomplished women in history to do biopics about- I don’t like changing someone else’s historical achievements to put a fictional person in that place instead, especially if you’re going to claim this was based on a true story.

Joaquin Phoenix Tries for the Oscar in Final 'Joker' Trailer

I still can’t believe WB thinks this movie is so good they’re premiering it at all the fall film festivals, but they are, so we’re going to find out just how good it is in a couple of days when it screens at Venice. Guessing it’s all about Phoenix’s performance of course, but can he really be the second actor to win an Oscar for playing the role of the Joker? That seems like a long shot, especially for a movie directed by Todd Philips (Old School, The Hangover).

Meryl Streep Stars in Steven Soderbergh's 'The Laundromat'

This movie is about the investigation into The Panama Papers and it looks like it’s trying to be something like The Big Short or Vice (I guess the Adam McKay approach to political stories has been pretty influential). Looks kind of light actually, but Meryl gets nominated for pretty much everything she does, so look out for that. This is a Netflix movie but it’s premiering at Venice in a couple of days, coming to a few theaters on Sept 27th and then streaming on October 18th (the theater dates are about Oscar consideration).

D23 Shows a New Look at 'The Rise of Skywalker'

I guess I’m gonna check out the finale of this trilogy, but this series has not done anything to endear me to these characters. I don’t care if Rey is really a Skywalker or not, or what happens to Finn and Poe or whether Kylo Ren is defeated. And frankly, playing all those old clips from the original movies at the beginning of this only makes me want to watch those, because they were the only ones worth watching in this entire series.