A24 – Summer Preview

LEAN ON PETE
Release Date: April 6th

Directed By:             Andrew Haigh
Written By:              Andrew Haigh (Screenplay), Willy Vlautin (Novel)
Starring:                    Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi

Rating:                        R for language and brief violence
Running Time:        121 minutes

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete-a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence-until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner; King Jack; Ridley Scott’s forthcoming All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us.

http://leanonpete-movie.com/

 

FIRST REFORMED
Release Date: May 18
Directed By:                Paul Schrader
Written By:                 Paul Schrader
Starring:                       Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Cedric the Entertainer

Running Time:         113 minutes
Rating:                         R

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

 

HEREDITARY
Release Date: June 8 (Nationwide)
Directed By:               Ari Aster
Written By:                 Ari Aster
Starring:                      Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne

Running Time:          123 minutes
Rating:                          R

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

 

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
Release Date: June 22

Directed By:              David Robert Mitchell
Written By:                David Robert Mitchell
Starring:                      Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace

Running Time:         139 minutes
Rating:                         Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language throughout and some drug use

From the dazzling imagination that brought you It Follows comes a delirious neo-noir fever dream about one man’s search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders, and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood.

Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

From writer-director David Robert Mitchell comes a sprawling, playful and unexpected mystery-comedy detective thriller about the Dream Factory and its denizens-dog killers, aspiring actors, glitter-pop groups, nightlife personalities, It girls, memorabilia hoarders, masked seductresses, homeless gurus, reclusive songwriters, sex workers, wealthy socialites, topless neighbors, and the shadowy billionaires floating above (and underneath) it all. Mining a noir tradition extending from Kiss Me Deadly and The Long Goodbye to Chinatown and Mulholland Drive, Mitchell uses the topography of Los Angeles as a backdrop for a deeper exploration into the hidden meaning and secret codes buried within the things we love.

 

EIGHTH GRADE
Release Date: July 13

Directed By:                 Bo Burnham
Written By:                   Bo Burnham
Produced By:               Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Lila Yacoub, Chris Storer
Starring:                        Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan
Running Time:             93 Min
Rating:                            R

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school-the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year-before she begins high school.

 

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES
Release Date: TBD Summer 2018

Directed By:                 John Cameron Mitchell
Written By:                   John Cameron Mitchell, Philippa Goslett
Starring:                         Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas
Running Time:             102 minutes
Rating:                             R

From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman (American Gods, CORALINE) and glam-rock multi-hyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, SHORTBUS) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES.  Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet.  In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage.  That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love.

NEVER GOIN’ BACK
Release Date: TBD Summer 2018

Directed By:                 Augustine Frizzell
Written By:                   Augustine Frizzell
Starring:                        Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith, Matthew Holcomb, Atheena Frizzell, Spencer Rayshon, Marcus Mauldin, Liz Cardenas
Running Time:             86 minutes
Rating:                            Not yet rated

Never Goin’ Back is a fresh and funny look at female friendship, following lifelong best friends Angela and Jessie, who dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at a low-rent Texas diner.  Taking place over the course of just a few days, the film follows their hilarious and unpredictable misadventures on the streets of suburban Dallas, as they attempt increasingly madcap and wild schemes to try and raise some cash.

 

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