102 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Nisha Ganatra
A legendary late night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women, separated by culture and generation, are united by their love of a biting punch line.
98 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Lulu Wang
The movie follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved grandmother has only a short time to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.
90 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Sydney Pollack
This never before seen music documentary captures Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as she records the most successful gospel album of all time. Recorded at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1972, the film is an ode to Aretha as well as the vital gospel music movement within ‘60s and ‘70s USA.
103 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Michael Engler
Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomizes the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists on a chaperone, who never broke a rule in her life, to accompany Louise.
161 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Quentin Tarantino
The story takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton, former star of a western television series, and his long time stunt double Cliff Booth. Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they do not recognise anymore. Rick has very famous next door neighbours: Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate!
94 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Bo Burnham
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 beginning high school. The film offers acute observations on how social media and the language of self care have warped teen life.
80 mins. NZ/Australia 2019.
Dir: Noel Smyth, Fergus Grady
Six antipodean pilgrims between the ages of 50 and 80 embark on the 800km Camino de Santiago to seek life’s answers. Some are undertaking the Camino for the first time, while others know all too well how arduous their previous journey was. How do they motivate themselves in the face of blisters, shin splints, heat and snow?
103 mins. USA/Australia 2018. Dir: Nia DaCosta
Ollie is barely getting by in a depressed fracking town in North Dakota. She has a new job after leaving her days of drug running. When her mother dies she is reunited with her estranged sister Deb who has many family issues to deal with. They must settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure and a loss of everything.
148 mins. Korea 2018. Dir: Chang-dong Lee
This is the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jong-su bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jong-su to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. On her return, Haemi introduces her to Ben, a man she met in Africa. Soon Ben reveals his secret interests in Jong-su.
103 mins. Italy 2018. Dir Matteo Garrone
In a seaside village where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a mild-mannered man who divides his days between working, caring for his daughter Alida and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino. Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to breaking point and he stands up for his own dignity.
110 mins. USA 2019. Dir. John Crowley
Adapted from Donna Tartt’s best selling book of the same name. Theo Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt. Through it all he holds onto one tangible piece of hope: a painting of a tiny bird.
101 mins. USA/Chile 2018. Dir: Sebastian Lelio
Gloria is a free-spirited divorcee who spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joy of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family.