CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
2018, Fox Searchlight, 106 min, USA, Dir: Marielle Heller

Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). “It is a fiercely composed, historically informed, and richly textured film, as insightful regarding the particularities of the protagonist as it is on the artistic life - and on the life of its times.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker.


SHOPLIFTERS
MANBIKI KAZOKU
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 121 min, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Whatever’s in a store doesn’t belong to anyone yet.” That’s the motto of Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky), patriarch of a loving, if larcenous, family living on the margins of Tokyo. When the Shibatas take in a neglected 5-year old, they show her the ropes of shoplifting, but the girl’s arrival brings unforeseen consequences. The Palme d’Or winner at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival. “This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful. More than that, under Kore-eda’s sensitive, casually assured direction, SHOPLIFTERS imperceptibly deepens as it goes on, revealing secrets and lies and expanding its emotional effect on the way to its moving ending.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


THE ORACLE
1985, 94 min, USA, Dir: Roberta Findlay

Jennifer (Caroline Capers Powers) and her husband move into an apartment formerly owned by a psychic, where they find her old automatic writing device, the Oracle. Using it at their housewarming party, Jennifer makes contact with a murder victim, whose spirit asks her to investigate his death - but by doing so, Jennifer becomes a target of the killer.


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