THE QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD
2018, 90 min, USA, Dir: Orson Oblowitz

On her 60th birthday, Mary (Rosemary Hochschild) finds her past coming back to haunt her, as a 25-year-old debt means the mob is ready to collect with interest, their sights set on the strip club she has run all her life. There’s only one thing she can do: Mount her defenses and stand her ground in a spiral of violence and revenge that will leave no one in her life untouched. This is an L.A. noir of the darkest order, a one-day odyssey of a character’s reckoning reminiscent of THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE and TOO LATE. In the middle of it all, photographed spectacularly by Luke Hanlein’s astute eye, towers Hochschild’s tour-de-force performance as an unrepentant sinner who has accepted who she is and has made her peace with it.


THE OLD MAN & THE GUN
2018, Fox Searchlight, 105 min, USA, Dir: David Lowery

Director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, A GHOST STORY, PETE’S DRAGON) reunites with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck for this charming dramedy about an unrepentant jail breaker and bank robber determined to live life on his own terms. As real-life heist man Forrest Tucker, Redford leads an all-star cast including Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Elisabeth Moss and Tom Waits; Affleck is a detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker.


IL GRIDO
1957, Compass Film, 116 min, Italy/USA, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Commonly described as a link between the Italian neorealist movement and Antonioni’s most famous works of the following decade, IL GRIDO follows a disillusioned working-class man (Steve Cochran) who voluntarily detaches himself from all facets of society. Disappointed by everyone in his life, including his lover (Alida Valli), the man wanders the Po Valley, vainly searching for human connection. As in his best films, Antonioni sets a thoroughly bleak tone throughout by hermetically enclosing his characters in chilling landscapes and stark industrial environments. Winner of the Golden Leopard Award at the 1957 Locarno International Film Festival.


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