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Knight of Cups (dir. Terrence Malick)
Terrence Malick and his wide-angle lenses are back, this time set to Diplo's "Express Yourself." Knight of Cups stars Christian Bale as a screenwriter who takes a plunge into the depraved depths of Hollywood, eventually taking his ex-wife (Cate Blanchett) and new mistress (Natalie Portman) down along with him. The film looks to be of the typical Malick variety, chock-full of magic hour lens flares, the beauty of nature, and the inscrutable threads of an emotional plot. It premiered last year at Berlinale to mixed reviews and opens in limited release on Friday.
The Light Between the Oceans (dir. Derek Cianfrance)
The Blue Valentine director is back with an adaptation of M.L. Stedman's popular novel of the same name. Though the aesthetics of the film are dreamy, the story is less idyllic: Alicia Vikander stars as lighthouse keeper who discovers a boat carrying a dead man and his baby girl. The woman and her husband (Michael Fassbender) take in the child and raise her as their own, only to discover that the girl's mother is still alive. Cianfrance can be trusted to handle delicate material gracefully; we hope that this film builds upon his impressive track record.
Pete's Dragon (dir. David Lowery)
Following Lowery's confident and exquisite sophomore effort Ain't Them Bodies Saints, the director was tapped to helm Disney's remake of the 1977 stoner classic Pete's Dragon, starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. The story follows a feral child as he befriends an invisible flying monster, his only company after six years alone in the wilderness. Lowery chronicled the transition from micro-budget to Hollywood in an informative and amusing production diary from the set.
Goodnight Brooklyn (dir. Matt Conboy)
When beloved underground Brooklyn music space Death By Audio shuttered its doors in 2014 (conceding inflated rent to Vice Media), the local music community took a big hit. Matt Conboy, one of the venue's founders, memorialized Death By Audio's last days. The result is a spirited look into the contemporary music scene, featuring interviews with indie tycoons such as Ty Segall and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone. The film will premiere at SXSW this year.
Louder Than Bombs (dir. Joachim Trier)
Joachim Trier, one of Norway's foremost contemporary auteurs, follows up Oslo, August 31st with his first English-language film starring Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert. The moving drama is a portrait of a grieving family reeling from the loss of its matriarch. Reviews out of Cannes last year were overwhelmingly positive, and if Trier's previous work is any indication, this will be a heart-breaker.
Maggie's Plan (dir. Rebecca Miller)
The star-studded comedy with Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, and Maya Rudolph, had its premiere at Toronto to mixed reviews. We're excited to see if it throws a wrench in the screwball genre.