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Judd Apatow Produces True Culture Clash Rom-Com

Judd Apatow produces the film of the week, a sort-of true-ish romantic comedy drawn from real life. Giving Kumail Nanjiani a role that doesn’t fall into lazy POC stereotypes earns Judd Apatow a Mensch of the Week award.

For those who want something a little weightier than a film associated with Judd Apatow, there’s an award-winning documentary set in Iraq’s triangle of death. Or one can check out Sofia Coppola’s take on a story formerly done with Clint Eastwood.

Don’t let the long weekend (for some) cause your moviegoing brain to go into zombie mode!

The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola took home the Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for this Civil War-era drama. In 1864 Virginia, the few inhabitants of the all-female Farnsworth Seminary hope to ride out the War Between the States. But those plans change thanks to the arrival of badly wounded Union deserter Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell). Headmistress Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) reluctantly agrees to care for McBurney. Harboring an enemy soldier is one problem. But another is that none of the girls and women at the Seminary has seen a man, let alone touched one, in years. Until now.

Opens June 30 at the Albany Twin Theatre, the AMC Bay Street 16, the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8, the Century at Tanforan, the CineArts Sequoia, the Embarcadero Center Cinema, the Piedmont Theatre, the Redwood Downtown 20, and the UA Stonestown Twin

The Big Sick

This romantic comedy is based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Kumail (Nanjiani) is a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian. After one of his sets, he connects with college graduate student Emily (Zoe Kazan). What was supposed to be a one-night stand between them turns into something more serious. However, Kumail’s parents expect him to marry a traditional Muslim girl. Shortly after Kumail and Emily break up, she’s struck by a mystery illness which leaves her in a coma. The crisis leads to Kumail’s meeting Emily’s parents (Ray Romano, Holly Hunter) and also having to negotiate between his heart and his family’s expectations. Produced by Judd Apatow.

Opens June 30 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8, the California Theatre, and the Embarcadero Center Cinemas

The Journey

In 2006, two mortal enemies met for the first time in hopes of ending 40 years of Irish bloodshed. On one side was conservative British loyalist Rev. Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) of the Democratic Union Party. On the other side was former Irish Republican Army leader Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) of Sinn Fein. The hopes for an agreed ceasefire seemed like a longshot. But an impromptu detour-filled trip through the Scottish countryside provided a breakthrough by allowing these two men to see the humanity in each other.

Opens June 30 at the Clay Theatre and the Shattuck Cinemas

Moka

Grieving Diane (Emmanuelle Devos) is obsessed with revenge against the couple she blames for killing her son in a hit-and-run. Her hunt for the mocha-colored Mercedes that supposedly did the deed leads to her discovering the Mercedes’ owner is putting the car up for sale. Diane befriends the mysterious Marlene (Nathalie Baye), a beauty salon proprietor who’s a partner of the owner. But exacting revenge will not be as easy as Diane imagines…

Opens June 30 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Nowhere To Hide

After U.S. forces left Iraq in 2011, male nurse Nori Sharif was asked to report on life inside central Iraq’s notorious “triangle of death.” For five years, the nurse filmed forcibly separated families and other victims of war as they arrived at his hospital in Jalawla. Even when the Iraqi Army pulled out and IS militants eventually captured Jalawla, Sharif continued filming. But inevitably, the male nurse and his family are forced to flee their town. Winner of several awards including the Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s Nestor Almendros Award and the Best Feature Length Documentary Award at IDFA 2016.

Opens June 30 at the Roxie Theater

Reset

Jackie Chan produced this science fiction action thriller. Scientist Xia Tian has spent years researching workable time travel. A breakthrough arrives after she successfully sends living tissue back in time 110 minutes. But that victory turns bitter after Xia’s young son is kidnapped for the ransom of all her time travel research. After the boy is killed during the exchange, the scientist goes back in time herself to try saving her son’s life. But she’s not the only future version of herself that’s taken this desperate leap…

Opens June 30 at the AMC Metreon 16

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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