It, Trophy, Rebel in the Rye
Do date night right with Film Daily’s selection of the best films to catch this weekend. Take a journey into the mind of Stephen King with Muschietti’s adaptation of It, as a group of children come face-to-face with a maniacal clown; uncover the implications of treating animals as commodities in Trophy; and delve into the world of one of the most renowned, controversial, and enigmatic authors of our time in Rebel in the Rye.
Remember Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 adaptation of It starring Tim Curry? Wasn’t scary enough for you? Well, this new take on the beloved novel from Stephen King might fright you right. Directed by Andrés Muschietti, best known for Mama (2013), the film is set in the fictional Derry, Maine – a typically quiet town. That is, until children begin to disappear and a group of young kids come face-to-face with their biggest fear as they square off against Pennywise, a maniacal clown with a history of violence that dates back centuries. Stars Bill Skarsgård (Atomic Blonde), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man), Sophia Lillis (37), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (The Dark Tower), and newcomer Chosen Jacobs.
What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming, and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals? This is the highly controversial topic explored in Trophy. Told through the eyes of impassioned individuals – from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder – the team investigates the industries of big-game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation. The documentary promises to leave us “debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.” Directed by Shaul Schwarz (Narco Cultura) and Christina Clusiau (Aida’s Secrets).
Motherland provides an “absorbingly intimate” look into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The Dr. Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila has been dubbed an “impersonal” maternity ward. It has no incubators and instructs its patients over a loudspeaker when it’s time to leave. Thousands have passed through its delivery rooms; most have spent their entire adult lives pregnant or recovering from childbirth. But most refuse any form of birth control other than a hysterectomy. Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz (Imelda) connects us with three women that have emerged to tell their stories, as she uncovers the local attitude towards childbirth, pregnancy, and how it affects the economy.
A poignant documentary that follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Housed within an 18th-century estate, the curriculum embraces both tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is simply another subject to be taught alongside math, scripture, and Latin. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book. Together they have shaped the minds of countless students for nearly half a century. But what would retirement mean for the couple? This is the question posed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane’s School Life.
The Good Catholic follows Daniel, an idealistic priest who loves his work more than anything. He struggles to find a balance between the duelling philosophies of his mentors: Father Victor, an old-school, no-nonsense traditionalist, and Father Ollie, a chain-smoking, carb-addicted Franciscan. But his calling never waivers, until he meets Jane in confession and she begins to open his world to an entirely different set of possibilities. As new bonds form and old ones are tested, Daniel must decide what his true calling really is – and whether he has the courage to answer it. Written and directed by Paul Shoulberg (Walter) and starring Zachary Spicer (Master of None), Wrenn Schmidt (Outcast), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon).
Step into the world of one of the most “renowned, controversial, and enigmatic authors of our time”, as Danny Strong delves into the life of a little-understood genius who defied all the rules and redefined American literature. Set amidst the colorful backdrop of mid-20th century New York City, Rebel in the Rye follows a young J. D. Salinger as he struggles to find his voice; pursues a love affair with famed socialite Oona O’Neill; and fights on the frontlines of World War II. These experiences are pivotal in the creation of his masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye. But its overnight fame leads him to withdraw from the public eye for the rest of his life. Based on the book J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski and Norman Dietz and starring Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Victor Garber (Sicario), Zoey Deutch (The Disaster Artist), and Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story).