The Venice Film Festival has wrapped up and TIFF is underway, which means there are a whole lot of movies on the horizon. But here’s what you can watch this week.
Bonus for Blu-ray fans: A deluxe box set of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic, A Healing Art, Fando y Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain (all restored in 4K) will be available on September 18. Jodorowsky famously attempted to adapt Dune in the 1970s—the failed effort was documented in the 2013 film, Jodorowsky’s Dune—and this week, he shared his thoughts with IndieWire on Denis Villeneuve’s latest trailer.
Week of September 14, 2020
Casting director (and Academy member) Douglas Aibel certainly rounded up some talent for this one: Tom Holland, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Haley Bennett, Riley Keough … shall we go on? An adaptation of the 2011 novel of the same name, The Devil All the Time tracks troubled, intersecting lives in a small 1940s Ohio town full of dark secrets. And how could we forget Robert Pattinson as the secretive preacher with questionable motives and a thick Southern accent? Antonio Campos’ film debuts on Netflix September 16.
Directed and produced by documentarian Dawn Porter, The Way I See It follows the life of Pete Souza, former chief official White House photographer to President Obama. Souza’s days in the White House date back to the Reagan presidency, and the documentary brings forth his unique perspective through stories and timeless photographs. Distributed by Focus Features, the film will have a limited theatrical run starting September 18 before landing on MSNBC October 9.
Argentine director Lucrecia Martel isn’t on this list with a new release (we wish)—but a trio of her films are making their way to the Criterion Channel this week. La Ciénaga (2001), The Headless Woman (2008), and Zama (2017) provide biting commentaries on class and social hierarchy through Martel’s piercing cinematic vision. La Ciénaga, her first feature, revolves around a bourgeois extended family that spends their summer vacation at a country house. It’s filled with feelings of domestic dissatisfaction and launched Martel’s international career. Watch all three on the Criterion Channel starting September 16.
Murder in the Woods begins like all classic horror films do: a group of unassuming college friends head to a cabin in the woods to party. It’s not long before they’re forced to fight for their lives. The movie is self-aware about its slasher roots, if not quite a parody. Directed by Luis Iga Garza and written by Yelyna De Leon, with a majority Latino cast (Danny Trejo!), the film comes to VOD—after a drive-in and theatrical run—September 18.
Knock Knock Knock (not to be confused with Eli Roth's 2015 Knock Knock) is a new 40-minute psychological thriller by director Sudhanshu Saria. It's a cat-and-mouse game between Dada, a Bengali crossword designer, and a young Nepali boy who interrupts him at a café one morning. The film launches on MUBI September 15.