2019 Films

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The Biggest Little Farm

Uplifting, educational, and entertaining, The Biggest Little Farm is an environmental advocacy documentary with a satisfying side dish of hope for the future.

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

In its modest way, “The Biggest Little Farm” offers hope, and even suggests a way forward.  G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, May 15, 2019


A thoughtful and often profoundly moving portrait of the remarkable work involved in producing mindful food – and an eloquent reminder that so much of what we take for granted on our plates is, in its own everyday way, a miracle.  Leah Breenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, May 9, 2019

 Rated PG (for mild thematic elements), a documentary directed by John Chester, Written by Mark Monroe and John Chester, released in limited distribution on May 10, 2019.  Runtime is 91 minutes; this documentary is distributed by NEON.



The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Booksmart is genuine enough that it doesn’t sacrifice its emotional honesty for the gratification of its characters; it would feel disingenuous if everyone’s arcs were wrapped up neatly, and “Booksmart” is too smart for that. Adam Graham, Detroit News,, May 24, 2019.


As Booksmart takes its shape, albeit haphazardly, Wilde’s filmmaking skills become more and more evident, bursting forth in a third act that builds into something beautiful and even transcendent.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, May 23, 2019


Rated R (for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug use and drinking – all involving teens)     Directed by Olivia Wilde and written by Emily Halpern, Susanna Fogel, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman  In theaters May 24, 2019   Runtime 105 minutes.




The Farewell

The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.

It’s a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy. Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, July 16, 2019


Like her heroine, Wang straddles the fence and argues from either side of it; like her, the movie is profoundly Chinese-American, speaking to both audiences and able to be enjoyed by both. Ty Burr, Boston Globe, July 18, 2019

Rated PG Directed and written by Lulu Wang  In theaters August 9, 2019  Runtime 98 minutes




Wild Rose

Wild Rose tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while also grappling with the responsibilities of being recently released from prison and a young mother of two children.

Buckley [is] an incandescent onscreen presence with a set of killer pipes who imbues every song with undeniable heart.  Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, June 20, 2019


This story of a Scottish single mother who dreams of country-music glory is fueled by one knockout performance from Jessie Buckley. Prepare for an emotional wipeout. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, June 20, 2019


Rated R    Directed by Tom Harper and written by Nicole Taylor  In theaters June 21, 2019  Runtiime 101 minutes





The Peanut Butter Falcon

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.

A beautiful story about human connection, heroes, and finding the joy of simply living your truth. YIolanda Machado, TheWrap, August 9, 2019

Rated PG-13   Directed and written by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz   In theaters August 9, 2019  Runtime 93 minutes




Blinded by the Light

A no-hope British-Pakistani teen (dynamite newcomer Viveik Kalra) finds salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen. Cornball? So what. Look for Gurinder Chadha’s exuberant gift of a movie to hit you the same way.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, August 13, 2019

Blinded by the Light represents such a sweet, easy-to-relate-to story that it deserves to be seen, at the least, by anyone who has shown a little faith that there’s magic in the arts — either in music, or a darkened theater.  Brian Lowry, CNN.com, August 16, 2019

When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run…

Rated PG-13          Directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Guinder Chadha, Sarfaz Manzoor, Paul Mayeda Berges     In theaters August 16, 2019       Runtime 114 minutes