PRIVATE LIFE
2018, Netflix, 124 min, Dir: Tamara Jenkins

The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins, PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they’re at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.


SIDEWAYS
2004, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 123 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

Writer-director Alexander Payne's fourth feature film (following CITIZEN RUTH, ELECTION and ABOUT SCHMIDT) starts with two old friends setting off on a wine-tasting road trip . . . only to veer dizzily SIDEWAYS into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet. Thomas Haden Church plays Jack, a womanizer who is about to be married. Best friend/wine lover Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his buddy on a tour of the wine country as a last hurrah before Jack ties the knot. The two buddies soon find themselves caught in a heady mix of wine and woman, with Jack's upcoming nuptials fast approaching.


MORGAN
2016, 20th Century Fox, 87 min, USA, Dir: Luke Scott

Luke Scott makes his feature directorial debut with this sci-fi thriller penned by Seth Owen, whose taut screenplay was named to the 2014 Black List. Corporate troubleshooter Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is dispatched to a top secret research facility to investigate a terrifying accident. There she meets Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), a seemingly innocent bio-engineered being whose existence poses both infinite promise and incalculable danger. Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti costar.


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