The casting of Renée Zellweger in the lead of a Judy Garland biopic initially raised some Hollywood eyebrows, but her performance in this 2019 adaptation of a hit play silenced skeptics, as she picked up best actress trophies at the Oscars, Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the U.K.’s BAFTA Awards. Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon also star in the film, which chronicles the last year of Garland’s life.
Mike Flanagan, who previously directed the acclaimed 2018 TV adaptation of “The Haunting of Hill House” for Netflix, followed that up by writing, directing and editing this 2019 adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 literary sequel to his chilling masterwork “The Shining.” Ewan McGregor stars as the now-adult Danny Torrance, who is trying to recover from the chronic alcoholism he fell into to mute his psychic power when he starts getting telepathic messages from a young girl (Kyliegh Curran) who also has a shining. Rebecca Ferguson and Cliff Curtis also star.
Dan has barely moved into the home of his dreams when his editor has to send him on an out-of-town assignment. Luckily for him, he’s just become friends with Kristin, who strikes Dan as the sort of stable, responsible person who would make a perfect house sitter. Dan is terribly, terribly wrong about that, and while he’s away, Kristin really makes herself at home in his house, with no plans for ever leaving it — or Dan. Vivica A. Fox, Jason-Shane Scott and Anna Dobbins star in this 2020 melodrama.
Picture hordes of screaming girls, and you’ve got this film figured out. John, Paul, George and Ringo were on top of the world in 1964 when the Beatles made their film debuts in this madcap, high-energy musical directed by Richard Lester. Victor Spinetti co-stars; the score includes “And I Love Her,” “If I Fell,” “Can’t Buy Me Love, “I Should’ve Known Better,” and the title cut. Airing tonight as part of “The Essentials: ’60s Rock Films” themed lineup.