This Week In Trailers: Wrestle, Chi-Town, The Inventor, Diane, A Tuba to Cuba

/Film | 2/17/2019 | Christopher Stipp
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we watch a liar, and a thief get her glorious comeuppance, take things to the mat, take a trip to Cuba, deal with some heavy melodrama, and try and escape a bad situation through basketball.

Filmmaker - Alex - Gibney - Choices - Part

You’ve got to respect documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s choices. For the most part, the man is not interested in tackling easy issues. In his latest, he’s aiming at a Silicon Valley wunderkind turned liar. Even though most of us know this story ends with Elizabeth Holmes‘ billion-dollar healthcare company, Theranos, eventually succumbing to its untruths and misdirections, there’s an inherent curiosity about how it all came to pass. There is no way I’m not consuming every frame of this one.

In the first of two trailers featured today that focus on the athleticism of young men on thee road to something more significant, this documentary is a bit of a revelation. Directors Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer make what should be a tiny story into a must-see narrative.

Hoop - Dreams - Mat - Intimate - Documentary

Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville’s J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama’s list of failing schools. Coached by teacher Chris Scribner, teammates Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise...
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