A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
First screened in November 2019
Director: Marielle Heller. Cast: Matthew Rhys, Tom Hanks, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Christine Lahti, Wendy Makkena, Tammy Blanchard, Noah Harpster, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Carmen Cusack, Kelley Davis, Maddie Corman, Daniel Krell. Screenplay: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (inspired by the Esquire article "Can You Say...Hero?" by Tom Junod). Twitter Capsule:
It's the movie you think, AND it's Synecdoche, New York. Every piece simple, yet not. Stunning.
This is the third time (in three tries!) Marielle Heller has not only made a great movie but a fresh, inspired take on very tricky material.
Extraordinary distance between the generic, nostalgic biopic this might have been and the meta, formally daring, emotionally specific film it is.