Emilio Estevez’s “the public” To Open the 2018 Santa Barbara Film Festival

the public

Today, if you even remember Emilio Estevez, you probably only remember him from “The Breakfast Club” or “The Mighty Ducks,” and you probably didn’t even remember he had directed several movies. Not too surprising, since he’s only been in half a dozen movies in the past twenty years, most of which are the films he’s directed, most of which have been hampered by a lack of proper distribution and promotion. Hopefully, we can have an Estevez renaissance with the arrival of his latest film, “the public.”

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Movie Watch – AFM Edition: Double Shot of Donnie Yen and Ip Man

If there was one bad ass who could capture the title of “The Greatest Bad Ass Alive Today,” that bad ass would be the legendary Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion Donnie Yen. If you only knew Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe, the blind warrior from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” you already know him to be pretty bad ass. But if you only know Donnie Yen from a Star Wars movie, it’s time you get to know him a little better.

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Movie Watch: The Bad Batch

The Bad Batch

It’s okay if you have not heard of Ana Lily Amirpour yet. She only has one movie released so far, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a self-described “Iranian vampire Western” shot in Persian somewhere outside Buttonwillow (a favorite stop for travelers of Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and the Bay Area), which grossed less than a million dollars when it was released three years ago. But it should be a sign of how visionary her little movie was that her follow-up, The Bad Batch, should be able to land stars like Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna and Jim Carrey, and get financed by one of the best producers working today, Megan Ellison.

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