ANGEL HAS FALLEN
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 08/23/2019
Running Time: 120
Rated: R
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston.
Crew: Director: Ric Roman Waugh. Producers: Gerard Butler, Mark Birmingham, Ben Burt, Conor Charles, Kirk Michael Fellows, Mark Gill, Veselin Karadjov, Daniel Kaslow, Gisella Marengo, Matt O'Toole, Danielle Robinson, Alan Siegel, John Thompson, Les Weldon and John Yarincik. Executive Producers: David Berardi, Christa Campbell, Boaz Davidson, Audrey Georgiev, Jeffrey Greenstein, Lati Grobman, Cem Gursel, Avi Lerner, Heidi Jo Markel, Christine Otal, Lonnie Ramati, Trevor Short, Emilio Torres and Jonathan Yunger. Screenwriter: Robert Mark Kamen. Cinematographer: Jules O'Laughlin Music: David Buckley.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“Angel has Fallen,” stands tall as the third installment of the action-packed “Fallen” film series which includes “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and “London Has Fallen” (2016).

Gerard Butler stars once again as the fiercely loyal Secret Service agent Mike Banning and looks a bit worse for the wear this time around. No one can ever question Banning’s dedication to his job. He has an exemplary reputation for guarding President Allan Trumbull (an excellent Morgan Freeman, upcoming “The “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”).

But it may be time for him to slow down and spend more time with his lovely wife Leah (Piper Perabo, TV’s “Turn Up Charlie”) and his adorable baby girl. In the previous movies Radna Mitchell played Mrs. Banning.

So, when the president offers Banning the coveted job as director of the Secret Service, he’s honored, but not sure he’s up to the task. The poor guy hasn’t been sleeping well and takes pills around the clock for his bum shoulder and debilitating migraines.
He also has tinnitus. He tries to keep all this under wraps from Leah, but she has to know he’s a physical and emotional wreck, or as his doctor tells him, “a disaster waiting to happen.”

Still, just the thought of sitting at a desk pushing paper all day would probably kill Banning too. He’s just not cut out for that. Luckily, the president allows him time to mull over his offer.

When Banning is out with the president, during what is supposed to be a relaxing fishing trip, he’s quickly thrust right back into action. A group of drones reign down on the area and kill the 18 other agents on duty. They narrowly miss the commander in chief thanks to Banning’s quick thinking, but the president is rushed to the hospital and slips into a coma for a chunk of the movie.

The bigger question is why were all the other Secret Service agents killed and not Banning? Was he behind this well-orchestrated assassination attempt? And why would Banning suddenly go rouge?

There are a lot of questions. Yet the evidence--gathered by FBI Agent Helen Thompson ( an underused but still terrific Jada Pinkett Smith, “Girls Trip”) and Secret Service Director David Gentry (Lance Riddick, “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum”)-- points to Banning being the prime suspect.

Banning swears he’s been framed. After being arrested, he escapes and is soon pursued by his own agency and the FBI. He’s determined to find out who set him up and why.

He can’t trust anyone now. Not his old military buddy Wade Jennings (Danny Huston, “Stan & Ollie” and TV’s “Yellowstone”) or even Vice President Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”).

However, Banning gets a major assist when he meets up with his long-lost father, Clay (a hilarious and scene-stealing Nick Nolte, “The Padre”).

Clay is a kooky, old goat and a government-hating, war veteran. He lives in a secluded, woodsy, West Virginia cabin. It’s wired with all sorts of explosive booby traps and state of the art surveillance. It all comes in quite handy too, when those gun-toting FBI agents try to storm the place. It’s as if Clay has been living for this very moment.

“Angel Has Fallen” director Ric Roman Waugh (“Snitch” and “Shot Caller”) knows his way around riveting action sequences having worked as a stuntman in the movies, “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Last Action Hero” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” among others.

He’s strung together some real doozies here. There’s a thrilling office building shootout and another has our man Mike causing all sorts of mayhem while driving a big rig as agents and other baddies close in on him.

Gerard Butler’s gritty, stoic, blue collar swagger is what makes these movies such an adrenaline rush. He’s convincing as the working guy who is just doing a job and wants to...
 

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<b>“The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.”</b> Title: “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.”
Year Released: 1977
Running Time: 110
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: John Badham
Director of Photography: Bill Butler
Screenwriter: William Brashler
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: It must have been my recent chance meeting with former Dodger legend Dusty Baker that turned my attention to the Dodgers and baseball in particular. Then again, baseball season is right around the corner, so this review was just meant to me.

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<b>A Dog's Journey  (Aug. 20)</b> Title: A Dog's Journey (Aug. 20)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 120
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Gail Manusco
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“A DOG’S JOURNEY”

“A Dog’s Journey” is the sappy, sweet warm-hearted sequel to the 2017 hit movie, “A Dog’s Purpose.” Good luck fighting back the tears on this one too.

Directed by Gail Mancuso (TV’s “Modern Family”), “A Dog’s Journey” is adapted from W. Bruce Cameron’s 2010 novel of the same name. Josh Gad is back as the voice of the big, furry St. Bernard-Australian Shepherd cross, Bailey and he provides plenty of humorous and cutesy moments.

Bailey is enjoying the good life. The “Boss Dog” lives on a farm in Michigan with Ethan (Dennis Quaid, “The Intruder”), and his wife, Hannah (Marg Helgenberger, TV’s upcoming “All Rise.”). Helgenberger replaced Piggy Lipton who starred in the first movie. Lipton died of cancer on May 11.

Bailey, Ethan and Hannah’s good times come to an abrupt halt. Gloria (Betty Gilpin, TV’s “Glow”) --Hannah’s daughter-in-law and the mother of Clarity June/CJ played by Abby Ryder Fortson (“Ant-Man and The Wasp”) and Kathryn Prescott (TV’s “The Son”) --takes CJ away from Hannah and Ethan and moves to Chicago. Gloria hates that Ethan and Hannah were judging her too harshly about raising CJ.

But they had good reason to. Gloria has lots of issues that stem from an insurance settlement she received after the death of her husband and Hannah’s son in a car crash that happened before CJ was born. In addition, Gloria drinks too much, often neglects CJ and makes poor choices with the men she dates.

As if that weren’t enough drama, Ethan discovers Bailey has a cancerous tumor and must euthanize his furry friend, but not before telling Bailey to watch over and protect CJ at all costs.

Break out the Kleenex for this scene. Anyone who has had to put down their dog, or any pet for that matter can relate.

The rest of “A Dog’s Journey” centers around Bailey—who dies again and again but overcomes several obstacles and is reincarnated. He becomes a spunky beagle-spaniel mix named Molly, a massive English Mastiff appropriately named Big Dog and Max, an adorable Yorkshire terrier with a mean streak.

Bailey’s goal is to find CJ. She’s no longer a kid and is all grown up now and lives in New York with hopes of pursuing a music career. Too bad she doesn’t get much support from her jerk of a boyfriend Barry (TV’s “Condor”). They really weren’t meant to be together.

But guess who is. As fate would have it, CJ runs into her childhood best friend Trent (musician Henry Lau, TV’s “Oh My Venus”). Spoiler Alert: Trent and CJ wind up falling in love.

If you heart-warming stories, then a “A Dog’s Journey” will melt your heart away.
(Recommended).

<b> The Sun Is Also A Star (Aug. 20)</b> Title: The Sun Is Also A Star (Aug. 20)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 120
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR”

The romantic, teen drama, “The Sun is Also a Star” made a quick entrance and exit in theaters. While the movie from director Ry Russo-Young (TV’s “Cloak & Dagger) and screenwriter Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”) starts slow, it does grow on you and is quite good.

It stars Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish”) and Charles Melton (TV’s “Riverdale”) in the lead roles and they’re adorable together.

Shahidi plays Natasha Kingsley, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her mother Patricia (Miriam A. Hyman, TV’s “The OA”) and her father Samuel (Gbenga Akinnagbe, TV’s “The Deuce”).
Natasha has wholeheartedly embraced her Big Apple upbringing and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Besides, she wants to go to college and everything she needs is right there.

That’s why she’s desperately trying to do everything possible to keep her family from being deported to Jamaica. However, the clock is ticking. They have 24 hours before they must leave.

Natasha schedules an appointment with an immigration lawyer (a nice turn for John Leguizamo, upcoming TV mini-series “When they See Us.”) and he gives her the most encouraging news about their chances.

While Natasha is in Grand Central Station, Daniel Bae, a tall, slender Korean-American (Melton) sees her staring at the ceiling. He really notices the cute jacket she’s wearing with the words “Deus Ex Machina" emblazoned on the back of it.

Those three words just happen to be the title of a poem Daniel is writing.

What are the odds?

Yeah, Daniel is a poet. In fact, he would rather spend his time writing poetry than trying to please his parents--who own a black hair care store--and want him to attend Dartmouth College as a premed student.

Daniel just happened to be on his way to his Dartmouth interview when he spotted Natasha. Surely this is a sign of something bigger and better for him.

He catches up to Natasha and, heroically saves her from getting hit by a car. He insists that if she hangs out with him for a day—his interview was rescheduled--and she does the “36 Questions” love study from the New York Times, she’d fall in love with him. That’s some smooth talk there. That line might work on other girls, but Natasha isn’t like most other girls. She doesn’t go in for all that fantasy, romance stuff. She’s in love with astronomy and more pragmatic about things in life including romance.

Plus, Natasha has much bigger concerns than falling in love. Yet, the more they talk, the more they discover there’s some there, there.

Additional conflicts threaten to drive Natasha and Daniel apart like Daniel’s older brother Dae Hyun Bae (Keong Sim, TV’s “Dead to Me”). He’s somewhat of a slacker and jealous of Daniel. Dae’s racist remarks about Natasha doesn’t raise their brotherly love quotient much either.

Natasha’s family isn’t thrilled when she introduces them to Daniel after staying out all night with him.

Like always in these starry-eyed movies, true love often conquers all. Still, “The Sun is Also a Star” stands out since it eschews some of the predictable plot driven clichés leading up to the big reveal.
(Recommended).

<b>The Hustle (Aug. 20) </b> Title: The Hustle (Aug. 20)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 94
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Chris Addison
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE HUSTLE”

“The Hustle” is a gender-swapped remake of the 1998 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” which starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine. And, that movie was a remake of the 1964 film “Bedtime Story” which featured Marlon Brando, Shirley Jones and David Niven.

In “The Hustle,” from director Chris Addison (TV’s Patriot”), Anne Hathaway (“Ocean’s Eight”) plays Josephine Chesterfield a beautiful, wealthy socialite living it up on the French Riviera (Michael Caine’s old role). The only thing she needs to work on is her phony accent.

Everything else about her is pitch perfect which is why most men simply can’t resist her. Before they know what hit them, they’ve lost their jewelry, money and whatever other valuables she’s able to squeeze from them.

Then along comes Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson, “Isn’t it Romantic”), a low life grifter who has a surprising chance encounter with Josephine (Hathaway). She’s immediately taken by Josephine’s style and grace and wants to roll like her and get in on some of her big money-making action.

Josephine can’t be bothered with trash like Penny. Hanging out next to this spandex and polyester diva is just an overall bad look. But Josephine reconsiders her stance, when Penny threatens to go to the police and blow her cover. So, they make a deal. The first one that can swindle a young, Internet tycoon (a miscast Alex Sharpe, “To the Bone”) out of $500,000 wins free and clear. The other must go away for good.

Let the con games begin.

The hijinks that ensue, include everything from bathroom humor, and lots of physical comedy with Wilson carrying many of those scenes. Most are over the top even for her. She seems to be working extremely hard to pull them off too. One involves Wilson with Hathaway and a wealthy Texan (Dean Norris, TV’s “Claws”). It becomes more embarrassing than funny.

Wilson held her own in the comedy, “Isn’t it Romantic” last year and Hathaway delivered in “Ocean’s Eight,” but in “The Hustle” their comedic timing isn’t as sharp and doesn’t always click like it should. But once these cons start to con each other, that’s when “The Hustle” is on.
(Recommended).

Avengers: Endgame <b>(Aug. 13)</b> Title: Avengers: Endgame (Aug. 13)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 181
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Anthony And Joe Russo
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs And Rickey B. Combs

(Partially Reprinted From Original N2Entertainment.net Post April 26)

"AVENGERS: ENDGAME"

Here’s the thing. My husband Rickey is a huge Marvel Comics fan. Not the real geeky, collector of figurines, T-shirt wearing, gotta go to San Diego's Comic-Con every year sort of fanboy, but the kind who grew up reading Marvel comic books and watching all the Marvel cartoons. He still does the latter on occasion.

He knows all the back-story on the major and even minor Marvel characters. If only I could get him to love horror films as much, but that’s another story. Honestly, I’ve got to admit, he’s enlightened and opened my eyes to the entire Marvel Comics Universe.

So, we decided to have a little fun and “assemble” to write a joint review of “Avengers: Endgame” Of course we both loved it.

For three hours and one minute, “Avengers: Endgame” will dazzle, delight, shock, sadden and yet leave you completely fulfilled. It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride. Yes, it lives up to aIl the hype. And if this is indeed the end, well, what a fantastic finish.

What directors Joe and Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War”) and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Avengers: Infinity War”) have created and captured on screen is masterful.

“Avengers: Endgame” triumphs on so many levels. Perhaps the film’s most notable achievement is how it seamlessly blends multiple storylines in such spectacular fashion.

When we last saw Thanos (Josh Brolin) in “Avengers: Infinity War,” he had turned half of the Marvel universe and more than a few of its beloved characters into dust with a mere snap of his finger. The six Infinity Stones and gauntlet he possesses have made him a powerful and feared man.

However, this fool and his vicious army must be stopped.

But, are there even enough Avengers left to assemble and get the job done?
Well, there’s Ironman/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr, “Avengers: Infinity War”) who is floating out in space, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson, “Captain Marvel”) is looking all depressed and sitting around eating lame peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The once-hunky and handsome Thor (Chris Hemsworth,”Avengers: Infinity War” and “Bad Times at the El Royale”) is now a hot mess with dirty hair and a beer belly to boot.

Captain Marvel (Sacramento’s own Brie Larson, “Captain Marvel”) still has her hands full with other planets and galaxies to tend to. Captain America (Chris Evans, “Captain Marvel”) is trying to help people cope with the tragic turn of events. Meanwhile, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Spotlight”) is still intimidating but has scaled down the brawn.
He’s a hipster Brainiac and kind of has his anger issues under control. Oh, and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has gone rogue.

So, at first blush, you wonder if any of these Avengers have anything left in the tank to save the world from Thanos’ dominance.

It sure doesn’t seem like it until Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”) of all people comes out of the Quantum Realm with an idea that just might work. He’s created a type of time machine that would allow the Avengers to travel back in time and gather the Infinity Stones before Thanos does.

Yet, there are some major and hilarious kinks that need to be worked out with the time machine before they can implement their plan.

It takes the mastermind and ultimate electromechanical tinkerer, Ironman (Downey Jr.) to perfect the time machine and set this plan in motion.
And once it’s done, “Avengers:Endgame” becomes a marvelous adventure culminating with an epic battle scene that brings together Marvel superheroes, including its mightiest female warriors—like Wakanda’s Okoye (Danai Gurira, “Black Panther” ) and Shuri (Letitia Wright, “Black Panther).

“Avengers: Endgame” really has everything you’d expect from a grand finale. The action sequences are astounding. There is plenty of humor too which comes courtesy of Rocket, (Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”), War Machine (Don Cheadle, TV’s “Ratched”), Thor (Hemsworth) and Hulk (Ruffalo).
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: There are many cool bonus features on the “Avengers: Endgame” Blu-Ray and digital release.

REMEMBERING STAN LEE--Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.

SETTING THE TONE: CASTING ROBERT DOWNEY JR.-- Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original "Iron Man" — and launched the MCU.

A MAN OUT OF TIME: CREATING CAPTAIN AMERICA-- Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.

BLACK WIDOW: WHATEVER IT TAKES --Follow Black Widow's journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.

THE RUSSO BROTHERS: JOURNEY TO ENDGAME-- See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history ... back-to-back!

THE WOMEN OF THE MCU-- MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.

BRO THOR-- His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.

SIX DELETED SCENES --"Goji Berries," "Bombs on Board," "Suckiest Army in the Galaxy," "You Used to Frickin' Live Here," "Tony and Howard" and "Avengers Take a Knee."

GAG REEL-- Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.

VISIONARY INTRO-- Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

AUDIO COMMENTARY-- Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
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Which Of The Following Stars of "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings" Won A Tony Award As "Best Supporting Actor In A Musical?"
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HOBBS AND SHAW By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW THE IMAX 2D EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE AUG. 1

Ever since hulking lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

But, when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw The IMAX 2D Experience” opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

The IMAX release of “ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw The IMAX 2D Experience” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of the IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from IMAX Publicity.


LION KING By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE LION KING: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE ON JULY 18

Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. After the murder of his father, the young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

“The Lion King: The IMAX Experience” opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on July 18 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

The IMAX release of “The Lion King: The IMAX Experience” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D Experience and the IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMRtechnology.

The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

ABOUT THE LION KING:

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes: Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION:

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined.

Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR, Experience It In IMAX, An IMAX 3D Experience, The IMAX Experience, IMAX Is Believing and IMAX nXos are trademarks of IMAX Corporation.

More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You can also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Esquire/IMAX Theater Publicity.


NEVER RARELY... By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

FOCUS FEATURES PARTNERS WITH PASTEL AND BBC FILMS ON ELIZA HITTMAN’S “NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS”

Production recently wrapped on “Never Really Sometimes Always,” the third feature film from acclaimed writer/director Eliza Hittman (“It Felt Like Love” and “Beach Rats”).

Focus Features will distribute worldwide with Universal Pictures International, excluding Free UK TV rights, which are retained by BBC Films.

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is produced by PASTEL’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy, the production outfit behind Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Written and directed by Hittman, the film is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania.

Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City.

The film’s leads are played by Sidney Flanigan (“Autumn”) and Talia Ryder (“Skylar”). Cast also includes Théodore Pellerin (“Boy Erased” and “The OA”), Ryan Eggold (“New Amsterdam” and “BlacKkKlansman”), and Sharon Van Etten (“The OA”).

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” reunites Eliza Hittman and “Beach Rats” cinematographer Hélène Louvart. The film was developed by BBC Films who also co-financed production alongside Tango Entertainment and Mutressa Movies.

Executive producers are Rose Garnett for BBC Films, Tim Headington and Lia Buman for Tango Entertainment, Elika Portnoy and Alex Orlovsky for Mutressa Movies.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said: “Eliza is an outstanding artist who elevates intimate tales into powerfully relatable stories, and Pastel consistently make courageous films that humanize topics too often polarized in the media. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining them on the journey of bringing this timely and moving film to the world”

PASTEL said: "We have been admirers of Eliza’s filmmaking since her debut “It Felt Like Love” and we are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with her on “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a critical story for our time and one that we feel desperately needs to be told."

Rose Garnett, Director of BBC Films said: “Eliza is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and in “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” she sensitively explores an experience women around the world can relate to. We’re proud to help Eliza tell this story.”

For more information please visit www.focusfeatures.com.