Movies: Raising Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, Hustlers, Monos

Movie 1: Raising Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

This is a documentary film about Molly Ivins. She was a national political columnist from Texas and described herself as a Liberal.

She was funny, mean, clever and sincere, often all at the same time. She was enormously popular nation wide. It’s timely given the tumultuous state of current affairs. It’s in very limited release. If possible, don’t miss it.

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Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (August 30, 2019)

Release Date: August 30, 2019
Starring: Molly Ivins, Harold Cook, Andy Ivins, Margo Johnston
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 91 min
Original Title: Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
Original Film Language: English
Molly Ivins was six feet of flame-haired Texas trouble. She was a prescient political journalist, best-selling author, and Bill of Rights warrior. She took no prisoners, leaving both sides of the aisle laughing and craving more of her razor-sharp wit. It's time to raise hell like Molly!

Cast Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

  • Molly Ivins
  • Role: Herself
  • Harold Cook
  • Role: Himself
  • Andy Ivins
  • Role: Himself
  • Margo Johnston
  • Role: Herself
  • Charles Kaiser
  • Role: Himself
  • Paul Krugman
  • Role: Himself
  • Anne Lamott
  • Role: Herself
  • Linda Jann Lewis
  • Role: Herself
  • Myra MacPherson
  • Role: Herself
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Role: Herself
  • Marty Maley
  • Role: Himself
  • Sara Ivins Maley
  • Role: Herself
  • Dave McNeely
  • Role: Himself
  • Betsy Moon
  • Role: Herself
  • Muffie Moroney
  • Role: Herself
  • Victor Navasky
  • Role: Himself
  • Kaye Northcott
  • Role: Herself
  • Terry O'Rourke
  • Role: Himself
  • Dan Rather
  • Role: Himself
  • Cecile Richards
  • Role: Herself
  • Anne Siefert
  • Role: Herself
  • Sara Speights
  • Role: Herself
  • Ellen Sweets
  • Role: Herself
  • Forrest Wilder
  • Role: Himself
  • Anthony Zurcher
  • Role: Himself

Crew Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

  • Janice Engel
  • Director


Movie 2: Hustlers

This film, based on true events, has managed to attract large audiences, especially young adults. It’s about a group of young strippers in 2007 at a Manhattan strip club catering to Wall Street clientele.

While the story was executed well, it wasn’t long before the topic became tedious. The film relies heavily on the “underdog” factor but there is no apology for the collusion and damage caused. Jennifer Lopez delivers a standout performance.

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Hustlers (September 12, 2019)

Release Date: September 12, 2019
Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Runtime: 107 min
Original Title: Hustlers
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Gloria Sanchez Productions, STX Entertainment
A crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Cast Hustlers

  • Constance Wu
  • Role: Destiny
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Role: Ramona Vega
  • Julia Stiles
  • Role: Elizabeth
  • Keke Palmer
  • Role: Mercedes
  • Lili Reinhart
  • Role: Annabelle
  • Lizzo
  • Role: Liz
  • Cardi B
  • Role: Diamond
  • Mercedes Ruehl
  • Role: Mother
  • Trace Lysette
  • Role: Tracey
  • Usher
  • Role: Himself
  • G-Eazy
  • Role: Johnny
  • Mette Towley
  • Role: Justice
  • Madeline Brewer
  • Role: Dawn
  • Stormi Maya
  • Role: Angel
  • Tia Barr
  • Role: Talia
  • Ching Hoh-Wai
  • Role: Destiny’s Grandmother
  • Doris McCarthy
  • Role: Bar Patron
  • Steven Boyer
  • Role: Doug
  • Vanessa Aspillaga
  • Role: Manuela
  • Ken Holmes
  • Role: Broker
  • Leonard Zimmerman
  • Role: Diner Guy
  • Molly Williams
  • Role: Stripper
  • David Wenzel
  • Role: Shit Faced Guy
  • Daymien Valentino
  • Role: Mover
  • Nicholas Suech
  • Role: Strip Club Parton
  • Emma Batiz
  • Role: 12-Year-Old Juliet
  • Dov Davidoff
  • Role: Manager
  • Brandon Keener
  • Role: Alpha
  • Frank Whaley
  • Role: Reese
  • Devin Ratray
  • Role: Stephen

Crew Hustlers

  • Jane Musky
  • Production Design
  • Will Ferrell
  • Producer
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Producer
  • Robert Simonds
  • Executive Producer
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
  • Producer
  • Benny Medina
  • Producer
  • Lorene Scafaria
  • Screenplay
  • Lorene Scafaria
  • Director
  • Lorene Scafaria
  • Co-Producer
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Producer
  • Chelsea Barnard
  • Producer
  • Megan Ellison
  • Executive Producer
  • Kayla Emter
  • Editor
  • Todd Banhazl
  • Director of Photography
  • Alexandra Mazur
  • Set Decoration
  • Margot Boccia
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Roxanne Rizzo
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Mitchell Travers
  • Costume Design
  • Susan Schectar
  • Hairstylist
  • Kim Karon
  • Art Direction
  • Adam Fogelson
  • Executive Producer
  • Pamela Thur
  • Executive Producer
  • Gloria Sanchez
  • Producer
  • Alex Brown
  • Executive Producer
  • Christy Falco
  • Makeup Artist
  • Charles Zambrano
  • Makeup Artist

Movie 3: Monos

Set on a remote mountain in Columbia, South America, this is a bizarre story about eight teenage guerrilla fighters, a cow and an American woman hostage. The group embraces cult rituals and takes instruction by radio.

It’s enormously confusing and quite violent. While the story is occasionally stunning visually, the violence and extreme hazing plunge this film into a bizarre abyss. Spanish with English subtitles and in very limited release.

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Monos (February 10, 2019)

Release Date: February 10, 2019
Starring: Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofia Buenaventura, Karen Quintero
Genres: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 102 min
Original Title: Monos
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: Mutante Cine, El Campo Cine, Snowglobe, Stela Cine, Pandora Film
On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Cast Monos

  • Moisés Arias
  • Role: Patagrande
  • Julianne Nicholson
  • Role: Doctora
  • Sofia Buenaventura
  • Role: Rambo
  • Karen Quintero
  • Role: Leidi
  • Julian Giraldo
  • Role: Lobo
  • Laura Castrillón
  • Role: Sueca
  • Deibi Rueda
  • Role: Pitufo
  • Paul Cubides
  • Role: Perro
  • Sneider Castro
  • Role: Bum Bum
  • Wilson Salazar
  • Role: Mensajero
  • Jorge Román
  • Role: Buscador de Oro

Crew Monos

  • Alejandro Landes
  • Director
  • Jasper Wolf
  • Director of Photography
  • Mica Levi
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Story
  • Ted Guard
  • Editor
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Editor
  • Santiago Otheguy
  • Editor
  • Eyde Belasco
  • Casting
  • Daniela Schneider
  • Production Design
  • Angela Leyton
  • Art Direction
  • Johanna Buendia
  • Costume Design
  • Andres Ramirez
  • Makeup Artist
  • Alex Rojas
  • Makeup Effects
  • Clas Hakeröd
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Alex Ezpeleta
  • Assistant Director
  • Santiago A. Zapata
  • Producer
  • Fernando Epstein
  • Producer
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Screenplay
  • Alexis dos Santos
  • Screenplay
  • Cristina Landes
  • Producer
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Producer
  • Alexis dos Santos
  • Casting
  • Daniela Schneider
  • Casting
  • Daniela Schneider
  • Costume Design

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