Monday Movie Report: Scorsese film ‘The Irishman’ headlines NY Film Fest

“The Irishman,” the latest crime drama from Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese, will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in September.

According to Variety, the movie featuring stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, will headline the 57th annual festival. Variety reports the picture is based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

A still from “The Irishman,” courtesy TriBeCa Productions and Netflix.

The film will feature the relationship between Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). The latter was a Teamster leader who disappeared in 1975. Variety reports “The Irishman” will be released in both theaters and Netflix later this year.

In Variety’s article, “The Irishman” had an estimated budget of $200 million and is shaping up to be an Oscar contender. It’s the ninth team-up of De Niro and Scorsese. The cast also includes Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

De Niro and Pesci last worked with Scorsese in “Casino” from 1995. According to Variety, the fest will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 13.


At the weekend box office, the life-like “Lion King” remake won the top spot for the second straight week with $75.5 million. The new release “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” had a good showing, though, with $40.3 million.

The full top five was:

1. The Lion King – $75,524,000
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – $40,350,000
3. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $12,200,000
4. Toy Story 4 – $9,872,000
5. Crawl – $4,000,000

For the upcoming weekend, the only major release hitting theaters is “Fast and Furious – Hobbs and Shaw.

On the small screen, meanwhile, home releases include:

  • The Intruder, my rating: 2.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.71 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 31%.
  • Long Shot, my rating: 3.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.75 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%.
  • Ugly Dolls, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 28%.
  • The White Crow, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 66%.
  • Body at Brighton Rock, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 67%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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