“The French Dispatch” follows the efforts of a team of journalists at a magazine of the same name. The film is described as a love letter to journalists set in the 20th-century in an outpost of an American newspaper in France. The magazine’s editor, Arthur Howitzer Jr., transformed a series of travel columns into a weekly magazine covering world politics, arts and human-interest pieces. The film is divided into three parts, each one a dramatization of a story featured in the magazine, including an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots and a kidnapping involving a chef. "The French Dispatch," rated R, hits theaters October 16, 2020.