1917 (2020. War: World War I. Director: Sam Mendes) R
Starring: Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Mark Strong, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, George Mackay, Daniel Mays
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.
1984 (1984/Released 2019. Award-winning SF Classic, Director: Michael Redford) R
Starring: Richard Burton, John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton
A man and a woman try desperately to escape the totalitarian regime they live in that bans nearly all free-thinking and love itself. Based on the book by George Orwell. This is the version released in 1984. Criterion Collection Series
The Aeronauts (2020. Action: Epic Action/Adventure. Director: Tom Harper) PG-13
Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Phoebe Fox, Tim McInnerny, Rebecca Front, Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Lewin Lloyd
In 1862, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher teamed up with daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world, they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.
The Aftermath (2019. Drama: Romantic. War: World War II. Director: James Kent) R
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Martin Compston, Kate Phillips
In postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. DVD & Blu-ray
American Experience: McCarthy (2020. History. PBS Series. Director: Sharon Grimberg)
Chronicle the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who would test the limits of American decency and democracy.
The Baker’s Wife (1940/Released 2019. B&W. Award-winning French Classic. Director: Marcel Pagnol. Based on work by Jean Giono)
Starring: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Charpin
An enchanting countryside comedy about the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker that snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Criterion Collection Series
Ballers Season 5 (2020. Comedy: HBO Television Drama) TV-MA
Starring: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan W. Carter
A comedy that follows the life of former football superstar Spencer Strasmore as he deals with retirement while mentoring other former and current players through the business of football.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (2019. Biography: Filmmaker. Director: Pamela B. Green) Based on work by Alison McMahan.
Pamela B. Green’s energetic film about the pioneer filmmaker is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.
Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different (2020. Biography: Music/Jazz. Director: Phil Cox)
Betty Davis, an aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70’s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles, startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named “Bitches Brew.”
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes (2019. Documentary: Music/Jazz)
Starring: Ambrose Akinmusire, Art Blakely, John Coltrane, Miles Davis
Beyond the Notes is a revelatory journey behind the scenes of one of the most important labels in the history of jazz and by extension, that of American Music. Blue Note has been home to groundbreaking legends as well as present-day luminaries. Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees, the history of the label goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, and the conflict between art and commerce.
Bombshell (2020. Drama. Director: Jay Roach) R
Starring: Margot Robbie, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Liv Hewson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Morrison, Alice Eve, Nicole Kidman, Tricia Helfer, D’Arcy Carden, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Ashley Greene, Mark Duplass
A group of women decides to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.
Cats (2020. Musical: Family Fantasy Comedy/Drama. Director: Tom Hopper) Based on work by T. S. Eliot
Starring: Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ray Winstone, Francesca Hayward, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo
Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event. The film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, it won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years.
Chained For Life (2018/Released 2020. Drama: Showbiz Comedy. Director: Aaron Schimberg)
Starring: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Charlie Korsmo, Sari Lennick, Stephen Plunkett
Mabel and Rosenthal are the two stars of a pretentious art-horror film directed by an unhinged tyrant who may or may not be German (he goes by ‘Herr Director’). Mabel is playing a blind woman while Rosenthal, who has facial tumors caused by neurofibromatosis, is essentially playing a version of himself. Both their characters are part of a mad doctor’s plot to ‘cure’ disabilities. But while Mabel can distance herself from her character, Rosenthal’s genetic disorder is the reason he was cast.
The Chi Season 2 (2019. Television Drama) TV-MAStarring: Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
As Brandon works to make things right with Jerrika, Emmett tries to get custody of his son, with help from Jada. Meanwhile, Ronnie hopes to come to terms with his actions, and Kevin grapples with past traumas.
Clemency (2020. Drama. Director: Chinonye Chukwu) R
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Wendell Pierce, Aldis Hodge, Michael O’Neill, LaMonica Garrett, Richard Schiff, Vernee Watson, Danielle Brooks
Bernadine is a stoic prison warden, but two back-to-back executions put a strain on her marriage, career and convictions.
Crime And Punishment (1935/Released 2015. 80th Anniv. Director: Josef Von Sternberg)
Starring: Edward Arnold, Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh
Crippled by guilt and paranoia after committing a murder he thinks is just, Roderick Raskolnikov is torn between the detective investigating the murder and the woman he saved, who now wants to save his soul.
Dark Waters (2020. Drama. Courtroom period film. Director: Todd Haynes) PG-13
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman
Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything, his future, his family, and his own life to expose the truth.
David Suskind Archive: Interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963/Released 2019. Documentary: Interview)
David Susskind’s historical, long and intimate interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. originally aired on June 9, 1963. Now, restored by The Paley Center, this broadcast has not been seen in full since its original airing. Among the subjects discussed were the current state of the American Civil Rights Movement and the then-recent events in Birmingham, Alabama.
Do The Right Thing (1989/Released 2019. AFI/NFR Award-winning Urban Drama. Director: Spike Lee) R
Starring: John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson
Story of the racial tensions that surround a white-owned pizzeria in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer. One of the most controversial and thought-provoking films ever made. Criterion Collection Reissue
First Love (2020. Action. Japanese. Director: Takashi Miike)
Starring: Becky, Sakurako Konishi, Masataka Kubota
A noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. DVD & Blu-ray
Fleabag Season 1 (2020. Comedy: British Television Drama)
Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Jenny Rainsford, Bill Paterson, Brett Gelman, Andrew Scott, Hugh Skinner
Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Award-winning playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along.
Food Coop (2016/Released 2019. Documentary. Director: Tom Boothe)
With a healthy dose of insight and wit, takes an inside look at the Park Slope Food Coop, one of America’s most successful cooperative food supermarkets. In Brooklyn, NY, in the shadow of Wall Street, an institution that represents a less well-known American tradition is booming. The Park Slope Food Coop, a cooperative supermarket where all 16,000 members work 2.75 hours per month to earn the right to buy the best food in New York at incredibly low prices.
Give Me Liberty (2020. Comedy. Director: Kirill Mikhanovsky)
Starring: Lauren Spencer, Chris Galust, Maxim Stoyanov
Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and emigre friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy, a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams.
Grudge (2020. Canadian Horror/Mystery. Director: Nicolas Pesce) R
Starring: Betty Gilpin, Andrea Riseborough, William Sadler, Lin Shaye, John Cho, Jacki Weaver, Tara Westwood, Zoe Fish, Junko Bailey
After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and young detective try to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood.
Hidden Colors 5: The Art Of Black Warfare (2019. Documentary. Dir. Tariq Nasheed)
Starring: Ice T, David Banner, Michael Jai White
The final installment of the critically acclaimed Hidden Colors documentary series. In this installment, the film explores the history of warfare as it relates to global Black society. The film is broken down into seven chapters that examine the ways the system of racism wages warfare from a historical, psychological, sexual, biological, health, educational, and military perspective.
A Hidden Life (2020. Drama: World War II. Director: Terrence Malick) PG-13
Starring: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jurgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Matthes, Karl Markovics, Franz Rogowski, Tobias Moretti
Based on real events, this is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keep his spirit alive.
The Hummingbird Project (2019. Suspense/Thriller. Director: Kim Nguyen) R
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa, Sarah Goldberg
Cousins from New York, Vincent and Anton are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fiberoptic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their quixotic adventure.
In Search Of The Last Action Heroes (2020. Documentary. Director: Oliver Harper)
The most comprehensive retrospective of the action film genre ever made. TV-MA
Joker (2020. Drama: Crime/Suspense/Thriller—Modern Classic. Director: Todd Phillips) R
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen
Warner Bros. Pictures presents Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and the film is directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips. The film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’s exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale. DC Live-Action Series
Jumanji: The Next Level (2020. Adventure/Comedy. Director: Jake Kasdan) PG-13
Starring: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Danny Devito, Jack Black, Awkwafina, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Rhys Darby, Colin Hanks, Dania Ramirez, Danny Glover, Rory McCann
The gang is back, but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Just Mercy (2020. Drama: Award-winning Courtroom. Director: Destin Daniel Cretton) PG-13
Starring: Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Claire Bronson, Steve Coulter, Rhoda Griffis
A powerful and thought-provoking true story follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first and most incendiary cases is that of Walter McMillian.
Kingdom (2019, South Korean Television Series. Director: Seong-hun Kim)
Starring: Donna Bae, Greg Chun, Jun-Ho Heo
While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land. Korean with English, Chinese and Malay subtitles.
Little Women (2020. Drama. Romantic Family Period Drama. Director: Greta Gerwig) PG
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep
Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a film that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on her own terms, is both timeless and timely.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2019. Drama. Chinese. Director: Bi Gan)
Starring: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-Chi, Chen Yongzhong
A noirish stunner about a lost soul on a quest to find a missing woman from his past. Following leads across Guizhou province, the man crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot that plunges its protagonist, and viewers, into a dreamlike, labyrinthine cityscape. Mandarin with English subtitles.
Monochrome: Black, White & Blue (2019. Documentary: Music/Blues. Dir. Jon Brewer)
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Chuck Berry, Bill Wyman, B.B. King, Jake Bugg, Carlos Santana, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray
Director Jon Brewer (B.B. King: The Life of Riley) lovingly defragments the history of not only blues music but also the plight of the people in America’s deep south, bringing the story of blues to life through powerful interviews, live musical performances and sweeping landscapes.
Ms. Purple (2020. Drama. Director: Justin Chon)
Starring: Jake Choi, Inka Kyto, Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee
A poignant drama about sister and brother, Kasie and Carey, who were raised, and are now seemingly stuck in Koreatown. Abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father, the siblings continue to struggle with profound emotional wounds from the difficulty of the parental dynamic.
Scott Momaday: Words From A Bear (2019. PBS Documentary. Dir.: Jeffrey Palmer)
A thorough survey of Momaday’s most prolific years as a doctorate fellow at Stanford University, his achievement of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1969, and his later works that solidified his place as the founding member of the ‘Native American Renaissance’ in art and literature, influencing a generation of Native American artists, scholars, and political activists.
Narnia’s Lost Poet: The Secret Lives And Loves of C. S. Lewis (2014/Released 2019. Documentary. Director: Ian Denyer)
Starring: A.N. Wilson
The moving and insightful portrait of the man behind Narnia takes a deep look into his secretive personal life, which was marked by love and loss.
The Nightingale (2020. Drama: Australian Period Film, Suspense/Thriller. Dir: Jennifer Kent)
Starring: Damon Herriman, Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, Michael Sheasby, Baykali Ganambarr
Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows 21-year-old convict Clare. Having served her time, she is eager to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins. Clare becomes the victim of a harrowing crime by the lieutenant and his cronies. When authorities fail to deliver justice, she decides to pursue Hawkins and enlists the help of a young Aboriginal tracker. As they go, they must learn to find empathy for one another while weighing the true cost of revenge. R
No Passport Required Season 1 (2018. PBS Documentary)No Passport Required Season 2 (2019. PBS Documentary)
Follow chef Marcus Samuelsson as he immerses himself in diverse immigrant communities and cuisines in cities across the US. In each hour, Marcus will travel to a different city and dive into new food culture. He’ll discover the important immigrant histories – and delicious culinary traditions – that shape the way America eats today. Season Two takes viewers on another inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture. Each week Marcus visits a new city to learn about the dynamic and creative ways a particular community has made its mark.
Official Secrets (2019. Drama: Romantic Thriller; Middle East War. Director: Gavin Hood) R
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Katherine Kelly, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, MyAnna Buring, Tamsin Greig, Jeremy Northam, Conleth Hill, Adam Bakri
The incredible true story of the spy who defied her government to stop a war. In 2003, British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun received a memo with a shocking directive: collect blackmail-worthy information on UN council members to force the vote for the invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world rush into war. Gun makes the decision to leak the memo to the press, igniting an international firestorm that would expose a vast political conspiracy and put Gun in harm’s way.
The Ornament Of The World (2019. History: Religion. PBS. Director: Tim Phelan) TV-14
A remarkable story from the past is especially timely today. Filmed in Cordoba, Granada, Seville, and Toledo, this film retraces the 800 years in medieval Spain when Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences, revealing what made this rare and fruitful collaboration possible, and what ultimately tore it apart. Based on work by Maria Rosa Menocal.
The Perfect Guy (2015. Suspense/Thriller. Director: David M. Rosenthal) PG-13
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true. Blu-ray
Personal Problems (1981/Released 2018. Drama; Kino Classics. Director: Bill Gunn)
Starring: Sam Waymon, Bill Gunn, Thommie Blackwel, Kip Hanrahan, Ishmael Reed, Margo Williams, Michele Wallace,
The extraordinary, rough-edged ensemble piece explores black working-class lives with candor and emotional intensity and features a who’s who of important artists.
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2020. Award-winning French Romance. Dir. Celine Sciamma) R
Starring: Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel, Luana Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Christel Baras
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and a testament to their love. French with English subtitles.
The Private Life Of Henry VIII (1933/Released 2019. Drama: Classic. Director: Alexander Korda) NR
Starring: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, John Loder, Merle Oberon, Wendy Barrie
One of the first movies to place British cinema firmly on the international map, this film tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives.
Queen & Slim (2020. Drama: Overcoming Adversity. Director: Melina Matsoukas) R
Starring: Chloe Sevigny, Flea, Bokeem Woodbine, Daniel Kaluuya, Indya Moore, Jodie Turner-Smith, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Benito Martinez
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly becomes a symbol of trauma. Blu-ray
Revenger (2019. Action: South Korean)
Starring: Bruce Khan, In-kwon Kim
Heinous death-row convicts are isolated on Soorado Island, where law or even common sense does not exist. Utterly evil Carlos Kun dominates the island. To catch Carlos Kun, former special detective Yool goes undercover as a death-row convict and enters the island. Korean with English, Chinese and Malay subtitles.
Richard Jewell (2020. Docudrama. Director: Clint Eastwood) R
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, Nina Arianda, Ian Gomez, Niko Nicotera, Paul Walter Hauser
The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing, his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, and his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence.
Roma (2018/Criterion Collection Released 2020. Drama: Mexican. Spanish w/subtitles. Dir: Alfonso Cuaron) R
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina De Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta
With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuaron recreated the early 1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo, the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals.
Scandalous: The Untold Story Of The National Enquirer (2020. Documentary. Director: Mark Landsman)
For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. From its coverage of Elvis’s death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. Mark Landsman examines the obsession with the rich, famous, and powerful.
Seberg (2020. Suspense: Drama. Director: Benedict Andrews) R
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Stephen Root, Vince Vaughn, Anthony Mackie, Jack O’Connell, Jade Pettyjohn, Colm Meaney, Ser’Darius Blain, James Jordan
Inspired by true events about the French New Wave darling and Breathless star, Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by the FBI because of her support of the civil rights movement and romantic involvement with Hakim Jamal, among others. In Benedict Andrews’ noir-ish thriller, her life and career are destroyed by Hoover’s overreaching surveillance and harassment to suppress and discredit her activism.
The Song Of Names (2020. Drama: Overcoming adversity. Director: Francois Girard) PG-13
Starring: Jonah Hauer-King, Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, Saul Rubinek, Richard Bremmer, Amy Sloan, Julian Wadham
An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half-century. Beneath the film’s stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of war, and the lost souls extinguished from history.
Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker (2020. Sci-Fi: Adventure/Outerspace. Director: J. J. Abrams)
Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Keri Russell, Domhnall Gleeson, Ian McDiarmid, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Dominic Monaghan, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Daniels
No one’s ever really gone. Rey’s journey continues, and the Skywalker saga concludes.
Uncut Gems (2020. Crime: Comedy/Drama. Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie) R
Starring: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, The Weekend, Idina Menzel
A charismatic jeweler makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win. Blu-ray
Until The End Of The World (1991/Released 2019. Sci-Fi Adventure. Dir. Win Wenders)
Starring: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Jeanne Moreau, Sam Neill, Max Von Sydow
Conceived as the ultimate road movie, this decades-in-the-making science-fiction epic from Wim Wenders follows the restless Claire Tourneur across continents as she pursues a mysterious stranger in possession of a device that can make the blind see and bring dream images to waking life. This breathless adventure in the shadow of Armageddon takes its heroes to the ends of the earth and into the oneiric depths of their own souls. Criterion Collection—Director’s Cut
Water & Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours Of Life (2017/Released 2019. Italian Biography—Documentary. Director: Fariborz Kamkari)
Starring: Woody Allen, Abel Ferrara, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci
Fariborz Kamkari’s documentary about the life and career of Carlo Di Palma is as much a portrait of the late cinematographer, known for his inventive work with such directors as Woody Allen, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Elio Petri, as it is a journey through the last 70 years of world cinema. Italian with English subtitles.
Waves (2020. Drama: Romantic. Director: Trey Edward Shults) R
Starring: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Bill Wise, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sterling K. Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Lucas Hedges
Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, this film traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family, led by a well-intentioned but domineering father, as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. A heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times. Blu-ray
Wild Nights With Emily (2018/Rel. 2020. Romantic Comedy. Dir: Madeleine Olnek) PG-13
Starring: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman
In the mid-nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically and enjoying a passionate, romantic relationship with her friend and sister-in-law Susan. While seeking publication of some of her poems, Emily finds herself facing male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead, her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.