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1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story

(2021.  Fiction: Television Series)

Starring: Sam Elliott, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, LaMonica Garrett, Billy Bob Thornton, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks

From visionary creator Taylor Sheridan comes a prequel to television’s number one show, Yellowstone. It follows the original Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It’s a stark retelling of Western expansion and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land, Montana.

Baby Assassins

(2021.  Fiction: Foreign.  Director: Hugo Sakamoto)

Starring: Akari Takaishi, Saori Izawa, Masanori Mimoto, Mone Akitani, Yasukaze Motomiya, Yukina Fukushima

Two high school girls receive orders from upper management to get “real” jobs, become roommates and blend into normal society. They also happen to be highly skilled assassins who don’t like each other. After an unfortunate run-in with the violent Yakuza, they quickly learn they must band together to survive an epic fight for their lives.

Black Phone

(2022.  Fiction: Horror.  Director: Scott Derrickson)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Madeleine McGraw, Mason Thames, J. Gaven Wilde, Brady Hepner, Jacob Moran, Kristina Arjona

Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims, and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

Bob’s Burgers Movie

(2022.  Fiction: Comedy.  Directors: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman)

Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, Stephanie Beatriz, Gary Cole, Kevin Kline

The Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole form in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.

Chicago Fire Season 10

(2021.  Fiction: Television Series)

Starring: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Kara Killmer, David Eigenberg, Christian Stolte, Miranda Rae Mayo, Joe Minoso, Daniel Kyri, Hanako Greensmith

The heroic firefighters and paramedics of Firehouse 51 put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of Chicago in Season Ten of the pulse-pounding drama from Emmy®-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and co-creator Derek Haas. Led by Capt. Matthew Casey and Lt. Kelly Severide, the firehouse family also includes Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, paramedic Sylvie Brett, veterans Christopher Herrmann and Randy “Mouch” McHolland, firefighters Stella Kidd and Joe Cruz, young firefighters Blake Gallo and Darren Ritter, and new paramedic Violet Mikami.

Chicago P.D. Season 9

(2021.  Fiction: Television Series)

Starring: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Kara Killmer, David Eigenberg, Miranda Rae Mayo, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte, Annie Ilonzeh, Alberto Rosende, Jason Beghe, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, Tracy Spiridakos, Amy Morton

The men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit continue battling the city’s major criminal offenses in Season Nine of the gripping drama series from multiple Emmy®-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and the team behind the hit Chicago franchise. Over the past year, Sgt. Hank Voight has had to adapt to changing realities while remaining as committed as ever to bringing criminals to justice.

Crimes of the Future

(2022.  Fiction: Thriller/Sci-Fi.   Director: David Cronenberg)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman

A performance artist who turns the removal of organs into real time theatre is forced to consider the most shocking performance of all as the government and a strange subculture take note of his act.

Duke

(2021.  Fiction: Comedy.   Director: Roger Michell)

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Heather Craney, Stephen Rashbrook

Set in 1961 when Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage to Dorothy Bunton.

Elvis

(2022.  Fiction: Drama.  Director: Baz Luhrmann)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia Dejonge, Dacre Montgomery, David Wenham, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Luke Bracey, Richard Roxburgh, Xavier Samuel, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Natasha Bassett, Kate Mulvany, Chaydon Jay, Mark Leonard Winter, Melina Vidler, Helen Thomson, Alton Mason

Elvis Presley rises to fame in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

(2022.   Non-fiction: Documentary.   Director: Daniel Raim)

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Norman Jewison, John Williams, Sheldon Harnick

The fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael (The New Yorker) called “the most powerful movie musical ever made.” Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, it captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia and re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic. Oscar®- nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director’s chair and Jewison’s heart and mind, drawing on behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Jewison, Topol (Tevye), composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actresses Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye’s daughters). This inspiring film explores how the experience of making Fiddler deepened Jewison as an artist and revived his soul.

Firestarter

(2022.   Fiction: Horror.   Director: Keith Thomas)

Starring: Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Gloria Reuben, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Greyeyes, Tina Jung

For more than a decade, parents Andy and Vicky have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction. Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns eleven, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.

Good Times Complete Series

(Fiction: Television Series)

Starring: Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker, John Amos, Ja’Net Dubois, Ralph Carter, Bern Nadette Stanis, Janet Jackson

Money was scarce, but laughs and love were abundant for Florida, her hard-working husband James, and their three kids living in the projects of South Side Chicago. From the outrageous antics of budding artist J.J. to the romantic dramas of sister Thelma and pint-sized Michael’s activist causes, these parents have their hands full. Tackling topical, sometimes even controversial, subject matter with wit and sensitivity, this was a breakthrough series in many ways.

Liberal Arts

(2012.  Fiction: Comedy.  Director: Josh Radnor)

Starring: Josh Radnor, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney, Elizabeth Reaser, Richard Jenkins

When Jesse, a 35-year-old New York college admissions adviser, is invited to his Midwestern alma mater to attend his favorite professor’s retirement dinner, he quickly falls back in love with the university life. But when he meets 19-year-old student Zibby, the daughter of his professor’s friends, he suddenly finds himself caught in a moral dilemma: does he pursue a relationship with this kindred spirit, or does he break her heart and return to the real world?

Montana Story

(2022.  Fiction: Western.  Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel)

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Owen Teague, Gilbert Owour, Kimberly Guerrero

Set against a mythic American backdrop, two estranged siblings return home to the sprawling ranch they once knew and loved to confront a deep and bitter family legacy in this Western with a heart-rending emotional core.

Mr. Malcolm’s List

(2022.  Fiction: Comedy.  Director: Emma Holly Jones)

Starring: Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Theo James, Ashley Park

In nineteenth-century England, jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Julia convinces her friend to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman or the perfect hoax.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

(2022.  Fiction: Comedy.  Director: Anthony Fabian)

Starring: Jason Isaacs, Lesley Manville, Rose Williams, Alba Baptista, Anna Chancellor, Isabelle Huppert, Freddie Fox, Lucas Bravo, Lambert Wilson, Christian McKay, Roxane Duran, Ellen Thomas, Jeremy Wheeler, Guilaine Londez, Ben Addis

In 1950s London, a widowed cleaning lady falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, deciding she must have one of her own. After working to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris that will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.

Murina

(2021.  Fiction: Foreign.  Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic)

Starring: Gracija Filipovic, Leon Lucev, Danica Curcic, Cliff Curtis

Murine is a fiery feminist outcry and stirring coming-of-age drama from executive producer Martin Scorsese. On a remote island along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, seventeen-year-old Julija spends her days diving for eel with her domineering father Ante and watching other teens party on a nearby yacht. Julija bristles at Ante’s heavy-handed cruelty and resents her mother Nela’s passivity. She longs for independence but is unsure how to achieve it until the arrival of the rich and mysterious Javier seems to offer a way out. But does his affection portend freedom, or something more sinister?

NCIS Hawaii Season 1

(2021.   Fiction: Television Series)

Starring: Vanessa Lachey, Alex Tarrant, Jason Antoon, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Tori Anderson, Kian Talan

The world’s most successful television series continues on the seductive shores of the Aloha State with NCIS: HAWAI ‘ I, where the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, Jane Tennant, has thrived and risen through the ranks by equal parts confidence and strategy in a system that has pushed back on her every step of the way.

Nope

(2022.  Fiction: Horror.   Director: Jordan Peele)

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David, Donna Mills, Barbie Ferreira, Devon Graye, Oz Perkins, Terry Notary, Eddie Jemison, Jennifer Lafleur

Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior.

Outlander Season 6

(2022.  Fiction: Television Series)

Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Mark Jones

The Frasers strive to flourish within a society which, as Claire knows all too well, is unwittingly marching towards Revolution, as members of the elite ruling classes struggle to stifle an alarming undercurrent of unrest, trigged by the Regulator Movement, and to maintain order in the Province. Against this backdrop, which soon heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie must now defend this home established on land granted to him by the Crown although this new mantle of responsibility sees him pitted against his godfather, Murtagh Fitzgibbons, a leader of the Regulator Rebellion. Jamie is forced to hide the true nature of his relationship with Murtagh from Governor Tryon, who has ordered Jamie to put an end to the unrest sweeping North Carolina.

Pleasure

(2022.  Fiction: Drama.  Director: Ninja Thyberg)

Starring: Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle

Strong and self-confident but naive, porn industry newcomer Bella Cherry believes she can mold the corrupt system to satisfy her needs. But in the end, she must confront whether she’ll pay with her soul for stardom or not.

Radium Girls

(2021.  Fiction: Drama.  Directors: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Ginny Mohler)

Starring: Joey King, Abby Quinn, Cara Seymour, Scott Shepherd, Susan Heyward, Neal Huff, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, John Bedford Lloyd, Joe Grifasi, Brandon Gill

Based on true events, it follows teen sisters, Bessie and Jo Cavallo, who dream of Hollywood and Egyptian pyramids as they paint luminous watch dials at the American Radium factory in New Jersey. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery slowly unravels. She discovers a corporate cover-up and, in a radical coming of age story, Bessie and the Radium Girls decide to take on American Radium. Based on historical events, the national sensation following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928 ultimately led to a significant and lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety and the study of radioactivity.

Rolling Like Thunder

(2021.  Non-fiction: Documentary.  Director: Roger Gastman)

Before street art became mainstream, the anonymous outlaws of “freight writing” put graffiti on the map. One of the most extreme and risky iterations of the art form, freight train graffiti culture has a rich history, laden with myth-like artists, remarkable romances, and competitive graffiti crews. Delving into the underground subculture reveals the deep connection between graffiti and the American landscape, as well as the artists’ obsession with putting life and limb on the line to make their voices heard.

Unpregnant

(2020.  Fiction: Drama.  Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg)

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Barbie Ferreira, Alex Macnicoll, Breckin Meyer, Giancarlo Esposito, Sugar Lyn Beard, Jessica Anne Newham, Mary McCormack, Denny Love, Ramona Young, Kara Royster

Seventeen-year-old Veronica never thought she’d want to fail a test-that is until she finds herself staring at a piece of plastic with a blue plus. With a promising college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make. This never-taken-lightly decision leads her on a 1000-mile hilarious road trip to New Mexico over three days with her ex-best friend, Bailey where they discover sometimes the most important choice you’ll make in life is who your friends are.

Where the Crawdads Sing

(2022.  Fiction: Mystery.  Director: Olivia Newman)

Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harris Dickinson, Taylor John Smith, David Strathairn, Eric Ladin, Ahna O’Reilly

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So, in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life, until the unthinkable happens.

 

 

 

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