1917  (2019) R

1917

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Two young British privates (Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay) during the First World War are given what most likely is an impossible task: to deliver a message deep behind enemy lines that will stop a massacre of 1,600 British soldiers. 1917  Website

What to Watch For: The film is a sure Oscar Best Picture nominee and just won Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes.

Word on the Street: The director of 1917, Sam Mendes, also won Best Director of a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, winning over Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), and Todd Phillips (Joker).

My Take: The almost 2-hour movie was shot and edited like it was all a single take.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Like a Boss  (2020) R

Like a Boss

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Two friends, Mel (Rose Byrne) and Mia (Tiffany Haddish) start a beauty company together. The problem is that Mel is the practical one, and Mia can only see the lavish lifestyle that she thinks she deserves. In walks Claire (Salma Hayek) who wants to invest in their company and make all their dreams come true, that is, until it turns into their nightmare. Like a Boss Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, and Jessica St. Clair.

Word on the Street: The director of the movie, Miguel Arteta, is known for is work on Chuck & Buck (2000) The Good Girl (2002) and Beatriz at Dinner (2017).

My Take: Tiffany Haddish has been working so much of the past two years, her agent must be thrilled and wealthy.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Just Mercy  (2019) PG-13

Just Mercy

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A young Harvard grad lawyer, Bryan (Michael B. Jordan), could have the pick of any job in the country. Still, he picks Alabama to set up a law firm specializing in advocating for death row inmates he feels to have been wrongly condemned. He meets and defends Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), a man convicted of a notorious murder of an 18-year-old-girl. Just Mercy Website

What to Watch For: The African-American Film Critics Association awarded Jamie Foxx the Best Supporting Actor award.

Word on the Street: Bree Larson, who plays Eva, a woman who is the first employee at Bryan’s new law firm, worked with co-writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton on the award-winning 2013 film Short Term 12.

My Take: I feel that we will be talking about Michael B. Jordan’s career for a long time.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Underwater  (2020) PG-13

Underwater

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A crew of aquatic researchers are 7 miles underwater on the Ocean floor when an earthquake devastates subterranean laboratory. They soon discover that they have more than the ocean seabed to fear. Underwater Website

What to Watch For: Kristen Stewart made headlines when she shaved her head for her role as crew member Norah.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller.

My Take: It is always interesting to see what Kristen Stewart does on the silver screen.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones’ Road to Altamont (2020)

Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones' Road to Altamont

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At the end of the 60s, the Rolling Stones had become the voice of the new era. It all came crashing down at a rock concert that changed their lives forever. Days of Rage Info

What To Watch For: The film is directed by Tom O’Dell, who also directed the highly enjoyable documentary, Rise of the Superheroes (2018).

Word on the Street: One of the people interviewed in the film is longtime Rolling Stones photographer Gered Mankowitz.

My Take: It will be interesting to see what new light can be shed on a horrific event.

The film is available on VOD on Tuesday

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