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While most movie theatres are closed for the foreseeable future, and there aren’t any new releases in the theatres that are open, here are some movies you can watch at home:

The following are this week’s new releases available on digital platforms:

7500 (2019) R

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A young pilot (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is faced with a horrible situation, the passenger plane he is flying is being hijacked by terrorists. 7500 Website

What to Watch For: The title of the film comes from code 7500 that a pilot can secretly send to air traffic controllers to alert them of a possible hijacking.

Word on the street: Co-writer/director Patrick Vollrath is known for his work on short films, including the Oscar-nominated German film Alles Wird Gut (2015).

My Take: Even though most of the film is in English, the film was shot in Germany with a predominately German cast.


Feel the Beat (2020)

Feel the Beat

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After failing to find a career on Broadway, April (Sofia Carson) returns to her hometown and is hoodwinked into training a misfit group of young dancers for a big competition. Feel the Beat Website

What to Watch For: Director Elissa Down is best known for her award-winning 2008 film The Black Balloon.

Word on the Street: Sofia Carson is made her mark in her role as Evie in the Descendants film series.

My Take: One of my favorite actors Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), plays the father of Carson’s character.


Miss Juneteenth (2020)

Miss Juneteenth

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A former beauty queen and single mom (Nicole Beharie) dreams that her daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze), will win the ‘Miss Juneteenth’ scholarship pageant and go to college. Miss Juneteenth Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Lone Star Award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for the 2011 DGA Student Film Award winner Channing Godfrey Peoples.

My Take: The film was shot in one of my favorite Texas cities, Ft. Worth.


My Darling Vivian (2020)

My Darling Vivian

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Documentary on Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash’s first wife and the mother of his four daughters. My Darling Vivian Website

What to Watch For: The film is narrated by Vivian’s four daughters, including Country superstar Rosanne Cash.

Word on the Street: The film contains numerous behind-the-scenes home movies, giving the viewer an inside look at the life of the Cash family.

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My Take: I am a big Johnny Cash fan, so I can’t wait to see this film.


Babyteeth (2019)


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A seriously ill teenager named Milla (Eliza Scanlen) falls for a parent’s worst nightmare, a small-time drug dealer, Moses (Toby Wallace). Milla’s new love gives her the freedom to find things to be joyous about and to take chances on life. Babyteeth Website

What to Watch For: The film was a big winner on the film festival circuit and won two awards at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Ben Mendelsohn plays Milla’s father and is best known for his roles as Orson Krennic in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Talos/Keller in the 2019 film Captain Marvel.

My Take: Eliza Scanlen, who plays Milla, just appeared in the hit Little Women (2019) as Beth March.


Runner (2019)


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Documentary on Guor Marial, who at age eight fled war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US. He became a nationally known runner and qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Guor wanted to run for the newly formed South Sudan, but because it was not recognized by the Olympic Committee, he had to fight to run as an independent, not as a member of the Sudan team, taking a stand against its years of oppression. Runner Website

What to Watch For: The film has won nine awards at film festivals around the world, including both the Audience Award and Jury Prize at the 2019 Naples International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is being released on the weekend of World Refugee Day (June 20th).

My Take: I love that a share of the film’s release will benefit refugee organizations, marathons, and running groups.


Jack and Yaya (2019)

Jack & Yaya

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Jack and Yaya met when they were toddlers through their shared backyard fence. They spent their childhood together, and both supported each other as they both came out as transgender. The film follows the two for a year as they reunite after moving away from each other, exploring their unique relationship with the help of home videos and interviews with their friends and family. Jack & Yaya Website

What to Watch For: The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by first-time director Jennifer Bagley, who previously worked on the documentary The Strange Name Movie (2017).

My Take: This is the perfect film for Pride month.


Here are my reviews of movies just released on DVD/BluRay:

Saint Frances (2019)

Saint Frances

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A young woman, Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) life is falling apart, and she decides to take a new approach, she becomes a nanny to a six-year-old girl who will change her life. O’Sullivan wrote and stars in this delightful story of a woman who feels life has passed her by. Bridget kind of falls into a nanny job for a lesbian couple, taking care of their 6-year old girl, Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams), while Frances’ mom, Maya (Charin Alvarez0 takes care of Frances’ newborn baby brother. What I found amusing in this film was that the relationship between Bridget and Frances isn’t perfect. In fact, both are kind of misfits. Bridget isn’t the best of nanny’s (she loses Frances at one point), and Frances is a pretty horrible acting kid, but by the end of the film, both have become best buds and are better off for knowing each other. Bridget is also bad in relationships with men, and we see her continually make mistakes in her personal life. This is a film that isn’t always warm and fuzzy, but you will fall in love with Bridget and ‘Saint Frances.’   My Rating: Full Price    Saint Francis Website