Opening this week at a screen near you:
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) R
Our favorite Kazakh television journalist Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) is back as he travels around the country in an attempt to blend in with the American public after believing he is popular due to the first film. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot in secret, and details about the movie didn’t start becoming public until recently.
Word on the Street: While making the first film, Cohen was arrested nearly 100 times during production. This time around, Cohen had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, political rallies, protest, and riots, at times having to man a bulletproof vest.
My Take: I thought the first film was hilarious and highly inventive, so I can’t wait to see this one.
Friendsgiving (2020) R
Molly (Malin Akerman) and Abbey (Kat Dennings) host Thanksgiving that is meant to be a small affair and turns into a whole slew of close friends and acquaintances making a dinner that becomes more and more bizarre, dysfunctional, and comical as the day goes on. Friendsgiving Info
What to Watch For: The cast includes Aisha Tyler, Jane Seymour, Chelsea Peretti, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, and Ryan Hansen.
Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for writer/director Nicol Paone.
My Take: I am a fan of Malin Akerman, who is known for her role as Lara Axelrod in the Television series Billions.
Rebecca (2020) PG-13
A young newlywed (Lily James), after a whirlwind romance, arrives at Manderley, her husband’s (Armie Hammer) imposing family estate on the English coast. Soon after she arrives, the bride realizes that the estate is haunted by the legacy of her husband’s dead first wife, Rebecca. Rebecca Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier.
Word on the Street: This is a remake of the 1940 film Rebecca starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and won two Academy Awards.
My Take: I relish seeing Kristine Scott Thomas in the role of Mrs. Danvers. The iconic Judith Anderson played the role in the 1940 film.
The Witches (2020) PG
In 1967, in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis, a young orphaned boy (Jahzir Kadeen Bruno) goes to live with his Grandma (Octavia Spencer). There they discover that the town is filled with witches. Grandma takes the boy to a seaside resort, only to find out that the world’s Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway) has gathered her fellow witches from around the globe to carry out her nefarious plans. The Witches Website
What to Watch For: The film is co-written and directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump).
Word on the Street: The film is narrated by Chris Rock and co-written by two-time Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro.
My Take: The film is based on one of my favorite books of the same name by Roald Dahl and also the 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston.
I Am Greta (2020)
Documentary about the teenage claimed activist Greta Thunberg who captivated the world with her global crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the environmental problems that confront the world. I Am Greta Website
What to Watch For: The film did very well on the international film festival circuit, including winning the Science Film Award at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Greta started a school strike for the climate when she was 15 years old, and the documentary team was there from the start.
My Take: I love that a young girl who is on the autism spectrum has become famous for her courage and passion for activism.