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Freaky (2020) R
Millie (Kathryn Newton) is just a teenage girl trying to survive the rigors of high school. She becomes the target of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), her town’s infamous serial killer, and then they switch bodies. Millie has 24 hours before the change becomes permeant. Freaky Website
What to Watch For: The is a variation of the old ‘Freaky Friday’ movie model. In fact, the working title of the film was ‘Freaky Friday the 13th.’
Word on the Street: Kathryn Newton is known for her role as Claire Novak, Jimmy Novak’s daughter on the hit CW show Supernatural.
My Take: The trailer looks like this movie will be a lot of fun to watch.
Come Away (2020) PG
Alice (Keira Chansa) and her brother, Peter (Jordan A. Nash), let their imaginations take them on fantastic journeys while enjoying the summer in the English countryside. When their older brother (Reece Yates) unexpectedly dies, Alice seeks temporary refuge going down a wondrous rabbit hole, while Peter escapes the harsh reality of the real world by entering the magical realm of the ‘Lost Boys.’ Come Away Website
What to Watch For: The cast includes David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie as Alice and Peter’s parents, along with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine, Derek Jacobi, David Byasi, and Clarke Peters.
Word on the Street: The film is directed by Brenda Chapman, who became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film with the Disney hit Brave (2012).
My Take: I love watching Michael Caine act on the big screen.
The Climb (2019) R
Mike (Michael Angelo Covino) and Kyle (Kyle Marvin) are best friends, that is until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancee (Judith Godreche). For a while, Mike and Kyle are enemies, but they can’t stay mad at each other too long, and soon they make up their friendship. Now Kyle has a new fiancee (Gayle Rankin), and Mike is determined to break that romance up also. The Climb Website
What to Watch For: The film is written by the two stars of the film, and Michael Angelo Covino directed the film.
Word on the Street: The film won the Un Certain Regard Jury Coup de Coeur Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
My Take: The film started out as a short that was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The Life Ahead (2020) PG-13
In a small seaside town in Italy, a Holocaust survivor (Sophia Loren) with a daycare business takes in a street kid who recently robbed her. The Life Ahead Website
What to Watch For: This is Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren’s first feature film since 2009s Nine.
Word on the Street: This is a remake of the 1978 Best Foreign Language Film Madame Rosa in 1978.
My Take: Come on, it’s Sophia Loren! Who doesn’t want to see a Sophia Loren film?
Ammonite (2020) R
In 1840s England, Mary (Kate Winslet) lives in a seaside home with her aging mother. Mary is a well-respected fossil hunter. One day Roderick (Jame McArdle) and his wife, Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), come into Mary’s shop with a proposition. Roderick will pay Mary to teach Charlotte about fossils while he is away on a scientific expedition. That fateful day will change Charlotte and Mary’s lives forever. Ammonite Website
What to Watch For: The character of Mary is based on a real-life fossil hunter, Mary Anning, who worked and collected fossils in the early 1800s.
Word on the Street: The film was shot on location in Lyme Regis, a town in England where the real Mary lived.
My Take: I find it is fun that Titanic (1997) was Saoirse Ronan’s favorite film growing up, and now she is in a movie with the star of that film, Kate Winslet.
Fatman (2020) R
Times are hard for Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus. He takes a one-time deal to deliver some items for the U.S. military, but there is a problem. After getting a lump of coal for Christmas, a kid hires a hitman (Walter Goggins) to kill Santa. Little does the hitman know that this isn’t the first time someone has come after the jolly fatman. Fatman Website
What to Watch For: The writer/directors for the film are the brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, who have won awards for their movies Night of the Dog (2005), Lost on Purpose (2013), and Waffle Street (2015).
Word on the Street: Chris’s love interest is the Academy Award-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
My Take: I am always looking to add to my Christmas movies watch list.
Wolfwalkers (2020) PG
A young apprentice hunter, Robyn (Honor Kneafsey), and his father journey to Ireland to wipe out the country’s last wolf pack. Once there, Robyn befriends Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves. Robyn uncovers a secret that could make her turn against her father. Wolfwalkers Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award at the 2020 AFI Fest.
Word on the Street: Co-director Tomm Moore brought us the Academy Award nominee animated films The Secret of the Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014).
My Take: Co-director Ross Stewart was part of the production design team for the 2012 film ParaNorman.