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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2017) PG-13

Zack Snyder's Justice League

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Batman (Ben Affleck) is inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act in Batman vs. Superman and decides to enlist Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to form a team of superheroes to face an enemy that threatens humanity.   Zack Snyder’s Justice League Website

What to Watch For: The film had a troubled history as the director Zack Snyder left the film right after principal photography finished due to his daughter’s death. Josh Wheadon took over the reins and re-shot about twenty percent of the film, re-writing the script for those scenes. Snyder has re-edited the film and may have also done some re-shoots.

Word on the Street: The original release in 2017 was around two hours in length. The ‘Snyder cut’ is a little over four hours.

My Take: The fans wanted this and now let’s see if it was worth the wait.

 

Last Call (2021) R

Last Call

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Mick (Jeremy Piven) comes back to his old Philly neighborhood and must decide to help raze the area for a new casino or kiss the big opportunity good-bye and resurrect his family’s bar.    Last Call Website

What to Watch For: This is award-winning writer/director Paolo Pilladi’s first feature film.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern, Zach McGowan, Jamie Kennedy, Cheri Oteri, and Cathy Moriarty.

My Take: I am a huge Bruce Dern fan, so this is on my list to see.

 

The Courier (2020) PG-13

The Courier

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British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) is enlisted to be a spy, going undercover to get intelligence on a potential nuclear missile attack on Cuba. Under the leadership of Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan), Greville forms an alliance with Oleg (Merab Ninidze), a Russian source, to try to stop the end of the world as we know it.     The Courier Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on true events that happened during the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis.

Word on the Street: Merab Ninidze got a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards.

My Take: I am a big fan of Rachel Brosnahan from her Emmy award-winning performance as Midge on the TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

 

Quo Vadis, Adia? (2020)

Quo Vadis, Aida?

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Aida (Jasna Djuricic) is a translator for the UN in a small town in Bosnia. When the Serbian army takes over the town, Aida and her two sons take shelter in a UN refugee camp. Soon Aida must decide to use her inside information to stay or try an escape with her two sons before it is too late.    Quo Vadis, Adia? Info

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What to Watch For: This film festival award-winner has just been nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

Word on the Street: Filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic is known for award-winning work on Grbavica (2006) and Na Putu (2010).

My Take: This film is at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 36 film critic reviews.

 

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) R

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal

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Documentary that uses reenactments to investigate the mastermind behind the scam to sneak kids of the rich and famous into top U.S. universities.   Operation Varsity Blues Website

What to Watch For: Actors used for the reenactments include Matthew Modine, Sarah Chaney, Leroy Edwards III, Wallace Langham, and Ken Weiler.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by Chris Smith, who brought us the Emmy nominated documentaries Tiger King (2020) and Fyre (2019).

My Take: This story fascinates me, and I can’t wait to watch it.

 

Happily (2021) R 

Happily

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Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishe) are one of those couples that, after years of marriage, still enjoy each other’s company so much, they kind of make their friends jealous. Then one day, a mysterious man (Stephen Root) shows up at their door, offering the couple a way to make their relationship like everyone else’s; miserable.   Happily Info

What to Watch For: The outstanding cast includes Natalie Morales, Charlyne Yi, Breckin Meyer, Brea Grant, Jon Daly, and Paul Scheer.

Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by BenDavid Grabinski, known for his TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

My Take: I will see anything that Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation, The Middleman).

 

City of Lies (2018) R

City of Lies

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Twenty years ago, Detective Russell Poole worked the Notorious B.I.G. murder. Now, an investigative reporter, Jack Jackson (Forest Whitaker) teams up with the retired detective to try and finally solve the case that shocked the world.    City of Lies Info

What to Watch For: The film was delayed due to legal problems. The film debuted at the Noir In Festival in Dec. 2018.

Word on the Street: The film is based on the nonfiction book LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan.

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My Take: I always enjoy watching a Forest Whitaker performance.