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Godzilla vs. Kong   (2021) PG-13

Godzilla vs. Kong

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Just as a squadron embarks on a mission to try to unearth clues to the Titans’ origins, a conspiracy is about to threaten the creatures that could wipe them out forever.     Godzilla vs. Kong Website

What to Watch For: This is the first film in almost sixty years to feature both King Kong and Godzilla.

Word on the Street: The film takes place five years after the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

My Take: I have been excited about this film since this clash was teased in the Kong: Skull Island post-credit scene.

 

2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films  (2021)

2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films

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The collection of short films that have been nominated for the 2021 Academy Awards. The films are broken up into three categories: Animation, Live Action, and Documentary.    Oscar Nominated Short Films Website

What to Watch For: The animated films are from the US, Iceland, and France.

Word on the Street: Many of the films in these categories have appeared at the Atlanta Film Festival, one of the few film festivals in the US where winners of all three categories are eligible for the Oscars.

My Take: I love these shorts and make sure to see them every year before the Academy Awards.

 

French Exit  (2020) R

French Exit

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Frances (Michelle Pfeiffer), an aging Manhattan socialite, is used to living the good life. When she finds out that she is about to run out of money, she decides to take her son, Malcolm (Lucas Hedges), out of school and take a trip to Paris to move into a friend’s apartment.     French Exit Website

What to Watch For: Michelle Pfeiffer got a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Frances.

Word on the Street: Pfeiffer has said that she feels that making of the film was one of the best movie-making experiences of her life.

My Take: One of my favorite actors, Imogen Poots, has a supporting role in the film.

 

The Unholy   (2021)  PG-13

The Unholy

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Alice (Cricket Brown), a young hard-of-hearing girl, begins healing the sick and impaired after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary. As word spreads of her ‘miracles,’ a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) heads out to investigate, hoping the story will revive his career. As he begins to uncover the story, he learns that the phenomena may not be the result of the Virgin Mary but of something sinister and evil.    The Unholy Website

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What to Watch For: The film is produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man trilogy) and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos (writer of The Huntsman: Winter’s War).

Word on the Street: The film is based on the gothic horror novel Shrine by James Herbert.

My Take: I am always ready to see a scary horror film.

 

Wework: Or the Making and the Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn  (2021)

WeWork: Or the Making of a $47 Billion Unicorn

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Behind the scenes look at a company that was worth an incredible amount of paper, almost 47 billion and then in six weeks lost everything. Was it a great idea gone bad or just a scam with a cult-like following?     Wework Film Website

What to Watch For: The film interview’s journalists from Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, along with former staff and clients of WeWork.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by Jed Rothstein, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his short documentary film Killing in the Name (2010).

My Take: I have heard great things about this film from critics that just saw it at the SXSW Film Festival.

 

Shiva Baby   (2020)

Shiva Baby

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Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is a floundering college student who is wrangled into going to a Jewish funeral (Shiva) with her parents (Polly Draper, Fred Melamed). There to her horror, not only does Danielle encounter her ex-girlfriend, Maya (Molly Gordon), that no one knows she was involved with, Danielle also is in the same house with all her relatives and her ‘sugar-daddy’ (Danny Deferrari).    Shiva Baby Website

What to Watch For: The film played at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, and won the Outstanding Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature Award at the 2020 L.A. Outfest.

Word on the Street: Rachel Sennott is currently playing Jackie Raines on the TV series Call Your Mother starring Kyra Sedgwick.

My Take: Emma Seligman was picked by Variety as one of ’10 Screenwriters to Watch For 2020′.

 

Concrete Cowboy   (2020) R

Concrete Cowboy

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Cole (Caleb McLaughlin) has just been kicked out of high school. His mother leaves him off on his estranged father’s doorstep in North Philadelphia. Cole discovers that his father, Harp (Idris Elba), is involved in the city’s dynamic urban cowboy subculture. The Fletcher Street Stables has existed for more than 100 years, providing an oasis for the neighborhood despite the poverty, violence, and encroaching gentrification. Cole soon learns about life, responsibility, hard work and how to survive in a harsh world through the ‘cowboy life.’     Concrete Cowboy Website

What to Watch For: Caleb McLaughlin is best known for his role as Lucas Sinclair in the TV series Stranger Things.

Word on the Street: The film is centered around the actual Fletcher Street Stables, and many of the characters in the movie are real-life members of the stables.

My Take: I love the supporting cast of this film, including Lorraine Toussaint, Jharrel Jerome, and Method Man.

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