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Monday   (2020) R 

Monday

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Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough), two Americans on vacation in Greece, meet by chance and have a great weekend together. When it’s time to go back to her boring world, Chloe decides to give up her job back home and find out if this passion for Mickey can turn into something real and lasting.    Monday Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot on location in Athens, Greece.

Word on the Street: Sebastian Stan is best known for his role as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier in the Marvel series of films and TV shows. Denise Gough is a lauded stage actress, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in People, Places, and Things in 2016 and nominated for a Tony Award in 2018 for her performance in Angels in America.

My Take: I am ready to take a trip to Greece with these two.

 

Vanquish   (2021) R

Vanquish

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Victoria (Ruby Rose) is a former drug courier for the Russians known for doing anything to get the job done. When retired cop Damon (Morgan Freeman) kidnaps Victoria’s daughter, she must go on five courier jobs, or her daughter will be killed.    Vanquish Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed and co-written by George Gallo, known for his scripts for Bad Boys (1995), Midnight Run (1988).

Word on the Street: Ruby Rose is best known for her stint as Kate Kane on the CW series Batwoman.

My Take: I always enjoy watching Morgan Freeman perform on the screen.

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Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts   (2019)

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber

Bill Traylor was born into slavery on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, he worked as a sharecropper, then moved to Montgomery, where he did odd jobs until in his 80s, he started drawing and painting. This documentary looks at the man and the remarkable drawings and paintings he did between 1939 to 1942 that took on the art world and shook it to its core, with Traylor being recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists.    Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts Website

What to Watch For: The film uses actors reciting works by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston along with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith to illustrate Bill Traylor’s life and work.

Word on the Street: Traylor became the artist born into slavery to have his work presented as a retrospective at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in 2018.

My Take: I am a big folk-art fan, and I can’t wait to see this documentary.

 

In the Earth   (2021) R

In The Earth

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The world is in ruins as a dangerous virus is plaguing the world. A scientist (Joel Fry) and a park scout (Ellora Torchia) venture deep into the forest for a routine equipment run. Their journey soon becomes a terrifying trip through the unknown as the forest comes to life around them.    In the Earth Website

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Ben Wheatley, an award-winning filmmaker known for his movies Free Fire (2016) and Sightseers (2012).

Word on the Street: Ellora Torchia played Connie in the 2019 indie hit Midsommar.

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My Take: I loved Free Fire, so I can’t wait to see what Ben Wheatley has done with a horror film.