Opening this week at a screen near you:

Mortal Kombat  (2021)  R 

Mortal Kombat

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MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan) goes on a quest to find the Earth’s greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of the Outworld to battle over who will control the universe.    Mortal Kombat Website

What to Watch For:  James Wan, who directed the horror film Saw (2004) and Aquaman (2018) was one of the main producers of the film.

Word on the Street:  Lewis Tan is best known for his role as Shatterstar in Deadpool 2 and  Gaius Chau in the TV Series Into the Badlands.

My Take:  I am always up for a action picture.

 

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street  (2021)  PG 

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

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Documentary on the creators, artists, writers and educators who started one of the most influential children’s program in the history of television.    Street Gang Website

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by Marilyn Agrelo, an award-winning filmmaker who’s documentary Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) won the Audience Award at the 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film contains never before seen behind-the-scenes footage and is based on the book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis.

My Take:  I can’t wait to see this film because who doesn’t love Sesame Street!

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Together Together  (2021)  R 

Together Together

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Matt (Ed Helms) is a man in his forties who is alone but want to have a baby.  Anna (Patti Harrison) is in her twenties and decides to become the gestational surrogate for Matt. Now two strangers have to come together, to challenge their perceptions of boundaries, connections and love.    Together Together Website

What to Watch For:  The film was a hit on the film festival circuit, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the 2nd feature film for writer/director Nikole Beckwith.  Her first film was the award-winning drama Stockholm, Pennsylvania that starred Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon.

My Take:  I am a huge fan of Ed Helms, so you know I will be seeing this film.

 

Tu Me Manques  (2019)  

Tu Me Manques

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Following the death of his son, Jorge travels from Bolivia to New York City to confront Sebastian, his son’s boyfriend. While Jorge works to accept the death of his son, Sebastian decides to channel his grief into a play to honor the love that he shared with his boyfriend.   Tu Me Manques Info

What to Watch For:  The film was Bolivia’s official selection for the Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  Filmmaker Rodrigo Bellott won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting for the film at the 2019 LA Outfest.

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My Take:  I am a big fan of Bellott’s 2007 film Who Killed the White Llama?