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Wrath of Man (2021) R
A man only known as H (Jason Statham) is hired by a delivery company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week. On one such job, H’s truck gets held up at gunpoint, and H handles the robbers alone with advanced combat skills and training. There is more to H than meets the eye. Wrath of Man Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, known for his movies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Swept Away (2002), Sherlock Holmes (2009), and Aladdin (2019).
Word on the Street: The cast includes Holt McCallany, Scott Eastwood, Post Malone, Andy Garcia, Jeffrey Donovan, Laz Alonso, Josh Hartnett, and Niamh Algar.
My Take: This is a remake of the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur, which starred Jean Dujardin.
Here Today (2021) PG-13
A veteran comedy writer, Charlie (Billy Crystal), meets New York street singer Emma (Tiffany Haddish), and they form an unlikely friendship. Here Today Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by Billy Crystal, his third time at the helm of a feature film. His first two were Mr. Saturday Night (1992) and Forget Paris (1995).
Word on the Street: The film is co-written by legendary comedy writer Alan Zweibel, a three-time Emmy winner known for his work on the early years of Saturday Night Live.
My Take: If the paring of Crystal and Haddish isn’t enough, the cast includes Sharon Stone, Kevin Kline, Penn Badgley, and Barry Levinson.
The Truffle Hunters (2020) PG-13
Documentary about a handful of men in Italy, all between seventy and eighty, that use dogs to hunt the rare and expensive white Alba truffle. The Truffle Hunters Website
What to Watch For: The film co-directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Documentary Film.
Word on the Street: The film was a hit on the film festival circuit having its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
My Take: I enjoyed the previous film this team did, the documentary about the last stock car track on Long Island called The Last Race (2018).
In a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, K (Johann Myers) and Z (Géza Röhrig) roam the streets on the lookout for corpses and something even more valuable – fresh meat. Undergods InfoREAD MORE: CW69 Sports Interview: Shawn Elliott
What to Watch For: This is the first feature film for director Chino Coya, known for his short film Out of Here and his music video for 2015 Grammy winner St. Vincent.
Word on the Street: Géza Röhrig is best known as the star of the Oscar-winning 2015 film Son of Saul.
My Take: I have heard great things about this film from critics that saw it at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival.
Queen Marie (2019)
Devastated by the First World War and with a country divided into political controversy, Romania’s only hope is if its Queen (Roxana Lupu) can persuade the world to recognize its unification at the 1919 peace talks. Queen Marie Website
What to Watch For: The film won two awards at the Gopo Awards, Romania’s version of the Academy Awards.
Word on the Street: The film is based on a true story. Queen Marie became one of the most popular royal figures in European history.
My Take: I always enjoy films based on history, especially on subjects that I don’t know a lot about.
Mainstream (2020) R
A young woman (Maya Hawke) starts making YouTube videos with a stranger (Andrew Garfield), and the videos become a sensation. Things seem great until the dark side of viral celebrity threatens to bring them down. Mainstream Website
What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of five-time Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola.
Word on the Street: The cast includes Maya Hawke, Nat Wolf, Colleen Camp, and Jason Schwartzman.
My Take: I became a fan of Maya Hawke from her stint as Robin Buckley on the TV series Stranger Things.
Steve (Kelvin Harrison, Jr. ) is a brilliant, well-liked film student from Harlem attending an elite high school when he is charged with felony murder. Now Steve is in the battle for his life that, if he loses, could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Monster Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers.
Word on the Street: Anthony Mandler is best known for his work with Rihanna on over 15 music videos. Including the video for Take a Bow.MORE NEWS: CW69 Sports Interview: Jack Bauerle
My Take: I became a fan of Kelvin Harrison Jr. when he burst on the scene in his award-winning roles in Luce (2019) and Waves (2019).