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The Adams Family 2   (2021) PG

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The Adams Family 2

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Your favorite family of ghouls are back! Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) is concerned that the kids are growing up too fast. Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton) are skipping family dinners and are always on their iPhones with ‘scream time.’ Gomez decides the kids need a change, so the family goes off on vacation to see the sites of America. America may never be the same again.    The Adams Family 2 Website

What to Watch For: The voice cast includes Charlize Theron as Morticia, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Snoop Dog as It, and Bette Midler as Grandma.

Word on the Street: This is a sequel to the 2019 film The Adams Family.

My Take: I am a big fan of artist Charles Adams, whose cartoons in the New Yorker are the basis of the animated films.

 

The Many Saints of Newark   (2021) R

The Many Saints of Newark

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Young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up fast, under the influence of his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who is struggling to keep his hold on his power as rival gangs are rising up and challenging the powerful DiMeo crime family. What Anthony learns now will serve him later when we know him as Tony Soprano.   The Many Saints of Newark Website

What to Watch For: The film’s star, Michael Gandolfini, is the son of the late James Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards portraying Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by Alan Taylor, who won an Emmy in 2007 for his direction of an episode of The Sopranos and was nominated for two more Emmy’s for his work on the TV series Game of Thrones.

My Take: The cast includes two of my favorites, Vera Farmiga and Ray Liotta.

 

Venom: Let There Be Carnage   (2021) PG-13

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

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Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) has learned to live with the alien symbiote inside him named Venom, but they haven’t met Carnage, a fellow alien living inside the body of Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), a dangerous criminal who understands who and what Eddie is and wants to destroy him and Venom.    Venom: Let There Be Carnage Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Andy Serkis, the actor known for portraying CGI characters such as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films.

Word on the Street: Tom Hardy received his first story credit for this film.

My Take: I am a massive fan of Tom Hardy. Locke, the 2013 film that Hardy starred in, is one of my favorite films of the last ten years.

 

I’m Your Man   (2021) R

I'm Your Man

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Desperate to obtain funds for her studies, a scientist, Alma (Maren Eggert), agrees to participate in an unbelievable experiment; live for three weeks with a humanoid robot (Dan Stevens) designed to make her happy.    I’m Your Man Website

What to Watch For: Maren Eggert won the Best Acting Performance at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is Germany’s official submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Academy Awards.

My Take: Director of the film, Maria Schrader, won an Emmy for her direction for the TV mini-series Unorthodox.

 

Falling for Figaro  (2020)

Falling for Figaro

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Millie (Daniele Macdonald) seems to have everything; a great job, a good-looking but stuffy boyfriend, and a love for opera. Millie decides to chuck everything to pursue a career as an opera singer and leave her boyfriend behind to go to the Scottish Highlands to be taught by the legendary Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop (Joanna Lumley). This decision will change Millie in more ways than she could ever have thought.  Falling for Figaro Website

What to Watch For: Joanna Lumley is best known for her role as the party girl Patsy in the comedy TV series Absolutely Fabulous.

Word on the Street: The director/co-writer of the film is Ben Lewin, whose film The Sessions (2012) was a huge hit on the film festival circuit and got Helen Hunt an Academy Award nomination for her role.

My Take: I always love it when Joanna Lumley does comedy.

 

Old Henry   (2021)  

Old Henry

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Henry (Tim Blake Nelson) is a widower, working a farm with his teenage son, Wyatt (Gavin Lewis), when a badly hurt man, Curry (Scott Haze), shows up on Wyatt’s farm with a satchel full of cash. When three men who claim that they are lawmen show up looking for the injured man, Henry must decide who to believe. The men and Henry’s teenage son will soon discover that Henry has hidden a past that he wishes had never happened.    Old Henry Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Film at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Country superstar Trace Adkins plays one of the farmers that is a friend to Henry and his son.

My Take: I love westerns and will not be missing this film.

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No One Gets Out Alive   (2021) R

No One Gets Out Alive

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Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) is an immigrant who is just trying to survive in a new country. She takes a room in a boarding house and soon discovers that the house holds many secrets, secrets that become a nightmare for Ambar she may never escape.    No One Gets Out Alive Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Adam Nevill.

Word on the Street: Cristian Rodlo is best known for her roles as Isabel in the TV series Vuelve Temprano, Jackie in the feature film Ladrones (2015), and Suzu in the 2019 film Miss Bala that starred Gina Rodriquez (Jane the Virgin).

My Take: I am always up for a good horror film.

 

Bingo Hell   (2021)

Bingo Hell

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The barrio of Oak Springs has a group of elderly friends who love their neighborhood and the people that live in it. When their beloved Bingo Hall is sold, they soon discover that not only is their community threatened by gentrification, it is threatening their very lives by a powerful force, a force more powerful than money.   Bingo Hell Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, known in her native Mexico as La Muneca Del Terror. Guerrero is an actress known for her horror films and has begun directing them as well.

Word on the Street: The film is part of the successful thriller series ‘Welcome to The Blumhouse.’

My Take: This should be a lot of fun to watch.

 

Black as Night   (2021)

Black as Night

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Fifteen years after Katrina, a new source of pain is coming down on the city of New Orleans. Fifteen-year-old Shawna (Asjha Cooper) discovers that a vampire has taken up residence in the French Quarter and is attaching the city’s displaced population. Shawa and her friends decide to kill the master vampire and free his disciples but soon learn that they have gotten caught in a centuries-old conflict between warring vampire factions.    Black as Night Website

What to Watch For: Asjha Cooper is best known for her role as Kia Williams on the hit CW series All American.

Word on the Street: The film is part of the ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ film series.

My Take: I love any film that has to do with vampires, and adding in the setting of New Orleans is just icing on the cake.

 

Titane  (2021)  R

Titane

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As a little girl, Alexia was severely injured in a car crash and had a titanium plate inserted into her head. Since then, Alexia has lived a troubled life, shunning her parents and working as a model at car shows. Alexia’s past is about to collide with a secret that she has been keeping, a deadly secret that will shock the world.    Titane Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The movie has been a hit on the film festival circuit, winning the People’s Choice Award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

My Take: Director Julia Ducournau is known for her unusual and provocative films. Her first feature was Raw (2016), about a young woman studying to be a vet who develops a craving for human flesh.

 

American Night   (2021) R

American Night

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Set in the contemporary art world of New York City, a rare Andy Warhol painting sets off a quest full of double-crosses and twists in the quest to own the picture that everyone wants.    American Night Info

What to Watch For: The cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emile Hirsch, Paz Vega, and Jeremy Piven.

Word on the Street: Anastacia, who also has a cameo in the film, wrote the theme song titled “American Night.’

My Take: I have been a fan of Paz Vega since her role as Flor in the 2004 film Spanglish with Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni.

 

The Jesus Music   (2021) PG-13 

The Jesus Music

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From its humble beginnings at the Calvary Chapel in California to a multi-billion-dollar industry, the story of Christian Contemporary Music is a story that needs to be told about the soundtrack of a movement.   The Jesus Music Website

What to Watch For: The film interviews some of the superstars of today’s music, including Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, and Amy Grant.

Word on the Street: Three-time Dove winners Andrew and Jon Erwin (Moms’ Night Out (2014), I Can Only Imagine (2018), I Still Believe (2020)) direct the film.

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My Take: I am a big fan of CCM, so I can’t wait for this documentary.