FEBRUARY 5, 2021

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MALCOLM & MARIE

Directed By: Sam Levinson
Studio: Netflix

Writer/Director Sam Levinson teams up with Zendaya and John David Washington for an achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love.

Starring: John David Washington and Zendaya
Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for pervasive language and sexual content)
Runtime: 106 minutes

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BLISS

Created By: Mike Cahill
Studio: Amazon Studios

Bliss is a mind-bending love story following Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is nothing but a computer simulation. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Madeline Zima, and Bill Nye
Genre: Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for drug content, language, some sexual material and violence)
Runtime: 103 minutes

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FALLING

Directed By: Viggo Mortensen
Studio: Quiver Distribution

John Peterson lives with his partner Eric and their adopted daughter in Southern California. When he is visited by his aging father Willis from Los Angeles who is searching for a place to retire, their two very different worlds collide.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney, Hannah Gross, and Terry Chen
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Canada | UK | Denmark (English & Spanish)
Rating: R (for language throughout including offensive slurs, crude sexual references, brief sexuality and nudity)
Runtime: 112 minutes

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LITTLE FISH

Directed By: Chad Hartigan
Studio: IFC Films

Little Fish, the fourth feature film from director Chad Hartigan, is a romance set in a near-future Seattle teetering on the brink of calamity. Starring Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Soko and Raul Castillo, the film opens in the midst of a global epidemic: Neuroinflammatory Affliction, a sever and rapid Alzheimer’s-like condition in which people’s memories disappear. Couple Jude Williams and Emma Ryerson are grappling with the realities of NIA, interspersed with glimpses from the past as the two meet and their relationship blooms. But as NIA’s grip on society tightens, blurring the lines between the past and the present, it becomes more and more difficult to know what’s true and what’s false.

Starring: Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Raúl Castillo and Soko
Genre: Romance | Sci-Fi
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 101 minutes

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LIFE IN A DAY 2020

Directed By: Kevin Macdonald
Studio: National Geographic Films

On July 25th, 2020, people all over the world filmed their lives and shared their stories to be part of a documentary film. When all the submissions were tallied, the filmmakers had received over 300,000 videos from 192 countries. The result is a stirring film about love, death, heartbreak, and hope that looks beyond geography and circumstance to explore what connects us as humans.

Starring: Sagar Kadadevarmath, Mário Filipe Neves, and Gredivel Vasquez
Genre: Documentary
Country:
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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RAMS

Directed By: Jeremy Sims
Studio: Lionsgate

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

Starring: Sam Neill, Michael Caton, Wayne Blair, Miranda Richardson, Kipan Rothbury, Travis McMahon, Hayley McElhinney, Ella McCorry, and Asher Keddie
Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama | International
Country: Australia (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Runtime: 118 minutes

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SON OF THE SOUTH

Directed By: Barry Alexander Brown
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

A grandson of a Klansman comes of age in the deep south and joins the Civil Rights Movement. From executive producer Spike Lee and based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek”

Starring: Lucas Till, Lucy Hale, Julia Ormond, Sienna Guillory, and Brian Dennehy
Genre: Biography | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for strong racial slurs and violence throughout, and thematic elements)
Runtime: 105 minutes

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PVT CHAT

Directed By: Ben Hozie
Studio: Dark Star Pictures Vertigo

A lonely internet gambler in New York City becomes obsessed with a seductive webcam model from San Francisco. He soon embarks on a quest to see if their emotional connection is real — or if he’s just being taken for a ride.

Starring: Heather Allison, Nikki Belfiglio, Austin Brown, and Atticus Cain
Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 86 minutes

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EARWIG AND THE WITCH

Directed By: Goro Miyazaki
Studio: Studio Ghibli

Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

Starring: JB Blanc, Thomas Bromhead, Alex Cartañá, Pandora Colin, and Richard E. Grant
Genre: Animation | Family | Fantasy | International
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: PG (for some scary images and rude material)
Runtime: 82 minutes

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MISHA AND THE WOLVES

Directed By: Sam Hobkinson
Studio: Metfilm Sales

MISHA AND THE WOLVES is the dramatic tale of a woman whose Holocaust memoir took the world by storm, before a fallout with her publisher — who turned detective — revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth.

Starring: Misha Defonseca
Genre: Documentary | International
Country: Belgium | UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX

Directed By: Rodney Ascher
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.

Starring: Nick Bostrom, Joshua Cooke, Erik Davis, and Paul Gude
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 108 minutes

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TWO OF US

Directed By: Filippo Meneghetti
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Nina and Madeleine are two retired women who have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades. To everyone around them, including Madeleine’s meddling daughter, they are simply two neighbors sharing a hallway during their sunset years. In reality, this landing is a bridge between two worlds: one belonging to a widowed, doting grandmother, the other to a free-spirited, fiercely independent woman who longs to spend her life with the person she loves. Clandestinely, Nina and Madeleine share a tender life, moving freely between their apartments until, one day, an unexpected event puts their relationship to the test. At once both quietly thrilling and tenderly romantic, Filippo Meneghetti’s Two Of Us is a moving tribute to the unbreakable and steadfast bond of love.

Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, and Léa Drucker
Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: France | Luxembourg | Belgium (French)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 99 minutes

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PAYBACK

Directed By: Joseph Mensch
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Betrayed and imprisoned for six years, a former stockbroker at a mob-controlled firm embarks on a deadly quest for revenge.

Starring: Matt Levett, Toby Leonard Moore, Anna Baryshnikov, and Lev Gorn
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English & Russian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes

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RED WOODS

Directed By: Nicholas Danko
Studio: Freestyle Digital Media

A group of Appalachian adventurers confront a killer who steals his victim’s video footage to make his own bloody masterpiece.

Starring: Michael Barnett, Jacquelynn Ware, Justin Rose, and Brian E. Stead
Genre: Adventure | Horror | Mystery
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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THE RECKONING

Directed By: Neil Marshall
Studio: RLJ Entertainment

Set against the backdrop of the Great Plague and subsequent witch-hunts against women, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) must grapple with the tragic untimely death of her husband Joseph (Joe Anderson) in a society completely consumed by fear and death. Because she rejects her landlord Squire Pendleton’s (Steven Waddington) advances, she is falsely accused of being a witch and thrown in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. Grace must endure physical persecution at the hands of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee) and face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.

Starring: Charlotte Kirk, Joe Anderson, Steven Waddington, and Sean Pertwee
Genre: History | Horror | International
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes

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THE MIMIC

Directed By: Thomas F. Mazziotti
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Based on a true story, this clever, intriguing, and hyperbolic comedy follows the main character – ‘the Narrator’ (Thomas Sadoski) who is befriended by his young new neighbor ‘the Kid’ (Jake Robinson), after he joins the local newspaper team. Obsessed with the idea that the Kid may be a sociopath, the Narrator goes to extreme lengths to uncover the truth about him and his wife, a woman he ultimately begins to fancy. Between long walks down the street, a twisted dinner date, and a car drive gone terribly wrong, the Narrator gets closer and closer to the truth about the Kid. But the truth, as he finds, is anything but what he expected.

Starring: Thomas Sadoski, Jake Robinson, Austin Pendleton, Gina Gershon, and Jessica Walter
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 81 minutes

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Dara of Jasenovac

Directed By: Peter Antonijevic
Studio: 101 Studios

In 1940s Croatia, 10-year-old Dara (Biljana Cekic) comes face-to-face with the horrors of the Holocaust-era after she is sent with her mother and siblings to the concentration camp complex known as Jasenovac. Overseen by vicious emissaries of the fascist Ustase government, the facility, the only operational death camp during World War II not created or run by the Germans, is tasked with murdering Serbs, Jews and Roma people-and re-educating the few children deemed worthy of rehabilitation. As unspeakable atrocities unfold all around her, young Dara must summon tremendous courage to protect her infant brother from a terrible fate, to safeguard her own survival and to plot a precarious path toward freedom.

Starring: Natasa Ninkovic, Vuk Kostic, Marko Janketic, and Natasa Drakulic
Genre: Drama | International | War
Country: Serbia (Serbian)
Rating: R (for strong and disturbing violent content, and some sexual content)
Runtime: 130 minutes

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WOMAN IN MOTION

Directed By: Todd Thompson
Studio: Shout! Studios

In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people? She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Starring: Nichelle Nichols, Michael Dorn, and George Takei
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 105 minutes

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M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity

Directed By: Robin Lutz
Studio: Zeitgeist Films

M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal.

Starring: Donald Coxeter, George Escher, Jan Escher, and Liesbeth Escher
Genre: Documentary | International
Country: Netherlands (Dutch, English, Italian, & German)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 81 minutes

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Heartworn Highways

Directed By: James Szalapski
Studio: Kino Lorber

Filmmaker James Szalapski profiles country music “outlaws” Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe.

Starring: Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, and Rodney Crowell
Genre: Documentary | Biography | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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LEONA

Directed By: Isaac Cherem
Studio: Menemsha Films

A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man.

Starring: Naian González Norvind, Christian Vazquez, Carolina Politi, and Daniel Adissi
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Mexico (Spanish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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REUNION

Directed By: Jake Mahaffy
Studio: Dark Sky Films

A pregnant woman returns to her recently-deceased grandparents’ old family home to spend time with her estranged mother. What begins as a tenuous reunion slowly turns terrifying.

Starring: Julia Ormond, Emma Draper, John Bach, and Nancy Brunning
Genre: International | Mystery | Thriller
Country: New Zealand (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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The Right One

Directed By: Ken Mok
Studio: Lionsgate

In this heartfelt and hilarious rom-com, Sara, a novelist struggling with writer’s block, needs inspiration — and finds it when she serendipitously meets Godfrey, a down-on-his-luck oddball who constantly changes personas and alter egos in order to cope with his past and avoid reality. Just as Godfrey begins to open up to Sara, he discovers that she’s been using him as inspiration for her next novel, and he vanishes from her life. Did Sara just lose the man of her dreams, or will she be able to find him and make things right?

Starring: Iliza Shlesinger, David Koechner, Cleopatra Coleman, Leanne Lapp, andd Nick Thune
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: R (for language and sexual references)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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The Wanting Mare

Directed By: Nicholas Ashe Bateman
Studio: Anmaere Pictures

In the fictional city of Whithren, a ship arrives once a year to trap and transport wild horses across the sea. Just north of the city- past the horses running along the coast- a line of women pass a secret dream through generations.

Starring: Jordan Monaghan, Josh Clark, Yasamin Keshtkar, and Edmond Cofie
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 89 minutes

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