JULY 9, 2021

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BLACK WIDOW

Directed By: Cate Shortland
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures + Marvel Studios

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence/action, some language and thematic material)
Runtime: 133 minutes

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Fear Street Part Two: 1978

Directed By: Leigh Janiak
Studio: Netflix

Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.

Starring: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Meghan Packer, and Gillian Jacobs
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for bloody horror violence, sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language throughout)
Runtime: 109 minutes

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The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52

Directed By: Joshua Zeman
Studio: Bleeker Street

Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World is a feature length documentary that will take audiences on a journey to find the forgotten “52 Hertz Whale.” Calling out at 52 Hz, a frequency unrecognized by other whales, this mysterious creature is believed to have lived its life in complete solitude, its calls forever unanswered by its own kind. In our ever-present fascination with these majestic beasts, the tale of “52” has prompted an intense reaction amongst our own species, pointing to a greater awareness of human loneliness than ever before.

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Genre: Documentary | Adventure
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for some unsettling whaling images, language and brief smoking)
Runtime: 96 minutes

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MEAnder

Directed By: Mathieu Turi
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

After getting a car ride from an unknown man, Lisa wakes up in a tube. On her arm is strapped a bracelet with a countdown. She quickly understands that every 8 minutes, fire burns an occupied section. She has no choice but to crawl into safe sections to survive. To know why she’s there and how to get out, Lisa will have to face the memories of her dead daughter…

Starring: Gaia Weiss, Peter Franzén, Romane Libert, Frédéric Franchitti, and Eva Niewdanski
Genre: Drama | Horror | International | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Country: France (English & French)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Scales

Directed By: Shahad Ameen
Studio: Variance Films

SCALES is a visually stunning feminist parable set in a dystopian landscape. It follows the story of a strong-willed young girl, Hayat, whose poor fishing village is governed by a dark tradition: every family must give one daughter to the mermaid-like sea creatures who inhabit the waters, to ensure the village can continue their fishing expeditions. When Hayat’s father refuses, the girl becomes a pariah, considered a curse by the village and urged to sacrifice herself — but Hayat has her owns plans for her destiny.

Starring: Basima Hajjar, Yagoub Alfarhan, Abdulaziz Shtian, and Ibrahim Al-Hasawi
Genre: Drama | International | Mystery
Country: Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates | Iraq (Arabic)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 74 minutes

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Running Against The Wind

Directed By: Jan Philipp Weyl
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Two twelve-year-old boys grow up together in a remote village — until a single photo changes their lives forever: Solomon heads for Addis Ababa to become a photographer. Abdi remains at home and trains to fulfil his dream of matching the sport successes of Haile Gebrselassie. Ten years later, Abdi is nominated for the Ethiopian National Running Team and moves to Addis Ababa. He feels Solomon must be dead by now, but an inner voice tells him to look for his old friend. And in fact Solomon is still alive, but in a complete different world to Abdi’s with his story of success. Abdi’s source of power is his running shoes — Solomon survives thanks to his wife Genet and the love of his three-year-old daughter Fikir.

Starring: Ashenafi Nigusu, Mikias Wolde, Joseph Reta Belay, and Ferhane Beker
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Ethiopia | Germany (Amharic)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 116 minutes

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DACHRA

Directed By: Abdelhamid Bouchnak
Studio: Dekanalog

A young journalism student and her friends become trapped in an isolated village while trying to solve a gruesome criminal case that is over 25 years old.

Starring: Yassmine Dimassi, Hela Ayed, Aziz Jebali, and Bilel Slatnia
Genre: Horror
Country: Tunisia (Arabic)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 113 minutes

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American 965

Directed By: Tristan Loraine
Studio: Fact Not Fiction Films

An investigation into the crash of American Airlines flight 965 on Dec. 20,1995. Investigators seek to determine why two experienced pilots made errors that day, or whether there is another plausible explanation for the crash.

Starring: Dane Scott
Genre: Documentary | International
Country: United Kingdom (English, Spanish, & French)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 96 minutes

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SUMMERTIME

Directed By: Carlos López Estrada
Studio: Good Deed Entertainment

SUMMERTIME follows the intersecting stories of 27 youth spoken word poets over a single day in Los Angeles. The director’s ground-breaking vision began at a poetry showcase where performers from across the City of Angels recited fearlessly personal texts about themselves, their communities, and their relationship to their city. The project was then developed around their individual poems and interwoven into a larger, unified, and gloriously moving narrative experiment — part contemporary musical and part sociological art. SUMMERTIME explores themes of identity, community, and intersectionality through the unique perspectives of this diverse ensemble.

Starring: Austin Antoine, Marquesha Babers, Bryce Banks, and Bene’t Benton
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout and sexual references)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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The Nest

Directed By: James Suttles
Studio: 4 Digital Media

As a mother becomes suspicious that her daughter may be infected by a parasitic creature, she is thrust into a nightmare as the people she trusts most push her into a chasm of drug addiction, self-destruction, and devastating sacrifice.

Starring: Dee Wallace, Sarah Navratil, Maple Suttles, and Kevin Patrick Murphy
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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The Price of Freedom

Directed By: Judd Ehrlich
Studio: Flatbush Pictures

The United States is a nation deeply entrenched in gun culture where, for many, guns represent a distinctly American way of life built on individualism, self-reliance and personal freedom. At the same time, people in the U.S. are 25 times more likely to die by gun violence than any other developed nation in the world. Over the past four decades, the NRA has become an increasing force of uncompromising political influence, often equating gun ownership with patriotism and challenging gun control legislation as a direct attack on personal liberty. What can be done to stand up against a behemoth gun lobby whose response to tragic shootings has been to double down on its pro-gun rhetoric?

Starring: Peter Ambler, Harlon Carter, Bill Clinton, and Cassandra Crifasi
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Going FurthUr

Directed By: Lindsay Kent, Colby Rex O’Neill, & Matt Pidutti
Studio: Lotus Eaters Films

Going Furthur is a feature length documentary film that shows an on-the-ground account of how Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, and the Acid Tests helped to generate a non-conformist society of free thinkers, artists and altruists who are now pushing the evolutionary envelope of human potential. 50 Years after the iconic first trip, Ken Kesey’s son Zane took the Furthur Bus and his father’s legacy back on the road for its longest-running tour in history! Armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters, the Furthur bus traveled over 15,000 miles in 75 days, riding into music festivals, community events, tribal gatherings and national landmarks, reestablishing itself as a symbol of radical self-expression and cultural revolution all across the country. Through archive footage as well as over 400 hours of film, we explore the roots of a culture birthed in the early sixties, and how the mission of those first few idealists have influenced a new generation.

Starring: Wavy Gravy, Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Andrew Keegan
Genre: Documentary | History
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 96 minutes

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Platform

Directed By: Sahar Mosayebi
Studio: Venera Films

A ROCKY-esque tale of determination and grit, PLATFORM follows of three Iranian sisters as they compete to become international champions of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. The sisters thrilling underdog story explores not only their dedicated training, but also their surprising place in society as they challenge traditional gender roles on the path to success.

Starring: Soheila Mansourian, Shahrbanoo Mansourian, and Elaheh Mansourian
Genre: Documentary | Biography | Sport
Country: Iran | China (Persian & Mandarin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 86 minutes

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