Shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world's largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.
Vitals: Director: Todd Haynes. Stars: Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Camp.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 126 min., Drama, Box office gross: $11.085 million, Universal.Extras: "Uncovering Dark Waters," "The Cost of Being a Hero," "The Real People."
Queen & Slim
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.
Vitals: Director: Melina Matsoukas. Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Chloe Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson, Kenneth Kynt Bryan.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 131 min., Drama, Box office gross: $43.491 million, Universal.Extras: Feature commentary with director-pProducer Melina Matsoukas and writer-producer Lena Waithe; "A Deeper Meaning": Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith and filmmakers discuss the complicated journeys of Queen & Slim; "Melina & Lena" behind-the-scenes look at the creative partnership between director-producer Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter-producer Lena Waithe; "Off the Script" screenplay featurette; "On the Run With Queen & Slim" behind the scenes with cast and crew in Cleveland and New Orleans.
A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network. Provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks -- becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.
Vitals: Director: Jay Roach. Stars: Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Alice Eve, Jennifer Morrison, Mark Duplass, Tricia Helfer, D'Arcy Carden, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Drama, Box office gross: $29.607 million, Lionsgate.Extras: “No Easy Truths: The Making of Bombshell” seven-part documentary: “Convergence: Genesis of the Film,” “Quid Pro Quo: Charlize, Nicole, Margot, John,” “Human Dynamics: The Ensemble Cast,” “Breaking the Fourth Wall: Visual Design,” “Layer by Layer: Makeup, Hair & Clothing,” “A Unique Skill Set: Jay Roach” and “Catalyst for Change: Parting Thoughts.”
Howie Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a once successful New York gems dealer whose gambling addiction has left his family and career in shambles, and him hundreds of thousands in debt. Always looking for the next big bet, Howie thinks he finally hit it big when he discovers a rare uncut rock of Ethiopian gems, with a very interested high-profile buyer. But the closer Howie gets to finally winning big, the more he is forced to realize he can't keep running from the consequences of his actions.
Vitals: Director: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie. Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Kevin Garnett, Judd Hirsch, Weeknd, Tilda Swinton, John Amos, Trinidad James.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 135 min., Drama, Box office gross: $46.550 million, Lionsgate.Extras: “Money on the Street: The Making of Uncut Gems” featurette.
Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart), Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott), and Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend (Robert Clotworthy), whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world's smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. Under the guidance of Bosley (Elizabeth Banks), the Angels have to protect a revolutionary technology from becoming weaponized. They will have to rely on each other as their assignment becomes increasingly treacherous and even those closest to them can no longer be trusted.
Vitals: Director: Elizabeth Banks. Stars: Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Stewart.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Action, Box office gross: $17.803 million, Sony.Extras: Gag reel; five deleted scenes; four behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Stronger Together: The Sisterhood of the Angels,” “Elizabeth Banks: As BOSSley,” “Warriors on Set: Angels in Action” and “Tailored for Danger: Styling the Angels”; “Don’t Call Me Angel” music video featuring Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey.
Spies in Disguise
Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is none of the above. But this unlikely duo must team up for the ultimate mission to save the world when a “biodynamic concealment” experiment transforms Lance into a brave, fierce, majestic ... pigeon!
Vitals: Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane. Stars: Voices of Will Smith, Tom Holland, Reba McEntire, Mark Ronson, Rachel Brosnahan, Jarrett Bruno.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 102 min., Drama, Box office gross: $65.050 million, Fox.Extras: Super Secret Spy Mode (an immersive, in-movie experience that takes you deeper into the story with Easter eggs, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the film), "Infiltrating Blue Sky Studios," "The Top Secret Guide to Gadgets," “Then There Were Two” music video, “Freak of Nature” music video, "Making the Soundtrack: Then There Were Two,” "Making the Soundtrack: Freak of Nature,” galleries: color keys and moment paintings, character designs, locations, props and gadgets concept art.
"There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes." The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client's name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.
Vitals: Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, Nina Arianda, Paul Walter Hauser, Ian Gomez.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 129 min., Drama, Box office gross: $22.345 million, WarnerExtras: "The Real Story of Richard Jewell." Blu-ray adds "The Making of Richard Jewell."
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O'Grady) — prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one. As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty's beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead), Riley's new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes). Vitals: Director: Sophia Takal. Stars: Imogen Poots, Cary Elwes, Brittany O'Grady, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Madeleine Adams, Ben Black, Lucy Currey, Simon Mead, Caleb Eberhardt. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 92 min., Horror, Box office gross: $10.429 million, Universal.Extras: TBA.
A Hidden Life
From visionary writer-director Terrence Malick comes this story based on real events about an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Drawing from actual letters exchanged between the Austrian farmer and his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner) while Franz was in prison, the film follows the family’s remarkable journey of love and sacrifice. After being absent from his wife and daughters for months during mandatory basic training with the German Army, Franz is permitted to return to his peaceful Austrian countryside home. But when the war unexpectedly escalates, Franz is called up to fight, and as a new soldier, to swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler and the Third Reich. Yet, despite pleas from his neighbors, fellow soldiers and even trusted clergymen, Franz repeatedly refuses to take the oath. This decision lands the peasant farmer in prison, where he awaits trial for treason. Meanwhile, not only must Fani take care of the family’s farm and their three daughters, she is ostracized by neighbors who have succumbed to the Third Reich’s demands for loyalty. Eventually, Franz’s case goes to trial. He is found guilty and sentenced to death. But his unwavering beliefs and love for Fani and their three children keep his spirit alive in this powerful drama.
Vitals: Director: Terrence Malick. Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser, Tobias Moretti, Ulrich Matthes.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 174 min., Bio Drama, Box office gross: $1.730 million, Fox.
After a young housewife murders her family in her own house, a single mother and young detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood.
Vitals: Director: Nicolas Pesce. Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver.
2020, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Horror, Box office gross: $21.107 million, Sony.Extras: "The Cast of the Cursed” featurette, “Designing Death” featurette, “Easter Egg Haunt” featurette: writer-director Nicolas Pesce brings to light the plethora of hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film which are homages to the previous works in the Ju-On franchise, extended scenes, alternative ending.
Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.
Vitals: Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Fisher.
2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 102 min., Drama, Box office gross: $5.979 million, Universal.Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
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