Regina King makes her directorial debut with this feature about a night when Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke found themselves in the same place and the pivotal role that evening played in their lives. Inspired by the play by Kemp Powers. Coming to theaters and Prime Video on 1.15.21.
THE BEST Dramas
After making a splash on the international film festival circuit in 2019, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s Atlantis has a U.S. distributor. Set in 2025, the film offers a glimpse into a future where Ukraine defeats Russia, and where people struggle to live and love in a desolate and dystopian world.
Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star as two very different sheriffs on the hunt for a serial killer. Despite their strong hunches about a suspect (a typically creepy Jared Leto), they can’t make the case stick. As events unfurl, dark secrets about one of the cops rise to the surface. Coming to HBO Max and theaters 1.29.2021.
Based on the bestselling novel by Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger is the story of a man who grows up in abject poverty in India. After he finds work as a driver for a wealthy family, he uses his wits and perseverance to bootstrap himself from the bottom to the top of Bangalore’s dysfunctional food chain. Hits Netflix and theaters 1.22.2021.
In case the COVID-19 nightmare isn’t scary enough, Songbird is a dystopian thriller that envisions the pandemic four years into quarantine when the virus has changed. So has humanity. The world is in lockdown with “sanitation” squads forcing infected people into camps, resulting in a terrifying end-times Romeo & Juliet story.
Most of us think of Hawaii as an idyllic vacation paradise and a place of majestic natural beauty. But filmmaker Christopher Kahunahana’s Waikiki changes that, presenting a dark portrait of a woman tormented by an abusive ex, and the odyssey that unfolds after she hits a homeless man with her van.
Eugene Evans and Margot Robbie star in this depression-era drama about a young man who discovers a fugitive hiding on his family’s land. As he comes to learn more about her, he struggles between the riches of a bounty put on her head and his growing attraction for her. In theaters 11.13.2020 and streaming 11.17.2020.
Acclaimed director David Fincher looks back at 1930s Hollywood as told through the eyes of famed screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Gary Oldman portrays the prolific, satirical, and alcoholic writer as attempts to finish his screenplay for Citizen Kane. Coming to select theaters this November and Netflix on 12.4.2020.
A man spends his days watching people’s lives on Earth through a wall of televisions. When one of them dies, it’s his job to interview the souls of other candidates to decide whether they are qualified to be born. Edson Oda’s award-winning film looks like an intriguing study of human nature, presented artfully.
Directed by Cassius Corrigan, this psychological thriller follows the story of an up-and-coming MMA fighter battling dissociative identity disorder. As he delves into his trauma with a psychologist, he risks his career, as his rage is his greatest asset in the ring. Now streaming on HBO and HBO Max, on TV on HBO Latino.
Written, directed, and starring Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), this drama follows the story of a small-town sheriff faced with a series of murders that occurred during the full moon. As others suspect something supernatural, the sheriff sticks to his guns that it’s a human behind the brutal killings.
(PG-13: Language) A loss prevention officer encounters a thief in his store, and finds himself faced with a moral dilemma after realizing he has a past with the shoplifter. Alexander Etseyatse’s powerful short film offers a more human look at crime and law enforcement than the way they’re typical portrayed in TV and movies.
A group of young friends decide to break into an empty house to steal cash from a safe, but when an elderly couple who lives there comes home early, all bets are off, and the would-be robbers find themselves on the wrong end of a very bad situation. Based on the graphic novel Une Nuit de Pleine Lune. Premieres 9.4.2020.
Based on the writings of the legendary Bruce Lee, Warrior follows a Chinese martial arts prodigy in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the brutal 19th century Tong Wars between rival crime families. The 10-episode second season kicks off with new season regular Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”) 10.2020 on Cinemax.
Ethan Hawke stars in this fictionalized retelling of the story of John Brown, a controversial 19th century figure who attempted to overthrow U.S. slavery with violence and rebellion, and is alternatively remembered as both a heroic martyr and an crazed terrorist. The 7-episode series premieres 8.9.2020 on Showtime.
Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star in the TNT series Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller based on the film by Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite). Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the politics of survival play out on a perpetually moving train circling the globe. Debuts 5.17.20.
This Belgian TV series centers around an airplane which is forced to keep flying westward into the night after the sun starts killing every living thing in its path. As the passengers and crew struggle to survive, they must hop from airport to airport in the darkness of night. Premieres 5.1.20 on Netflix.
Originally titled “Fonzo,” director Josh Trank’s upcoming biopic looks at what life was like for an aging Al Capone, starting 10 years into his prison sentence. A highly made-up Tom Hardy stars as the infamous gangster as his mental health declines, haunted by the demons of his violent past. Drops 5.12.20 on VOD.
(PG-13: Language, Gore) After making a mark in The Godfather trilogy, oranges have taken on an unexpected role as a symbol of impending doom in film and TV. Editor Brian Carroll’s supercut features moments where the citrus fruit played a role in significant scenes. Naturally, it’s set to Orange Wedge by the Chemical Brothers.
Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, and Catalina Sandino Moreno star in this thriller about a drifter who kills a traveling preacher, then assumes the man’s life in a small town unfamiliar with his appearance. When the local police chief suspects something is amiss, things take an even darker turn. Drops 4/17/2020.
Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, and Clark Duke star in this indie crime drama about a couple of losers who work for an evil Arkansas drug kingpin, and the very bad consequences of a deal gone wrong. Also stars John Malkovich, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Vivica A. Fox. Drops 5/1/2020.
Mark Ruffalo stars in this this HBO limited series about identical twin brothers whose lives take very different paths after one of them struggles with mental health issues as a paranoid schizophrenic. Based on the 1998 best-selling novel by Wally Lamb.
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