Releases of film, video, streaming and Digital arriving in the next few months include a very good selection of various genres. If you are looking for a day or evening of romance, children’s/family animation, horror, drama, comedy, action films, documentaries and others at theaters, on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/Digital HD, 4K, or even streaming, etc. we have a very wide selection listed below.
We will be updating the column so please frequent this Video Release page. We will be reviewing select titles so keep in touch at www.acedmagazine.com to get opinions from our writing staff. You might also discover an independent gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Aced Magazine selects titles sent in from studios, but does not support or receive any monetary return for listing or reviewing them. We remain totally independent and reserve the right to choose at our discretion.
December 1, 2020
DISCO- Digital HD
DISCO- 19-year-old Mirjam is a champion in disco freestyle dancer and the stepdaughter of a charismatic evangelical pastor. As she starts to question her family and faith, she is lured by a highly conservative Christian sect.
Alt Space- Digital HD or Rent
ALT SPACE A young New York City couple struggles to deal with a worsening case of agoraphobia and the heightened sense that their lives may not be what it seems. The truth dissolves into lies while the line between reality and imagination disappears.
Dune Drifter- VOD, Digital HD, DVD
DUNE DRIFTER During an ongoing battle for humanity, a group of rookie space fighter pilots are sent to join the battle against an armada of unbeatable enemy ships. When the trainee pilot and her gunner are shot down, they manage to crash land on a nearby planet. With the gunner mortally wounded and her own life support only set to last two days, our pilot’s only option is to fix her ship. The sudden appearance of an enemy craft offers the answer, but as the pilot looks for parts to use on her own ship she is horrified to spot another survivor; an enemy alien soldier who has no intention of letting her escape.
The Loss Adjuster- VOD, Digital
THE LOSS ADJUSTER Martin Dyer is a very ordinary man with a very ordinary life. An insurance Loss Adjuster for many years, he spends his time assessing other people’s problems and ignoring his own. His wife Angie aspires to greater things and when finances hit rock bottom, she leaves him for a suave loan shark one week before Christmas. Martin is crest fallen but forced into continuing his day by the overly exuberant company secretary, who has scheduled several claims for Martin to validate.
STAND! it’s 1919 and Stefan and his father Mike fled Ukraine for the New World, where they struggle to earn enough to reunite the family. Stefan is instantly smitten with the Jewish suffragette neighbour, Rebecca – but Rebecca’s brother Moishe and Mike oppose the would-be Romeo and Juliet. Returned soldiers, angry at the lack of jobs after the war, violently threaten the city’s immigrants, including Emma, the refugee from racist violence in Oklahoma. When a movement develops for workers to leave their jobs in protest, AJ Anderson, a wealthy lawyer, pits all against each other in a dramatic and inspirational final stand.
Popeye- Blu-ray 40th Anniversary
POPEYE The beloved anvil-armed sailor of the seven seas comes magically to life in POPEYE, arriving on Blu-ray for the first time ever December 1, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring the incomparable Robin Williams in his first big-screen role and Shelley Duvall as his devoted sweetie, Olive Oyl, the delightful musical celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, having debuted in theaters on December 12, 1980.
Coming to America- 4K Ultra HD
COMING TO AMERICA As an African prince (Eddie Murphy), it’s time for him to find a princess… and the mission leads him and his most loyal friend (Arsenio Hall) to Queens, New York. In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble.
Beverly Hills Cop- 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray
BEVERLY HILLS COP follows the one-and-only Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), a street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice.
Trading Places- Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Digital.
TRADING PLACES The very rich and extremely greedy Duke Brothers wager over whether “born-loser” Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) could become as successful as the priggish Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Akroyd) if circumstances were reversed. Alongside the street-smarts of Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), Winthorpe and Valentine are a trio ready for a riotous revenge that culminates on the commodities trading floor in New York City.
The Golden Child- Blue-ray and 4K Ultra HD Digital
THE GOLDEN CHILD Eddie Murphy is “the Chosen One,” a social worker on a madcap mission to find “the Golden Child,” a young boy possessing mystical powers. Joined by Kee Nang (Charlotte Lewis), they’ll battle the countless henchmen of Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance), the mysterious and evil cult leader holding the boy captive. It’s a dangerous quest, complete with obstacle courses and a mythical amulet, sharply combining Murphy’s wit with eye-popping special effects for an unforgettable adventure.
Top Gun- 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo Steelbook
TOP GUN The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).
APACHE After years of bloody fighting with settlers on the American frontier, Apache Chief Geronimo (Monte Blue) is forced to submit to a humiliating surrender. But his fiercest warrior, Massai (Burt Lancaster), refuses to accept defeat. With enormous strength and razor-sharp cunning, Massai battles the relentless U.S. Cavalry, struggling to stay one step ahead of the highly trained soldiers who have sworn to track him down.
ATTACK When Lieutenant Joe Costa (Jack Palance) learns that his men died because their commander, Captain Cooney (Eddie Albert), was too much of a coward to join the fight, Costa issues a serious warning: Don’t let it happen again! But Cooney’s cowardice forces Costa into a fateful choice: continue to risk the lives of his men… or take the life of the captain. Beautifully shot by Joseph F. Biroc, Attack is a tightly directed and gritty film that packs a wallop.
Continental Divide- Blu-ray
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE It’s a case of loathe at first sight when the chain-smoking, big city Souchak meets the reclusive nature-lover Porter. But despite their differences, Souchak’s trip west soon turns into a fun-filled romantic adventure as these two trek through the mountains at the top of the world along the Continental Divide.
D.C. Cab- Blu-ray
D.C. CAB When young Albert Hockenberry (Adam Baldwin) wants to become a cabbie, he’s got the wackiest teachers around, courtesy of his uncle Howard (Max Gail) the freewheeling D.C. Cab Co., including Samson (Mr. T) and Dell (Gary Busey). Along the way, Albert falls in love with beautiful waitress Claudette (Jill Schoelen) and gets caught up in a kidnapping, with Mr. T and the other cabbies riding to the rescue.
The Barbarians- Blu-Ray
THE BARBARIANS An evil ruler Kadar (Richard Lynch) enslaves Canary, a beautiful young queen (Virginia Bryant), and two twin boys from her clan. Canary’s faithful servant takes one of the twins to a distant land where he grows strong and powerful, while the other twin stays with the evil Kadar. With the help of a young outlaw woman (Eva LaRue), the twins set out to free their mother.
December 4, 2020
NOMADLAND Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West
Half Brothers- Theaters
HALF BROTHERS Renato, a Mexican aviation exec, is shocked to learn he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher. They are forced on a road trip together, tracing the path their father took from Mexico to the US.
ELYSE languidly meanders out of a cold, concrete, designer house mirroring a mausoleum, externalizing the spirit of her dead son, Cody. She returns home disoriented, unwilling to join the family dinner, misconceives the gathering as a threat to her private life, and is unwarrantedly infuriated with her egocentric mother, Goldie, and her devoted husband, Steven. In a psychotic blackout, Elyse commits vehicular manslaughter of her son and his nanny, Julia. Elyse isn’t the only victim; her delusional thinking, narcissism, and violence annihilate her husband.
Dear Santa- Theaters
DEAR SANTA shines a light on the 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ Program of the United States Postal Service. Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, the United States Postal Service makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true. The film invites audiences along for the magic of this massive endeavor. Traveling the country, much like Santa does on Christmas Eve, the film focuses on select ‘Operation Santa’ Centers: some in metropolitan areas like the massive operation in New York City and others in small towns where the Post Office is the heart of the community
WANDER , a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik (Eckhart) is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter.
I Hate New Year’s – P-VOD, Streaming
I HATE NEW YEAR’S Experiencing writer’s block, rising music star Layne Price (Dia Frampton), at her Los Angeles manager’s insistence, reluctantly visits mysterious fortune teller Zelena (Candis Cayne), whose flamboyant advice she misconstrues. Heading home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve, a holiday she hates, Layne hits the town with BFF Cassie Holmes (Ashley Argota). While Cassie plans to finally confess that her feelings have evolved into more than friendship, Layne is too focused on “bumping into” her elusive ex to notice. But sometimes you find inspiration and love—with a little mystical intervention—where you least expect it.
Luxor- VOD, Digital
LUXOR When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.
Crock Of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane Macgowan- VOD
CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN details Shane’s explosive existence, from his salad days, growing up in Ireland, to time spent on the mean streets of London and embracing the punk scene. To forming the Pogues and the conquering the known universe, we discover MacGowan’s passions, his humor & deep knowledge of music, history, spirituality & popular culture. For this is Shane’s story. A vision of the world through the eyes of the great punk poet himself and an intimate cast of close friends and family members, all channeled through Temple’s inimitable and eternally vibrant lens.
December 8, 2020
CASANOVA Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita) directs this visually stunning portrait of Casanova, the infamous Italian womanizer, adventurer, author and libertine. In a remarkable performance, Donald Sutherland (MASH) portrays the great seducer not as an amorous anomaly, but an everyday man living in extraordinary times. .
Yellowstone: Season 3- Blu-ray/DVD
YELLOWSTONE: SEASON 3 is an engrossing family drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season 3, The Dutton family is threatened by new foes and lucrative business deals, forcing John (Kevin Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Jamie (Wes Bentley) to utilize unexpected alliances and risky measures to safeguard their legacy. Josh Holloway (“Lost”) joins the cast in Season 3.
Collateral- 4K Ultra HD
COLLATERAL After a long day, LA taxi driver Max is about to knock off when sharp-suited Vincent offers him $600 to make five stops. Sounds good until Vincent turns out to be a merciless hitman and each one of those stops involves a hit. As the night goes on, Max starts to wonder if he’ll live to see the sunrise, as the pair are hunted by the police and the FBI.
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone- Blu-ray, Digital
THE GODFATER, CODA:THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,’” said Coppola. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
My Science Project- DVD/Blu-ray
MY SCIENCE PROJECT Michael Harlan (John Stockwell) has procrastinated on his science project until the last minute, and his teacher (Dennis Hopper) issues him an ultimatum: turn in a science project or flunk. So, Mike scavenges a military base’s junk pile for a suitable gizmo to pass off as his project. He finds one… and unwittingly unleashes the awesome power and energy of the unknown.
The Return of the Musketeers- Blu-ray
THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS D’Artagnan (Michael York), Athos (Oliver Reed, Porthos (Frank Finlay) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain, The Thorn Birds) executed the beautiful but lethal seductress Milady de Winter. Now, Milady’s ravishing daughter Justine (Kim Cattrall) has vowed revenge. Meanwhile, Athos’s adopted son Raoul (C. Thomas Howell) has grown to manhood and when he and Justine meet, swords and sparks fly.
GUNDA- Virtual Cinema (In Theaters 2021)
GUNDA chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, Master Director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and another worldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.
Archenemy – Theaters, Digital and VOD
ARCHENEMY Max Fist (Manganiello) claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space to Earth, where he has no powers. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster. Together, they take to the streets to wipe out the local drug syndicate and its vicious crime boss known as The Manager.
Wild Mountain Thyme- Theaters
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME sweeping romantic vision to Ireland with Wild Mountain Thyme. The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale.
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee- VOD
THE VERY EXCELLENT MR. DUNDEE Aussie Icon Paul Hogan just wants the quiet life. He lives in Brentwood, California, happy in retirement, content doing the daily crossword and enjoying regular calls from Lucy, his delightful 10-year-old granddaughter in Sydney. So, when his agent drops by to tell him he’ll be receiving a knighthood for services to comedy, he is less than impressed by this imposition and much to his agents’ chagrin, turns down the offer. Paul attempts to return to his tranquil life but Lucy calls; she has excitedly told kids at her new school that granddad has been offered a Knighthood. They laughed at her. What? Paul realises he needs to get the Knighthood to help her salvage her reputation. After much begging and pleading, his agent reluctantly agrees to call the Palace.
The Stand-In- Theaters
The Prom- Select Theaters, Netflix
THE PROM Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flat lined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa. When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
Farewell Amor- Select Theaters and VOD
FAREWELL AMOR Reunited after 17 years, an Angolan immigrant is joined in the U.S. by his wife and daughter. Now strangers sharing a one-bedroom apartment, they discover a shared love of dance that may help them overcome the distance between them.
December 15, 2020
The Beach House- VOD, Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD
THE BEACH HOUSE hoping to reignite their relationship, college students Emily (Liberato) and Randall (Le Gros) arrive at their weekend getaway only to discover a peculiar older couple already staying there. They all agree to share the home but, after an indulgent night of partying, they’re awoken to a living nightmare of apocalyptic proportions. A mysterious airborne microbe has infected the water and it’s making its way to the house…
The Dark and the Wicked- Blu-ray, DVD
THE DARK AND THE WICKED on a secluded farm, a man is bedridden and fighting through his final breaths while his wife slowly succumbs to overwhelming grief. Siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return home to help, but it doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, they begin to suffer a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that an evil entity is taking over their family.
The Last Sermon- Virtual Cinemas, Digital, Cable VOD
THE LAST SERMON Mike’s Place, a beachside blues bar, next door to the American Embassy. Fourteen years earlier, and hours after an American-backed Middle East Roadmap peace plan was presented to the Israeli and Palestinian people, the two became victims of a terrorist attack by British Nationals, which killed three and injured dozens, and their lives forever changed. Now 16 years after the tragedy, the filmmakers come together to uncover the truth of those who tried to kill them, but to also understand the fundamental beliefs of Islam.
The Last Blockbuster- Digital HD or Rent
THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER The Last Blockbuster is a fun, nostalgic look back at the era of video rentals and the story of how one small town video store managed to outlast a corporate giant.
The Opening Act- Blu-ray/DVD
THE OPENING ACT in the film Will Chu is stuck in a thankless job while trying to pursue his true passion in life, becoming a stand-up comedian. When he gets the opportunity he’s been waiting for, the emcee slot on the road opening for his hero Billy G., the realities of life on the stage come crashing in. Between relentless hecklers, drunk comedy groupies and hard-to-impress morning radio DJs, things get off to a rough start. Even if he can learn from his idols and overcome the challenges, he’ll have to prove he has what it takes to make his dream a reality.
Bodies Rest & Motion- DVD/Blu-ray
BODIES REST & MOTION Four twentysomething friends explore love, desire and commitment in this romantic comedy. Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, TV salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of… something else. Encouraged by her best friend Carol —who happens to be Nick’s ex-flame—Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic attentions of a local housepainter. But when Nick’s impulsive road trip leads him back home again, it sets the stage for a wildly comic chain reaction among four people whose lives have suddenly become hopelessly, hilariously intertwined.
Ladybug, Ladybug- DVD/Blu-ray
LADYBUG, LADYBUG During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the normal routines of a rural elementary school are thrown into a panic when the civil defense alarm sirens go off, warning them of an imminent nuclear attack. The children are separated into groups, with one teacher leading each squad. Mrs. Andrews (Nancy Marchand), the 6th grade teacher with a slowly building sense of doom, leads her group of students through the countryside to one of the children’s family’s bomb shelter. When they arrive at the shelter, they divide the rations and assume various duties, not knowing if they are in the middle of a nuclear holocaust—or if it was a false alarm.
Diary of a Mad Housewife- DVD/Blu-ray
DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE a dissatisfied wife is trapped in her townhouse existence. Her husband is the archetypal schnook and also one of the great screen monsters. Her lover is a narcissistic creep who finishes off what her domestic life started. Diary of a Mad Housewife is a chilling black comedy that manages to be extraordinarily funny.
Puzzle of a Downfall Child- DVD/Blu-ray
PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD a beautiful but disturbed young woman whose life has fallen into a downward spiral including drug use and a nervous breakdown, lives alone at a windswept beach cottage. Fashion photographer turned director Aaron Reinhardt (Barry Primus) visits the former model and records their conversations, planning to develop her story, a life of delusion and lies, into a film.
The 300 Year Weekend- DVD
THE 300 YEAR WEEKEND based on a true-life encounter marathon. Ten troubled people plagued by drugs, bad marriages and homosexuality seek help in a group therapy session conducted by psychologist Dr. Marshall (Michael Tolan). Emotions are bared and hostilities unveiled as the intensity builds to a dramatic confrontation at the end of The 300 Year Weekend.
December 17, 2020
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin- Blu-ray/DVD
NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late author Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog’s deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips, and a mound of brontosaurus skin, encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient rituals, and the mysteries stitching together life on earth.
Giant from the Unknown- Limited Edition Film Box Set (January 19th Blu-ray/DVD)
GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN Dr. Frederick Cleveland (Morris Ankrum) and his daughter Janet (Sally Fraser) are joined by scientific researcher Wayne Brooks (Ed Kemmer) in the pursuit of ancient artifacts from Vargas, a giant 500-year-old Spanish conquistador. When a lightning storm interrupts their search, the team finds much more than artifacts when the long-lost Vargas returns to life, with a murderous rage and an axe to grind!
December 18, 2020
GREENLAND A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.
Nasrin- In Theaters
NASRIN an immersive portrait of one of the world’s most courageous human rights activists and an outspoken leader of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. Currently, she has been released from prison due to heath reasons after she ended her 40+ day hunger strike in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.
Skylines- Select Theaters and Drive-Ins, also VOD and Digital
SKYLINES When a virus threatens to turn the now earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Captain Rose Corley must lead a team of elite mercenaries on a mission to the alien world in order to save what’s left of humanity.
The Father- Theaters
THE FATHER Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the care that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? THE FATHER warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.
Hunter Hunter- Theaters
HUNTER HUNTER follows a family living in the remote wilderness earning a living as fur trappers. Joseph Mersault (Devon Sawa), his wife Anne (Camille Sullivan), and their daughter Renée (Summer H. Howell) struggle to make ends meet and think their traps are being hunted by the return of a rogue wolf. Determined to catch the predator in the act, Joseph leaves his family behind to track the wolf. Anne and Renée grow increasingly anxious during Joseph’s prolonged absence and struggle to survive without him. When they hear a strange noise outside their cabin, Anne hopes it is Joseph but instead finds a man named Lou (Nick Stahl), who has been severely injured and left for dead. The longer Lou stays and Joseph is away, the more paranoid Anne becomes, and the idea of a mysterious predator in the woods slowly becomes a threat much closer to home.
The Comeback Trail- Local Theaters
THE COMEBACK TRAIL Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. But they wind up getting more than they ever imagined. It is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name by Harry Hurwitz.
December 23, 2020
The Midnight Sky- Netflix
THE MIDNIGHT SKY This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
December 25, 2020
Pinocchio- In Theaters
PINOCCHIO Geppetto, the old woodcarver whose puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio (nine-year-old Federico Ielapi) tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures – from the belly of a giant fish, to the Land Of Toys and the Field Of Miracles.
The Dissident- In Theaters and (VOD January 8)
THE DISSIDENT a story of money, tyranny and technology run amok. Every bit of evidence points directly at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has stopped at nothing to suppress the story around the world. At the film’s core is Khashoggi himself, a principled reformer who sought to create a more just and open society in his Saudi homeland. A powerful, frightening look at an international cover-up, THE DISSIDENT illustrates that in today’s world, no one who goes against powerful forces is truly safe.
Wonder Woman 1984- Theaters
Promising Young Woman- Theaters
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.
News of the World- Theaters
NEWS OF THE WORLD Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.
One Night in Miami- Theaters (also Amazon Prime Video on January 15, 2021)
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami’s historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
January 1, 2021
Shadow in the Cloud- Select Theaters, VOD, Digital
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD In the throes of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber with a top-secret package. Caught off guard by the presence of a woman on a military flight, the crew tests Maude’s every move. Just as her quick wit is winning them over, strange happenings and holes in her backstory incite paranoia surrounding her true mission. But this crew has more to fear…lurking in the shadows, something sinister is tearing at the heart of the plane. Trapped between an oncoming air ambush and an evil lurking within, Maude must push beyond her limits to save the hapless crew and protect her mysterious cargo.
January 5, 2021
Audrey- Digital, VOD
AUDREY Actress, humanitarian and recognized as a film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn was undoubtedly one of the greatest legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood. This in-depth documentary looks back at the life, loves and career of this enigmatic star.
GIRL A young woman (Bella Thorne) returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.
January 8, 2021
If Not Now, When? – Select Theaters, VOD, Digital
IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Four friends, who met in high school and are bonded by an event, are suddenly forced back together when one of them suffers a crisis. It’s a story of love, forgiveness and the incredible bond between women.
Herself- Amazon Prime Video
HERSELF When Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, finding a home to call their own seems impossible. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building
The Reason I Jump- Digital and select Theaters
THE REASON I JUMP Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.
Redemption Day- Theaters (also January 12 on Digital and VOD)
REDEMPTON DAY Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton’s (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.
Some Kind of Heaven- Theaters (also January 15th on VOD, Virtual Cinema)
SOME KIND OF LOVE HEAVEN director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.
January 12, 2021
JUNGLELAND Stanley (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion (Jack O’Connell) are two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing. When Stanley fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss (Jonathan Majors), they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler as they journey across the country for a high stakes fighting tournament. While Stanley trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart, but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going in this gripping drama that proves family pulls no punches.
Sky Fire- VOD
SKY FIRE Tianhuo Island is a beautiful paradise. It almost makes people forget that it is located in the “Ring of Fire” the world-famous Pacific Rim volcanic belt. A young scientist (Hannah Quinlivan) invents a cutting-edge volcanic warning system and returns to the island where her mother tragically died, hoping she can prevent future deaths. The island is now home to the world’s only volcano theme park and resort, the brainchild of its reckless owner Jack (Jason Isaacs). Chaos soon erupts when the once dormant volcano starts to rumble. It’s a battle with nature to get off the island while fiery death and destruction rains down from the mountain.
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets- In Theaters
BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS Sixteen-year-old James Whitman (Lucas Jade Zumann) struggles to overcome anxiety and depression by seeking advice from Dr. Bird (voiced by Tom Wilkinson). In his magical realism inspired world, James goes on a whimsical, but emotionally charged search to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his sister, after an altercation with their parents while James struggles to connect with his parents.
January 14, 2021
Bloody Hell- Drive-Ins, VOD
BLOODY HELL follows a man with a mysterious past who flees the country to escape his own personal hell… only to arrive somewhere much, much, much worse. In an effort to survive this new horror, he turns to his personified Conscience. Together, they must race against time to free themselves from a twisted family hiding a very dark secret.
Cactus Jack- Theaters
CACTUS JACK When an amateur documentarian sets out to make a film about a man who hasn’t left his mother’s basement in six months, he discovers the recluse is in fact a vile doomsday hatemonger. The tables are turned when the maniac snaps, imprisons him, and takes control of the cameras to start a vitriolic, venomous podcast—making enemies far and wide and promising violent retribution.
January 19, 2021
The Cleansing Hour- VOD, DVD, and Digital
THE CLEANSING HOUR Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams “live exorcisms” watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But their fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage. In front of a rapidly growing audience, the demon subjects the crew to a series of violent challenges, threatening to expose the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other unless they come clean and reveal they’re impostors before the show is over.
WANDER following Arthur Bretnik (Aaron Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter.
Giant from the Unknown- Blu-ray/DVD
GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN Dr. Frederick Cleveland (Morris Ankrum) and his daughter Janet (Sally Fraser) are joined by scientific researcher Wayne Brooks (Ed Kemmer) in the pursuit of ancient artifacts from Vargas, a giant 500-year-old Spanish conquistador. When a lightning storm interrupts their search, the team finds much more than artifacts when the long-lost Vargas returns to life, with a murderous rage and an axe to grind!
January 26, 2021
A Woman’s Work- VOD
A WOMAN’S WORK A WOMAN’S WORK follows these two brave women who stand up against an all-powerful industry in order to change what they love for the better. In the process, they reveal a culture of toxic masculinity and the ingrained devaluation of women’s labor in society. As they juggle their legal battle with the gendered work of marriage and motherhood, Lacy and Maria arrive at a personal awakening on the heels of the #metoo movement
Caged- VOD, Digital
CAGED An affluent African American psychiatrist (Gathegi), convicted of murdering his wife (Sarafyan), is sentenced to life in federal prison, then sent to solitary confinement. Struggling to file an appeal, he descends into madness, pushed to his breaking point by an abusive female guard (Hardin) hell-bent on her own form of justice and haunted by his dead wife, causing him to question his own innocence and sanity.
The Court Jester- Blu-ray Ltd. Edition
THE COURT JESTER Danny Kaye plays a kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo. Hawkins infiltrates the court of an evil villain (Basil Rathbone), but when a sorceress hypnotizes him, royal chaos ensues. Alternating identities at the snap of a finger, between swordplay and wordplay, Kaye’s comic genius shines through.
Snowpiercer: First Season- Blu-ray/DVD
SNOWPIERCER: FIRST SEASON Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, “Snowpiercer” centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.
January 29, 2021
Haymaker- Theaters, Digital and VOD
HAYMAKER Haymaker follows a retired Muay Thai fighter (Sasso) working as a bouncer, who rescues an alluring transgender performer (Ruiz) from a nefarious thug, eventually becoming her bodyguard, protector, and confidant. The relationship leads Sasso’s character to make an unexpected return to fighting, risking not only his relationship, but his life. Haymaker tells a story about human dignity and love.
February 2, 2021
HOST six friends hire a medium to conduct a séance during lockdown for their weekly Zoom call. Jemma decides to pull a prank and makes up a story about a boy she knew in high school who hanged himself. By doing this, Jemma inadvertently invites a demonic presence to cross over. Soon the friends begin noticing strange occurrences in their homes as the evil spirit begins to make itself known, and they all realize this night may be their last.
February 3, 2021
Firefly Lane- Neflex series
FIREFLY LANE When unlikely duo Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) meet at age fourteen, they couldn’t be more different. Tully is the brash and bold girl you can’t ignore, while Kate is the mousy shy girl you never notice. But when a tragedy brings them together, they are bonded for life — forever inseparable best friends. Together they experience thirty years of ups and downs — triumphs and disappointments, heartbreak and joy, and a love triangle that strains their friendship. One goes on to fabulous wealth and fame, the other chooses marriage and motherhood — but through the decades, their bond remains — until it faces the ultimate test. The series is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, who serves as co-executive producer.
February 5, 2021
The Right One- VOD
THE RIGHT ONE 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?
February 9, 2021
The Little Prince- Blu-ray/DVD, Digtital
THE LITTLE PRINCE At its heart is the film follows a young girl (Mackenzie Foy), prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up real-world. After her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, “The Aviator” (Jeff Bridges) introduces her to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, she learns of “The Little Prince” (Riley Osborne). And so begins the magical and emotional journey where one learns, amongst other things, it’s the human connections that matter most.
Little Fish- Theatres, VOD
LITTLE FISH Imagine waking up in a world where a pandemic has broken out, which strikes with no rhyme or reason, and causes its victims to lose their memories. Imagine waking up and not remembering the person you love. This is the world that newlyweds Emma (Olivia Cooke) and Jude (Jack O’Connell) find themselves in, not long after meeting and falling in love. When Jude contracts the disease, the young couple will do anything to hold onto the memory of their love.
The Right One- Blu-ray/DVD
THE RIGHT ONE 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.
February 12, 2021
LAND the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Robin Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.
February 16, 2021
Killing Beef- Please check local listings and home theater platforms
KILLING BEEF After recovering from a near fatal shooting, former drug dealer and award-winning journalist Samson Styles searches to find meaning in his life and reconciliation with his shooter, in this meaningful journey that takes the form of a life-lesson told to a young boy.
February 19, 2020
The Mauritanian- Theaters
THE MAURITANIAN Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, this is the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.
Silk Road- Theaters, Digital, VOD (also February 23 on Blu-ray/DVD)
SILK ROAD focuses on the young, affluent, and highly motivated entrepreneur Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson), whose ambitious goal is to launch the Internet’s first completely anonymous and unregulated marketplace. With Ulbricht’s passion for the possibilities his invention offers the world, his site – the Silk Road – becomes the world’s fastest-growing drug market, catching the focus of disgraced DEA agent Rick Bowden (Jason Clarke). A dinosaur with a habit for substance abuse and blowing cases, Bowden once had street savvy in dark corners but is unprepared for the dark web as he struggles through tutorials on how to use the Internet. As both men’s private lives erode, with Bowden in over his head and Ross’s growing paranoia driving unthinkable choices, they cling to their jobs in an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse that have both men asking how far their idealism can take them.
February 23, 2021
John Hughes 5-Movie Collection- Blu-ray
JOHN HUGHES 5-MOVIE COLLECTION includes the beloved favorites Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as well as the Blu-ray debuts of She’s Having a Baby and Some Kind of Wonderful. The Collection also includes access to a digital copy of each film.
Lady Sings the Blues- Blu-ray
LADY SINGS THE BLUES brilliantly captures the essence of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most loved and memorable blues singers. Filled with the greatest songs of the incomparable “Lady Day,” the film won Image Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Diana Ross) and Best Actor (Billy Dee Williams), as well as a Golden Globe® for Ross as the year’s Most Promising Newcomer – Female. Richard Pryor also stars as the unforgettable “Piano Man.”
February 26, 2021
Nobody- In Select Theaters
When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary
March 5. 2021
Coming 2 America- Amazon Prime Video
COMING 2 AMERICA Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.