Monday, January 18, 2021

Tag: Documentary

Some Kind of Heaven (2020)?

Title: Some Kind of Heaven
Rating: NR
Directed by: Lance Oppenheim
Release Date: 1/15/2021
Running Time: 83 minutes

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With SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, first-time feature 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.


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Memoriam: In Loving Memory Of
CAROL MARKS
VERA SPENCER

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Dissident, The (2020)

Title: The Dissident
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Bryan Fogel
Written by: Bryan Fogel and Mark Monroe
Starring: Omar Abdulaziz, Fahrettin Altun, and John O. Brennan
Release Date: 1/8/2021
Running Time: 119 minutes

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Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was critical of his beloved Saudi Arabia and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies. On October 2, 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul and never came out. His fiancée and dissidents around the world are left to piece together clues to his brutal murder—and in their dogged quest for truth, they expose a global cover-up perpetrated by the very country he loved.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: This film is dedicated to
Jamal Khashoggi
B. October 13, 1958 – D. October 2, 2018


Assassins (2020)

Title: Assassins
Rating: NR
Directed by: Ryan White
Starring: Siti Aisyah, Hadi Azmi, and Anna Fifield
Release Date: 10/10/2020
Running Time: 104 minutes

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An account of the two women convicted of assassinating Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam. The film follows the women’s trials in an attempt to understand whether they are trained killers or simply pawns.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Billie (2019)?

Title: Billie
Rating: NR
Directed by: James Erskine
Starring: Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, and Charles Mingus
Release Date: 12/4/2020
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Crafted from extraordinary unheard interviews, and restoring key performances into color for the first time, BILLIE is the story of the singer who changed the face of American music, and the journalist who died trying to tell it.


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Dear Santa (2020)?

Title: Dear Santa
Rating: NR
Directed by: Dana Nachman
Written by: Dana Nachman
Starring: Damion DiGrazia, Orlando Mendez, and Andrew Wallace
Release Date: 12/4/2020
Running Time: 84 minutes

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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. This timeless documentary captures the warmth and spirit of Christmastime through the lens of this great American tradition, provoking audiences throughout the world to ask themselves how they can make the world a better place, one gesture at a time.


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Zappa (2020)

Title: Zappa
Rating: NR
Directed by: Alex Winter
Written by: Alex Winter
Starring: Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, and Pamela Des Barres
Release Date: 11/27/2020
Running Time: 129 minutes

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An in-depth look into the life and work of musician Frank Zappa.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriams:

In memory of Gail Zappa
1945 – 2015

In memory of Bruce Bickford, 1947 – 2019
and
Robert “Bobby” Zappa, 1943 – 2019


This Is Not a Movie (2019)?

Title: This Is Not a Movie
Rating: NR
Directed by: Yung Chang
Written by: Yung Chang and Nelofer Pazira
Starring: Robert Fisk, Amira Hass, and Nirmeen Hazineh
Release Date: 4/18/2020
Running Time: 106 minutes

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For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. Director Yung Chang captures Fisk in relentless action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions.


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Time (2020)

Title: Time
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Garrett Bradley
Starring: Paolo Ikonomi and Fox Rich
Release Date: 10/16/2020
Running Time: 81 minutes

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In this intimate yet epic love story filmed over two decades, indomitable matriarch Fox Rich strives to raise her six sons and keep her family together as she fights for her husband’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020)?

Title: Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
Rating: NR
Directed by: Laura Gabbert
Starring: Yotam Ottolenghi, Dominique Ansel, Sam Bompas, and Dinara Kasko
Release Date: 9/25/2020
Running Time: 75 minutes

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In the summer of 2018, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art enlists Yotam Ottolenghi, the London-based Isreali chef and celebrated author of cookbooks Jerusalem and Plenty, to organize a food gala inspired by the Met exhibit “Visitors to Versailles.” In preparation for the event, Ottolenghi travels to the Palace of Versailles. At the landmark French site, the famed chef is possessed by a child-like curiosity, as he finds in Versailles a glimpse into the French Monarchy’s decadence.

And so Ottolenghi, with the help of pastry chefs (including “Cronut” maestro Dominique Ansel), positions The Met event as both an expression and critique of excess. Several centuries ago in Versailles, the royal family lived in public to help broadcast the country’s splendor and wealth. Ottolenghi fast-forwards to the advent of social media and finds a new aristocracy streaming their riches, food, and prosperity. In both eras, we see deep exclusion, longing for community, a patriarchal structure – and the same potential for revolution.


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All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)*

Title: All In: The Fight for Democracy
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus
Written by: Jack Youngelson
Starring: Stacey Abrams, Debo Adegbile, and Jayla Allen
Release Date: 9/18/2020
Running Time: 102 minutes

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In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.


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Special thanks to Frank for this submission