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Cast: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult.
Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
Above photo: Sophie Turner, going through some things.
Cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling.
Written by Mindy Kaling, directed to Nisha Ganatra.
A late-night talk-show host (Emma Thompson) suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show, so she hires a new writer, Molly (Mindy Kaling).
Note: Emma Thompson’s character looks like she’d regularly be invited to Miranda Priestley’s dinner parties.
A more important note: The director is a Canadian woman of color.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Cast: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt.
Yet again, pets are being far too secretive. This continues the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Cast: Danny Glover, Finn Wittrock, Thora Birch.
A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.
Note: This is Thora Birch’s fourth film in two years, and she has two more on the way. This is gratifying to see. She’s had a time.
NEW ON NETFLIX
Tales of the City
Cast: Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Charlie Barnett.
A middle-aged Mary Ann returns to San Francisco and reunites with the eccentric friends she left behind. It’s actually a 10-episode series, but it’s on this list anyway because Ellen Page.
I Am Mother
Cast: Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a kindly robot “Mother,” which is designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.
Note: It’s always the stranger who arrives with alarming news, man.
Elisa and Marcela
Cast: Natalia de Molina , Greta Fernandez, Sara Casasnovas, Tamar Novas. Directed and written by Isabel Coixet.
In 1901, Marcela Gracia Ibeas took on the identity of Mario Sánchez to marry her lover of fifteen years, Elisa Sanchez Loriga.
Black Mirror, Season 5 (Netflix original)
Alles ist gut (Netflix film)
The Black Godfather (Netflix film)
The Chef Show (Netflix original)
Pachamama (Netflix original)
Rock My Heart (Netflix film)
NEW ON VOD
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. Directed by Jordan Peele.
A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
5-second review: Yes, there are some plot holes, but you will think about this movie for decades after you see it. Decades.
Woman at War
The Haunting of Sharon Tate