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The latest and the recent (2020-2019) critically acclaimed, eclectic, arthouse, and award winning movies and documentaries from rogerebert


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Movie: Sputnik ( 2020 )
The lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident hasn't returned back home alone-hiding inside his body is a dangerous creature.
Movie: Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
The definitive documentary on the history of nudity in feature films from the early silent days to the present, studying the changes in morality that led to the use of nudity in films while emphasizing the political, sociological and artistic changes that shaped that history. Skin will also study the gender inequality in presenting nude images in motion pictures and will follow the revolution that has created nude gender equality in feature films today. It culminates in a discussion of "what are nude scenes like in the age of the #METOO movement" as well as a look at CGI nudity that seems a large part of motion pictures' future. The documentary will compare the use of nudity to further storylines vs. simple exploitation and discuss how nudity is used in movies today with the explosion of must-see television and its influence on the film medium.
Movie: Words on Bathroom Walls ( 2020 )
A teenager coping with paranoid schizophrenia hopes his new experimental drug treatment will help him navigate high school and the outside world.
Movie: Coup 53 ( 2020 )
Theatrical feature documentary on the story of Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6 staged coup in 1953 in Iran that overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh.
Movie: Boys State ( 2020 )
A thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up.
Movie: Represent ( 2020 )
In the heart of the American Midwest, three women take on entrenched political systems in their fight to reshape local politics on their own terms.
Movie: The Dark End of the Street ( 2020 )
Residents of a suburban community enjoy a night at home with their friends and family, while an ominous threat looms just outside their doors.
Movie: Valley of the Gods ( 2020 )
Entwines Navajo lore with a reclusive trillionaire and his would-be biographer, creating a fascinating, mysterious and idiosyncratic vision of America.
Movie: The Secret Garden ( 2020 )
An orphaned girl discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle's estate.
Movie: I Used to Go Here ( 2020 )
Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate is invited to speak at her alma matter by her former professor. After accepting the invitation, Kate finds herself deeply enmeshed in the lives of a group of college students.
Movie: A Thousand Cuts ( 2020 )
A look at how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte uses social media to spread disinformation.
Movie: Howard ( 2018 )
The story of songwriter Howard Ashman who penned the lyrics for Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast before he died of AIDS at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1991.
Movie: Spinster ( 2020 )
After her partner breaks up with her on her 39th birthday, Gaby tackles her fears of loneliness as well as preconceptions of what it means for a woman to be single.
Movie: Work It ( 2020 )
When Quinn Ackerman's admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school...now she just needs to learn how to dance.
Movie: La llorona ( 2020 )
An aging paranoid dictator, protected by an witchcrafting wife, faces death and the uprise of his people in Guatemala.
Movie: An American Pickle ( 2020 )
An immigrant worker at a pickle factory is accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern day Brooklyn.
Movie: Red Penguins ( 2020 )
Red Penguins tells a story of capitalism and opportunism run amok - complete with gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint-venture that showed anything was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Russia and tasked to transform team into the greatest show in Moscow. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S. Russian relations in a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.
Movie: Black Is King ( 2020 )
Visual album from Beyoncé inspired by 'The Lion King'.
Movie: Rebuilding Paradise ( 2020 )
The community of Paradise, California, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, attempts to rebuild after devastating wildfires in 2018.
Movie: She Dies Tomorrow ( 2020 )
Amy thinks she's dying tomorrow...and it's contagious.
Movie: The Go-Go's ( 2020 )
The Go-Go's are the most successful female rock band of all time. This documentary chronicles the meteoric rise of a band born of the LA punk scene that not only captured but created a zeitgeist.
Movie: Summerland ( 2020 )
During World War II, an Englishwoman (Gemma Arterton) opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship.
Movie: A Most Beautiful Thing ( 2020 )
Narrated by Common, this film chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, coming together to row in the same boat).
Movie: The Fight ( 2020 )
An inside look at the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are facing during the Trump administration.
Movie: The Cuban ( 2019 )
When a naive pre-med student named Mina gets her first job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever.
Movie: The Wolves ( 2019 )
Two children emigrate to the US with their mother. Their days pass in a tiny flat waiting for her to come back as they hold on to the hope of visiting Disneyworld.
Movie: The Hater ( 2020 )
A young man searches for purpose in a net of hatred and violence that he tries to control.
Movie: Out Stealing Horses ( 2019 )
A grieving widower moves to the country where a chance encounter rekindles memories from his past.
Movie: Yes, God, Yes ( 2020 )
After an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 00s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her new urges in the face of eternal damnation.
Movie: Impetigore ( 2019 )
Maya with her best friend, Dini, tries to survive in a city without a family. She realized that she might inherit a property from her rich family. Maya returns to the village with Dini and unaware of the danger was waiting for her.
Movie: Radioactive ( 2020 )
A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Polish scientist) and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.
Movie: Guest Artist ( 2020 )
The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age.
Movie: Father Soldier Son ( 2020 )
When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy.
Movie: Blessed Child ( 2019 )
More than a decade after leaving the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church (the "Moonies"), through a trove of never before seen footage from within the church and extraordinary home videos of her family's upbringing alongside Reverend Moon and his disciples, filmmaker Cara Jones attempts to finally break free from the religious cult which dominated her childhood. BLESSED CHILD is one daughter's attempt to unpack the legacy of the decisions her parents made while challenging assumptions - hers and ours - about cults and family.
Movie: The Painted Bird ( 2019 )
A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.
Movie: Flannery ( 2019 )
"Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic..." Flannery O'Connor, 1958. Shy, funny, devout, disabled--words that describe one of the most acclaimed American short story writers of all time. Flannery O'Connor's stories about the southern U.S. have inspired writers, artists and musicians for decades with their dark humor and "gothic" sensibilities. "Flannery" tells the life story of a brilliant, young woman who died before she was forty through the eyes of contemporary writers and artists with cartoons, animations, never-before-seen archival footage and great music. Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Walker, Mary Karr, Tobias Wolff, Hilton Als, Alice McDermott, Bill T. Jones, Lucinda Williams--all share their opinions, their art and their music in this feature-length, NEH-funded documentary. How can people go to church AND commit murder, she wonders...?
Movie: Decade of Fire ( 2019 )
As a kid in the South Bronx in the 1970s, Vivian Vazquez watched her tight-knit community become a burned-out ruin as an epidemic of fires raged through her Black and Puerto Rican neighborhood. As Vivian seeks to understand the lasting effects of this tragedy on her family and community, she uncovers a story of injustice, survival and hope that resonates deeply in cities today.
Movie: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets ( 2020 )
A look at the final moments of a Las Vegas dive bar called 'The Roaring 20s'.
Movie: Palm Springs ( 2020 )
When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Movie: The Old Guard ( 2020 )
A covert team of immortal mercenaries are suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.
Movie: Archive ( 2020 )
2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs: being reunited with his dead wife.
Movie: We Are Little Zombies ( 2019 )
Four Japanese orphans form a rock band.
Movie: Guest of Honour ( 2020 )
Veronica wants to remain in jail for a sexual assault she knows she's been wrongfully indicted for. She and her father, Jim, find themselves acting out of the bounds of good behavior as the past haunts them.
Movie: The Tobacconist ( 2018 )
Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler. A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna....
Movie: Widow of Silence ( 2018 )
In a conflict ridden Kashmir, a Muslim half-widow finds herself, her 11 year old daughter and ill mother-in-law in a crisis when she attempts to get her missing husband's death certificate from the government. Now she will have to find the strength to come out from an unthinkable and absurd situation.
Movie: The Beach House ( 2019 )
A romantic getaway for two troubled college sweethearts turns into a struggle for survival when unexpected guests - and the surrounding environment - exhibit signs of a mysterious infection.
Movie: Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado ( 2020 )
Every day for decades, Walter Mercado — the iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer — mesmerized 120 million Latino viewers with his extravagance and positivity.
Movie: The Outpost ( 2020 )
A small team of U.S. soldiers battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Movie: Relic ( 2020 )
A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home.
Movie: Family Romance, LLC ( 2019 )
A man is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl.
Movie: Hamilton ( 2020 )
The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Filmed live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original Broadway cast.
Movie: John Lewis: Good Trouble ( 2020 )
The film explores Georgia representative's, 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.
Movie: John Lewis: Get in the Way ( 2017 )
In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis-now a revered U.S. Congressman, then a young student-co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. When they came face to face with a wall of club-wielding Alabama state troopers, Lewis took a steadfast, non-violent stand and inspired his followers to do the same. Graphic depictions of the ensuing assault were televised on the nightly news and shocked Americans to the core as they witnessed blatant racial oppression. Get in the Way is the first documentary film biography about Lewis, the civil rights icon, respected legislator and elder statesman who continues to practice nonviolence in his determined fight for justice. The film is a riveting portrayal of John Lewis' personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs, as over the decades he inspires others to stand up and Get in the Way.
Movie: Suzi Q ( 2019 )
Story of trailblazing American rock singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro, who helped redefine the role of women in rock 'n' roll when she broke out in 1973.
Movie: Welcome to Chechnya ( 2020 )
A group of activists risk their lives fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in Chechnya.
Movie: My Spy ( 2020 )
A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.
Movie: House of Hummingbird ( 2019 )
Seoul 1994, in the year the Seongsu Bridge collapsed, 14-year-old Eunhee wanders the city searching for love.
Movie: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga ( 2020 )
When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
Movie: Beats ( 2019 )
A young talented guy who suffered from the loss of his sister meets a disoriented manager who is trying to get back on track in his musical career.
Movie: Athlete A ( 2020 )
Follow the Indianapolis Star reporters that broke the story about USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse and hear from gymnasts like Maggie Nichols.
Movie: Followed ( 2020 )
To gain more subscribers, a controversial social media influencer stays at a cursed hotel to terrifying results.
Movie: Daddy Issues ( 2020 )
When her emotionally distant father dies and leaves her his company, a 20 something, hapless stand up comic must move to LA to take over the family business and try to win her father's approval, even after his death.
Movie: Dads ( 2020 )
Director Bryce Dallas Howard teams up with her father, Ron Howard, to explore contemporary fatherhood through anecdotes and wisdom from famous funnymen such as Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.
Movie: Miss Juneteenth ( 2020 )
A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the "Miss Juneteenth" pageant.
Movie: Wasp Network ( 2020 )
The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.
Movie: My Darling Vivian ( 2020 )
The story of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters.
Movie: Mr. Jones ( 2019 )
A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.
Movie: Babyteeth ( 2020 )
Milla, a seriously ill teenager falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, her parents worst nightmare.
Movie: Disclosure ( 2020 )
An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.
Movie: Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn ( 2020 )
A look at the life and work of New York power broker Roy Cohn.
Movie: The Short History of the Long Road ( 2020 )
For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair crisscross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, relishing their independence and making ends meet by doing odd jobs. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in search of a mother she never knew. When her motorhome unexpectedly breaks down, she forges a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), and senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.
Movie: A Muse ( 2020 )
An aspiring dancer and a documentary filmmaker find themselves swept up in the chaotic life of a volatile young man obsessed with the artist Yves Klein.
Movie: Marona's Fantastic Tale ( 2020 )
After an accident, a little dog remembers all the different masters she's had successively and loved unconditionally.
Movie: Da 5 Bloods ( 2020 )
Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.
Movie: The Flood ( 2019 )
A hardened immigration officer decides the fate of a dangerous asylum seeker.
Movie: The Infiltrators ( 2020 )
A rag-tag group of undocumented youth - Dreamers - deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center.
Movie: A Secret Love ( 2020 )
Falling in love in 1947, two women -- Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue -- begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice.
Movie: Blood Quantum ( 2019 )
The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.
Movie: The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel ( 2020 )
The movie will detail their humble beginnings, struggles to find their place, to later becoming the best-selling Gospel group in the music world.
Movie: True History of the Kelly Gang ( 2020 )
Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.
Movie: Extraction ( 2020 )
Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he's enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.
Movie: To the Stars ( 2019 )
Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer's daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.
Movie: Bad Education ( 2020 )
The unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in history.
Movie: 1BR ( 2019 )
Sarah tries to start anew in LA, but her neighbours are not what they seem.
Movie: Robert the Bruce ( 2019 )
The story of nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.
Movie: Beastie Boys Story ( 2020 )
Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys tell you an intimate, personal story of their band, and their 40 years of friendship together.
Movie: Circus of Books ( 2020 )
In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking distributors for Hustler Magazine. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books. A decade later, they had become the biggest distributors of gay porn in the US. The film focuses on the double life they led, trying to maintain the balance of being parents at a time when LGBT culture was not yet accepted. Their many challenges included facing jail time for a federal obscenity prosecution and enabling their store to be a place of refuge at the height of the AIDS crisis. Circus of Books offers a rare glimpse into an untold chapter of queer history, and it is told through the lense of the owners' own daughter, Rachel Mason, an artist, filmmaker and musician.
Movie: Sergio ( 2020 )
A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.
Movie: Selah and The Spades ( 2020 )
Five factions run the underground life of Haldwell School, a prestigious east coast boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction - The Spades - sits Selah Summers, walking the fine line between being feared and loved.
Movie: A White, White Day ( 2019 )
An off duty police begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his recently dead wife. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.
Movie: Beyond The Visible - Hilma af Klint ( 2019 )
The first abstract artist was a woman, misjudged and concealed, Hilma Klint rocks the art world with her mind-blowing oeuvre.
Movie: Why Don't You Just Die! ( 2019 )
Andrei, a detective and the world's most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to want revenge..
Movie: Same Boat ( 2019 )
A time traveling assassin inadvertently falls in love with his target aboard a cruise ship.
Movie: Tigertail ( 2020 )
In this multi-generational drama, a Taiwanese factory worker leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in America, where he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities.
Movie: The Lost Husband ( 2020 )
Trying to put her life back together after the death of her husband, Libby and her children move to her estranged Aunt's goat farm in central Texas.
Movie: Invisible Life ( 2019 )
Kept apart by a terrible lie and a conservative society, two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life each believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.
Movie: Slay the Dragon ( 2020 )
It influences elections and sways outcomes-gerrymandering has become a hot-button political topic and symbol for everything broken about the American electoral process. But there are those on the front lines fighting to change the system.
Movie: The Other Lamb ( 2020 )
A girl born into an all-female cult led by a man in their compound begins to question his teachings and her own reality.
Movie: Les Misérables ( 2019 )
A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.
Movie: Never Rarely Sometimes Always ( 2020 )
A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.
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