It is Together together (2021), a comedy about a young woman who becomes the gestational surrogate for a single man in his 40s. A low-key and enjoyable movie with a great cast, including Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, and Tig Notaro.on Hulu when it comes to watching worthwhile movies. Tuesday, look
Wednesday, test AWOL (2016), an indie romance starring Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool. It follows a small-town woman who finds out about the military, but an unexpected love forces her to make tough decisions. A moving, unexpected and bittersweet movie.
Several movies arrive Thursday, including documentaries Classroom (2021), The Force (2017) other The waiting room (2012); horror thriller Hero (2021) and criminal thriller The Virtuous (2021). The latter two have lousy scores on Rotten Tomatoes, so I’d settle for an informational documentary.
Finally, on Sunday, look The Hate You Give (2018). The adaptation of Angie Thomas’ acclaimed young adult book follows a high school student (Amandla Sternberg) who witnesses a police shooting.
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It was only a matter of time before a documentary appeared recounting the remarkable story of teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg. I Am Greta is an intimate look at Thunberg’s one-man school strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament. We also get a glimpse of her life as a shy student with Asperger’s. The rare footage is in the safe hands of Swedish director Nathan Grossman, following Thunberg’s galvanizing impact from those steps to the rest of the world.
On the surface, this extraordinary documentary by Bing Liu is a love letter to skateboarding. But scratch a bit more and you will find the vast depths of Minding the Gap. A rich and thoughtful history of the young people who grew up in the United States of the 21st century, it explores domestic trauma, systemic racism and classism. It resonates beyond the skatepark.
Plan B (2021)
This road trip comedy covers familiar territory, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles play strange best friends: one is a straight student, the other is a bum who helps the former track a Plan B pill in a conservative small town in South Dakota, within 24 hours. to an unfortunate first sexual encounter. Following in the footsteps of the fast-paced and fresh Booksmart, Plan B is a nifty, raunchy ride that holds nothing back.
Palm Springs fits squarely into the charming indie category – its new sci-fi premise acts as a gateway to exploring deeper ideas. Cristin Miloti and Andy Samberg play Sarah and Nyles, two strangers who meet at a wedding and do all sorts of things, even stumbling across a Groundhog Day time loop. Their only chance of escape appears to be tied to personal advancement. With extra care about landing, Palm Springs should be on your list of viewing destinations.
Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age film told with an emphasis on the clutter of growing up. Pete Davidson plays a bum who befriends 16-year-old Mo. His influence makes Mo try new things, from alcohol to impressing girls at parties. You learn the lessons you can expect. A clever ensemble, including Jon Cryer, is the icing on the cake that brings together this heartfelt gem.
If you like Christmas movies with a dash of substance, Happiest Season is one of the best new gems to slip onto your Christmas display shelf. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play the loving couple Abby and Harper, who find a single key in their relationship: Harper has yet to speak to his conservative family. With all the warmth of a non-cheesy Hallmark card, and bolstered by an all-star supporting cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Dan Levy, Happiest Season is a smart, modern Christmas movie with an emotional twist.
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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has won awards at film festivals and unsurprisingly won Oscars for best picture, best director and best actress. Zhao is a true workhorse, directing, editing, and writing this fascinating and contemplative drama about a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her home to travel the American West. Get this: The supporting cast members are real-life nomads who play fictional versions of themselves. See this extraordinary piece from the director who will bring his unique lens to Marvel’s Eternals later this year.
Sarah Paulson had a great year, starring in Mrs. America, Ratched and Now Run, an Aneesh Chaganty thriller (check out her excellent directorial debut Searching). In Run, Paulson plays Diane Sherman, a mother who cares for her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), who uses a wheelchair. But their mother-daughter relationship is more unsettling than it sounds. Be captivated by suspense, mystery and horror as Diane takes helicopter parenting to a new level.
Like the great Fleabag once said, “Hair is everything.” Bad Hair could take that to the next level. The horror satire set in the ’80s follows a young woman who reluctantly agrees to knit herself, but changing her image to please the image-obsessed music industry has its consequences. Absurdly funny and disturbing at the same time, Bad Hair unveils an entertaining fable that reflects on modern life.
Zombies, the Australian outback, and a school bus of carefree kids are a mix that you can expect to end badly. Little Monsters follows kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) in her gigantic task: keeping her charges safe and away from meat-eating monsters (and echidna). If she succeeds, she will be the teacher of the year. With a scene-stealing Josh Gad in tow, Little Monsters is ridiculously fun to use a fresh brain to tackle the genre.
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