Friday the 13th is upon us—and if you’re looking for scary movie recs, we’ve got you covered. As for this week’s new releases, there’s an otherworldly doc by Werner Herzog, a romance drama starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan and more. Take a look below.
Week of November 9, 2020
The Life Ahead
The Life Ahead brings us a welcome performance by Oscar winner Sophia Loren after a decade-long hiatus. Loren plays Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor and former sex worker who looks after the children of other sex workers. When 10-year-old Senegalese immigrant Momo enters her life, they form an unlikely bond. The film is directed by Loren’s son Edoardo Ponti and is available on Netflix starting Nov. 13.
In Hong Khaou’s new film, Henry Golding plays a British-Vietnamese man named Kit, who returns to his birthplace for the first time since his family fled in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. He’s there to scatter his family’s ashes, and finds himself disconnected by language and culture. Together with his second cousin Lee (played by David Tran), Kit begins piecing his family’s story together. Available on VOD Nov. 13.
Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds
In his latest documentary, Werner Herzog (with co-director and seismologist Clive Oppenheimer) tackles the existential threat posed by meteorites. Oppenheimer serves as our explainer for much of the film, bringing in an eclectic mix of interviewees to discuss the subject in both literal and abstract terms. The film gives truth to Carl Sagan’s argument that “we are star stuff.” Available on Apple TV+ beginning Nov. 13.
Written and directed by Francis Lee, Ammonite, set in 1840s England, tells the story of Mary, a paleontologist (played by Kate Winslet) who is hired to care for a wealthy man’s ailing wife, Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan). Mary and Charlotte clash before forming an intense bond that transforms their relationship. In theaters Nov. 13.
Real-life best friends Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin play best friends Mike and Kyle in this film about a bromance that gets tested when a woman comes between them. The Climb, Covino’s directorial debut, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, as part of the Un Certain Regard section, last year. It was also part of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival selection. In theaters Nov. 13—but while you’re home, revisit the short film that this movie is based on.
I Am Greta
Nathan Grossman’s new doc spotlights someone most of us already know: the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. At 15, Thunberg starting skipping school and striking outside the parliament to make a statement about how politicians did not care about her future if they did not care about the effects of climate change. For those readers not familiar with her story, here’s a good place to start. On Hulu Nov. 13.