Needless to say, this will probably be the spookiest list of new releases of the year. But for the faint of heart, we’ve also got an inspiring doc about civil rights leader John Lewis. Happy weekend viewing—and happy Halloween!
Week of October 26, 2020
In Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 zombie action movie, Train to Busan, passengers get trapped on a speeding train as a zombie outbreak sweeps South Korea. Now, four years later, it’s time for the sequel. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula follows a soldier and his team as they enter a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. Now available on VOD.
In this Netflix Original, two Sudanese asylum-seekers, Bol (played by Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku), arrive in Britain with hopes of a better life—but it may be harder than they thought to escape the demons of their past. Written and directed by Remi Weekes, His House starts streaming on Netflix Oct. 30.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Longtime congressman John Lewis’ favorite quote is: “Good trouble is necessary trouble.” Director Dawn Porter captures this spirit in her new documentary about the Georgia Democrat's life. Using rare archival footage and interviews with colleagues past and present and Lewis himself, the film tells the remarkable story of a civil rights legend and his impact on generations that followed. Now available on HBO Max.
You’ll never look at your laptop screen the same way again. Come Play—Jacob Chase’s new horror film expanded from his short, which you can find on YouTube—tells the story of Oliver (played by newcomer Azhy Robertson) and the monster that attempts to break into his world using his smart phone, computer screen, and the like. In select theaters Oct. 30.
If you can’t sit through a full-length horror feature, Fred Walton’s 22-minute The Sitter might be for you. In it, a babysitter gets some terrifying phone calls that appear to be coming from inside the house. But don’t be fooled: With just one set, one actor and one terrifying voice, Walton and his writing partner Steve Feke have created a masterclass in suspense. So much so that Walton went on to make When a Stranger Calls a couple years later, in 1979, using The Sitter as inspiration and recreating it nearly shot-for-shot. The short film is this week’s pick over at Le Cinéma Club. Watch it here.
City Hall is Frederick Wiseman’s new four-and-a-half-hour documentary about the inner workings of Boston’s government building, presented through a series of the director’s trademark vignettes. And before the run time scares you off, remember that Wiseman has a gift for making the mundane fascinating. Here, he reveals how a group of dedicated public servants keep the city running while also facing issues like unemployment, racial justice, and climate action. Since 1967, Wiseman has directed over 40 documentaries that seek to portray ordinary human experience in a wide variety of contemporary social institutions. City Hall is his latest, offering us a look at the everyday during pre-COVID times. Now streaming on Film Forum at Home.
For more: Take a look at Wiseman accepting his honorary Oscar in 2016.