Ma Rainey
This Week: In 1927 Chicago
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Today, we spotlight Viola Davis’ latest performance, Tenet (now at home) and a doc on the last Blockbuster Video. Honorable mention this week: a new 4k restoration of four-time Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Amores Perros.

Week of December 14, 2020

1

Tenet

2020

WHERE TO WATCH

If you haven’t already ventured to a movie theater to see Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on the big screen, you’re in luck. As of this week, the sci-fi thriller—starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki—is now available to watch on VOD. Perfect holiday viewing.

WHERE TO WATCH
Tenet
2020
150 Mins | PG-13
A secret agent embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III.


2

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

2020

WHERE TO WATCH

Adapted from August Wilson’s 1982 play (which won three Tony Awards), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom transports us to 1927 Chicago, where tensions rise during a recording session with blues singer Ma (played by Oscar winner Viola Davis) and her band. The film, directed by George C. Wolfe, also stars Chadwick Boseman in his final performance. Now available to stream on Netflix.

WHERE TO WATCH
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
2020
94 Mins | R
Tensions rise when blues singer Ma Rainey and her band gather at a recording studio in 1927.


3

Hunter Hunter

2020

WHERE TO WATCH

Written and directed by Shawn Linden, Hunter Hunter is set in the Canadian wilderness, where a family of fur hunters come across a wolf and—soon after—a crime scene. Is it suspense? Is it horror? Maybe a little bit of both. The film is now available on VOD and in select theaters.

WHERE TO WATCH
Hunter Hunter
2020
93 Mins
An injured man threatens the peaceful existence of a family of fur trappers in the wilderness.


4

Education (Small Axe)

2020

Oscar winner Steve McQueen’s anthology film series Small Axe is coming to a close. The fifth and final entry, Education, tells the coming-of-age story of a West Indian boy named Kingsley (played by Kenyah Sandy), who is sent to a school for students with “special needs” after he’s considered disruptive in class. Now available on Amazon Prime Video.

WHERE TO WATCH
Education (Small Axe)
2020
60 Mins | TV-MA
A look at institutional racism through the lens of education.


5

The Last Blockbuster

2020

WHERE TO WATCH

Taylor Morden directs this new documentary about video stores—which transports us right back to the 1990s. Through interviews with celebrities and industry insiders, we’re offered a keen look at the rise and fall of the video store business. And we celebrate the last standing Blockbuster Video store in Bend, Oregon. The Last Blockbuster is now available on VOD.

WHERE TO WATCH
The Last Blockbuster
2020
86 Mins
The manager of the last Blockbuster video store struggles to keep the store open.


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