New This Week: A Thousand Cuts
This Week: “A Thousand Cuts” and More
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Somehow, it's already August—and even if we're not going back to the movie theaters just yet, we've got plenty of new releases you can stream from the comfort of your home.

Week of August 3, 2020

1

An American Pickle

2020

Brandon Trost directs Seth Rogen—twice—in this story about a Polish immigrant who falls into a vat of pickles and, after brining for 100 years, emerges in present-day Brooklyn. Rogen plays both the immigrant, Herschel Greenbaum, and his great-grandson, Ben. This absurd comedic premise is most welcome in these complicated times. The film begins streaming on HBO Max August 6.

Read about writer Simon Rich’s inspiration behind An American Pickle here.

WHERE TO WATCH
An American Pickle
2020
88 Mins | PG-13
An immigrant worker at a pickle factory falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years.


2

A Thousand Cuts

2020

As co-founder and CEO of the top Filipino news site, Rappler, journalist Maria Ressa has faced intense backlash by President Rodrigo Duterte in his effort to crack down on news media. Ramona S. Diaz’s new PBS documentary traces Duterte’s campaign against Ressa and, more broadly, the war between the press and his government. Available on PBS and Virtual Cinemas beginning August 7.

WHERE TO WATCH
A Thousand Cuts
2020
110 Mins
Journalist Maria Ressa risks her life and freedom as a critic of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte.


3

Shanghai Triad

1995

WHERE TO WATCH

In Zhang Yimou’s Oscar-nominated crime drama, a naive teenager is recruited to be a servant for a ganglord’s mistress and finds himself deep in Shanghai’s 1930s criminal underworld. A digitally restored version is available for the first time on Blu-ray starting August 4. Virtual screening options available through Film Movement Classics.

WHERE TO WATCH
Shanghai Triad
1995
108 Mins | R
A sultry singer (Gong Li) stirs up a gang war over the course of eight days in 1930s Shanghai.


4

Anelka: Misunderstood

2020

Netflix’s new original sports documentary takes an in-depth look at ex-Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Real Madrid star Nicolas Anelka’s controversial career. It opens with the French football player talking to camera: “I’m a footballer, I wasn’t there to have fun. If you really like me and want to do what I’ve done, you’ll only make enemies.” Stream the film on Netflix starting August 5.

WHERE TO WATCH
Anelka: Misunderstood
2020
94 Mins | TV-14
French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy


5

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

1975

A brilliant work of 1970s political filmmaking, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum follows a young woman who succumbs to police and tabloid scrutiny after spending a night with a suspected terrorist. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta, the film is an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll’s powerful novel. Criterion Collection’s new digitally restored version is available on Blu-ray August 4—or you can watch it now on the Criterion Channel.

WHERE TO WATCH
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
1975
104 Mins | R
German police and the press condemn a divorcee (Angela Winkler) for sleeping with an anarchist.


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