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

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Tenet
2020
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Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a "Protagonist" journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something far beyond real-time.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Visual Effects: Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

When are the Oscars? The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25th at 8 pm EST. Watch live on ABC (or ABC.com w/ TV provider login).

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
2020
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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.

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Hunter Hunter
2020
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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.

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Education (Small Axe)
2020
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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.

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The Last Blockbuster
2020
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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.

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