Staying at home this weekend? We are too. From a coming-of-age story set in Japan to a tale of a drummer losing his hearing, here are just a few of this week’s moving (and, in the case of Run, terrifying) new releases.
Week of November 16, 2020
In his new five-film series for Amazon and the BBC, Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen explores Black life in Britain, between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s. The anthology series kicks off today on Prime Video with Mangrove, a courtroom drama about the 1971 trial of the Mangrove Nine, a group of Black activists wrongly accused of inciting a riot in London’s Notting Hill. It stars Academy member Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Sam Spruell, Malachi Kirby and Rochenda Sandall.
In Ainu Mosir, directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, we’re transported to Hokkaido, a northern island of Japan, where a community of Ainu people struggles to preserve their culture. The film captures the coming-of-age of a teenager named Kanto. Distributed through Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing, Ainu Mosir is now available to watch on Netflix.
Darius Marder’s new feature takes us on a journey as a drummer named Ruben (played by Academy member Riz Ahmed) begins to lose his hearing. The film debuts in theaters today and begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 4.
In 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote Between the World and Me as a letter to his teenage son about the feelings and realities of being Black in America. Now, HBO brings us a special that combines readings from Coates’ book, documentary footage and elements of the 2018 staging of the book at the Apollo Theater. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, produced by Academy Documentary Branch governor Roger Ross Williams’ One Story Up and starring Academy members Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Oprah Winfrey and more, Between the World and Me debuts on HBO Nov. 21 at 8pm ET/5pm PT and is available on demand starting Nov. 22.
In Aneesh Chaganty’s new thriller, a homeschooled teen named Chloe (played by Kiera Allen) lives under the gaze of her controlling mother Diane (played by Academy member Sarah Paulson)—until she discovers her mom’s dark secret. The film is now available to watch on Hulu.