Category Archives: Film

On TV & Streaming: THE SLOW HUSTLE

Coming to HBO & HBO Max tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7:
THE SLOW HUSTLE

Director:
Sonja Sohn

World Premiere:
AFI Docs 2021

About:
After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is shot and found dead while on duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

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On TV & Streaming: THE FOREVER PRISONER

Coming to HBO & HBO Max today, Monday, December 6:
THE FOREVER PRISONER

Director:
Alex Gibney

World Premiere:
HBO/HBO Max (Dec 2021)

About:
The chilling story of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee subjected to the CIA’s program of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs), later identified as torture by those outside the agency. 

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Streaming: THE FIRST WAVE

Coming to Hulu this Sunday, December 5:
THE FIRST WAVE

Director:
Matthew Heineman

World Premiere:
Hamptons 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, BFI London, Busan, Hot Springs Doc, Philadelphia, Montclair, Savannah, AFI Fest

About:
A powerful look at the doctors, nurses, and patients on the frontlines during the “first wave” of COVID-19 in New York City from March to June 2020.

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In Theatres: TORN

Coming to theatres today, Friday, December 3:
TORN

Director:
Max Lowe

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

Select Festivals:
Camden

About:
Seventeen years after his death, the body of the director’s famed mountain climber father is discovered, and the family sets out to recover it. 

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In Theatres: FLEE

Coming to theatres today, Friday, December 3:
FLEE

Director:
Jonas Poher Rasmussen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Telluride, Toronto, New York, Karlovy Vary, Visions du Reel, ZagrebDox, Camden, Docs Against Gravity, Jerusalem, Melbourne, Göteborg, Hong Kong, Helsinki, Nordisk Panorama, Zurich, Busan, Reykjavik, El Gouna

About:
The affecting story of a former refugee who must confront the traumas of his past to move forward with his life.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: THE RESCUE

Coming to Disney+ tomorrow, Friday, December 3:
THE RESCUE

Director:
Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Mill Valley, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Hot Springs Doc, Hamptons

About:
The harrowing tale of the rescue attempts of a group of 12 teenage athletes and their coach, who became stranded deep underground, as rapidly rising water filled a labyrinthine network of caves they were exploring

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Streaming: KOSHIEN: JAPAN’S FIELD OF DREAMS

Coming to OVID.tv tomorrow, Friday, December 3:
KOSHIEN: JAPAN’S FIELD OF DREAMS

Director:
Ema Ryan Yamazaki

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2019

Select Festivals:
DMZ Docs

About:
An inside look at Japan’s popular national high school baseball championship.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: TIGRE GENTE

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 3:
TIGRE GENTE

Director:
Elizabeth Unger

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2021

About:
A Bolivian park ranger and a young Chinese journalist risk their lives to go undercover and investigate a new, deadly jaguar trade that’s sweeping South America.

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On TV & Streaming: LISTENING TO KENNY G

Coming to HBO & HBO Max tomorrow, Thursday, December 2:
LISTENING TO KENNY G

Director:
Penny Lane

World Premiere:
Toronto 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Camden, Hamptons, Philadelphia, Montclair

About:
A witty and provocative profile of Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G that also asks a bigger question: what makes music good or bad?

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In Theatres & On VOD: CITIZEN ASHE

Coming to theatres & VOD this Friday, December 3:
CITIZEN ASHE

Director:
Sam Pollard, Rex Miller

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Camden, Hot Springs Doc, BFI London, AFI Fest, Chicago, Virginia

About:
A portrait of the trailblazing tennis player, the first and only Black man to win Wimbledon and the US and Australian Opens, and the first Black player on the US Davis Cup team.

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