Pick of the Litter – February 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Black Panther

(Disney/Marvel) Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira. T’Challa has succeeded his murdered father as King of Wakanda, an isolated but technologically advanced African nation. Factions both from within his country and without challenge his leadership and threaten to drag Wakanda into a war they do not want. T’Challa must take up the mantle of Black Panther – guardian of his nation – to keep his country from tearing itself apart. February 16

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Above & Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up the Day Job

(Abramorama) Tony McGuinness, Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamaki. One of the world’s biggest electronic dance music bands, Above & Beyond have been able to sell out venues like Madison Square Garden and headlined festivals like Lollapalooza. Starting in 2014 they began experimenting with doing acoustic versions of their own songs, regressing back to their earlier days as musicians rather than DJs. This would lead to a watershed concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2016. This film documents that journey from the dance clubs to the acoustic stage. February 2

Bomb City

(Gravitas Ventures) Dave Davis, Glenn Morshower, Logan Huffman, Lorelei Linklater. Loosely based on the true story of Brian Deneke, this is a tale about a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town who have had enough of a clique of well-to-do high school football players. This leads to a confrontation that has tragic consequences.. February 9

Entanglement

(Dark Sky) Thomas Middleditch, Jess Wexler, Johannah Newmarch, Diana Bang. A young man, despairing of making any personal connections in this world, attempts suicide but fails. While recovering, he falls in love with a girl who almost became his sister. That’s when things really start to get weird. The trailer is whimsical and charming; this could be a cliché-ridden indie dud or something really unique. February 9

Double Lover

(Cohen Media Group) Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer. A beautiful but fragile young woman falls in love with her psychotherapist. Eventually she moves in with him but soon discovers that he has been hiding a part of himself that he didn’t want her to see. This is the latest from director François Ozon who also helmed the erotic thriller Swimming Pool.  February 14

Tehran Taboo

(Kino-Lorber) Alireza Bayram, Sasan Behroozian, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Marandi. This animated feature (which uses the technique of rotoscoping – drawing the animation over live-action film) follows the lives of four young people in Iran who are forced to break the taboos of their restrictive Islamic culture in order to find their own happiness. February 14

The Millionaires’ Unit

(Humanus) Bruce Dern (narrator).They came from wealth and privilege; everything had been handed to them their whole lives. Yet when the First World War loomed on the horizon, the members of the Yale Flying Club took it upon themselves to enlist. They became the first air unit to fly for the United States in the war; one of their members would be the first American airmen to die in the war. They were dubbed by the New York Times as The Millionaires’ Unit and their story is told through amazing archival footage, thrilling air combat re-creations and the recollections of their descendants. February 15

The Housemaid

(IFC) Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko. In 1953, a Vietnamese orphan is hired to work as a housemaid on a rubber plantation in French Indochina. She hears about tales of ghosts and haunting but she is too busy falling in love with the French Captain who owns the plantation. However their feelings for each other have awakened angry ghosts – including the vengeful first wife of the Captain. The trailer looks damn scary. February 16

Hichki

(Yash Raj) Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Ivan Rodrigues, Asif Basra. A young teacher with Tourette’s syndrome takes on a position at an elite prep school in India. First she must win over her students with her positive attitude; then she must win over the administrators. February 23

Mute

(Netflix) Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Seyneb Saleh. A bartender in a Berlin of the near future has been without a voice since a childhood accident. When the love of his life disappears, he goes up against the criminal underbelly of the city to find out what happened to her. This is the latest from director Duncan Jones and is said to be set in the same universe as Moon. February 23

 

 

 

 

February 2018


 

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FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Driving While Black – Limited

FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Winchester
24 Frames – New York City
A Fantastic Woman – Limited
Above and Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up the Day Job – New York City
Armed – Limited
Before We Vanish – Limited
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero – Limited
Blood Honey – Limited
Braven – Limited
Lies We Tell – Limited
Living Among Us – Limited
The Music of Silence – Limited
On Body and Soul – Netflix
Scorched Earth – Limited
Street Lights – Limited
Till the End of the World – Limited
Wastelander – VOD/Limited

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

The Cloverfield Paradox – Netflix

FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Accident Man – Limited/VOD
Bad Apples – Limited/VOD
Chris Claremont’s X-Men – VOD
Kill Order – Limited/VOD
Off the Menu – VOD
Relentless – Limited/VOD

FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Cassidy Red – VOD

FEBRUARY 8, 2018

In the Cloud – Crackle

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris
Fifty Shades Freed
Peter Rabbit

Alvaary – Limited
Basmati Blues – Limited
Becks – Limited
Black Hollow Cage – Limited
Bomb City – Limited
Coffee (Caffe) – Limited
Entanglement – Limited
Fake Blood – Limited
The Female Brain – Limited
First We Take Brooklyn – Limited
Golden Exits – Limited
La Boda de Valentina – Limited
The Last Movie Star – Limited/DirecTV
The Monster Family – Limited
The Next Big Thing – Limited
The Peacemaker – Limited
Permission – Limited
The Ritual – Netflix
Seeing Allred – Netflix/Limited
The Trader – Netflix
Western – New York City
When We First Met – Netflix

FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Very, Very, Valentine – Hallmark

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

For the Love of George – Limited

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Double Lover – New York City
Love Per Square Foot – Netflix
Soulmates – Limited
Tehran Taboo – Limited

FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Encounter – Limited
The Millionaires’ Unit – VOD

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Black Panther
Early Man
Samson

Being Black Enough – Limited/VOD
The Boy Downstairs – New York City
Detective Chinatown 2 – Limited
Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead – Limited
Evil Deeds – Limited
Golden Slumber – Limited
Hidden Light – Los Angeles
Honor Up – Limited
The Housemaid – Limited
Irreplaceable You – Netflix
Lives Well Lived – Limited
Looking Glass – Limited
Mad to Be Normal – Limited/VOD
The Monkey King 3 – Limited
Monster Hunt 2 – Limited
Nostalgia – Limited
The Party – Limited
The Scent of Rain and Lightning – Limited/VOD

FEBRUARY 17, 2018

A Wish for Giants – Limited/VOD

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Days of Power – Limited
Headgame – Limited

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Annihilation
Game Night

The Boy Downstairs – Expands to Los Angeles/Limited
7 Guardians of the Tomb – Limited
Agenda: Payback – Los Angeles
Agent Mr. Chan – Limited
Are We Not Cats? – Limited
Beast of Burden – Limited
Broken Ceiling – Los Angeles
But Deliver Us From Evil – Limited
The Chamber – Limited
Curvature – Limited
Death House – Limited
El Mar La Mar – Limited
Every Day – Limited
GujjuBhai: Most Wanted – Limited
Half Magic – Limited
Hannah – Limited
The Lodgers – Limited
Mute – Netflix
Operation Red Sea – Limited
Survivors Guide to Prison – Limited
Too Cold to Swim – Limited/VOD
Welcome to New York – Limited
The Young Karl Marx – Limited

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Concert for George – Limited

FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Elements of Matter – Limited
Primal Rage; Bigfoot Reborn – Limited/VOD

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? – Limited