Pick of the Litter – February 2019


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Alita: Battle Angel

(20th Century Fox) Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali. In the future the world will be divided into those above and those below – the haves and the have-nots. A man from down below finds a robot on the scrapheap and restores her meticulously, giving her the name of Alita. He soon realizes that Alita is something special – the last known remaining Battle Angel, the most advanced weapon ever devised. There are those who would stop at nothing to get control of her – and others who would stop at nothing to see her destroyed – but Alita will not be taken easily.  February 14

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Daughter of Mine

(Strand) Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier. Two women fight over the custody of a little girl; the woman who has raised her in a loving environment and her birth mother who has changed her mind and wants her back in her life. This is a powerful drama with no easy answers.  February 1

The Golem

(Epic) Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Brynie Furstenberg, Adi Kvetner. In Jewish mythology, a Golem is a creature created from clay that exists to exact revenge for its creator, but often turns on its maker. This new film is about a woman in the 19th century, a mystical whose village finds itself in the midst of a plague that is devastating the land,l She creates a Golem to help repel foreign invaders but as the old adage goes, the cure is worse than the disease. February 1

Sharkwater Extinction

(Freestyle) Rob Stewart, Will Allen, Brock Cahill, Regi Domingo. It is no secret that sharks are among the most feared creatures on earth but these largely misunderstood animals are being hunted to extinction. A courageous filmmaker tackles the illegal fishing industry, the powerful political and criminal forces behind it and what we must do to save the sharks before it is too late. February 1

Song of Parkland

(HBO) Melody Herzfeld. A year ago, a typical school day at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was interrupted by the sound of gunfire. The drama department, deep in rehearsal for the annual kid’s show the school puts on was evacuated from the building amid chaos. When classes resumed again, the drama instructor Melody Herzfeld knew they had to finish what they started. This documentary shows how the show helped unite and heal a grieving student body and watches as they go from victims to activists making a real impact on the national debate for gun control. February 7

Everybody Knows

(Focus) Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin, Eduard Fernández. Her sister’s wedding is ore than enough reason for Laura to travel from Buenos Aires to Madrid and from thence to the small town she grew up in. However the happy occasion turns nightmarish when unexpected events bring long-buried family secrets out into the open. February 8

Birds of Passage

(The Orchard) Carmiña Martinez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez. An indigenous family in Central America becomes involved with the marijuana trade in the 70s. At first, their involvement brings money and prestige for them. However, with money comes violence which threatens to destroy the family as well as their culture. This is the latest film from the team that brought you Embrace of the Serpent. February 15

A Tuba to Cuba

(Nom de Guerre) Danny Clinch, T.G. Herrington, Han Soto, Nicelle Herrington. The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans is in many ways the face of American jazz. In order to better understand who they are, they embark on a journey to discover their own roots. That journey takes them to Cuba where they find that their sound is a bridge between two disparate peoples. February 15

Total Dhamaal

(Fox STAR) Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor. A group of motorists on a remote road in India come across a dying man who tells them of a buried treasure. It becomes a madcap race through adventure and peril to be the first to claim the fortune in this remake of the classic It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. February 22

February 2019


Alita Battle Angel

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Miss Bala
A Breath Away – Limited/VOD
An Affair to Die For – Limited
Arctic – Limited
Braid – Limited
Daughter of Mine – Limited
Dear Ex – Netflix
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga – Limited
Extreme Job – Limited
Garabandal: Only God Knows – Limited
The Golem – Los Angeles
The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story – Limited
Outlaws – Limited
Sharkwater Extinction – Limited
St. Bernard Syndicate – Limited
Then Came You – Limited
The Unicorn – Limited
Velvet Buzzsaw – Netflix

FEBRUARY 5, 2019

The Golem – Expands to VOD
Captain Maya and the Space Explorers – VOD
Crossbreed – Los Angeles/VOD
Grand-Daddy Day Care – VOD
Groundhog Dave – VOD
Point Man – VOD
Strange Events 2 – VOD
Zoo Wars 2 – VOD

FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror – Shudder
Song of Parkland – HBO

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Cold Pursuit
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
What Men Want

A Violent Man – Limited
The Amityville Murders – Limited/VOD
Among Wolves – Limited
Beneath the Leaves – Limited
Berlin, I Love You – Limited
Chokehold – Limited
Darkness Visible – Limited
Everybody Knows – Limited
The Gospel of Eureka – Limited
High Flying Bird – Netflix
The Idea of Manhood – Limited
The Isle – Limited
Lords of Chaos – Limited
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot – Limited
The Prodigy – Limited
St. Agatha – Limited
To Dust – Limited
Under the Eiffel Tower – Limited
Untogether – Limited

FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Broken Ghost – VOD
Chicken Stew 2 – VOD
Fish School – VOD
Hunter – Limited/VOD
Penguin League – VOD
The Way We Weren’t – VOD

FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Happy Death Day 2U
Isn’t It Romantic

Birds of Passage – Limited

FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Alita: Battle Angel
The Divorce Party – Limited
Fighting With My Family – Limited
Kala Shah Kala – Limited

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

A Tuba to Cuba – Limited
The Breaker Uppers – Netflix
Donnybrook – Limited
Gully Boy – Limited
Hotel By the River – Limited
The Maestro – Limited
Patrick – Limited/VOD
Ruben Brandt, Collector – Limited
Sorry Angel – Limited
Yucatan – Netflix

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

BTK: A Killer Among Us – Discovery Investigation

FEBRUARY 21, 2019

The Drug King – Netflix

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World
Fighting With My Family – Expands to Wide Release
1st Summoning – Limited
2050 – Limited
The Changeover – Limited
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future – Limited
Firebrand – Netflix
High End Yaariyaan – Limited
The Iron Orchard – Limited
Kumbalangi Nights – Limited
Paddleton – Netflix
The Photographer of Mauthausen – Netflix
Run the Race – Limited
Total Dhalaal – Limited
Trading Paint – Limited
We Are the Heat – Limited
Wrestle – Limited
Wronged – Limited/VOD

FEBRUARY 23, 2019

The Detective – Lifetime

FEBRUARY 26, 2019

We Are the Heat – Expands to VOD
Abnormal Attractions – VOD
Atone – VOD
Lady Detective Shadow – Limited
Love Shot – VOD

FEBRUARY 27, 2019

Styx – Limited