Jackie Chan is back in wide release, alongside a tidal wave of new limited releases and rentals.
Going to keep it short and sweet this week as there is close to two dozen movies on the docket. The big brawler is Vanguard, starring our perennial favorite, Jackie Chan. As if that wasn’t enough martial arts action for you in one weekend, Tony Jaa and Nicolas Cage (I know, right!?) hit the VOD market with their recently released ninja film, Jiu Jitsu.
Wide Release (Nov. 20)
Covert security company Vanguard is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world’s deadliest mercenary organization.
*Staff Pick: Duh. It’s Jackie Chan.
Limited Release (Nov. 20)
Always and Forever
After a tragedy reunites Nicole with her childhood friends, they each find themselves in danger, targets of a deranged stalker. Nicole knows this can’t be a coincidence. The secrets of their past are coming back to haunt them.
Amigo Skate, Cuba
Skateboards are considered contraband in Cuba. Despite this, a renegade group out of Miami, smuggles skateboards into the communist country and has hopes to build a skate park for the youth of Havana.
The Black Book of Father Dinis
A picaresque chronicle of Laura, a peasant maid, and Sebastian, the young orphan in her charge, against a backdrop of overflowing passion and revolutionary intrigue in Europe at the twilight of the 18th century.
Embattled (also available VOD)
A son aspires to follow in his famous MMA father’s footsteps, but along his journey must figure out how to break the abusive cycle, if possible, that his father has continued.
*Staff Pick Runner Up: the trailer for this film is strong, even if the story has become a bit commonplace in modern MMA movies. Plus, Stephen Dorf looks legitimately bad ass (I guess he was saving his toughness for this film instead of Blade…)
The Forgotten Carols
Uncle John recounts the story of Christ’s birth to Connie Lou through story and song. See Connie Lou discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately opening her heart to the joy of this special season.
A young woman returns to her small hometown intent on killing her abusive father only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she uncovers a family legacy more dangerous than she’d imagined.
The Last Vermeer
An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Born to Be (Kino Marquee, Nov. 18)
BORN TO BE follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting (he/him) at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. There, for the first time ever in New York City, transgender and gender non-conforming people have access to quality transition-related care.
Video on Demand
Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait
An authentic, intimate depiction of the contemporary cowboy, COWBOYS: A DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT straps audiences in the saddle alongside working men and women on some of today’s largest and most remote cattle ranches in the American West.
Joan of Arc
In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan leads the army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission.
A man goes back in time, through the day-glo colored music of his mind, to spend an annual night from his past with his long-dead best friend.
Put simply, he eats a fistful of mushrooms and things get pretty strange.
Monstrum (Shudder Original)
When rumors of a vicious monster roaming Mount Inwangsan begin to spread, fear turns into panic. In order to quell the rising hysteria, the King brings his most trusted general out of retirement. Joined by his daughter, his right-hand man, and a royal court officer, the general sets out to find and defeat the mysterious creature.
Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison’s horses and plans to build a stable. Soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.
One Night in San Diego
BFFs Hannah and Brooklyn, played by Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee) and Laura Ashley Samuels (Modern Family), embark on road trip to San Diego to meet an old high school crush. When things don’t go as planned, the night turns into debaucherous chaos.
*Editor’s Note: to the makers of this film description, “debaucherous” is in no way, shape, or form a cromulent word.
Test & the Art of Thinking
Each year more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades, however, there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multibillion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity.
Truth Is the Only Client
A new documentary exploring the unvarnished facts of the Kennedy Assassination, as told by the Warren Commission investigators, credible experts, and by the ﬁrst person accounts of people close to the events of the day. Without relying on conjecture or speculation, this ﬁlm lays out the actual evidence discovered in the case, and in so doing dispels the myths and conspiracy theories that have perpetuated through the decades.
Leap of Faith (Shudder Exclusive)
A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on THE EXORCIST, LEAP OF FAITH explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography.
COLLECTIVE follows a heroic team of journalists as they uncover shocking, widespread corruption. After a deadly nightclub fire, the mysterious death of the owner of a powerful pharmaceutical firm, and the quiet resignation of a health minister—seemingly unrelated events, all within weeks of each other—the team of intrepid reporters exposes a much larger, much more explosive political scandal.
An ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious race of alien invaders in an epic battle for the survival of Earth.
Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams
Mizutani Kantoku’s (head coach) whole life has been in preparation for the historic 100th Koshien, the wildly popular High School baseball tournament that defines the Japanese summer. A stubborn but passionate man, his martial brand of baseball in Yokohama maintains all that is beautiful, if extreme, in the uniquely Japanese form of the sport — rigorous year-round training, shaved heads, and self-sacrifice. The players believe in his message that their primary goal is to grow as human beings, so cleaning the grounds and keeping impeccable manners are as important as honing their skills.
Young Marco is obsessed with playing video games and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced…to go play outside. Nonno introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old-school seniors who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people “in real life” and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals.
The Twentieth Century
Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership.