In 2009, when Sidney Poitier received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama noted, “They said Sidney Poitier didn’t make movies; he makes milestones. And so the documentary produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin “sydneyticks off litanies of both aesthetic and cultural achievement, without ever feeling obligated. This is certainly due in part to Poitier’s remarkable life, which began in 1927, when he was born to tomato farmers in the Bahamas. His formal education ended in third grade, and he had no knowledge of electricity, indoor plumbing, or the existence of mirrors. This latest revelation only came after he moved to Miami at age 15, and coincided with the discovery that he looked different from many Americans – a revelation that would shape him, both as a black man involved in the civil rights movement and as an actor, whose roles stood out for their groundbreaking candor about race. “Sidney”, which includes narration and interviews with Poitier – as well as appearances from talking heads such as Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Barbra Streisand, Halle Berry, cultural critic Nelson George and a host of other celebrities and intellectuals – really tells two stories. The first is the story of a life of purpose and principle. The other charts an inspiring filmography, which began in 1950 with “No Way Out,” in which Poitier played a black doctor treating a racist white prisoner, and culminated with the 1967 trifecta of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” , “In the Heat of the Night” and “To Sir, With Love” – three of 15 highest-grossing movies of that year. (Poitier won two Oscars: the best actor award in 1964 for “Lilies of the Field” – the first for a black man – as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2002.) If news of the The actor’s death in January hasn’t already prompted you to head straight to your favorite streaming service to mount your own retrospective of Poitevin films, “Sidney” will certainly make you want to do it now. PG-13. Available on Apple TV Plus. Contains foul language, including racial slurs and smoking. 106 minutes.
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Josh Duhamel stars in “Bandita thriller about a career criminal who falls in love with a social worker (Elisha Cuthbert), but whose long-distance bank robbery leads him to seek greater opportunities from a loan shark (Mel Gibson), ultimately luring the attention of a stubborn detective (Nestor Carbonell). A. Available upon request. Contains foul language throughout, some sexual scenes and some nudity. 126 minutes.
The documentary “Bitterbrushfollows Hollyn Patterson and Colie Moline, two equestrians who spend their last summer herding off-grid cattle in remote Idaho. According to New York Timeswho named the film a Critic’s Pick, “One of the most moving moments occurs at the campfire when Colie remembers the hands of his dead mother – a scene of painful beauty that almost takes the film by surprise ( and has echoes in the close-ups of the two women’s hands as they argue over the thread, a scene or two later). Not rated. Available on Apple TV Plus, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, DirecTV and other on-demand platforms. 91 minutes.
Set in Malta in the 1980s, “Carmenstars Natascha McElhone in the lead role: the sister of the local priest (Henry Zammit Cordina), for whom, in keeping with Maltese tradition, Carmen worked most of her life as an unpaid servant. When the brother dies, and as the community of Carmen awaits the arrival of a new priest, heralded by the arrival of her own sister (Michaela Farrugia), Carmen begins to impersonate the new priest – at least in the confessional, where her appearance is hidden and she can disguise her voice. Not rated. Available on Apple TV Plus, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Xfinity Cable and other on-demand platforms. In English and Maltese with subtitles. 88 minutes.
In the thriller “To digThomas Jane plays Scott, a man traumatized by the violent death of his wife – for which his daughter, played by Jane’s real-life daughter, Harlow Jane, rightly blames him. When Scott, a salvage specialist, is hired by a mysterious man (Emile Hirsch) offering money to strip a remote home of its facilities, Scott and his daughter head to the vacant property, hoping for a healing. But they discover their employer has secret plans for what’s under the house and has no intention of letting father and daughter get out alive. According to audiovisual club“The whole production feels like a convenience, in which a desert plot with a dilapidated house was available, and a script was written to take advantage of that fact.” A. Available upon request. Contains pervasive foul language, violence, some sexual scenes, and brief drug use. 90 minutes.
Antonio Banderas plays the title role in “The executor: a violent gangster who turns against his employer (Kate Bosworth) when he discovers that she is endangering the life of a runaway teenager. A. Available upon request. Contains strong and bloody violence, foul language throughout, sexuality, nudity and drug use. 90 minutes.
Guy Pearce stars in “The infernal machinelike Bruce Cogburn, the reclusive author of a popular book about a mass shooting that may have inspired copycat crimes. When Bruce finds himself harassed by what appears to be an obsessive fan of his work, he must come out of hiding to identify his tormentor and confront his dark past. A. Available upon request. Contains coarse language and some violence. 111 minutes.
Directed by Tyler Perry, based on a screenplay he wrote 27 years ago, “The blues of a jazzmanis a coming-of-age drama about forbidden love in the late 1930s and 1940s South. Variety calls the film — a tonal change of pace for the filmmaker, whose last film was the comedy “A Madea Homecoming” — accomplished, noting that it proves why Perry “should get serious more often.” A. Available on Netflix. Contains drug use, violent images, rape, brief sexuality and foul language. 127 minutes.
When a young girl is abducted during a storm in the thriller »Louthe child’s mother (Jurnee Smollett) enlists the help of a mysterious loner (Allison Janney) to find the kidnapper. A. Available on Netflix. Contains violence and foul language. 107 minutes.
“The history of cinema: a new generationfollows “The Story of Film: An Odyssey,” a 2011 docuseries exploring the history of 20th-century cinema by critic Mark Cousins, based on his 2004 book “The Story of Film.” Structured as a highly personal essay, “A New Generation” delves into global cinema from 2010 to 2021, examining mainstream and esoteric works such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Frozen,” “The Babadook,” and “Cemetery of Splendor.” . According to New York Times“Cousins’ ratings offer plenty to argue about, but it’s possible to appreciate ‘A New Generation’ without agreeing that ‘Booksmart’ ‘expands the world of cinematic comedy’, as it claims, or that A shot in ‘It Follows’ is worth comparing to the camera work in Michael Snow’s historic experimental film ‘The Central Region’.” Not rated. Available on demand. 167 minutes.
“The oath jarfollows Carey (Adelaide Clemens), a happily married woman who finds herself torn between her husband (Patrick J. Adams) and a charming new friend (Douglas Smith). According Movie Threat, the drama — which also features Kathleen Turner as Carey’s stepmother — defies expectations. “So many motion pictures, both comedy and drama, can feel formulaic even when their storytelling beats and the chemistry between the characters works the way they’re supposed to. It’s something more complicated and, because of that , more fulfilling, and his tracks are certainly not lacking in chemistry. Not rated. Available on demand. 111 minutes.