Set in a dilapidated Manhattan apartment complex, this slow-paced drama is about three generations of the Blake family getting together for Thanksgiving.
At the heart of the film is a story about the challenges and complexities that all families face that also highlights various human imperfections. Patient viewers who enjoy interesting dialogue, oddball characters (with their various hopes, fears, and idiosyncrasies), and shrewd humor will be rewarded with a thought-provoking narrative.
Release Date: Nov. 24, 2021
Director: Stephen Karam
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: Theaters
Rated: 3 out of 5
‘A Brilliant Young Mind’
Nathan (Edward Baker-Close as a child and later Asa Butterfield) is a brilliant math prodigy whose social skills are stunted by autism. His widowed mom, Julie (Sally Hawkins), struggles to break through to him, but he soon forms a bond with an eccentric math teacher, Martin Humphreys (Rafe Spall).
This is a wonderful film that follows Nathan’s journey from withdrawn youth to a young man who eventually learns that the world isn’t as scary as he once thought. Its message of helping others through persistent patience is golden.
Drama | Romance
Release Date: Sep. 11, 2015
Director: Morgan Matthews
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Roku, Hoopla
Rated: 4 out of 5 stars
When her overbearing husband passes away and her uncaring daughter dumps her off at a nursing home, strong-willed, 83-year-old woman Edie (Sheila Hancock) decides that she’s not going quietly into the night. Instead, she set her sights on fulfilling her lifelong dream of scaling a famous mountain.
This lovingly crafted character study of an elderly person with an indomitable spirit wows with its beautiful cinematography and delights with its immersive dialogue and fascinating characters.
Adventure | Drama
Release Date: 2019
Director: Simon Hunter
Starring: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Where to Watch: Kanopy, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu
Rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
‘The Bishop’s Wife’
As Christmas approaches, the pressure mounts on Episcopal Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) to construct a ritzy new cathedral, thanks to a group of wealthy snobs. As he begins to neglect his family, God sends Dudley (Cary Grant) to rectify things.
This film’s whimsical, light-hearted approach makes its message of embracing both faith and family perfect for holiday viewing.
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
Release Date: 1948
Director: Harry Koster
Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Where to Watch: Roku, Tubi, Vudu
Rated: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars