This satire about the uber-wealthy is one odd film, a movie that doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.
"The Banker" is a new feature-film available on Apple TV+ on March 22nd, 2020, as well as in limited theaters starting March 6th, 2020.
Marco Bellocchio might not be a household name in the United States, but he's been churning out films in Italy for over half a century. His latest film, "The Traitor" (Il traditore) is being billed as "the true story about the man who brought down the Mafia," and it's playing here in Michigan at the Detroit Film Theater this weekend.
Ben Affleck has never been better than he is in "The Way Back," playing a character that hits a bit close to home for the actor who has recently opened up about his struggles with alcoholism.
France's entry into this year's Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" burns with desire, sparked by two stunningly raw performances.
It sadly affects us all. An ordinary couple faces a life-changing cancer diagnosis in the new drama, "Ordinary Love." And while the story of Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville) is perfectly relatable to anyone of the 2 million Americans who are diagnosed with cancer each year - or to the millions more who have or know someone who has been diagnosed or lost to cancer in their lifetimes - this movie finds power in the mundane, ordinary but meaningful moments that it focuses on.
If you go into "Downhill" expecting laugh-out-loud comedy, the likes of which both Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have built careers with, you may wind up disappointed. Some movies are better seen knowing nothing about them, but in this case, it's probably best to have some fore-warning and to know what you're stepping into.
The problem is large, looming and mostly off-screen in "The Assistant," a mood-piece of a movie that shows what it must be like to exist under the shadow of powerful, sexual predators (think Harvey Weinstein).
Because "Clemency" saw limited release in 2019 (it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and saw a small theatrical run in late December), it's considered a 2019 movie according to the award circuit. Had it come out a bit earlier, and had more eyeballs witnessed this shocking (no pun intended) story and the electric (pun intended), emotionally-raw performance by Alfre Woodard, there is NO QUESTION that she would be right in the thick of the Oscar mix.
Blake Lively does her best, but her best is not nearly enough to save "The Rhythm Section," a movie that throws its hat into the ring early on as one of the biggest duds of 2020.
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