Movies Released February 19, 2021

Friday, February 19

129 mins

The Mauritanian

Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Tahar Rahim, Kevin Macdonald, M.B. Traven, Jodie Foster, Zachary Levi, Rory Haines
Drama
Nationwide
4 / 5
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108 mins

Nomadland

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Chloé Zhao, Dan Janvey, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Linda May, Charlene Swankie
Drama Road Trip
Nationwide
4 / 5
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118 mins

I Care A Lot

Follows Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a highly successful legal guardian with a knack for exploiting the law to her financial benefit. After discovering her seemingly innocent new client (Dianne Wiest) harbors dangerous secrets, Marla and her partner (Eiza González) come to find they have unknowingly triggered a battle with a ruthless adversary (Peter Dinklage).
Rosamund Pike, Chris Messina, Eiza González, Scoot McNairy, J Blakeson, Peter Dinklage, Ben Stillman, Dianne Wiest
Thriller Crime
113 mins

Body Brokers

Utah and Opal are junkies living on the streets of rural Ohio until a seemingly chance encounter with the enigmatic Wood (Michael Kenneth Williams) brings them to Los Angeles for treatment. While Utah finds sobriety with the help of the treatment center shrink (Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo), he soon learns that rehab is not about helping people—it’s merely a cover scheme for a multibillion dollar fraud operation, enlisting addicts to recruit other addicts. Seduced by the money, but troubled by the hypocrisy, Utah must decide between what will make him rich, and what will save Opal.
Jessica Rothe, Frank Grillo, Melissa Leo, John Swab, Thomas Dekker, Robert Ogden Barnum, Alice Englert, Sam Quartin
Thriller Crime
117 mins

Silk Road

Young, idealistic, and driven to succeed, Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson) creates the internet’s first unregulated marketplace: Silk Road. But when it becomes a multimillion-dollar pipeline for illicit drugs, Ross is set on a collision course with Rick Bowden (Jason Clarke), a disreputable and dangerously unpredictable DEA agent, who will use any means necessary to take him down.
Alexandra Shipp, Nick Robinson, Jimmi Simpson, Paul Walter Hauser, Katie Aselton, Lexi Rabe, Daniel David Stewart, Darrell Britt-Gibson
Drama Thriller Crime

Flora and Ulysses

10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, rescues a squirrel with unique superhero powers.
Ben Schwartz, Danny Pudi, Anna Deavere Smith, Lena Khan, Matilda Lawler, Alyson Hannigan, Benjamin Evans Ainsworth, Janeane Garofolo
Adventure Adaptation Family Kids

Test Pattern

Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view.
Will Brill, Drew Fuller, Shatara Michelle Ford, Brittany S. Hall, Gail Bean
Drama
VOD / Digital
5 / 5
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The Violent Heart

Fifteen years after the murder of his older sister, 24-year-old Daniel finds himself falling for Cassie, an outgoing high school senior, in this Romeo & Juliet-style thriller set in the American heartland.
Shawn Levy, Lukas Haas, Ed McDonnell, Dan Cohen, Tobey Maguire, Jovan Adepo, Mary J. Bilge, Kerem Sanga
Comedy Romance Coming-of-Age
VOD / Digital
5 / 5
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95 mins

Blithe Spirit

Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer’s block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused so they can fulfill her dream of leaving London for Hollywood. Charles’ quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home. He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira (Leslie Mann). Ready to pick up her life right where she left off, Elvira is shocked to discover the prim and proper Ruth is now married to her husband and running her household. Charles finds himself stuck between his two wives and their increasingly over-the-top attempts to outdo one another.
Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, Judi Dench, Isla Fisher, Emilia Fox, Edward Hall, Aimee-ffion Edwards
Drama
Limited
5 / 5
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Friday, February 19