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“The Favourite”

DIRECTOR: Yorgos Lanthimos

STARRING: OLIVIA COLMAN, EMMA STONE, RACHEL WEISZ

From “The Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos comes a period piece with a twist. As a incompetent Queen Anne governs the throne, her close friend, Lady  Sarah must look over the country in her stead, while also tending to Anne’s struggling health and capricious temper. However, when newcomer Abigail charm endears Anne, Sarah must defend her position as “The Favourite.”

If Beale Street Could Talk”

DIRECTOR; BARRY JENKINS

STARRING: KIKI LAYNE, STEPHEN JAMES, REGINA KING

From Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) comes a plunge into a world of early 1970s Harlem, where two lovers struggle to overcome the challenges facing them. In his third film, Jenkins brings James Baldwin’s prominent novel about a pregnant woman fighting for her husband’s innocence from a crime he didn’t commit. Throughout the film, Jenkins draws from Baldwin’s profound view into African Americans place in American society, American Society, that serves as an influence for the film’s themes of love and justice.  

“Roma”

DIRECTOR: ‎Alfonso Cuarón‎.

STARRING: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina De Tavira, Latin Lover

Reaching back into his childhood to illustrate his upbringing in Mexico City, Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron’s creates an emotional portrait to express the beauty of everyday life. Follow the life of a live-in housekeeper, Cleo, as she works for a middle-class family in the early 70’s.

“Green Book”

Director: Peter Farrelly

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini.

Award-winning actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in a riveting story of blue-collar Italian-American bouncer who takes a job chauffeuring a talented African American pianist through the deep south. When the two unlikely friends go deeper into the south, the film gets darker depicting the reality of racism in the Jim-Crow era.

“A Star is Born”

Director: Bradley Cooper.

Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot

Hollywood’s most enduring story on the downfalls of fame gets a revamp in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. Digging deep on the nostalgia the previous 1937, 1954, and 1954 had on audiences, Cooper brings the narrative to a modern-day setting. He takes on the role of a jaded star himself and perfectly plays off Gaga, creating some of the best chemistry of the year.

 

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