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Timely Start of ‘MLK / FBI’ Docu and Stranger Than Fiction ‘Assassins’ – Specialty Preview – Deadline

The IFC Films documentary MLK / FBI by filmmaker Sam Pollard (Two trains running, eyes on the prize) debuts in select theaters today as well as On Demand. The release aligns with Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, and it is highly relevant to the savage inequity and racist treatment of the black community in America – particularly black activists.

MLK / FBI premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to perform at the New York Film Festival. The fascinating docu exposes J. Edgar Hoover and the US government surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who has been labeled by the FBI as America’s “most dangerous” black person.

Based on recently discovered and declassified files, as well as revealing restored footage, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting black activists. In view of the insurgency that took place last week and the lenient treatment of domestic white terrorists compared to the violent and unfair treatment of brown and black activists who participated in Black Lives Matter following the murder of George Floyd, MLK / FBI couldn’t be more timely. The document features interviews with key cultural figures, including former FBI Director James Comey.

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Watch the trailer below.

In another fascinating – albeit extremely strange – documentary filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave examine Kim Jong-nam’s assassination in Assassins. Greenwich Entertainment is dropping the docu on iTunes, Amazon, and other PVOD platforms today.

Directed by White, the docu takes us back to 2017 when Kim Jong-nam – the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – was assassinated at Malaysia’s international airport. The summons took place in broad daylight and everything was captured by security cameras.

The footage shows two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering their eyes with their hands and pressing the deadly VX gas. He was dead within an hour – but the story doesn’t end there. In fact, he’s entering bizarre territory.

The two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they were hired to do a video prank and had no idea what they were really doing. The Malaysian government called BS and arrested and jailed the women and tried them for murder, risking execution.

Assassins dissect all parts of the story trying to unravel the truth. White travels from Pyongyang in Indonesia and Vietnam to courtrooms in Kuala Lumpur to tell this tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media.

Watch the trailer below.

Netflix has a trio of movies coming out streaming and hitting theaters this weekend starting with White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize winning novel. The photo is currently in select theaters before it debuts on the streaming platform on January 22.

The epic black comedy stars Balram Halwai (Adarsh ​​Gourav), who serves as the narrator of a story about the rise of a man from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. The story follows Balram as he strives to become a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who have just returned from America. Rather, the company trained Balram to be one thing: a servant. Because of this, he makes himself readily available to his wealthy masters but after a night of betrayal he realizes the corrupt efforts they are going to go to to trap and save him.
himself. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master.

Simon stone Excavation opens in theaters today before hitting Netflix on Jan.29. Based on the 2007 book of the same name by John Preston, the story takes place on the brink of WWII as a wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes and Monica Dolan.

To complete the Netflix package, it’s Outside the wire with Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris. Sci-fi action shot by Mikael Håfström written by Rob Yescombe & Rowan Athale takes us to the year 2036 where drone pilot Harp (Idris) is sent to a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Mackie), an Android officer, tasked with locating an apocalyptic device before the insurgents. Harp learns that his theoretical background as a drone pilot means little on the battlefield under enemy attack – especially after discovering that Leo is an AI-enhanced super-soldier whose strength, speed, and demand. of results promise to turn his real-world education into an essay. by fire. Outside the wire also stars Enzo Cilenti, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly and Pilou Asbæk.

Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber’s Acasa, my home marks Radu Ciorniciuc’s first feature film. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 where it was honored with a Special Jury Prize for Cinematography

Opening in some virtual theaters and cinemas today, Acasa, my home transports us to an abandoned water tank in the wild nature of the Bucharest Delta. Located outside the hectic metropolitan life, the Enache family has lived in perfect harmony with nature for two decades. When this area is transformed into a public national park, they are forced to leave their unconventional life and settle in the city.

As the family struggles to conform to this new way of life and maintain their bond between themselves and themselves, everyone begins to wonder about their place in the world and what their future might be. With their roots in nature, the nine children and their parents struggle to find a way to keep their families together in the concrete jungle.

Written, directed and produced by Renji Philip, The awakening of the light follows Mary (Rome Brooks) who has spent her entire life caring for her widowed father after suffering a stroke as a child. Things change for her when she meets Cole (Matt Bush), a young man passing through her small town on a road trip across the country. He falls in love with her and asks her to join him on his journey. This brings Marie to a crossroads in her life: responsibility towards her father or a chance to love. The awakening of the light opens in virtual cinemas and some theaters today.

Cat-and-mouse thriller also opens in select theaters and on VOD Don’t tell a soul starring Finn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer as brothers who have a meeting with security guard Hamby (Rainn Wilson) after stealing money to help their ailing mother (Mena Suvari). After Hamby gets trapped in a well, Joey and Hamby develop a difficult relationship. Hamby tells Joey that he will shut up if Joey releases him. But Hamby has another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family.

Regina King is critically acclaimed One night in Miami is expected to drop on Amazon Prime Video after its theatrical debut last week. Focus Features’ hugely popular thriller also hits digital this week Promising young woman from director Emerald Fennell and starring Carey Mulligan. The photo will remain in theaters but will also be available on demand for a 48 hour rental period on major on demand platforms. Lance Oppenheim’s docu also extends to VOD and virtual cinemas A kind of paradise. Produced by Protozoa by Darren Aronofsky, The New York Timesand Los Angeles Media Fund, the Sundance film introduces the world of a small group of residents who live in the nation’s largest retirement community in central Florida: The Villages.

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