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Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Awards

The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards will take place on December 13, and celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

Honorees reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights and his belief that we all must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”

The 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner will honor Harry Belafonte (singer, songwriter, actor & activist); Alex Gorsky Chairman of the Board and CEO Johnson & Johnson); Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder, Chairman and CEO Chobani, LLC). Master of Ceremonies: Alec Baldwin and hosts: Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Tim Cook, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto. Special guests to include: Tony Bennett, Trevor Donovan, Kathryn Erbe, Susie Essman, Peter Frampton, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Lo Bianco, Matthew Modine, Lena Olin,
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A Bad Moms Christmas Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

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Universal has announced the blu-ray for A Bad Moms Christmas will arrive early next year, with a handful of bonus features to check out. Come inside for all the details!

If you're looking to bring the latest Bad Moms outing into your home on blu-ray, you've got a little bit of a wait to go. Today, Universal has announced A Bad Moms Christmas is set to launch on February 6, 2018, with a digital version arriving a tad earlier on January 23rd:

Three overwhelmed and overworked mothers are ambushed during the holidays by their own moms in the hilarious and heartfelt comedy, A Bad Moms Christmas, arriving on Digital on January 23, 2018 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on February 6, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The original trio of suburban Chicago pals, Mila Kunis (Ted), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), are joined by newcomers Christine Baranski
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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Headed to Digital in January, Blu-ray and DVD in February

The bad moms are back in A Bad Moms Christmas, the second film in a burgeoning raunchy comedy franchise.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has confirmed a January 23rd release date for Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn on Digital, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on February 6th. Bad Moms will not be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Pre-order A Bad Moms Christmas on Blu-ray or DVD for a discounted price at Amazon.

Bonus features on all versions of A Bad Moms Christmas include:

Gag Reel

Additional Scenes

Crew Music Video

Theatrical Trailers

Here's a look at the A Bad Moms Christmas Blu-ray combo cover art. The sequel co-stars Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon as the core trio's mothers.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Cancelled or Renewed for Season 10 on HBO?

Vulture Watch Is Larry back for a little while or a long one? Has the Curb Your Enthusiasm TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 10th season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Curb Your Enthusiasm, season 10. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A semi-autobiographical HBO comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm stars co-creator Larry David as a fictionalized version of himself. The cast also includes Jeff Garlin as Jeff, Susie Essman as Susie, J.B. Smoove as Leon, and Cheryl Hines as Cheryl, along with Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein, Ted Danson, and Mary Steenburgen. In Curb Your Enthusiasm, season
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Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up

Sundance 2018 Ushers In the Age of Independent TV With Indie Episodics Line-Up
At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, TV is invading the schedule in a whole new way. The Park City film fest has previously dabbled in what’s possible on the small screen, but this year marks the launch of the Indie Episodics section — which will spotlight TV pilots that mostly lack mainstream distribution.

The selections include “America to Me,” a new docu-series by “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James; as well as “The Mortified Guide,” a screen adaptation of the popular stage show “Mortified,” spotlighting the most embarrassing true stories of adolescence. There’s also “This Close,” showcasing star/creators Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern (both of whom are deaf), and “Franchesca,” featuring digital star and “The Nightly Show” writer/contributor Franchesca Ramsey.

This marks a major change for Sundance, and a renewed commitment to independent television. While Sundance has featured TV programming since the premiere of “Top of the Lake” in
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Review: A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

Christmas is upon us and with every approaching Christmas season, audiences can expect a seasonally themed comedy (or two) to crop up in November/December. This year, in addition to the Daddy’s Home 2 joy, we have a festive sequel to Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s fine Comedy hit Bad Moms. Unfortunately it seems that A Bad Moms Christmas makes the fundamental error of not actually having many (or arguably any) jokes on show.

The concept is very by the books for festive family fracas fare and sees the three bad matriarchs from the last film – Amy (Mila Kunis), Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) – prepare for the big show for mums (sorry, ‘moms’)…Christmas. But their job of taking all the stress of the holidays and styling it out will be made even worse this year, as their own mothers – Ruth (Christine Baranski), Sandy (Cheryl Hines) and
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This Close: Marlee Matlin, Cheryl Hines, Zach Gilford and Colt Prattes Cast in Sundance Now Dramedy Series

The stars are coming to Sundance Now. Recently, the streaming service announced Marlee Matlin, Zach Gilford, Cheryl Hines, and Colt Prattes have joined their upcoming TV show This Close.From Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, the dramedy "explores the relationship between best friends Kate (Stern), who is newly engaged, and Michael (Feldman), who is attempting to move on from his ex-fiancé."Read More…
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TVLine Items: Nathan Lane on Blacklist, Emmy Rossum Is Angelyne and More

TVLine Items: Nathan Lane on Blacklist, Emmy Rossum Is Angelyne and More
A very special guest is stopping by The Blacklist‘s 100th episode.

Nathan Lane (The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) will appear in the milestone installment as criminal Abraham Stern, who manipulates the desperate into committing illegal and immoral acts so that he can claim his birthright fortune.

Related2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Nathan Lane is someone we’ve wanted to have on The Blacklist for a very long time, so when we started crafting our 100th episode, we decided to try and do something special
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Sundance Now Orders ‘This Close’ Dramedy With Marlee Matlin, Cheryl Hines, Zach Gilford & Colt Prattes

Sundance Now has given its first straight-to-series order to dramedy This Close, with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (Children of A Lesser God) set to recur, joining series regulars Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zach Gilford (Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) and Colt Prattes (Dirty Dancing). It’s slated for premiere in 2018. Written by and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, both of whom are deaf, This Close is based on a series of shorts featured at the 2017…
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Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rules With $121 Million Weekend

Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rules With $121 Million Weekend
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is heading for a stellar opening weekend with $121 million at 4,080 North American locations — the fourth best launch of 2017.

The third Thor movie is also putting an emphatic end to the month-long box office slump that saw the worst October in a decade. Among 2017 titles, its debut weekend trails only “Beauty and the Beast” at $174.8 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $146.5 million and “It” at $123.4 million.

Thor: Ragnarok” also officially launches the holiday season with a major bang. Moviegoing has been battered this year by a subpar second half that’s pulled down 2017 grosses by 5%, but it should rebound somewhat, thanks to “Thor: Ragnorak” — which already cut the decline to 4.8% as of Sunday with $8.93 billion. Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” (which opens Nov. 17) and Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (opening Dec. 15) should keep the positive momentum going.

“November has been a hotbed for blockbusters and is
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A Bad Moms Christmas review – a sweet sequel

The defiantly imperfect gang get ready to celebrate the holidays – this time with even more moms

A Bad Moms Christmas is neither about Christmas for Bad Moms, nor a Bad Christmas for Moms. It is simply about being a mum, at Christmas. “Why can’t my husband buy his own mom a Christmas present?” is this sweet sequel’s thesis statement. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn form a bawdy threesome; Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon their respective mothers. Baranski is too controlling (“moms don’t enjoy, they bring joy”), Hines too codependent and Sarandon like a teenager let loose, but their clashing personalities form part of the festivities.

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Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Smash Fall Slump at $118 Million

Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Smash Fall Slump at $118 Million
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is set to smash the fall box office stupor, hauling in a massive $118 million at 4,080 North American locations.

The third “Thor” film will rival “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as the second-best opening in 2017 for Marvel, with Friday showings reeling in around $45 million including $14.5 from Thursday previews. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” takes the top spot for Marvel, having opened at $146 million back in May; “Spider-Man” brought in about $117 million in its opening weekend in July.

The film is certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes at a 93%, the seventh Marvel film to receive the “fresh” rating.

Taika Waititi directed “Thor: Ragnarok” from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. The character of Thor, based on Norse mythology, was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby
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Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rumbling to $115 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rumbling to $115 Million Opening Weekend
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is heading for a massive North American opening weekend in the $115 million range at 4,080 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Friday’s total will be around $45 million, including $14.5 million from Thursday night previews. It’s the fourth-highest preview of 2017 after “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $17 million, “Beauty and the Beast” at $16.3 million, and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at $15.4 million.

STXfilms’ “A Bad Moms Christmas,” which opened Wednesday, is heading for about $23 million for its first five days.

Thor: Ragnarok” generated excellent response on comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak audience survey, with 28% of moviegoers vowing to see it again in theaters and 84% saying they would “definitely recommend” it to their friends.

If the estimate holds, the third Thor movie will wind up at the top end of estimates, with the latest forecasts in the $100 million to $118 million range. The rollout includes 3,400 3D screens, 391 Imax screens, 616 premium large format screens, and 204 D-Box locations.
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Movie Review – A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

A Bad Moms Christmas, 2017.

Written and Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernández, Oona Laurence, Justin Hartley, Peter Gallagher, Emjay Anthony, Lyle Brocato, Wanda Sykes, and Christina Applegate.

Synopsis:

A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.

It only takes about five minutes to reach the verdict that A Bad Moms Christmas (once again written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who have the fortune of a full cast reunion) is one of 2017’s worst movies. There are creepy jokes about pre-pubescent breasts growing in (made even more weird considering that it’s one of the mothers’ memories), a young girl (Oona Laurence, who is actually quite the capable child actor, especially when dealt heavy
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A Bad Moms Christmas review – uproarious sequel is older but no wiser

Moms’ moms Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon besiege Mila Kunis and co over the festive season in a silly, sentimental but very funny follow-up to the 2016 comedy

Sequel-franchising a comedy by bringing in the uproariously inappropriate older generation is becoming a bit of a familiar move. Daddy’s Home is about to do it, and now it’s the turn of A Bad Moms Christmas, an entertaining film largely unconcerned about good taste and where, or if, an apostrophe should go in the title.

It follows up the story of Bad Moms, which came out just last year, about those woefully inadequate parents and caregivers Amy, Kiki and Carla, played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. Now their own terrifying mothers are coming to stay for Christmas, played by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. They are respectively named Ruth, Sandy and finally Isis – as the latter helpfully explains,
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Box Office: ‘Bad Moms Christmas’ Opens With Moderate $2.6 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Bad Moms Christmas’ Opens With Moderate $2.6 Million on Wednesday
A Bad Moms Christmas” has opened with a moderate $2.6 million at 3,615 North American sites on Wednesday as the sequel got a two-day jump on the launch of “Thor: Ragnarok.”

The first-day number indicates that the STXfilms comedy may fall short of the low end of forecasts in the $23 million to $26 million range for the Wednesday-Sunday period. The seventh game of Mlb’s World Series may have kept some potential moviegoers away from opening night.

Audiences gave the movie a B Cinemascore, as opposed to the A that the original “Bad Moms” received when it in opened in July of 2016. There have not been enough reviews for “A Bad Moms Christmas” to generate a Rotten Tomatoes score.

The R-rated “A Bad Moms Christmas” sequel was produced for $28 million, with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn returning to star as under-appreciated and over-burdened women. Their mothers, played by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon, show up unexpectedly for the Christmas season in Chicago.
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A Bad Moms Christmas movie review: cruel coal in the stocking

MaryAnn’s quick take… This rushed sequel is an insult to its progenitor movie. A cheap knockoff that doesn’t understand what made Bad Moms so smart, funny, and feminist-wise. I’m “biast” (pro): love the first movie

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked awful

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sequel throw its progenitor movie under a bus the way that A Bad Moms Christmas does. If I hadn’t just rewatched Bad Moms, I would have been doubting what I remembered as a very positive reaction to it last year as I sat through this barrage of nasty, cruel, antiwoman, even antimom garbage. But no: as I had just reminded myself, Bad Moms truly is a terrifically smart and wise movie — and also a very funny one — about the impossible job that modern
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November 2017 Film Preview

Lady Bird

November is here with collection of women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films that range from funny to heartbreaking to eye-opening to game-changing. On November 1, the month begins with “A Bad Moms Christmas.” This sequel follows three frustrated mothers as they try to conquer the upcoming holiday season. On the same day we have Jessica M. Thompson’s “The Light of the Moon,” a portrait of a sexual assault survivor.

November 3 follows with a blend of comedy and drama. First up is Michelle Morgan’s “It Happened in L.A.,” which follows two women navigating modern romance in Los Angeles. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” traces the journey of the titular character, a self-mythologizing, rebellious teen living in Sacramento, CA. And Ana Asensio’s thriller “Most Beautiful Island” presents one hellish day in the life of an undocumented immigrant in New York.

November 10’s releases will see women making unexpected and bold moves. “Thelma” follows a college student falling in love while simultaneously developing supernatural powers. Marianna Palka’s “Bitch” centers on a stressed housewife adopting the psyche of a dog in order to cope with her life. And “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars a foul-mouthed Frances McDormand as a mother putting up signs on a highway in an effort to find her daughter’s murderer and draw attention to the local police’s ineptitude.

Among November’s documentary releases are Christina Herrera’s “No Dress Code Required,” about two men who become lightning rods in the process of getting married, and Alexandra Dean’s “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” which highlights the movie star’s hidden life as an inventor who trademarked an element found in all cell phones.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in November. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

November 1

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas”: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Stx Entertainment

A Bad Moms Christmas” follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon).

The Light of the Moon” — Written and Directed by Jessica M. Thompson

The Light of the Moon

Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David), but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

November 3

Lady Bird” — Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird

ChristineLady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, “Lady Bird” is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

It Happened in L.A.” — Written and Directed by Michelle Morgan (Opens in NY November 3; Opens in La November 10) (Available on VOD November 14)

It Happened in L.A.

Annette (Michelle Morgan) and Elliot (Jorma Taccone) are a mostly happy, moderately neurotic La couple. Maybe Annette doesn’t enjoy game nights or taco stands as much as Elliot does, but no relationship is perfect, right? Rather than embracing their differences, Annette can only compare their relationship to their happy couple friends. This cannot be endorsed by Annette’s beautiful but romantically troubled best friend, Baker (Dree Hemingway), who is very well-versed on the bleakness of the La dating scene. Taking its cues from classic mid-20th century comedies with a stylish and contemporary spin, “It Happened in L.A.” is an irreverent tale of life and the search for elusive love in the 21st century.

Most Beautiful Island” — Written and Directed by Ana Asensio (Also Available on VOD)

Most Beautiful Island

Most Beautiful Island” is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, “Most Beautiful Island” chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana (Ana Asensio), a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

“No Dress Code Required” (Documentary) — Directed by Christina Herrera (Opens in NY)

A rallying cry for equality, this loving documentary follows Victor and Fernando, two respected stylists from the Baja California border town of Mexicali who became the center of a social firestorm from their simple desire to get married.

“Wait for Your Laugh” (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La November 17)

Rose Marie’s rise to fame began at the age of four with her own NBC radio show. As she grew, she went from the stages of Vaudeville to the bright lights of Vegas to some of the most iconic television shows. But it’s not just credits like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Hollywood Squares” that make her life so memorable. Characters like Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and Jerry Lewis all played a part in this woman’s story of fame, love, tragedy, and success. A woman’s 90-year career is also the greatest untold story in show business.

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd

Sixteen-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago with her aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence), a well-known novelist. Soon after her arrival, Cyd encounters Katie (Malic White), a young barista behind the counter. The two make plans to meet up after Katie’s shift and a new, charged relationship begins. The Chicago landscape expands, and we navigate intimate and fragile moments between Cyd and Katie as they explore their new attraction. Miranda functions as a counterpart to young Cyd’s new explorations of sexuality and love, and as the summer continues, they develop a strong relationship founded on a shared openness and healthy criticism of particular personal moments.

Battlecreek” — Directed by Alison Eastwood; Written by Anthea Anka

Henry Pearl’s (Bill Skarsgård) rare skin disease has left him hiding from the sun in the shadows of small town Battlecreek. His overprotective mother,​ the local diner, and his night time job at the gas station provide him a nocturnal and mundane existence. When a beautiful, yet tormented girl (Claire van der Boom) becomes stranded in town, Henry is awakened by love, forcing them both to face their turbulent pasts in light of the future.

“11/8/16” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sheena M. Joyce, Petra Epperlein, Alma Har’el, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, and Elaine Mcmillion Sheldon (Also Available on VOD)

On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump’s unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. Featuring footage captured by a carefully curated group of some of America’s finest documentary filmmakers, “11/8/16” follows 16 subjects spanning the country’s geographic, socioeconomic, and political divides throughout the course of that history-altering day.

“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride” (Documentary) — Directed by Robyn Symon (Available on VOD November 7)

“Uncle Gloria”

“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride” recounts the astonishing true story of Butch, the macho owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company, who in a desperate search of a way to hide from the law, transformed himself into a woman named Gloria. But what started out as a trick to beat the system ended up changing Butch’s life forever. Now in her 80s, Gloria’s stranger-than-fiction life has been filled with risky surgeries, sex work, family dysfunction, activism, and a gender-bending love story. Full of humor, warmth, and sass, “Uncle Gloria” is a rollicking ride that must be seen to be believed.

“Elliot the Littlest Reindeer” — Written and Directed by Jennifer Westcott

When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21, a miniature horse (voiced by Josh Hutcherson) has three days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole tryouts.

November 7

The Journey Is the Destination” — Co-Written and Directed by Bronwen Hughes (Available on Netflix)

The Journey Is the Destination

Director Bronwen Hughes (“Stander”) and screenwriter Jan Sardi (“Shine”) recreate the inspiring life story of the late photojournalist, artist, and activist Dan Eldon, who documented the struggle, heartbreak, and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa.

November 10

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

“Thelma”

“Thelma”

A college student (Eli Harboe) starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

Bitch” — Written and Directed by Marianna Palka (Also Available on VOD)

Bitch

Bitch” tells the powerful and darkly humorous story of a housewife (Marianna Palka) who, after her philandering husband (Jason Ritter) and unruly kids break her psyche, upends the family dynamic by assuming the persona of a vicious dog.

Gold Star” — Written and Directed by Victoria Negri (Opens in NY) (Also Available on VOD)

After dropping out of music school, Vicki (Victoria Negri) drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event.

Destination Unknown” (Documentary) — Directed by Claire Ferguson (Opens in NY and La)

Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown” blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of 12 Holocaust survivors to the screen. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation. They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, those struggles were only just beginning.

November 15

Song of Granite” — Co-Written by Sharon Whooley

Song of Granite

Song of Granite” revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables, and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost.

November 17

Mudbound” — Co-Written and Directed by Dee Rees — November 17 (Also Available on Netflix)

Mudbound

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. “Mudbound” follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Meanwhile, Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence Jackson (Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

“A Fantastic Woman”

“A Fantastic Woman”

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina (Daniela Vega) is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando (Francisco Reyes) is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now — a complex, strong, forthright, and fantastic woman.

The Breadwinner” — Directed by Nora Twomey; Written by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner

Parvana (Saara Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia (Soma Chhaya), Parvana discovers a new world of freedom — and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

“Cook Off!” — Co-Directed by Cathryn Michon; Co-Written by Cathryn Michon and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Also Available on VOD)

Reality-show shenanigans mix with the fiery-and-fierce world of competitive baking in the deliciously sly mockumentary “Cook Off!” As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a one million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.

Big Sonia” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Leah Warshawski

Big Sonia

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor — runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, “Big Sonia” also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Soufra” (Documentary) (Opens in La)

Soufra

Soufra” follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar — a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

On the Beach at Night Alone”

On the Beach at Night Alone”

An actress (Min-hee Kim) wanders around a seaside town, pondering her relationship with a married man.

November 22

Mr. Roosevelt” — Written and Directed by Noël Wells (Opens in NY)

Mr. Roosevelt

Emily (Noël Wells), a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer, left behind her home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in La. When a loved one falls ill, Emily rushes back to Austin where she’s forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) and his new-and-improved girlfriend (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year plan. Though Emily is the same, everything else is different: her house has been smartly redecorated, her rocker boyfriend is training to be a real estate agent, and her old haunts show serious signs of gentrification. Holed up in her own guest room, Emily — who has no idea what she’ll be doing five days from now, let alone five years — is forced to question everyone’s values: are they sell-outs or have they just figured out what makes them happy? And is she following her dreams or is she just a self-absorbed loser?

The Man Who Invented Christmas” — Written by Susan Coyne

The Man Who Invented Christmas”: Kerry Brown/Garlands Films

The Man Who Invented Christmas” tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

November 24

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Alexandra Dean

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

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Bad Moms Christmas Review: A Raunchy Holiday Celebration

Bad Moms Christmas Review: A Raunchy Holiday Celebration
The Bad Moms are back in another booze-flowing, f-bomb dropping, raunchy suburban adventure. This time around they're joined by a trio of very different grandmothers. Who make the holidays even more stressful for their beleaguered families. A Bad Moms Christmas has an entirely predictable storyline. It plays out as expected with zero plot surprises. What works is the cast chemistry and their vulgar antics. The laughs are consistent throughout. A few are real gems that will have you rolling. Comedy trumps all in this textbook sequel.

The story picks up a year later with Amy (Mila Kunis) having her first Christmas since getting divorced. She's dating Jessie (Jay Hernandez) and hopes to have a quiet holiday with her family. That plan goes to hell when her overbearing mother, Ruth (Christine Baranski), and meek father (Peter Gallagher), show up weeks early. Amy's cohorts are also surprised by their visiting mothers. Kiki
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'A Bad Moms Christmas' Review: Come for the Bad Moms, Stay for the Bad Grandmas

'A Bad Moms Christmas' Review: Come for the Bad Moms, Stay for the Bad Grandmas
I only just recently saw the original Bad Moms -- it was DVRed at an Airbnb I was staying at and I do love Kathryn Hahn -- which isn't that delayed a viewing, really, as it only came out last summer. But I skipped it at first, because Bad Moms looked...bad, a hard-r comedy about moms who've had it and so rebel by doing whip-its and driving muscle cars and calling each other "bitches,” things men think women would want to do if only society allowed them. (Both Bad Moms and its sequel are written and directed by two dudes, the same dudes behind The Hangover.)

If you never saw Bad Moms either, I'm here to tell you -- as word-of-mouth promised me -- it's...not bad. It's not great -- no no no -- but the cast is: Hahn as Carla, the single mom who has the big hair and all the p*ssy jokes, and
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