Among our film picks for this month are several films based on real-life accounts and a buzzworthy Netflix Original with an all-star cast.
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Israeli explorer Yossi Ghinsberg in this new adventure film based on adapted from Ghinsberg’s 2006 bestseller “Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival”. Said Radcliffe of filming, “It’s about this guy that got lost in the jungle and survived on his own for three weeks,” Radcliffe told EW last year, during the film’s shoot in Australia. “It’s testing everybody: the crew, myself, everyone. It’s a very intense but a very seriously fun shoot.”
A young Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, is portrayed in this biographical film as he faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. The film follows Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Kate Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad) to build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Noah Baumbach wrote and directed this new dramedy, which follows the adult children of Harold Meyerowitz, who reunite in New York in preparation for their father's career retrospective.The film features an all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. The highly anticipated film is garnering a lot of early praise, including some of Sandler's best reviews since Punch Drunk Love.
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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
Elsa Dorfman, a self-described “nice Jewish girl from Boston,” is profiled by her longtime friend and renowned filmmaker, Errol Morris. From her early years in New York City in the late ’50s as a single woman, working as a secretary at the publisher Grove Press, to the beginnings of her friendship with poet Allen Ginsberg, a lifelong friend, a narrative emerges as rich as the subjects Dorfman captured in her own work.
Set in the nostalgia of ‘90s New York, the film revolves around two sisters in a Jewish-Italian family, who suspect their father may be having an affair. It sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana, played by Jewish actress Jenny Slate, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister, Ali. The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.