AJFF What to Watch in December

11/27/2020

Huge Hollywood premieres and films you may have missed the first time around, from intimate documentaries to artistic personal accounts, are featured in this month's picks. Film titles are linked with information on where to watch or purchase.

Video on Demand

Amy Winehouse: The Final Goodbye 
An intimate documentary about the life and times of Jewish artist Amy Winehouse. The film chronicles her rise to pop superstardom and offers a sensitive portrayal of the transformative star and the inner demons that inspired her work and eventually caused her untimely death.

Mank
This biographical drama about writer Herman J. Mankiewicz is directed by David Fincher and based on a script written by his late father Jack Fincher. The black-and-white drama features an all-star cast including Gary Oldman in the title role, along with Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance. The story revolves around the life of Herman J. Mankiewicz as he wrote Citizen Kane, and the problems that arose with Orson Welles during production and leading up to the film's release.

Wonder Woman 1984
Israeli actress Gal Gadot returns in this sequel, resuming the title role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman after the international sensation created by Wonder Woman in 2017. This sequel, set in 1984, takes place during the Cold War and follows Diana as she faces off against Maxwell Lord and Cheetah. 

Blu-Ray & DVD

Aviva
This latest film from Boaz Yakin uses dance more than dialogue to tell the story of its characters, and features many Israelis both behind and in front of the camera. Amost all the parts are played by dancers, many of whom were formerly with Israel’s prestigious Batsheva Dance Company. 

Diary of a Mad Housewife
Though the film, according to The New York Times ,"WASP‐ed up considerably in its transition to the screen," the novel adaptation by Sue Kaufman is considered a classic of women's fiction. The film follows New York lawyer (Richard Benjamin) who drives his wife (Carrie Snodgress) to a nervous breakdown. Snodgress was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe award in the same category.