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CHERRY
2021, Apple Original Films, USA, Dir: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name, CHERRY follows the wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances. Tom Holland stars in the title role as an unhinged character who drifts from dropping out of college, to serving in Iraq as an Army medic. He is only anchored by his one true love, Emily (Ciara Bravo). When Cherry returns home a war hero, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction, surrounding himself with a menagerie of depraved misfits. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way. Brought to the screen in bold, gritty fashion by visionary directors Anthony and Joe Russo, CHERRY is a darkly humorous, unflinching coming-of-age story of a man on a universal quest for purpose and human connection.


THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
2019, 101 Studios, 107 min, USA, Dir: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in this epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future titans of industry the need to break all the rules. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.


THE IMPOSSIBLE
LO IMPOSIBLE
2012, Lionsgate, 114 min, Spain/USA, Dir: J.A. Bayona

Just after Christmas in 2004, a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean killing more than 200,000 people; this riveting drama brings a personal focus to one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) are vacationing in Thailand with their three kids when the tidal wave separates them; as oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland in a terrific debut) struggles to get his severely injured mother to a hospital, Henry scours the devastated area in a desperate search for them.


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