BAD EDUCATION (2020)
2020, HBO Films, 108 min, USA, Dir: Cory Finley

Inspired by the true story that rocked the town of Roslyn, NY in 2004 and garnered national attention, BAD EDUCATION centers on the stunning impact and aftermath of a multi-million-dollar embezzlement scheme. The darkly comical film focuses on Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) – both a passionate educator dedicated to seeing his students succeed, and an expert manipulator willing to steal from the very same people he was so eager to help. Allison Janney costars as Pam Gluckin, Dr. Tassone’s major domo and right-hand, the business manager for the Roslyn school district who worked her way up through sheer grit and passion. Intelligently written and tautly directed, the film highlights both the deficiencies of the public education system in the U.S. and the broader forces that foster greed, corruption and lack of accountability in our institutions.


DANIEL ISN'T REAL
2019, 96 min, Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

If you’ve always wanted to see DROP DEAD FRED reimagined as a horror film, then this is your movie! Luke (Miles Robbins) is a Manhattan college student wrestling with his studies, his artistic inclinations and caring for his mentally ill mother. As a kid, he had an imaginary friend named Daniel - who suddenly reappears as an adult. Initially, Luke loves having Daniel around; he's exciting, daring and brimming with confidence, all qualities that Luke lacks. But it isn't long before Daniel's darker side emerges, and what follows is a thrilling and horrific look at mental illness through a genre lens. An absolute gut-punch, and one of the must-see films of 2019.


THE BAD BATCH
2016, Netflix, 115 min, Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour

Complete with stellar cast, electrifying visuals and a score to die for, director Ana Lily Amirpour has created a film that is as uncategorizable as her acclaimed debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. Set in a hostile desert, THE BAD BATCH focuses its lens on Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a dystopian wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While making her way through this unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight to live. As Arlen adjusts to life in "the bad batch," she discovers that being good or bad often depends on who you're standing next to.


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