THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
2020, Orion Classics, 85 min, USA, Dir: Jim Cummings

Writer-director-star Jim Cummings (THUNDER ROAD) travels to a small, snowbound town in Utah for this darkly comic horror-thriller. Snow Hollow is plagued by a spate of gruesome murders that coincide with the full moon. While the coroner and townsfolk think a 7-foot wolf may be responsible, Officer John Marshall (Cummings) believes a serial killer is on the loose. Unpredictable, immature and hot-headed, Marshall also has a big chip on his shoulder - his father (the late Robert Forster in a terrific turn) is the town’s Sheriff, a formidable man who refuses to retire for fear of being replaced by his lower-ranking son. With its electric script and acting, this low budget wonder is smart, funny, scary, bloody and made with tons of heart that shine through in every scene. - Spencer Hickman


A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW
2020, HBO, 30 min, USA, Dir: Dime Davis

Laugh-out-loud funny and not afraid to be controversial, A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW touches on such culturally relevant themes as social norms, anxiety, religion, sex, dating and relationships. Each episode consists of five to six sketches, showcasing the comedic talents of Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson portraying an array of dynamic and varied characters, as well as hyper versions of themselves in interstitials featuring four friends stuck in a house during an end-of-the-world event. Unprecedented in sketch comedy TV history, the show is created by, written by, directed by and starring an array of black women.


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.


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