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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.


HONEY BOY
2019, Amazon Studios, 93 min, USA, Dir: Alma Har’el

The feature narrative debut of award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope. This drama about a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams was written by Shia LaBeouf, who fictionalized his own childhood ascent to stardom and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery. Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges star as performer Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career, while LaBeouf takes on the challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature acting debut playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home.


MONSTER PARTY
2018, 83 min, USA, Dir: Chris von Hoffmann

When a trio of teen thieves infiltrates an elite dinner party by posing as servers, they find themselves wholly unprepared for what’s on the night’s menu - they’ve stumbled upon homicidal upper-class cultists in the throes of 12-stepped, stop-the-slaughter recovery! All hell breaks loose when the stickup goes south and the upwardly mobile murderers shed social graces in favor of their sociopathic sensibilities. Featuring pitch-perfect performances and garnished with salty social commentary, Chris von Hoffmann’s sophomore feature is funny, frightening and flush with enough practical effects and gore to sate even the most demanding horror fans.


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