MUDBOUND
2017, Netflix, 134 min, USA, Dir: Dee Rees

Two Mississippi families -- one black, one white -- confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship during the 1940s in this acclaimed drama based on the Hillary Jordan novel. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Mary J. Blige lead an outstanding ensemble cast. Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress (Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees) and Best Cinematography (Rachel Morrison). "The director and her cinematographer Rachel Morrison do wonders with the elements that batter the people of every race and social class in the Delta. But it's the storm raging inside these characters that rivets our attention and makes MUDBOUND a film that grabs you and won't let go." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


THE DARK BACKWARD
1991, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Adam Rifkin

Judd Nelson is Marty Malt, a garbage collector moonlighting as a stand-up comic in a Lynchian netherworld where opportunism rules the day. Friend and fellow garbage man Gus (Bill Paxton, in one of his most underrated performances) seems eager to help, but Marty’s comedy career only takes off after a third arm starts growing out of his back. Costarring Wayne Newton, James Caan and Rob Lowe, this relentlessly grimy satire is one of the strangest films of the 1990s.


LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
2013, The Weinstein Company, 132 min, USA, Dir: Lee Daniels

Forest Whitaker gives one of his finest performances as Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who serves eight consecutive U.S. presidents during a tumultuous period in American history. Director Lee Daniels neatly balances Gaines’ personal story with the broader social implications of the times. With Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams and Jane Fonda.


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