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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.


ALEX OF VENICE
2014, Screen Media Films, 86 min, USA, Dir: Chris Messina

Actor Chris Messina makes his directorial debut with this character-driven drama about personal reinvention. Environmental attorney Alex Vedder (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has thrown herself into her work at the expense of her marriage; when her husband (Messina) leaves, Alex must juggle the demands of her aging father, introverted son and eccentric sister all by herself. Though this couldn’t have happened at a worse time - just as she’s been given the biggest case of her career - it may be the wake-up call that Alex needs to hold her family together. With Don Johnson.


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