Sneak Peeks: Judas and the Black Messiah, Land, and The World to Come
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Website: Focus Features
Synopsis: From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her directorial debut Land, the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.
Release Date: In theaters February 12, 2021
Directed by: Robin Wright
Screenplay by: Jesse Chatham and Erin Dignam
Starring: Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, and Kim Dickens
Distributor: Focus Features
Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
The World to Come
Website: Bleecker Street
Synopsis: In this powerful 19th century romance set in the American Northeast, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) as free-spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott), when together their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other’s lives they never knew existed. Directed by Mona Fastvold and scripted by Jim Shepard and Ron Hansen, THE WORLD TO COME explores how isolation is overcome by the intensity of human connection.
Release Date: In theaters February 12, 2021 and on digital March 2, 2021
Directed by: Mona Fastvold
Screenplay by: Jim Shepard and Ron Hansen
Starring: Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Christopher Abbott, and Casey Affleck
Distributor: Bleecker Street Media
Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Judas and the Black Messiah
Website: Warner Bros.
Synopsis: FBI informant William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Agent J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?
Release Date: In theaters and on HBO Max for 31 days on February 12, 2021
Directed by: Shaka King
Screenplay by: Shaka King and Will Berson
Story by: Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, and Keith Lucas
Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, and Martin Sheen
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes