Betty White Doc, ‘Italian Studies,’ ‘Who We Are’ – Specialty Preview – Deadline

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Fathom Events presents Betty White: A Celebration in 1,529 places nationwide, a one-day-only particular occasion on Monday honoring the actress who died Dec. 31 just some weeks shy of her one centesimal birthday. The star-studded reflection on White’s life and profession, which had already been set by filmmakers Steven Boettcher and Mike Trinklein to rejoice her centennial Jan. 17, will run three showtimes at 1 pm, 4 pm and seven pm.

As for weekend openings, a pair of stable documentaries and two dramas — about reminiscence loss and international apocalypse by pink gasoline — debut in a body the place there isn’t a lot new. Distributors are fastidiously weighing enlargement for award hopefuls already out amid the continuing surge in Omicron and forward of Oscar nods Feb. 8.

Newcomers embrace Magnolia Pictures’ drama Italian Studies in seven theaters together with New York and LA, and on demand. Directed by Adam Leon (Tramps, Gimme The Loot) it stars Vanessa Kirby, Simon Brickner, Maya Hawk, Annika Wahlsten, Annabel Hoffman and Fred Hechinger. (It’s scored by Nicholas Britell of Succession fame). After creator Alina Reynolds (Kirby) loses her reminiscence, she finds herself adrift on the streets of New York City. She unexpectedly connects with a gaggle of youngsters, in conversations each actual and imagined, as she searches for a method residence.

Sony Pictures Classics presents Who We Are – A Chronicle of Racism in America. Directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, written by felony protection/civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson. The SXSW Film Fest choice interweaves lecture, private anecdotes, interviews and stunning revelations as Robinson attracts a stark timeline of anti-Black racism within the U.S. from slavery to the fashionable delusion of a post-racial America.

Opens in 4 theaters (Lincoln Square and Film Forum in NY; the Landmark and the Grove in LA). SPC additionally strikes Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar contender Parallel Mothers with Penelope Cruz to 50 theaters this weekend.

From Greenwich Entertainment, A Cops and Robbers Story, opening theatrically on the Quad in NYC, and on VOD. The doc by by Ilinca Calugareanu set within the Nineteen Nineties follows Corey Pegues, who was embroiled in a lifetime of crime as a member of New York City’s notorious Supreme Team gang. After a near-death confrontation, Pegues flees town, solely to return years later as a rising star within the NYPD. When he speaks publicly in assist of police reform, he turns into a goal.

Blue Fox Entertainment presents Sundance World Cinema choice The Pink Cloud, from Brazil, written and directed by Iuli Gerbase. With Renata de Lélis, Eduardo Mendonça, Kaya Rodrigues, Girley Brasil Paes, Helena Becker, Lívia Perrone Pires. Humanity is compelled indoors by a mysterious cloud of gasoline deadly to anybody who breathes it. The arrival of the gasoline is inexplicable and it pops up throughout the globe seemingly concurrently inflicting lockdowns, meals shortages and common panic. Giovana (de Lélis) finds herself caught in an condo with a person she simply met, altering her life in a method she by no means anticipated. (Scores 95% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes.) Opens in 11 theaters nationally.

Netflix notes that following its triple SAG nominations this week, The Power of the Dog continues in 35 theaters, together with its NYC Paris Theater, the IFC Center, Landmark Nuart, the Bay and Los Feliz. The streamers’ World War II thriller Munich – The Edge of War expands to 10 theaters within the U.S. The Lost Daughter, Don’t Look Up and The Hand of God all proceed restricted runs.

On the wider-release facet, GKIDS, identified for its refined anime, opens the beautiful Belle by Mamoru Hosoda from Studio Chizu (Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars) on over 1,000 theaters and Imax screens. A fantastical story of rising up the age of social media, it follows Suzu, a 17-year-old highschool scholar dwelling in a rural village together with her father. For years, she’s felt like a shadow — till she enters “U,” a digital on-line world with 5 billion members. There, she is Belle, a world-famous singer, and embarks on a journey of journey, problem and love.

Belle counts 5 Annie Award noms for Best Indie Feature, Direction, Writing, Production Design and FX. The film stands at 97% recent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Elsewhere in specialty, some scary fare in restricted launch/VOD:

From Screen Media discovered footage thriller, Stoker Hills, directed by Benjamin Louis, written by Jonah Kuehner. Starring David Gridley, Vince Hill-Bedford, Eric Etebari, William Lee Scott, Steffani Brass, Tyler Clark, and Jason Sweat with Tony Todd Special Appearance by Danny Nucci. In the secluded city of Stoker Hills, three school college students filming a horror film discover themselves trapped in their very own worst nightmare. Their solely hope for survival are two detectives who discover the digital camera they left behind within the woods.

From Liongate, motion suspense movie Shattered by Luis Prieto with Cameron Monaghan, Lilly Krug, Frank Grillo, John Malkovich. As lonely tech millionaire Chris (Monaghan) falls for charming, attractive Sky (Krug). When he’s injured, she rapidly steps in as his nurse. But Sky’s odd habits makes Chris suspect that she has extra sinister intentions, particularly when her roommate is discovered useless. On 35 screens.

Two from Vertical Entertainment: The Curse of La Patasola written and directed by AJ Jones. With Gillie Jones, Luciana Faulhaber. On a weekend tenting journey, two struggling {couples} encounter a vampiric monster from Amazonian folklore, testing their relationships, their braveness, and their will to outlive.

And The Surprise Visit by directed by Nick Lyon, written by Steven Meier. With Jacqi Vene, Eric Roberts, Rob Riordan. After a botched theft goes awry, leaving one particular person useless and one on the run, two drug-addled youths should make a troublesome resolution.

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