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Your Top 5 Netflix Picks

Why not stay home, stay safe and have a night at the movies without leaving your house? Pop some popcorn, grab some of your favorite movie treats and check out Netflix’s top 5 in the US below.

We Can Be Heroes – PG – Family, Action, Comedy

When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno. Missy teams up with the rest of the superkids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada. If they’re going to save their parents, they’ll have to work together by using their individual powers – from elasticity to time control to predicting the future – and form an out-of-this-world team.

Pieces of A Woman – R – Drama

When a young mother’s home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

Good Burger – PG – Comedy, Family

Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the “Top Dog” in the fast food industry.

17 Again – PG 13 – Teen Comedy, Comedy

Mike O’Donnell is ungrateful for how his life turned out. He gets a chance to rewrite his life when he tried to save a janitor near a bridge and jumped after him into a time vortex.

Catch Me if You Can – PG13 – Drama

Barely 21 yet, Frank is a skilled forger who has passed as a doctor, lawyer and pilot. FBI agent Carl becomes obsessed with tracking down the con man, who only revels in the pursuit.

You can find all of these films available on Netflix.

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It’s Jason Bateman’s Birthday Today

Jason Bateman is an American film and television actor, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom Arrested Development (2003), as well as his role on Valerie (1986).

He was born in Rye, New York. His father, Kent Bateman, from a Utah-based family, is a film and television director and producer, and founder of a Hollywood repertory stage company. His mother, Victoria Bateman, was born in Shropshire, England, and worked as a flight attendant. His sister is actress Justine Bateman. In 1981, at the age of 12, young Bateman made his debut on television as James Cooper Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974): Uncle Jed, appearing in 18 more episodes in one season. Jason also appeared in the original Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff for the season three episode “Lost Knight” (aired Dec 1984) playing the character “Doug” who befriends Kitt when he loses his memory. In the mid-1980s, he became the DGA’s youngest-ever director when he directed three episodes of Valerie (1986) at age 18. During the 2000s, Bateman’s film career has been on soaring trajectory. In 2005, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, for Arrested Development (2003), and received other awards and nominations.

Bateman has been enjoying a happy family life with his wife, actress Amanda Anka, with whom he has two children. The Batemans reside in Los Angeles, California.

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New Film: One Night in Miami…

One Night in Miami… is a 2020 American drama film about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a Miami hotel room in February 1964, celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston. It is the first feature directed by Regina King, from a screenplay by Kemp Powers based on his stage play of the same name. It stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. in the lead roles, with Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson, Beau Bridges and Lance Reddick in supporting roles.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 7, 2020, a first for an African-American female director. It was released in limited theaters by Amazon Studios, starting on December 25, 2020, before being released digitally on Prime Video on January 15, 2021. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, with critics praising King’s direction, the performances, and the screenplay.

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7, 2020. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award. It has screened or been scheduled to screen at film festivals in Zurich, London, the Hamptons, Mill Valley, Middleburg, Chicago and Montclair.

Amazon Studios acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film in July 2020. It was announced for a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2020, followed by its streaming release on Prime Video on January 15. The film premiered on December 25, only exclusively at the Landmark Theatre at Merrick Park in Miami, before further expanding to select nationwide theaters on January 8, 2021, the week prior to its streaming release.

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Hollywood Archive: Matt Damon

Matt Damon is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Ranked among Forbes’ most bankable stars, the films in which he has appeared have collectively earned over $3.12 billion at the North American box office, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions. He made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza. He came to prominence in 1997 when he and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and earned Damon a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He continued to garner praise from critics for his roles as the title character in Saving Private Ryan, the antihero in The Talented Mr. Ripley, a fallen angel in Dogma, an energy analyst in Syriana, a corrupt Irish-American policeman in The Departed, and race car driver Carroll Shelby in Ford v Ferrari.

Damon is also known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise and as a con man in the Ocean’s trilogy. Damon has also performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films, and has established two production companies with Affleck. He has been involved in charitable work with organizations including the One Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Water.org.

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Movies Coming Out This Week – January 11th

Redemption Day – R – Action
Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton’s (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.
Hicham Hajji, Sam Chouia, Gary Dourdan, Ernie Hudson, Andy Garcia, Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Samy Naceri

Locked Down – PG13 – Romance, Crime
Just as they decide to separate, Linda (Anne Hathaway) and Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor) find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but fueled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dule Hill, Jazmyn Simon, Ben Kingsley, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Merchant, Lucy Boynton, Steven Knight

The Marksman – PG13 – Action, Westerm
Hardened Arizona rancher Jim Hanson (Liam Neeson) simply wants to be left alone as he fends off eviction notices and tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when Hanson, an ex-Marine sharpshooter, witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Jacob Perez) fleeing with his mother Rosa (Teresa Ruiz) from drug cartel assassins led by the ruthless Mauricio (Juan Pablo Raba). After being caught in a shoot-out, a dying Rosa begs Jim to take her son to safety to her family in Chicago. Defying his cop daughter Sarah (Katheryn Winnick), Jim sneaks Miguel out of the local U.S. Customs and Border Patrol station and together, they hit the road with the group of killers in pursuit. Jim and Miguel slowly begin to overcome their differences and begin to forge an unlikely friendship, while Mauricio and his fellow assassins blaze a cold-blooded trail, hot on their heels. When they finally meet on a Midwestern farm, a fight to the death ensues as Jim uses his military skills and code of honor to defend the boy he’s come to love.
Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba, Robert Lorenz, Teresa Ruiz, Jacob Perez, Dylan Kenin, Luce Rains

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