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Bad Education

Dr. Frank Tassone (Jackman), beloved school superintendent of the Roslyn Union Free School District, and his longtime assistant, Pam Gluckin (Janney), have made Long Island's own Roslyn High School the fourth-ranked public school in the country with drastic, sweeping improvements that also continue to positively impact the local economy. Writing an article for the school's newspaper about some new construction for the school, student reporter Rachel Bhargava (Viswanathan) is encouraged by Frank to treat the project as a professional journalist would, and in doing so, the student unwittingly discovers the largest public school embezzlement scheme in American history.

Director: Cory Finley. Stars: Hugh Jackman, Ray Romano, Welker White, Allison Janney, Alex Wolff, Rafael Casal, Stephen Spinella, Annaleigh Ashford, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Calvin Coakley, Geraldine Viswanathan. 2019. 108 mins. Drama.


First Cow

Traveling through the Oregon Territory in 1820, timid chef Otis "Cookie" Figowitz (Magaro) dreams of opening a bakery in San Francisco. While journeying with a group of fur trappers, Cookie comes upon King-Lu (Lee), a Chinese immigrant on the run for murdering a Russian man, and the pair form an unlikely friendship. Upon learning that the first-ever milk cow is being brought to the Territory, to the home of Chief Factor (Jones), Cookie and Lu concoct a plan to steal milk from the cow to make Cookie's alluring baked goods and sell them for a hefty profit to the men at the outpost.

Director: Kelly Reichardt. Stars: Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith, Ryan Findley, Clayton Nemrow, Manuel Rodriguez, Orion Lee, Patrick D. Green, Toby Jones. 2019. 122 mins. Drama.


A Nice Girl Like You

When the tightly wound aspiring concert violinist Lucy Neal (Hale) catches her boyfriend, Jeff (Friedrich), watching pornography, she gives him an ultimatum: the porn or their unsatisfying relationship. After being called a prude by Jeff on his way out the door, a newly single Lucy decides to tackle her problem the only way she knows how, with a to-do list. On her journey to self-discovery and self-acceptance, Lucy devises a wild to-do list filled with a litany of sexy items.

Directors: Chris Riedell, Nick Riedell. Stars: Lucy Hale, Mindy Cohn, Jackie Cruz, Leonidas Gulaptis, Adhir Kalyan, Stephen Friedrich, Skye P. Marshall, Leah McKendrick, Jina Panebianco. 2020. 94 mins. Comedy.