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CRUELLA (2021)
Starring Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Chloé Booyens, Bern Collaço, Mark Strong and Jamie Demetriou. Directed by Craig Gillespie.

Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

REVIEWS Cruella - Fashion caper that sees a return to Disney's villains

SONGBIRD (2021)
Starring K.j. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser, Demi Moore, Jenna Ortega and Lia McHugh. Directed by Adam Mason.

The COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico, who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara, though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment... or worse.

REVIEWS Songbird - Dystopia porn that cashes in on COVID-19

RICHARD JEWELL (2020)
Starring Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda, Ian Gomez, Wayne Duvall, Dylan Kussman and Mike Pniewski. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

“There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days,the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. ButBryantfindsheisoutofhisdepthas he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name,while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.

REVIEWS Richard Jewell - Man versus media

LATE NIGHT (2019)
Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan, Denis O'Hare, Hugh Dancy, Max Casella, Paul Walter Hauser and John Early. Directed by Nisha Ganatra.

Katherine Newbury is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!— Molly is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalising her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

REVIEWS Late Night - The ladies of comedy have come to make waves

BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018)
Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Robert John Burke, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, Craig Mums Grant, Michael J. Burg and Jasper Pääkkönen. Directed by Spike Lee.

From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth’s real life as Colorado Springs’s first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth and his partner Flip Zimmerman penetrate the KKK at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy Award-winning 'Get Out', Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humour to tell this story often missing from the history books.

REVIEWS BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee plays his Trump card

I, TONYA (2018)
Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver, Bojana Novaković, Paul Walter Hauser, McKGrace, Jason Davis and Anthony Reynolds. Directed by Craig Gillespie.

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

REVIEWS I, Tonya - So much more than an ice skating movie

QUEENPINS
Starring Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn, Paul Walter Hauser, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Bebe Rexha, Dayo Okeniyi, Joel McHale, Nick Cassavetes, Michael Masini and Paul Rust. Directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly.

A suburban housewife, fed up with being dismissed and overlooked by her husband and society, decides to take back control of her life by starting an illegal coupon club. Her creation ends up scamming millions of dollars from big food companies while delivering deals to millions of fellow coupon clippers.
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