“Marvelous and the black hole“
Starring: Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, Leonardo Nam, Kannon Omachi
Written and directed by Kate Tsang
Sammy, 13, struggles to cope with the death of his mother. After being caught vandalizing one of her school toilets, her father, tired of her savage behavior, enrolls her in a summer school – if she fails she will be sent to training camp to young delinquents. After storming out of her first class, Sammy meets Margot, a surly magician. Margot forces Sammy to be her assistant for a performance, and although Sammy doesn’t seem interested, she looks for Margot after the show and asks to become Margot’s student. Margot agrees, and as their unlikely friendship grows, we learn that she and Sammy understand each other more than they thought.
“On the count of three”
Starring: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, JB Smooove, Lavell Crawford, Henry Winkler
Directed by Jerrod Carmichael
Written by Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch
Val (Jerrod Carmichael) has reached a point where he feels the only way out is to end things. But he sees himself as a bit of a failure – his effectiveness lacks – so he thinks he might need help. Luckily, Val’s best friend Kevin (Christopher Abbott) is recovering from a failed suicide attempt, so he seems like the perfect partner to execute this double suicide plan. But before they leave, they have some unfinished business to settle.
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp
Directed by Rebecca Hall
Written by Rebecca Hall, based on the novel by Nella Larsen
Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), a refined, upper-class woman of the 1920s, finds a breezy hideaway after a hot summer day in the grand tearoom at the Drayton Hotel in New York City. Across the room, she sees a blonde woman looking at her. Irene wants to steal, but before she can, Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga) rushes to stop her. It turns out the two were in high school together, and while the two are African American women who can “pass” as white, they choose to live on either side of the color line. Now their new acquaintance threatens them both.