Sarasota-Bradenton’s Top 5 Movie Picks, October 7-13

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The biggest news this week is “No Time to Die”, which will be the last time Daniel Craig plays the famous spy James Bond. If you’re looking for something more on the indie side of things, however, there’s also the new A24 horror film “Lamb” and acclaimed Sundance Film Festival drama “Mass”, as well as new documentaries from filmmakers. Oscar winners. Here are the highlights from this week.

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1. “No time to die”

Daniel Craig takes over the role of James Bond for what should be the last time, as the famous spy clashes with new opponent Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) and meets new agent 00 Nomi (Lashana Lynch.) Critics claim “No time to die “gives Craig a good start as Bond, praising new franchise director Cary Joji Fukunaga, his cast of returning faces with other newcomers like Ana de Armas, and the script co-wrote by Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag” fame.

Where to watch: Theaters on Friday

"Mass."

2. “Mass”

This drama follows the parents of a school shooting victim (Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton) and the shooter’s parents (Ann Dowd and Reed Birney), as they meet years later to have a chat . The first feature film as writer-director of Fran Kranz, an actor who has appeared in films and series such as “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Dollhouse”, “Mass” received much praise upon its release. premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year for its four central performances, especially Dowd.

Where to watch: Limited theatrical release from Friday

"Lamb."

3. “Lamb”

Noomi Rapace (“Prometheus”, the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Hilmir Snær Guðnason star in this Icelandic film about a childless couple who one day make a surprising discovery in their fold. This feature debut by director Valdimar Jóhannsson premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section and is released by A24, drawing comparisons to other horror-steeped folk films from the studio such as “The Witch” and “Midsommar”.

Where to watch: Limited theatrical release, including AMC Sarasota and Burns Court theaters starting Friday

"The rescue."

4. “The rescue”

This documentary by Oscar-winning “Free Solo” directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin chronicles the 2018 rescue of twelve boys and their trainer trapped in a cave in Thailand. “The Rescue” recently made its debut on the fall film festival circuit, screened at Telluride and at the Toronto International Film Festival, winning the People’s Choice Award in the documentary category at the latter and very positive reviews from two festivals.

Where to watch: Limited theatrical release from Friday

5. “Convergence: courage in times of crisis”

Oscar-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel (“The White Helmets”, “Virunga”), along with several co-directors, is directing this documentary covering eight countries and nine individual stories in the midst of the pandemic, including a doctor from Miami. There have already been many documentaries on the pandemic – including “76 Days”, “In the Same Breath” and “Totally Under Control” – but the very scope of “Convergence” still seems relatively new.

Where to watch: Netflix on Tuesday

Florida Movie Rating

The sixth annual Single-Take Challenge, featuring shorts made without cuts or edits, will take place this weekend, with both in-person and virtual options. A free screening featuring the finalist films will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. There will also be an online poll where viewers can vote for their favorite movie, with a link to the poll that will be posted Friday at 5 p.m. on facebook.com/singletakechallenge and the movie with the most votes being assigned the favorite of the public.

On Sunday at 8 p.m., the trophies for Best Picture, Most Entertaining Film and Extraordinary Cinematography will be announced. For tickets for Saturday’s in-person screening or for more information, visit filmfreeway.com/singletakechallenge.

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