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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of November 15th – Jessica Chastain Inhabits ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’

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Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, the Jessica Chastain vehicle The Eyes of Tammy Faye leads the charge of new releases. Also hitting shelves this week we have Candyman, Jungle Cruise, and much more. Read on to find out exactly what else is available now…

Joey’s Top Pick

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Jessica Chastain plays Tammy Faye Bakker in a solid, if traditional, biopic. The film is worth seeing, to be sure, but Chastain, much more so than Andrew Garfield in the other central role, is what sells it all. I spoke to director Michael Showalter about it here, as well as co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio (here) and Cherry Jones (here). As for the movie itself, here is a bit from my review out of the Toronto International Film Festival:

Jessica Chastain owns the screen here. She’s perfectly cast, looking the part but also just diving in fully to Tammy Faye. Chastain is always compelling to watch, and this is no exception, leading to one of her most fun turns to date.

Also Available This Week

United Artists Releasing

Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

Candyman

Cryptozoo

Fast & Furious: 9-Movie Collection

Flag Day

Jungle Cruise

Kevin Can F**k Himself: Season One (TV)

The Lost Leonardo

Pose: The Complete Season Three (TV)

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Queen of the South: The Complete Fifth Season (TV)

This is Us: The Complete Fifth Season (TV)

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Once Upon a Time in China: The Complete Films

From The Criterion Collection: “One of the pinnacles of Hong Kong cinema’s 1990s golden age, the Once Upon a Time in China series set a new standard for martial-arts spectacle and launched action star Jet Li to international fame. It brings to vivid life the colorful world of China in the late nineteenth century, an era of immense cultural and technological change, as Western imperialism clashed with tradition and public order was upended by the threats of foreign espionage and rising nationalism. Against this turbulent backdrop, one man—the real-life martial-arts master, physician, and folk hero Wong Fei-hung—emerges as a noble protector of Chinese values as the country hurtles toward modernity. Conceived by Hong Kong New Wave leader Tsui Hark, this epic cycle is not only a dazzling showcase for some of the most astonishing action set pieces ever committed to film but also a rousing celebration of Chinese identity, history, and culture.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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