Spectrum editor’s list of films to watch for Feb. 3

“Pieces of a Woman” (2020)

Starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn, this heartbreaking drama portrays a woman coping from the traumatic loss of her baby during a home birth. Kata Wéber wrote the film based on personal experiences, leaving viewers with an intensely emotional story. The movie is available to stream on Netflix.

76% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (2020)

Based on a true story, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” follows the 1969 trial of seven defendants who were charged with conspiring to provoke violent protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. This Aaron Sorkin film is meant to draw parallels between the public response to the social movements of the ’60s to that of today. Viewers can stream this film on Netflix.

89% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Palmer” (2021)

Justin Timberlake stars as a former high school football star and ex-convict who returns home to put his life back on track. He begins mentoring an outcast boy from an unstable home, and they form a surprising bond. Viewers can see this drama unfold on Apple TV+.

75% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” (2021)

This four-part docuseries follows a police quest to find Richard Ramirez — a Los Angeles serial killer and rapist during the ’80s — through interviews of police officers, victims and reporters. The true-crime drama captures the killer in fascinating detail and can be streamed on Netflix.

69% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“The Pharmacist” (2020)

In the aftermath of his son’s death, small-town pharmacist Dan Schneider noticed the high dosage prescriptions for opioids, such as OxyContin, given to seemingly healthy people in 1999. Troubled by his findings, he embarked on a journey to call out pharmaceutical companies profiting from drug addiction. This documentary can be streamed on Netflix.

89% Rotten Tomatoes

 

“Nomadland” (2020)

This indie film is based on the 2017 book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder. It follows a widow who, after a recession, trades her house for an RV and travels with no destination in mind. Viewers can stream this drama on Hulu beginning on Feb. 19.

95% Rotten Tomatoes

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