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COVID-19: 3 superb movies to stream this week

Here are three films that you likely are not aware of but which are definitely worth your time.

“Uncorked”: Originally set for a splashy South by SouthWest Film Festival premiere, this charming PG-13 debut feature from Prentice Penny, best known as executive producer of HBO’s hit series “Insecure,” has just landed on Netflix. Penny’s sparkling tale serves up comfort, joy and soul as a Memphis wine aficionado (Mamoudou Athie) struggles to balance loyalty to his dad’s (Courtney B. Vance) barbecue biz and his desires to become a sommelier. Niecy Nash as his sassy mom steals every scene. This one goes down as smooth as a chardonnay on a balmy summer day. Details: 3 stars (out of 4); available for streaming now on Netflix.

“The Other Lamb”: In this unsettling, artistically shot chiller, a young cult member (Raffey Cassidy) who begins to have doubts about the group’s incestuous leader with his Jesus complex. It’s hypnotic and well-directed by Malgorzata Szumowska. Details: 3 stars, available for streaming April 3 on various platforms.

“Slay the Dragon”: This documentary by Bark Goodman and Chris Durrance focuses on a true-life Norma Rae-like figure, Katie Fahey, and her campaign to ban political gerrymandering in the state of Michigan. It’s a well-made, inspiring and hopeful film. Details: 4 stars; available streaming on various platforms April 3.

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