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Indie Focus: Holiday movies to look forward to

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.

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This week we unveiled the Holiday Movie Sneaks package, looking at what will be getting us all through into next year. Justin Chang and Glenn Whipp surveyed this hard-to-understand moment, with a release calendar in flux and an awards season that promises to be like no other.

Among the titles they are looking forward to are “Mank,” “Soul,” “Another Round” and “One Night in Miami.” There is also the rather astonishing run of “I’m Your Woman,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Pieces of a Woman” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Jen Yamato spoke with Viola Davis about her role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” an adaptation of the August Wilson play directed by George C. Wolfe. Davis, who has won two Tonys and an Oscar for her performances in Wilson’s work, discussed the playwright’s significance in telling Black stories.

“August Wilson was basically a griot, which in Africa were historians, storytellers, praise singers, poets, who kept the history alive in the tribes. They kept our stories alive,” she said. “What makes him powerful is that he’s ours. He belongs to the African American community. He wrote to elevate us. To elevate our humor. To elevate our beauty. To elevate our pain. To elevate our complexity, and to elevate ultimately who we were in every decade of life. … He introduced us to the world.”

Sonaiya Kelley talked to codirectors Pete Docter and Kemp

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