Movies: Winter 2020

Monarch Movie Recommendations

Here is the plan this season.

Put on your pajamas, grab a blanket, and snuggle up. Winter is here and even if it wasn’t, let’s face it you have nowhere to go! And boy do we have some of the best movie releases that will help you past the time. Everything from action, drama, and fantasy, we suggest you watch them all as you welcome in the New Year!


Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner
Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious horn player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. 

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.  


A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy® winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgot- ten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and producer by Lynn Sisson-Talbert featuring original songs by John Leg- end, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.  


Gal Gadot returns to once again amaze us all in her role as Wonder Woman.
Joining Gadot are
Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva (a.k.a. Cheetah), Prince Oberon himself Pedro Pascal as another villain, Maxwell Lord, and (pause for dramatic effect) the return of Pine as Steve Trevor.
Wonder Woman sequel takes place in 1984, and finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah.” Diana has settled into A quiet life as she’s dealing with the biggest consequence of being an immortal. Which means losing nearly all the people that are important to her.
She is now working at the Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. her life is actually quite lonely and spartan,” producer Charles Roven said. “In fact, the only joy that she gets out of it is when she’s actually doing something for people, if she can help those in need.”


After a wild one-night stand, Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he discovers that the sexy and mysterious woman he risked everything for, is a determined police detective (Hilary Swank) who entangles him in her latest investigation. As he tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into her trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life. FATALE is a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life.


A post-apocalyptic thriller starring George Clooney as Augustine, a lonely scientist based in the Arctic and tasked with stopping a team of astronauts returning to a world in the grips of a mysterious global catastrophe. Adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel Good Morning, Midnight, it also stars David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones and Kyle Chandler.