‘STATUE SEASON’ comes to Basie Center Cinemas with Hollywood’s best of 2020


Statur SeasonNomadland, The Father, Minari and others set to screen in Red Bank as Hollywood celebrates the year’s best films and performances

Tickets, showtimes, trailers + information on all films film available at basiecentercinemas.org

[RED BANK] The Count Basie Center’ Basie Center Cinemas, located at 36 White Street in Red Bank, is celebrating Hollywood’s best of 2020 with STATUE SEASON, nearly three months of buzz-worthy silver screen presentations at the area’s premier independent cinema.

Presented by World Subaru, STATUE SEASON will feature 2020’s most talked-about films in addition to celebrated classics. Since October, Basie Center Cinemas has become the premier independent cinema in the market, screening celebrated titles like Hillbilly Elegy, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Mank.

Moving forward, as nominees are announced for the Independent Spirit, Screen Actor’s Guild, Golden Globes and other awards shows, Basie Center Cinemas promises to celebrate #STATUESEASON like no other theater around.


A24’s Minari, starring Steven Yeun (Glenn from TV’s “The Walking Dead”) opens at Basie Center Cinemas on Friday. Already up for dozens of regional critics awards, Minari tells the story of a young Korean family which settles in Arkansas in search of its American dream. Yeun’s celebrated portrayal of the father figure is a highlight, with the Los Angeles Times calling Minari “the movie we need after an exhausting 2020.”

Sony Pictures Classics’ French Exit, led by a Golden Globe-nominated Best Actress performance from Michelle Pfeiffer, stays on after last weekend’s opening bow. French Exit,

Steven Yeun stars in Minari

which also earned costar Valerie Mahaffey (Northern Exposure, Desperate Housewives, 2016’s Sully) a Best Supporting Actress nod from the Independent Spirit Awards, depicts a widowed New York socialite and her aimless son who move to Paris after spending the last of her husband’s inheritance. Variety calls French Exit “sophisticated,” and Pfeiffer spectacular in “a role for which she’ll be remembered.”


On Tuesday, the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its annual Oscars™ shortlist in nine categories — documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature, makeup and hairstyling, original score, original song, animated short film, live action short film and visual effects. The shortlist announcement is the Academy’s annual tease at which films may – or may not – contend for its coveted gold.

Several upcoming and recent Basie Center Cinemas titles – including The Truffle Hunters and MLK/FBI – made the cut in the documentary category. Mank, Pinocchio, Hillbilly Elegy, One Night In Miami and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – all of which saw their first local screenings here – made the Makeup and Hairstyling list. Minaricould contend for Original Score, as might previous BCC screenings like Mank, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, News of the World and Ammonite. “Rain Song” from Minari made the Original Song shortlist, along with cuts from Chicago 7 and One Night In Miami. Mank could also see consideration in the Visual Effects category.


Nominees for this year’s Golden Globe Awards were announced last week, with Sony Pictures Classics – co-founded and led by Basie Center board member and Atlantic Highlands resident Tom Bernard – receiving five nods – four for The Father (Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama [Anthony Hopkins]; Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture [Olivia Colman]; Best Screenplay – Motion Picture [Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton]) and a Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination for Michelle Pfeiffer in the studio’s  French Exit. Hopkins and Colman were also nominated on Thursday for Screen Actors Guild awards.

French Exit screens at Basie Center Cinemas starting on Friday, February 12. The Father starts its run at the cinema on Friday, February 26. Tickets for both runs will be on sale soon at www.basiecentercinemas.org.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reveals its official list of nominees March 15. In their annual rites of passage, publications like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and others have already started speculating, with many of the most-oft mentioned films headed to Basie Center Cinemas during STATUE SEASON:

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Anthony Hopkins (R) has earned accolades for The Father. (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

Malcolm & Marie, the Netflix Studios release filmed entirely during the pandemic, is earning buzz for co-stars Zendaya and John David Washington. Malcolm & Marie continues its two-week run at Basie Center Cinemas this weekend (Feb, 5-7). Also screening this weekend: director Chad Hartigan (Morris From America)’s Little Fish and Our Friend starring Independent Spirit Awards winner Dakota Johnson, Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Jason Segel.

Nomadland, winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion and based on the book by Montclair author Jessica Bruder, earned four Golden Globe nods (Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Screenplay – Motion Picture; Best Actress [Frances McDormand] and Best Director – Motion Picture [Chloé Zhao]) comes to Basie Center Cinemas in mid-February. McDormand also received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for her portrayal.

Minari, an Oscar hopeful which received three Screen Actors Guild nominations (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role [Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead fame] and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role [Youn Yuh-Jung], opens at Basie Center Cinemas on Friday, February 12. The film depicts a Korean American family which moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream.

Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

The Truffle Hunters, the critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics documentary on white Alba truffle hunters in Piedmont, Italy, is expected to earn consideration for the Best Documentary feature Oscar™. The Truffle Hunters opens at Basie Center Cinemas March 5.

The comedy Blithe Spirit stars Isla Fisher, Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann and Oscar winner Judi Dench, and tells the tale of a novelist with writers block, and his wife’s desperation to leave London for Hollywood. The film opens in Red Bank in late February.

Additional, critically-acclaimed 2020 films will be announced in the weeks to come at www.basiecentercinemas.org.

Basie Center Cinemas offers limited, socially-distant seating and COVID-19 safety protocols used by the Basie organization at its performance venues on nearby Monmouth Street. The Basie’s COVID-19 protocols and operations standards enjoy an ongoing endorsement from Hackensack Meridian Health’s Keeping America Safe Reopening Assist program.


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