This Week in Cinemas: Shiva Baby debuts April 2, 2021, in cinemas and TVOD

“Shiva Baby” debuts in theaters and various PVOD platforms.

Rachel Sennot stars as a soon-to-be college graduate running into an ex-girlfriend and a secret sugar daddy at a family shiva in filmmaker Emma Seligman’s comedy “Shiva Baby.”

The COVID-19 pandemic is slowly coming to an end, and cinemas chain operators welcome movie fans back to auditoriums. The Warner Bros. monster movie “Godzilla vs. Kong” looks to deliver the biggest opening weekend of the COVID-19 era. For movie buffs waiting on vaccine shots, digital platforms provide plenty of options for streaming indie films and festivals. 

Shiva Baby debuts April 2, 2021, in cinemas and TVOD.

Filmmaker Emma Seligman continues to receive festival praise from Outfest to SXSW for her “coming-of-age classic” comedy “Shiva Baby,” about a soon-to-be college graduate running into an ex-girlfriend and her secret sugar daddy at a family shiva. Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Dianna Agron, Fred Melamed, Danny Deferrari, and Polly Draper round out the ensemble cast.  

Shiva Baby” debuts in theaters and various PVOD platforms.

Coded Bias debuts April 5, 2021, on Netflix.

Artificial intelligence (AI) sources human data from social media likes and swipes to smart-phone texts and photos. Does this mean we can lay claim to AI and demand algorithm equity and equality? “Coded Bias” director Shalini Kantayya dives into the social justice of AI with her film about MIT Researcher Joy Buolamwini, a technologist investigating facial recognition software that fails to identify dark-skinned individuals.

After premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, “Coded Bias” debuts April 5 on Netflix.

Funny Face debuts April 2, 2021, on Netflix.

Two Brooklyn misfits transform into masked avengers fighting gentrification in writer/director Tim Sutton‘s timely satire “Funny Face.” Newcomers Dela Meskienyar joins Cosmo Jarvis, Victor Garber, Dan Hedaya, and Rhea Pearlman. 

“Funny Face” debuts April 2 on various PVOD platforms.

Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema runs through April 12, 2021

Cinema Tropical, a Latin American cinema programmer, presents Neighboring Scenes, an annual series of new Latin American Cinema running through April 12 at the Film at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema. Movies in the series include Ana Elena Tejera’s debut film “Panquiaco,” a Panamanian fisherman’s story, and Lojo’sLojo’s “Los Fantasman,” about a tour guide moonlighting as a thief in Guatemala City. 

Go to virtual.filmlinc.org for information on Neighboring Scenes.

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