Top 5 movie picks for Sarasota-Bradenton: March 24-30

This week's biggest new release is Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum romantic-comedy adventure "The Lost City," which heads to theaters along with Naomi Watts survival thriller "Infinite Storm." Those staying at home have options as well, including award-winning drama "Nitram" debuting on video on demand and COVID-19 documentary "How to Survive a Pandemic" premiering on HBO. Here are this week's highlights.

1. 'Compartment No. 6'

Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen's film follows a young woman (Seidi Haarla) traveling by train and forced to share a cramped compartment with a Russian miner (Yuriy Borisov), with the two eventually forming a bond. A likable arthouse take on the classic "opposites attract" story, "Compartment No. 6" won the Grand Prix at last year's Cannes Film Festival along with Asghar Farhadi's "A Hero," and was Finland's submission for this year's International Feature Film Oscar, although it ultimately wasn't nominated.

Where to watch: Limited release in theaters including Burns Court Cinemas on Friday


2. 'Nitram'

Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel ("The Snowtown Murders," "True History of the Kelly Gang") directs this drama starring Caleb Landry Jones as a disturbed young man, based on the real-life events of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania. Co-starring Judy Davis, Anthony LaPaglia and Essie Davis, "Nitram" premiered at last year's Cannes, where Jones won Best Actor, with the movie later winning eight awards including Best Film at the AACTA Awards, Australia's version of the Oscars.

Where to watch: Video on demand and limited release in theaters starting Wednesday

"The Lost City."
"The Lost City."

3. 'The Lost City'

This contemporary take on "Romancing the Stone" stars Sandra Bullock as a novelist who's kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes the lost city in her latest novel exists, and Channing Tatum as the book's cover model who sets out to save her. With a talented cast that also includes Da'Vine Joy Randolph, "I Think You Should Leave" standout Patti Harrison and Brad Pitt in a supporting role, "The Lost City" received generally positive reviews following its South by Southwest premiere.

Where to watch: Theaters on Friday

"How to Survive a Pandemic."
"How to Survive a Pandemic."

4. 'How to Survive a Pandemic'

This documentary follows the historic, multi-national race to research, develop, regulate and roll out COVID-19 vaccines, with filming starting in early 2020 and continuing over the next 18 months. There have been no shortage of pandemic documentaries thus far, but this film's director David France – who previously directed the Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" about the AIDS epidemic, as well as the Emmy-nominated "Welcome to Chechnya" – makes this latest one noteworthy.

Where to watch: HBO and HBO Max at 9 p.m. Tuesday

"Infinite Storm."
"Infinite Storm."

5. 'Infinite Storm'

Naomi Watts stars in this drama, by Polish filmmakers Małgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, as a woman on Mt. Washington who finds a stranded man (Billy Howle) and takes it upon herself to get them both down the mountain before a blizzard overwhelms them. "Infinite Storm" is based on a true story, with the movie adapting Ty Gagne's article "High Places: Footprints in the Snow Lead to an Emotional Rescue."

Where to watch: Limited release in theaters including AMC Bradenton 20, AMC Sarasota 12, Burns Court Cinemas and Spotlight Theatres Luxury Stadium 11 on Friday

Florida film note

The Academy Awards take place Sunday, and if you don't already have watch party plans, Sarasota's Burns Court Cinemas will roll out the red carpet for its own party starting at 6 p.m. Along with the awards ceremony on the big screen, the festivities will include a 50/50 raffle, lotto board and Oscar balloting to win prizes, silent auction and 6-8 p.m. VIP reception with hors d'oeuvres and open beer and wine bar. Tickets are $30 and $25 for members; to purchase or for more information, visit

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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Sarasota-Bradenton top 5 movie picks, March 24-30