Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.
Opening: Apr. 16, 2021
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: If “Monday” makes any point at all, it is that sexual attraction does not a relationship make.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts
Godzilla vs. Kong
I Care a Lot
Judas and the Black Messiah
Acasa, My Home
- Excerpt: Acasa, My Home is a film that shows far more than it tells…
- Excerpt: Strong performances and some effective filmmaking provides enough chills, even if it doesn’t totally transcend its routine haunted house formula.
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
- Excerpt: A stoner comedy that has nothing to do with drugs. These gals are high on life. My review:
- Excerpt: It’s more interesting than it is good. Its performances outshine the plot in which they’re stuck. And its motivations are commendable albeit obtusely niche.
- Excerpt: Norway’s submission for the International Oscar…is director Maria Sødahl’s painfully real autobiographical reconstruction of how an alarming cancer diagnosis metamorphosized her romantic relationship…a raw and moving modern love story.
In the Earth
- Excerpt: …Ben Wheatley gets back to his literal roots with a trippy horror outing that suggests the psychedelia of of both “Mandy” and his own “A Field in England” with the urban legend of the Blair Witch and the folkloric horrors of “Midsommer.”
- Excerpt: Jakob’s Wife has it all. Barbara Crampton. Larry Fessenden. Priests. Vampires. Rats. Splatter. The line, “I’m going to tongue fuck a hole in your neck until I puke blood.” Concrete Blonde.
- Excerpt: We’re floating just outside Nicholas’ head as he reconciles past suffering and current trauma to begin to discover where his levels of complicity and rebellion stand.
My Name is Pedro
- Excerpt: LaSalle might have been dazzled by her charismatic subject. Not everything is fully explained in the film.
- Excerpt: The awkwardness this situation supplies is the film’s best attribute because it’s both funny and relatable.
Shoplifters of the World
- Excerpt: The result isn’t perfect, but its messaging and execution is a lot more resonant than I expected going in—a less successful sibling to Blinded By the Light.
- Excerpt: McCormack and Morgan aren’t interested in sanitizing the messiness that goes into a woman accepting herself outside the men’s world she was born into.
- Excerpt: Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy share outrageous dining and dancing sequences that almost save Thunder Force.
- Excerpt: As stuffed with soap-opera clichés as its cinematic precursors, but this is nevertheless a solid and diverting rescue procedural… and it’s somehow even more shocking for how mundane its disaster is.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
- Excerpt: It won’t be enough to save it for some, but those daggers of truth make it hard for me to simply disregard the whole.
Da 5 Bloods
The Mole Agent
- Excerpt: What starts as a detective mission quickly turns into a heartfelt treatise on the ways in which our elderly has been systematically forgotten by their children instead.