This Week at the Movies (Apr. 16, 2021)

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)


Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

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Godzilla vs. Kong

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I Care a Lot

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Judas and the Black Messiah

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Acasa, My Home

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: Acasa, My Home is a film that shows far more than it tells…

The Banishing

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: A stoner comedy that has nothing to do with drugs. These gals are high on life. My review:

Funny Face

Jared Mobarak @

  • 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.


Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.”

Jakob’s Wife

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.


Jared Mobarak @

  • 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

Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: LaSalle might have been dazzled by her charismatic subject. Not everything is fully explained in the film.

Shiva Baby

Jared Mobarak @

  • Excerpt: The awkwardness this situation supplies is the film’s best attribute because it’s both funny and relatable.

Shoplifters of the World

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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.

Sugar Daddy

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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.

Thunder Force

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy share outrageous dining and dancing sequences that almost save Thunder Force.

The Tunnel

MaryAnn Johanson @

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @

  • 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.

2020 Films

Da 5 Bloods

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The Mole Agent

Jared Mobarak @

  • 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.

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