This Week at the Movies (Apr. 2, 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. 2, 2021

Wide (United States)

Godzilla vs. Kong

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The Unholy

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Limited (United States)

2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Animation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The Oscar nominated short animations comprise the most diverse program of the three featuring the obligatory Disney selection, a charming lesson for kids, to an experimental rumination of city life from France, off-beat humor from Iceland, a damning expression of grief and a mind-blowing history of the entire world told in nine minutes.

2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Documentary

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The short subject documentaries cover a wide range of subjects this year, three reaching into the past while addressing contemporary issues.

2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The nominated short Live Action films all find a unique perspective to explore their themes. It is of note that the only two films not from the U.S. happen to be from Israel and Palestine.

Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: In attempting to fit a lifetime of legendary adventure and personal upheaval into a mere two-hour film, Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition doesn’t manage to tell us that much about any of it.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Courier

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The Little Things

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Malcolm & Marie

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Nobody

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Raya and the Last Dragon

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Saint Maud

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Supernova

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The White Tiger

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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City of Lies

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A spellbinding drama.

Come True

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s rare that a movie’s final shot can undo all the good it’s done up until that point, but ‘Come True’ manages that trick, turning a film that was headed for a mild recommendation into a recommended pass.

Concrete Cowboy

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: director Ricky Staub pairs a coming-of-age tale with a real, legendary Black urban equestrian institution and many of its members, giving his film a rich environment while providing an awareness boost for the stables.

The Dig

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies

  • Excerpt: With assists from the intimate chemistry between Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, Mike Eley’s sweeping visuals, and Stefan Gregor’s lovely piano score, ‘The Dig’ is a quest worth to treasure.

Palmer

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies

  • Excerpt: Despite of its clichéd and overdone nature of the narrative, Fisher Stevens’ ‘Palmer’ offers a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful drama about acceptance and second chances.

Saina

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

Tom & Jerry

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

  • Excerpt: The updated theatrical version of ‘Tom & Jerry’ directed by Tim Story offers nothing but rehash of old comedy moments that are barely funny.

The Yellow Wallpaper

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Yellow Wallpaper is depressing, though a necessary story. The issues Gilman wrote about in the 1800s may have changed somewhat, but they still exist, in one form or another.

2020 Films

The Father

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Nomadland

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Pieces of a Woman

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Unhinged

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Dara of Jasenovac

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies

  • Excerpt: Although its depiction of violence often overshadows the underlying messages of racism and fascism, ‘Dara of Jasenovac’ is still a well-crafted exploration of the survival of the human spirit.

I Care a Lot

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies

  • Excerpt: A compellingly cruel Rosamund Pike outshines an otherwise middling ‘I Care a Lot.’

The Truffle Hunters

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: the film is positively endearing when it spends time with 84 year-old Aurelio Conterno, who shares his truffled meals with Birba, the dog he loves so much his only rationale for finding a woman is so that Birba will have someone to look after it when he’s gone.

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