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
Limited (United States)
2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Animation
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Little Things
Malcolm & Marie
Raya and the Last Dragon
The White Tiger
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
City of Lies
- Excerpt: A spellbinding drama.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
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
- 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.
Pieces of a Woman
Dara of Jasenovac
- 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
- Excerpt: A compellingly cruel Rosamund Pike outshines an otherwise middling ‘I Care a Lot.’
The Truffle Hunters
- 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.