This Week at the Movies (Apr. 9, 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. 9, 2021

Wide (United States)


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Limited (United States)


Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film, which is both unflinchingly brutal and often quite beautiful, lays a groundwork for understanding the white male South African mindset given the military’s harsh indoctrination into hate politics…

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts

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The Courier

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Godzilla vs. Kong

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The Unholy

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City of Lies

Ron Wilkinson @

  • Excerpt: The lesson is solid even as the huge production fails to generate the chemistry promised by its cast and crew.


James Wegg @

  • Excerpt: No hope in sight

Funny Face

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Cosmo Jarvis and Dela Meskienyar are a dynamic duo that give the film soul. Tim Sutton’s flourishes sometimes pushes its limit, but it ultimately comes together in a meaningful and resonating way.

Giants Being Lonely

Nell Minow @

  • Excerpt: Familiar, even universal issues of growing up, identity, and intimacy are presented with a lyrical, dreamlike tone.


Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: No movie about backwoods cannibals should be this dull.


Gregory J. Smalley @

  • Excerpt: When ‘Honeydew’ is on, it’s creepy as hell. But when it’s off, it’s a case of ‘yeah, I totally saw that coming.’

The Last Blockbuster

Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: The film focuses on the human side of the story; its protagonists, and not so much in the events in which they were involved.

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …Ben Hania’s Tunisian nominee for the International Oscar could be accused of the same thing she wishes to condemn, one of the many trippy, circular arguments her film puts forward.

Mandao Returns

Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: The film feels like a true sequel, set to expand the world in which the story takes place, but without losing the charm of the first installment.

Nina Wu

Ron Wilkinson @

  • Excerpt: Echoing the me-too movement on a grand scale this story examines how fans kill their idols.

Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling

Glenn Dunks @ ScreenHub

  • Excerpt: Even if it’s light on the very thing that made him a legend, this glimpse into Phil Liggett’s life should satisfy those with their own nostalgic memories of his famous tones.

The Power

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Corinna Faith (BAFTA nominated for her 2006 short ‘Care’) utilizes our fear of the dark to shine a light on both class and female oppression in 1970’s England with her double entendre titled film.

Red Soil

Ron Wilkinson @

  • Excerpt: Brings home the sometimes illusive dangers of environmental degradation by showing victims and their families in revolt.

Shiva Baby

MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: A wonder of emotional claustrophobia and narrative economy. Rachel Sennott is delightfully caustic in this painfully poignant, dryly funny portrait of a deeply awful moment of young adulthood.

This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: The winner of the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and Lesotho’s first-ever submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is a devastating depiction of one woman’s fight to maintain the traditions of her people when the crushing wave of modernization threatens to sweep them away. Written and directed by Mosotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and starring the late, great South African actor Mary Twala Mhlongo in her heartbreaking final performance, the film forces us to examine the idea of progress and the irreparable damage this purportedly positive force can do when it lacks a beating heart.


Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: It is admittedly a curious directorial choice to have their own subject say they’re sick of talking about the story at hand and then make a film about it anyway.

The Vault

Ron Wilkinson @

  • Excerpt: Nice editing mixes the hysteria of World Cup finals with sweaty vault raiding in this safe and sane procedural.


Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It is designed to be difficult to watch, especially given the time it will take for viewers to piece it together. However, it ends up packing a serious punch.

2020 Films

Another Round

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2019 Films

The Projectionist

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: Another dividing line between generations is whether you remember the days when, outside of the potluck and frequently mangled versions played on television, the only way to see a movie was in the theatre.

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