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: Dec. 11, 2020
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Ultimately, Archenemy proves frustrating. The most fun, intriguing characters, and exciting ideas take a backseat to rote family drama that carries little weight. The film has big aims, but in the end, it takes a bold leap, arms outstretched, but misses the target and plummets to the ground.
- Excerpt: Msangi takes shortcuts to her happy resolution…but “Farewell Amor” ends on the right note.
- Excerpt: The family drama connects with an audience in the same sincere way Ozu’s films connected.
- Excerpt: The gimmick behind “The Stand In” is having Drew Barrymore in dual roles. Unfortunately, seeing Barrymore twice does not make this high-concept life-swap comedy doubly funny, charming, life-affirming, or whatever its goal was supposed to be.
- Excerpt: Writer-director Tara Miele’s relationship drama “Wander Darkly” is ambitious in exploring trauma and grief through the memories of a relationship in collapse. If only the film were as cumulatively profound as it thinks it is.
The Weasel’s Tale
- Excerpt: …a throwback black comedy of con in which the targeted victims turn the tables on the scam artists. This is a fun romp buoyed by an exceptional cast, Cecilia Monti’s costume design and Nelson Noel Luty’s art direction.
Wild Mountain Thyme
- Excerpt: For a romantic comedy to work, there has to be at least one obstacle the couple must overcome. Here there are two and neither makes a lick of sense. Still the film features beautiful scenery and a perfectly cast Blunt…
Wild Mountain Thyme
- Excerpt: Wild Mountain Thyme is about to get pop culture’s attention for all the wrong reasons: Absurd Irish accents, Irish stereotypes which believe the land to still be a 19th century hamlet full of lyrical prose and folk sing-a-longs, and the most gobsmacking, I can’t believe that just happened ending of 2020.
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Anything for Jackson
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Sound of Metal
The Twentieth Century
The Wolf of Snow Hollow
All My Life
- Excerpt: Watching “Black Bear” is like watching a pot of water simmer and then boil over without being able to stop it, and yet it’s more controlled and captivating than that.
- Excerpt: A provocative, challenging work that shows the amazing Aubrey Plaza in a whole new light.
Dick Johnson is Dead
- Excerpt: Dick Johnson is dead isn’t the old cliché of being about life instead of death. It’s very much about death. It’s unabashedly about death. However, it’s about the alternating sensations of crying and laughing we feel when we confront it.
- Excerpt: By being so stripped-down, “Girl” winds up being dreary and nondescript in its white-trash grime and bleakness.
- Excerpt: Son of a butterscotch is Jillian Bell just a delightful elixir of life.
- Excerpt: A funny and compassionate movie.
I Hate New Year’s
- Excerpt: Though it’s a better quality film than most holiday gay Lifetime romance films, it still comes across as a gay Lifetime romance film.
I’m Your Woman
- Excerpt: a low key genre effort that much like Hart’s female-centric take on the Superhero genre goes to some unexpected places.
The Killing of Two Lovers
- Excerpt: Writer/director/editor Robert Machoian’s lived in meditation on a strained marriage just may be the filmmaking discovery of the year.
Let Them All Talk
- Excerpt: Not since “Ocean’s Twelve” has director/cinemtographer/editor Steven Soderbergh delivered a vacation film for a prestigious cast, but this time around it’s an actors’ piece.
Let Them All Talk
- Excerpt: “Let Them All Talk” does let them all talk, mostly coming down to being a breezy yet only deceptively light hang with actors we like and know can do anything at this point.
Let Them All Talk
Lilly’s Light: The Movie
- Excerpt: Possibilities come to light as Lilly shares her magic sight. Imagination fills the screen in each unique creative scene.
The Midnight Sky
- Excerpt: as moving as it can be, largely due to Clooney’s melancholy stoic resolve, Mark L. Smith’s (“The Revenant”) adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ always feels like something we have experienced before.
My Psychedelic Love Story
- Excerpt: The main characters were so limited.
- Excerpt: …plays like 3 seasons of [Murphy’s] TV series ‘Glee’ stuffed into two hours without its music rights, the generic originals here occasionally goosed with clever lyrics… Thankfully Murphy’s cast Streep as his lead…
- Excerpt: A bombastic bore.
Promising Young Woman
- Excerpt: Sarah Paulson is really good at horrifying people. I mean that as a compliment.
- Excerpt: A remarkable achievement that lifts up and celebrates the human spirit, ‘Soul’ ranks amongst Pixar’s best works and charters a life-affirming mission to the great beyond that’s sure to leave audiences peering deep within themselves.
- Excerpt: There is always a place for a comedy, like “Superintelligence,” that goes down easy in the moment without being entirely memorable.
- Excerpt: Tinged with melancholy and earned hope instead of sentimentality, “Uncle Frank” is familiar but heartfelt.
What Lies Below
- Excerpt: “What Lies Below” finally answers the question, “What if your mom’s hot new boyfriend was a horny lake monster?” It isn’t half-bad, even if its silly premise is played with earnest faces.