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: Feb. 5, 2021
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: We watch [everything] with the implicit request [to] forgive him because he’s a dying old man. No technical or artistic success overcomes [ignoring that request’s danger].
A Glitch in the Matrix
- Excerpt: Bemusement abounds, as does amusement, and when it’s all over, don’t fight the urge to prove that you are not actually a brain in a laboratory jar.
- Excerpt: A sort of ouroboros that simultaneously travels forwards and backwards to make it so we as viewers ascribe meaning to moments before fully grasping how they truly go together.
- Excerpt: Its journey contains a lot worth delving into, but the destination lacks [the start’s] captivating, darkly sinister energy.
- Excerpt: For all its familiarity, however, you can’t deny its visual panache via immersive cinematography and production design.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Little Things
The White Tiger
- Excerpt: Sarah Pirozek weaves an elegant, noirish tragedy on a micro budget, but it’s far more effective as a portrait of the miserable discomposure of modern teen life than as a feminist vigilante thriller.
- Excerpt: A pleasant, if not deep, excavation of the time period.
- Excerpt: With superb performances, gorgeous cinematography, lyrical editing, and a complementary score, the film proves a melancholic wonder that isn’t easily forgotten.
Earwig and the Witch
- Excerpt: [Skipping] the studio’s bread-and-butter 2D [is a misstep, but it should] entertain kids and adults alike with humor and magic before it fades away later that day.
In the Earth
- Excerpt: We find our own interpretations in a fluid state of metamorphosis much like the imagery on-screen courtesy of Wheatley’s hallucinogenic editing & Clint Mansell’s synth score.
M.C. Esher: Journey to Infinity
- Excerpt: A crucial biographical document even if it’s an imperfect film. Lutz has composed a university lecture in its own right: educationally pragmatic and historically enlightening.
- Excerpt: This is the paper trail that proves the FBI’s treachery in collecting tabloid fodder in order to ruin the reputation of a man they deemed to be their enemy.
- Excerpt: As a journey inward into the roiling waves of memory and regret, Ahari fulfills his promise with an unapologetic air of penance and disgrace [despite an] egregious misstep.
- Excerpt: An engrossing experience that bears witness as few other works have done to the most innocent victims of war.
- Excerpt: A heartfelt and emotionally resonant drama that is uplifted by understated performances.
- Excerpt: While the plot progression is therefore familiarly convenient, however, it never felt manipulative. And that’s a big win for this type of film.
- Excerpt: Comes with a new look (no cannibal mutant hillbillies) but it keeps the kills bloody violent and innovative.
The Croods: A New Age
Promising Young Woman
- Excerpt: The story of the women duped into *checks notes* killing Kim Jong-un’s brother is more bonkers — and sad, and gripping — than we’ve heard. Utterly fascinating; the stuff of a Hollywood thriller.
Coolie No. 1
Night of the Kings
- Excerpt: In these days of political “storytelling”, the film is worth a look both to understand what any of us would do to stay alive and how being “generous” with the truth can affect lives.
Pieces of a Woman
- Excerpt: Kirby’s transcendent performance [is rendered] inert [as the film] positions her as a trump card waiting to do the right thing and end what’s become a melodramatic charade.
Standing Up, Falling Down
- Excerpt: It is so good to see Billy Crystal, playing Marty, back on the big screen
God of the Piano
- Excerpt: A complex relationship film.