This Week at the Movies (Feb. 5, 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: Feb. 5, 2021

Wide (United States)

None

Limited (United States)

Falling

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • 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.

Little Fish

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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.

PVT Chat

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Its journey contains a lot worth delving into, but the destination lacks [the start’s] captivating, darkly sinister energy.

The Reckoning

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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

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The White Tiger

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#Like

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

The Dig

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: A pleasant, if not deep, excavation of the time period.

The Dig

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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.

MLK/FBI

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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.

The Night

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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.

Notturno

Andrea Chase @ EatDrinkFilms.com

  • Excerpt: An engrossing experience that bears witness as few other works have done to the most innocent victims of war.

Palmer

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: A heartfelt and emotionally resonant drama that is uplifted by understated performances.

Palmer

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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.

Wrong Turn

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: Comes with a new look (no cannibal mutant hillbillies) but it keeps the kills bloody violent and innovative.

2020 Films

The Croods: A New Age

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The Lodge

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Minari

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The Prom

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Promising Young Woman

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Shirley

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Assassins

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Night of the Kings

James Wegg @

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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

James Wegg @

  • Excerpt: It is so good to see Billy Crystal, playing Marty, back on the big screen

2019 Films

God of the Piano

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: A complex relationship film.

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