This Week at the Movies (Jan. 1, 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: Dec 25, 2020 & Jan. 1, 2021

Wide (United States)

News of the World

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Promising Young Woman

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Wonder Woman 1984

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Limited (United States)

The Dissident

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: It all gels together perfectly for a fast-paced, poignant, and essential narrative despite being so densely packed with exposition and peripheral context.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ammonite

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The Assistant

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Beanpole

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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The Boys in the Band

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Boys State

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The Croods: A New Age

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Emma.

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First Cow

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Happiest Season

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Hillbilly Elegy

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Mank

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Martin Eden

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The Midnight Sky

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Mulan

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Nomadland

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Over the Moon

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Palm Springs

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The Personal History of David Copperfield

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The Prom

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Soul

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Sound of Metal

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Tenet

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

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The Wolf of Snow Hollow

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Archenemy

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Mortimer compensates by highlighting the delusional fallacy some hide behind to excuse the pain they inflict by overinflating the value of the protection they provide.

Archenemy

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: Makes for a loopy action-adventure film, filled with raw energy and a muddled story.

The Black Emperor of Broadway

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Brilliantly written, brilliantly portrayed, brilliantly directed and perfectly timed, “Black Emperor of Broadway” is the film of the year. It combines the thoughts of the BLM movement, Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an AntiRacist” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” in a moving depiction of white privilege and arrogance that compromised the lives of black people in America through time.

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: So yes. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a documentary. Just because the reality and humanity it captures is heightened doesn’t make it any less pure.

Breach

Sandy Schaefer @ Comic Book Resources

  • Excerpt: Breach isn’t scary or remotely original, but there are moments when it provides some amusingly cheesy sci-fi action/horror entertainment.

Concrete Plans

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Rural horror and class warfare make for happy bedfellows in Will Jewell’s accomplished thriller.

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: More than an exercise for today, Dick Johnson Is Dead becomes a time capsule for tomorrow.

Durgamati: The Myth

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Education

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: What the Small Axe anthology repeatedly tells us over the course of these five films is that looking for help from the powers that be is almost always a fruitless endeavor anyways; if you want to make real change, you have to fight for it yourself, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Falling

Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]

Farewell Amor

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Achieves that rare cinematic feat of being specific and universal at the same time. A lovely film, plaintive and poignant, with exquisite performances from a beguiling cast, and ultimately hopeful.

Fatale

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieRevews.com

  • Excerpt: A densely plotted and devilishly twisted erotic fantasy of a noir

Greenland

Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot

  • Excerpt: A disaster-thriller that champions humanity over calamity, ‘Greenland’ is a welcome reminder of the oft-out-of-nowhere thrills that await us at the cineplexes.

Half Brothers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Herself

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Herself

Chris Barsanti @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Phyllida Lloyd’s film cannot escape its own somewhat mundane self-set contours.

Hunter Hunter

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Hunter Hunter is one of 2020’s biggest horror surprises

I’m Your Woman

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: It is gritty yet elegant, and takes film noir into it own genre, femme noir.

I’m Your Woman

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: That Hart and Horowitz can unravel a simple premise into this complex web of cyclical progressions and endearingly complicated lives is a testament to their talents.

The Infinite Race

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: Director Bernando Ruiz focuses more on the Rarámuri culture, and individual members of the community, than he does on the annual race, so this is an unusual entry in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Not that I’m complaining—the film is fascinating and you can’t help but admire the traditional way of life the Rarámuri are endeavoring to preserve.

Let Them All Talk

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

  • Excerpt: Let Them All Talk’ is a slow-moving cruise but the acting is so comfortably genuine that it’s a really enjoyable, delightful ride.

Lingua Franca

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Lingua Franca’s power resides [in its depictions of] lost souls confronting impossible choices that pit their comfort against their humanity.

Luxor

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: A low-key film I dearly admired for its ability to have so much breath and to say so much by saying so little.

Max Cloud

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Max Cloud is a somewhat perfunctory, but pretty fun time. Its nostalgic indulgences prove to be rather charming, especially with Scott Adkins’ tongue-in-cheek performance.

Max Cloud

Ed Travis @ Cinapse

  • Excerpt: There are moments when it springs to life as it goes hard on a fight scene (Fight Coordinator Dawid Szatarski of the Andy Long Stunt Team deserves a shoutout for some fun set pieces that incorporate the film’s video game inspirations), letting Adkins do his thing, or when it doubles down on its 16-bit roots. But there’s just not enough here to sustain a feature, unfortunately.

Minari

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: It has the peppery crunch of its eponymous Korean herb, but also the satisfying flavor

The New Mutants

Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: It’s a film that remains a bit half-baked, and that doesn’t convince either as a superhero film, or as a drama or horror film.

One Night in Miami

Derek Deskins @ Edge Media Network

  • Excerpt: One Night in Miami still possesses all of the trappings necessary to reap armloads of awards, but underneath the preconceptions and headlines is an intimate story of four men. King creates a space where the characters are able to strip away their costumes of celebrity and delve into the far more human elements of life.

The Painter and the Thief

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Songbird

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: An appalling melange of insipid disaster drama and implausible romance with a bit of dystopian satire thrown in. This is a crass cash-in meant to prey on our pandemic anxieties, not grapple with them.

Sylvie’s Love

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Eugene Ashe has fashioned a sweeping, soapy old-fashioned romance dripping in old Hollywood style glamour, a milieu star Thompson takes to like a duck to water.

Sylvie’s Love

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Eugene Ashe breathes new life into the classical, old Hollywood romance. Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha have wonderful chemistry.

Sylvie’s Love

Candice Frederick @ Insider

Time

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Unearth

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

  • Excerpt: Deftly escalates nervous tension, then shifts into body horror most recently experienced in Color Out of Space.

We Can Be Heroes

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: I’d have lost my mind over it when I was ten.

The Wolf House

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: A fascinatingly nightmarish depiction of María’s psychology as PTSD crushes her hope and Stockholm syndrome erases her capacity to [differentiate] friend [from] foe.

The Wolf House

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Wolfwalkers

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: A journey into another era allowing the viewer to bask in an ethereal mood. I rarely experience that in contemporary films.

World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: More akin to Hertzfeldt’s older, more irreverent shorts like Rejected than its predecessors in this franchise. But the result is no less memorable.

2019 Films

Finding Steve McQueen

Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: It favours scenes of funny interactions between characters, with funny one-liners […], and Travis Fimmel acting almost as “drunk” as in ‘Warcraft’.

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