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: Jan. 29, 2021
Wide (United States)
The Little Things
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: THE NIGHT creates an internal logic that is easily perceptible, while also being tantalizingly beyond comprehension. The suspense builds slowly but relentlessly, gearing up for a resolution that is a psychic shock.
- Excerpt: The road trip scenario really works here, that old Fiat Autotrail Cheyenne giving the film an intimate, character-defining space while the Lake District and the stars Tusker knows so well provide the film a larger-than-life grandeur.
- Excerpt: A slow-roll, country drive of a film with brief pot holes of drama. Macqueen offers a flat structure, a sort of calm before the storm atmosphere, but it keeps his film from leaving a lasting impression.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The White Tiger
Brothers By Blood
- Excerpt: Brothers By Blood is an engaging slow burn with a bleak atmosphere that is carried by a weary yet engrossing performance from Matthias Schoenaerts.
- Excerpt: Caged features plenty of compelling sequences and interesting ideas, though it doesn’t cohere into a satisfying whole. Edi Gathegi manages to use his solitary space as way to really show off his range as a performer.
- Excerpt: Hunted is a thoroughly tense and visceral film, one that manages to bring flourishes that go from surreal to borderline mythic.
- Excerpt: The quiet, methodical pacing of Identifying Features might not work for everybody, but it ultimately comes together beautifully. Fernanda Valadez has crafted a film with so much empathy and a striking eye for images that will leave a lasting impression.
No Man’s Land
- Excerpt: While the film isn’t necessarily great as a whole, it has little moments that make the film compelling and interesting, and the cast puts in a lot of strong work.
PG: Psycho Goreman
PG: Psycho Goreman
- Excerpt: Underneath the enjoyably goofy, child-like adventure of Psycho Goreman lie a few interesting themes that use the story’s comedy for satirical purposes.
The Queen of Black Magic
- Excerpt: Kimo Stamboel’s latest is a thoroughly enjoyable and often unnerving horror film with plenty of nasty and bloody scares.
- Excerpt: There are echoes of many great films and filmmakers in Glass’s work – Polanski’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Repulsion,’ Stanley Kubrick, ‘The Exorcist’ and even Lars von Trier. And yet her film never feels derivative.
What Happened To Mr. Cha?
- Excerpt: It’s an amusing comedy that has fun with the real life persona of its star.
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984
Dinner in America
- Excerpt: It comes with a star performance by Kyle Gallner to carry it through some of its rough spots.