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. 8, 2021
Limited (United States)
One Night in Miami
The Reason I Jump
- Excerpt: accomplishes one of cinema’s primary objectives – giving us the perspective of a world unknown to us.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Shadow in the Cloud
- Excerpt: Liang isn’t content with one wild scenario, presenting Maude with obstacles on all fronts, and just when you think the filmmaker’s gone too far (as I did with that package reveal), she manages to make it work.
- Excerpt: It’s not a great movie, but there’s fun to be had, especially with Chloë Grace Moretz effortlessly carrying the ride on her shoulders.
The Croods: A New Age
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The Midnight Sky
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
News of the World
Over the Moon
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The Vast of Night
Wonder Woman 1984
- Excerpt: It’s not for every viewer, but the mashup does manage to effortlessly blend together comedy and violence.
- Excerpt: The Intruder team of Deon Taylor and David Loughery are back with another cheesy thriller starring Michael Ealy and an award winning star, this time two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank slumming and having a ball doing so for the second time in 2020
- Excerpt: Dunne’s given us a character worth rooting for as she wends her way through a complex situation and the two young actresses supporting her are no mere moppets.
- Excerpt: while this is certainly a piece of history worth revisiting, Pollard’s documentary trots out the most notorious accusation made against King…and leaves it hanging, neither confirming nor denying events
Pieces of a Woman
- Excerpt: While Kirby’s performance is notable, “Pieces of a Woman” is unsatisfactory cinema, its character motivations muddled, its use of Norway as a stand-in for Boston unconvincing, its resolution a head scratching letdown.
Pieces of a Woman
- Excerpt: As emotionally devastating a film as you are likely to find in 2020, ‘Pieces of a Woman’ starts with an emotional flash-bang that so burns viewers receptor sites for tragedy that it’s hard to feel much for the remainder of the film though a soaring pair of performances from Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf keep viewers glued to the woe.
- Excerpt: Garrone is best known for grim but gripping crime dramas like “Dogman” and “Gomorrah,” but his movies set in the real world are somewhat similar because the sets in both types of films look lived in and tactile. Geppetto’s home and workplace are covered in sawdust. As a result, it’s easier to buy into the fantasy to come.
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee
- Excerpt: It’s just a cringe-inducing film that one wonders why it was made.
The White Tiger
- Excerpt: This sprawling, Dickensonian tale may address a particularly Indian mindset, but the travails of its protagonist will be easily recognizable to any Western country, like the United States, with a treacherously imbalanced economy
- Excerpt: [It’s reliance on CGI] increases the film’s whimsy, but lessens its connection to reality.