This Week at the Movies (Jan. 8, 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: Jan. 8, 2021

Limited (United States)

One Night in Miami

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The Reason I Jump

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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.

2020 Films

The Croods: A New Age

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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The Midnight Sky

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Minari

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

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News of the World

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Over the Moon

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Promising Young Woman

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Soul

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Tenet

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Time

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

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The Vast of Night

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Wonder Woman 1984

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Bloody Hell

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s not for every viewer, but the mashup does manage to effortlessly blend together comedy and violence.

The Dissident

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Fatale

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Herself

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

MLK/FBI

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Matt Oakes @

  • 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.

Pinocchio

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • 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

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s just a cringe-inducing film that one wonders why it was made.

The White Tiger

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

The Witches

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: [It’s reliance on CGI] increases the film’s whimsy, but lessens its connection to reality.

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