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: Mar. 19, 2021
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: …that most frustrating type of movie experience, one which features leads who really click, starts off really well and promises to keep us guessing only to spiral into pointlessness.
- Excerpt: Add some deep-cut one-liners and a stoned-out-of-her-mind Yi calling shotgun in the most absurd way possible and this ride becomes a gift that keeps giving.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Judas and the Black Messiah
The White Tiger
- Excerpt: …the film is carried by Ricci, a magnetic actress appearing in only her second role, who is wholly believable as a teenager whose greatest strengths, including her insistence on absolutes and her tendency to react with her heart rather than her head, are also her greatest weaknesses.
- Excerpt: An ancient short wave radio becomes the movie, with mixed results.
- Excerpt: So while I can’t embrace its dramatic import, I can enjoy its comically subversive caricature of aristocratic behavior.
The Human Voice
- Excerpt: the Scot and the Spaniard have whipped up a riotously colorful bit of manic Almodóvarian melodrama.
- Excerpt: Standout performances and a simple yet powerful story of family and growth make this film work.
- Excerpt: More than entertainment for viewers, kid 90 proves a cathartic reckoning for Frye and anyone watching who has gone through the same trials and tribulations on any scale.
M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity
- Excerpt: A mellow journey of logical ponderings made amazing by the subject’s illogical pretzel art.
- Excerpt: Let me show you how we do it in Canada.
My Darling Supermarket
- Excerpt: The inner life of retail food sales is teased out with beautiful clarity.
My Donkey, My Lover and I
- Excerpt: Attaining more chemistry with the donkey than the lover on the French Appalachian Trail.
Quo Vadis, Aida?
- Excerpt: [We’re never] taken for granted. Rather than show us what we know is happening, [Zbanic] includes foreshadowing, rumors, and expressions to put a chill in our spine instead.
Rose Plays Julie
- Excerpt: With its lush art house production aesthetic, unsettling exploration of identity and double entendre dialogue, “Rose Plays Julie” unfurls with an elegant sense of dread.
Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words
- Excerpt: [Ruth] gives you some idea of what it took for her to make her way in a field in which, as we see her telling a group of schoolchildren, she started with three strikes against her: being Jewish, being female, and being a mother.
Sheep Without a Shepherd
- Excerpt: an entertaining ride piloted by a master manipulator.
- Excerpt: Presents the news headlines of scandalous abuse in elite competitive sports in a deeply personal perspective.
Still Life in Lodz
- Excerpt: Elbaum’s position as someone [paying respects and gaining insight] allows her to be the perfect steward with as much curiosity, knowledge, and reverie as we could hope [for].
The World to Come
- Excerpt: Campers in trouble Part 86 gives way to a curiously current portrait of a country divided and a loving father surprisingly good with an ax.
- Excerpt: But it is an entertaining, family-friendly romp with wish-fulfilling yeses, extended comic mayhem, and satisfying consequences. And yes, there is learning and hugging.
- Excerpt: A mom agrees to one YES DAY and thinks that might just pave the way to change how the kids think of her. Rambunctious fun ensues, for sure!
The Truffle Hunters
- Excerpt: The filmmakers are able to provide a three-dimensional look at Piedmont’s niche economy through their subjective compiling of objective vignettes.