This Week at the Movies (Mar. 5, 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: Mar. 5, 2021

Wide (United States)

Chaos Walking

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Raya and the Last Dragon

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2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Judas and the Black Messiah

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Body Brokers

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Its ideas get stretched too thin, and sometimes the nuance gets lost in the process. However, the story is an engaging one, and the performances keep things together.

Coming 2 America

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: while the original’s screenwriters Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield have done little but flip their script, catching up with Akeem, Simmi and the colorful My-T-Sharp barbershop crew is a good-natured trip down memory lane.

Coming 2 America

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Everyone wants another Prince Akeem Queens and Zamunda experience. None of us should be remotely surprised or even concerned that the result is more like a knock-off from the McDowell’s menu instead of the real thing.

The Girl on the Train

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

I Blame Society

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A vicious, delicious Hollywood sendup, deconstructing — like a wrecking ball deconstructs — indie filmmaking, cinematic violence, and the industry’s treatment of women. Write what you know? Hoo boy.

I Care a Lot

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Rosamund Pike plays sharp villain, a role she seems so comfy in.

Keep an Eye Out

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Quentin Dupieux (“Rubber”) is a master of absurdist humor and in this…he flexes his language muscles in a meta comedy which finds its protagonists tumbling down semantic rabbit holes…

Keep an Eye Out

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Quentin Dupieux’s effervescently surreal policier parody recalls vintage 70s cinema. And it’s actually pretty weird.

Lucky

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Grant, whose committed performance anchors the film, uses the specter of a masked killer who reappears daily to address the myriad ways woman are dismissed from micro aggressions to outright misogyny.

Somewhere with no bridges

Federico Furzan @ Screentology

  • Excerpt: A compelling insight into loss, and the effects of human kindness. A celebration of life like you’ve never seen.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: The kiddies may not understand that Spongebob and Patrick are dissecting the tropes of a buddy picture versus a hero’s journey as they set off on their journey, but they will enjoy the exchange that ends in rocks and sand, literal and figurative, filling the characters’ heads.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Really, what more do you need to know than Keanu Reeves has been cast as a tumbleweed?

‘ Til Kingdom Come

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A deep dive into US evangelical Christians teaming up with Israeli charities in an absolutely terrifying unholy alliance that has geopolitical implications that should worry everyone, believer or not.

Tom and Jerry

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Modernization is the enemy of the classics.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Even Andra Day’s flawless performance can’t save this mediocre movie.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Andra Day’s performance is phenomenal. This first-time actor seems born for the role and hopefully will garner the levels of attention she deserves.

The Vigil

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It doesn’t generally break the overall formula of a horror film about demonic infestations, and it features some jump scares that don’t totally work, but it has great atmosphere and a terrific lead in Dave Davis.

The Vigil

Mark Leeper @ Mark Leeper’s Reviews

  • Excerpt: THE VIGIL is a horror film in a Jewish Hasidic setting. But the story is still basically a ghost story, and while it is atmospheric and effective, it does not go much further than other horror films.

2020 Films

Birds of Prey

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The Father

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My Psychedelic Love Story

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

  • Excerpt: Errol Morris doesn’t believe in adversarial interviews. He prefers to let his subjects say whatever they want, and he uses dialectical montage – the juxtaposition of two opposing images or statements to comment on one another – to impart a new meaning. My Psychedelic Love Story is Morris’s approach on steroids. Or rather, LSD.

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