Holy smokes do we have a ton of movies to cover this week!
I know that lots of films are trying to get into Oscar contention, but this weekend is completely crazy when it comes to how many movies are getting a theatrical release. A full dozen are slated to hit theaters, and another eleven are lined up for home release. Hope you added popcorn to your pandemic hoarding list.
A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, off the grid in Wyoming.
Fear of Rain
A girl living with schizophrenia struggles with terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. The only person who believes her is Caleb -a boy she isn’t even sure exists.
An aging Manhattan socialite living on what’s barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.
The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw
Mitzi Bearclaw is an indigenous woman who reluctantly returns to her isolated reserve to help her father care for her bitter mother.
Judas and the Black Messiah (Also on HBO Max)
The story of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.
Staff Pick: This historical drama is currently slaying it with critics, most of whom are pegging the film, the director, and the stars for awards season glory. Add in the easy streaming option, and that’s quite a package.
Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Tahar Rahim) fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.
Zu (Kate Hudson) is newly sober when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music, a young girl on the autism spectrum.
Anti Staff Pick: This movie has been getting roasted alive for its portrayal of autism and harmful practices towards autistic behavior. I saw the trailer a while ago and thought it was cringe. Now I hear it’s even worse.
Tianhuo Island is as beautiful as a paradise. It almost makes people forget that it is located in the “Ring of Fire” the world-famous Pacific Rim volcanic belt. The volcano erupted, and the fate of the people in the island was entangled.
Willy’s Wonderland (Also on VOD)
A quiet drifter (Nicolas Cage…again!) is tricked into a janitorial job at the now condemned Wally’s Wonderland. The mundane tasks suddenly become an all-out fight for survival against wave after wave of demonic animatronics. Fists fly, kicks land, titans clash — and only one side will make it out alive.
The World to Come
Somewhere along the mid-19th century American East Coast frontier, two neighboring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape, challenging them both physically and psychologically.
A Writer’s Odyssey
Kongwen Lu (Dong Zijian) is the author of a fantasy novel series following a heroic teenager, also named Kongwen, on a quest to end the tyrannical rule of Lord Redmane. But through a strange twist of fate, the fantasy world of the novel begins to impact life in the real world, leading Guan Ning (Lei Jiayin) to accept a mission from Tu Ling (Yang Mi) to kill the author.
Young Hearts (Also on VOD)
Harper enters high school and sparks a relationship with her brother’s best friend, Tilly. While Harper deals with social blowback, the older Tilly is congratulated, setting up a very modern love story in the age of Time’s Up and Me Too.
Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words (Kino Marquee)
How does a person with three strikes against her rise to the highest court in the land? The film tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job despite graduating first in her law school class in a tie and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools, became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Video on Demand
Red Dot (Netflix)
David and Nadja, a couple in their late twenties, have been struggling with their marriage. When Nadja becomes pregnant they make an attempt to rekindle their relationship and decide to travel to the magnificent expanses in the north of Sweden for a ski hike. But after what started as a quarrel with two local hunters, their romantic trip slowly turns into a nightmare.
Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father, has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile, police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family.
When the Choi family lose their dry cleaning business, they learn to love each other to survive the crisis and heartaches that they cause each other.
Anna, a recently widowed cardiologist facing romantic challenges. While attending a wedding, Anna discovers she is not alone and bonds with six other women as they each share their unique stories of navigating the complex world of relationships.
I Blame Society
Gillian (Gillian Wallace Horvat) is one of those many struggling filmmakers in L.A. who just can’t seem to get the money for their first feature. Feeling like her friends and her partner (Keith Poulson) are losing faith in her abilities, she decides to resurrect her abandoned documentary based on a pseudo-compliment she once received that she would make a good murderer. But while she documents what makes “the perfect murder” a hitherto unseen dark side of Gillian emerges and grows.
Queens delivery man Ray Tincelli (Dean Imperial) is skeptical of new technology, and the buy-in to start cabling is steep, but he struggles to support himself and his ailing younger brother, who suffers from a mysterious illness. So when Ray scores a shady permit, he believes their fortunes may have finally changed. What he doesn’t expect is to be pulled into a conspiracy involving hostile cablers, corporate greed, and the mysterious “Lapsis” who may have previously owned his permit.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon Prime)
Mark (Kyle Allen) is contentedly living the same day in an endless loop. His world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret (Kathryn Newton) also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how – and whether – to escape their never-ending day.
The film features acclaimed photographer Lynn Davis, who has earned global recognition with her spectacular collection of photos of the icebergs off the coast of Greenland; and Tony Leiserowitz, the Director of Yale’s Climate Change Communication Project.
Me, You, and Madness
Catherine Black is a brilliant, ruthless business executive who runs a top hedge fund in L.A. She lives a wealthy but ice-cold life and is a self-declared murderous psychopath. Enter Tyler Jones, a handsome young petty-thief and con man, arriving at her Malibu estate seeking “a room for rent” while naively unaware that he might be her next meal.
A contractor and his wife who move to Malibu to flip his mother’s beach house and are terrorized by the deranged homeless lady living under the house.