Well, two of our least anticipated movies hit theaters this weekend, but it’s not all bad news this weekend.
We get 2021 started with two of our entries on the top ten least anticipated movies list, but that’s not the whole story. We also have a ton of new movies scheduled for the week, including the home release of several films that are sure to be Oscar contenders. With the sheer variety of flicks on offer this weekend, you’re bound to find a few diamonds in this rough.
No Man’s Land
While out on a father-son border patrol, Jackson accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. When Jackson’s father tries taking the blame, Jackson flees south on horseback, becoming a gringo “illegal alien” in Mexico. Chased by Texas Rangers and Mexican federales, Jackson journeys across Mexico to seek forgiveness from the dead boy’s father only to fall in love with the land he was taught to hate.
Our Friend (Also on VOD)
After receiving life-altering news, a couple finds unexpected support from their best friend, who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man. But the love of her life claims that they have never met before.
After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.
The Sound of Philadelphia
A tale of family, friendships and betrayal in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob.
News of the World (Alamo on Demand)
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs.
Promising Young Woman (Alamo on Demand)
Carey Mulligan is a revelation in this delightfully twisted revenge thriller that poses the question – do you want your toxic masculinity with sprinkles or chopped nuts?
Falling (Kino Marquee)
John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John’s father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis is in the early stages of dementia, making running the farm on his own increasingly difficult, so John brings him to stay at his California home so that he and his sister Sarah (Linney) might help him find a place near them to relocate to. Unfortunately, their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s adamant refusal to change his way of life in the slightest.
*Staff Pick: The first of two dramas filled with a stellar cast about dealing with dementia slated for early 2021. Hard to bet against Viggo here.
Identifying Features (Kino Marquee)
Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually his path converges with Magdalena’s.
You Will Die at Twenty
YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY follows a child — portended to die at age 20 — as he and his mother navigate the uncharted space between coming of age and facing the end. An exceptional story and only the eighth narrative feature film to be made in Sudan, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY follows Muzamil (played first by Moatasem Rashid, then as a teen by Mustafa Shehata), whose death at age 20 is prophesied on the day of his birth by a traveling sheik.
Video on Demand
An emotional and introspective journey following five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?
Stallone: Frank, That Is
Frank Stallone has remained one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood for over four decades. So why does Frank remain one of the least known famous faces in Hollywood?
Ten Minutes to Midnight
A character-driven night terror, “Ten Minutes to Midnight” begins when veteran punk rock disc jockey Amy Marlowe (Caroline Williams) is bitten by a rabid bat on the eve of her final graveyard shift broadcast. When a raging storm traps Amy, her mysterious replacement (Nicole Kang), and the uneasy staff inside their small-town radio station, reality begins to fracture as they move further and further into the graveyard shift.
The Village in the Woods
Deep in the forgotten woods, lies a village, at the center of which stands the old Harbour Inn. This rotten pub is the target of an inheritance fraud by young couple Jason and Nicky. Tempted by promises of easy money, Nicky pretends to be the Inn’s sole heiress. On arrival, they find the villagers welcoming and friendly… perhaps a little too much so.
A young hitman falls for a girl who witnesses him commit a murder. Unable to bring himself to dispose of her, he takes her home and quickly learns that there is more to her than meets the eye.
Written, directed by and starring Derek Ting, the film fixes on Jim Yung, a rejected CIA analyst, has been exposed to an ancient ‘dust’ that transforms him into a super soldier that can communicate with aliens. When a secret organization works with him to discover why aliens have returned to Earth, the truth comes at a price.
*Vanity Project Alert!
When Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and Tim (Matthew Lewis) find out they are having a baby, they resolve to not let parenthood change them. Tim runs towards being a dad, while Zoe runs away from being a mum. Terrified that her life won’t be her own anymore, Zoe is still determined to tick off a list of their wildest dreams before the baby arrives. Zoe’s increasing denial about her impending birth pushes her, and her relationship, to the limit.
Brothers by Blood
In the City of Brotherly Love, eight-year-old Peter Flood helplessly watches on as his little sister is killed by a neighbor’s reckless driving. Tormented with grief and resentment, his father finds revenge as the only solution, leaving lasting generational wounds. Thirty years later, Peter still wrestles with the guilt he feels over his sister’s death and his father’s vengeance. As he tries to distance himself from the criminal family business, his cousin, Michael, becomes more powerful in the hierarchy. Bonded by blood, neither man can escape violence as they are dragged further into a chilling cycle of betrayal and retribution.
The Judge – Character. Cases. Courage
“The Judge – Character. Cases. Courage.” illuminates a storied career on the federal bench with a justice who honored the right of law for all Americans, even when death threats followed. Through it all, Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr. chose to do what was right.