The pandemic wasn't just rough on the box office and the existing slate of films that had been scheduled for release, but also the few films that did manage to get made in 2020 have left a lot to be desired as well. Enter "Malcolm & Marie" a wordy, tiresome examination of a couple who are as caught up in themselves as writer/director Sam Levinson seemingly is of his own work.
Justin Timberlake has proven that he is a man of many talents, and he doesn't let us down with his solid dramatic performance in "Palmer" (new on Apple TV+ on Friday, January 29th, 2021). But the film itself is bland and uninspired, and even Timberlake's performance is just not enough to save it.
Denzel Washington. Rami Malek. Jared Leto. What could go wrong? Well, just watch "The Little Things" and you'll find out.
"Penguin Bloom" is adapted from the book of the same name, and tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts), a wife and mother of three who, after a tragic accident, is left without the use of both of her legs. It's not very hard-hitting, but more of an inspirational, family-friendly drama that glides along on the strength of its two leads.
Simple, touching and powerful, "Supernova" explores the harsh realities of finality, loyalty, love and the explosiveness of human connectivity.
The first real surprise of 2021, "Our Friend" is a wonderful testament to the power of love, family and friendship. But grab the tissues.
"Identifying Features" was just named the Best International Feature by the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and it's available this Friday, January 22nd, 2021, as part of The Film Lab's Virtual Cinema locally.
We have all seen the film where a man, starting with nothing, fights and claws his way to the top using nothing but his wits, guts and sheer determination. "The White Tiger" takes this recognizable story and turns it on his head, creating a film that subverts audience expectation and creates an unforgettable movie-going experience.
The best part about the new Marvel Universe series "WandaVision," is also undoubtedly the source of its biggest frustration.
Don't worry, you won't be alone in asking yourself, "What the heck is going on here?" as that question is the central mystery of the series, at least through its first three episodes (I was given just the first three episodes for review...the series as a whole is nine-episodes long, with the first two episodes coming to Disney+ on January 15th, with new episodes unveiled each week on Fridays through March 5th).
But it's an intriguing, bizarre mystery that will take time to unravel, although the built-in army of young adults that make up the bulk of the Marvel Universe fanbase might have an even tougher time of following - or getting - the innate charm of "WandaVision."
If you've been a fan of other recent Liam Neeson action films, then "The Marksman" will hit the mark. Yes, it's another in a series of generic action films starring the Oscar-nominated actor ("Honest Thief," "Cold Pursuit," "The Commuter" and of course the "Taken" films), but of them, "The Marksman" is at least passable entertainment, if nothing more.
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