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Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you’re staying at home to limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we’ve organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.
- 1 January 29
- 2 January 22
- 3 January 15
- 3.1 News of the World
- 3.2 Synchronic
- 3.3 Promising Young Woman
- 3.4 Outside the Wire
- 3.5 Redemption Day
- 3.6 Locked Down
- 3.7 Skyfire
- 3.8 Love Sarah
- 3.9 Don’t Tell a Soul
- 3.10 One Night in Miami
- 3.11 American Dream
- 3.12 Butchers
- 3.13 The Empty Man
- 3.14 American Skin
- 3.15 The Forgotten Carols
- 3.16 It’s Huge: The Obesity Documentary
- 3.17 MLK/FBI
- 3.18 Assassins
- 3.19 Some Kind of Heaven
- 3.20 What Would Sophia Loren Do?
- 4 January 8
- 5 January 1
- 6 December 25
- 7 Upcoming
- 8 Theatrical releases
The Little Things
Crime, Drama, Thriller | Streaming: January 28 or 29 | IMDb
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Lee Hancock, Rami Malek, Tom Hughes, Jared Leto, Jason James Richter, Chris Bauer, Sofia Vassilieva
Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Drama | Streaming: January 29 (AppleTV+) | IMDb
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, June Squibb, Fisher Stevens, Charles B. Wessler, Alisha Wainwright, Ryder Allen, Cheryl Guerriero
After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family.
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Streaming: January 29 (Netflix) | IMDb
Starring: Christina Strain, Kelly Hu, Jude Weng, Produced by Ian Bryce, Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro
A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
Biography, Drama, History | Streaming: January 29 (Netflix) | IMDb
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James
As WWII looms, a wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future.
Western | Streaming: January 29 | IMDb
Starring: Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens, Déborah François, Bruno Todeschini, Constance Dollé, Armelle Abidou, Maryne Bertieaux, Kate Moran
The American Civil War breaks out… A family of French colonists, settled in Missouri, decides to go back to France. Edmond, Madeleine, and their three daughters have to cross the whole country to reach New-York. They are led by the mysterious and dangerous mercenary, Victor.
Action, Drama | Streaming: January 29 | IMDb
Starring: Nomi Ruiz, Nick Sasso, John Ventimiglia, Veronica Falcón, Udo Kier, Zoë Bell, D.B. Sweeney
Haymaker follows a retired Muay Thai fighter (Sasso) working as a bouncer, who rescues an alluring transgender performer (Ruiz) from a nefarious thug, eventually becoming her bodyguard, protector, and confidant. The relationship leads Sasso’s character to make an unexpected return to fighting, risking not only his relationship, but his life. Haymaker tells a story about human dignity and love.
Cody’s Review: Movies are a medium for storytelling, and good writers and directors aim to tell the audience what the characters are thinking and feeling through the use of leading situations. Unfortunately, this lesson seemed to have been missed by Nick Sasso, the writer, director, editor, and leading actor for Haymaker. The story is delivered almost like a series of live moments as seen by a fly on the wall, giving no throughline or insights into the character’s actions. The whole experience was like sitting through an uneventful baseball game — I kept waiting for things to happen, but it was just 75 minutes with no appreciable payoff. I even stopped at around 40 minutes to double check what type of movie this was supposed to be; I was confused at the total lack of action, minimal motivation, and no clear story. Nomi Ruiz appears to play a character (Nomi) modeled after her real life self, while Nick Sasso’s character (Nicky) is a former muay thai fighter that she ostensibly hires to play her bodyguard, but it really looks as if she only wants to tease and mistreat him like a whipped boyfriend. The ensuing relationship ends abruptly and Nicky resumes his former life as a prize fighter, though I still have no idea why. I can’t shake the feeling that this was a personal project for Nick and Nomi, aimed at highlighting her brand and giving him a platform to practice working in new roles on a larger project, but it doesn’t feel like this was polished for mainstream audiences. The acting is generally stiff and unmotivated, the brief fight scenes don’t deliver any meaningful action, and there’s not much to take away from most encounters. Even the camera and lighting are an awkward mix of genres, sometimes reminiscent of mock reality shows, and other times looking more like commercials from the 80s and 90s with beauty lighting and glamor shots. However, I will give credit to the soundtrack, which was well-selected and ideal for bringing personality to scenes that would have otherwise been pretty dry. Verdict: Fans of Nomi Ruiz will enjoy Haymaker purely because it highlights her personality and brand. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anybody else that’s going to get much out of a viewing.
Drama | Streaming: January 27 (Netflix) | IMDb
Starring: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Rachel House
When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family’s world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.
Horror, Suspense | Streaming: January 29 | IMDb
Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Michael Graham, Niousha Jafarian, George Maguire, Elester Latham
The Night is a psychological thriller that follows an Iranian couple, Babak and Neda, and their one-year-old daughter, Shabnam. Returning home from a friend’s gathering, Babak drives drunkenly, too stubborn to let Neda drive with a suspended license. When Babak’s driving threatens the safety of the family, Neda insists they stay the night at a hotel. Once they check-in, Babak and Neda find themselves imprisoned, forced to face the secrets they’ve kept from each other. And though the clock moves forward, ‘the night’ never ends
Comedy | Streaming: January 22 | IMDb
Starring: Emily Barclay, Madeleine Sami, Curtis Vowell, Sophie Henderson, Matthew Lewis, Rachel House, Rose Matafeo, Nic Sampson
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.
Drama | Streaming: January 22 | IMDb
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, Brad Ingelsby, Marielle Scott, Ahna O’Reilly, Isabella Kai Rice, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Casey Affleck
Tells the inspiring and extraordinary true story of the Teague family—journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters—and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.
The White Tiger
Crime, Drama | Streaming: January 22 (Netflix) | IMDb
Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav
Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing — a servant — so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master.
PG: Psycho Goreman
Horror, Comedy | Streaming: January 22 | IMDb
Starring: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, Matthew Ninaber
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.
Cody’s Review: Welcome to the next great throwback movie for nerds. I’m not talking about any nerds, I’m talking about the truest nerds that get amped up on Jolt Cola, original copies of Galaga, and consecutive 12-hour sessions of D&D… 2nd edition or earlier, pleb! PG: Psycho Goreman is fun and funny, cholk-full of camp, and everything that could be called ‘bad’ is what makes it better. Why? Because it’s completely self-aware and subtly makes fun of itself at every turn. This is a perfect modern recreation of an 80s B-grade movie, like a portal back in time to the days before we nitpicked image quality and special effects. Little details like de-sync’d and mismatched audio for the demons and occasionally unstretched anamorphic shots make this seem like amatuer work at first glance, but it artfully calls back to the silliness of old B movies. And best of all, the dialog is snarky and quick-witted with modern sensibilities. Is PG: Psycho Goreman for everybody? Hell no, this is a loveletter to films of the 80s and 90s, it will fall flat for people that don’t see beyond the latest comedy or Michael Bay’s next explosion. Verdict: If you would put Ghostbusters or Gremlins anywhere near your top 10, PG: Psycho Goreman should be the next movie you watch; otherwise, it’s not for you.
Comedy, Drama | Streaming: January 22 | IMDb
Starring: Patrick Sabongui, Veronica Cartwright, Mike Mosallam, Haaz Sleiman, Michael Cassidy, Amin El Gamal, Christopher J. Hanke, Rula Gardenier
Mo, a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, is learning to navigate life post heartbreak. Enter Kal, an All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the holy month of Ramadan. As they learn more about each other, they fall in love over what they have in common and what they don’t.
No Man’s Land
Action, Adventure, Thriller, Drama, Western | Streaming: January 22 | IMDb
Starring: Frank Grillo, Conor Allyn, George Lopez, Jake Allyn, Andie MacDowell, David Barraza, Jorge A. Jimenez, Esmeralda Pimentel
Late one night, Bill Greer and his son Jackson patrol their ranch when Jackson accidentally kills an immigrant Mexican boy. When Bill tries to take the blame for his son, 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.
Born a Champion
Action, Drama | Streaming: January 22 | IMDb
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Katrina Bowden, Sean Patrick Flanery
Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) headline this powerful martial arts action film about the love for family and the drive for greatness. After a blood-soaked jujitsu match in Dubai, fighting legend Mickey Kelley (Flanery) falls to superstar Blaine. But years later, an online video proves that Blaine cheated, and the world demands a rematch. Can the aging underdog get back into shape in time to vanquish his foe, get revenge, and claim his prize?
Action, Camp(?) | Streaming: January 19 | Theaters: January 8 | IMDb
Starring: Jason Sedillo, Caitlin Rose Williams, Akasha Villalobos
From director and writer Mark Cantu (Night Zero), the action-packed film follows superheroes as they struggle to come out of retirement and once again fight evil in their city. Attached you’ll find additional info on the film. Assets and a review screener can also be accessed below!
The Cleansing Hour
Horror | Streaming: January 19 | IMDb
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis
Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams “live exorcisms” watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But their fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage. In front of a rapidly growing audience, the demon subjects the crew to a series of violent challenges, threatening to expose the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other unless they come clean and reveal they’re impostors before the show is over.
Bring Me a Dream
Horror | Streaming: January 19 | IMDb
Starring: Martin Kove, Tyler Mane, Robert Pralgo
On the run for murder, Avery Quinn bursts into Alpha Omega Pi house looking for help. Desperate to prove her innocence and her sanity, she holds a handful of people hostage and forces them into the reality of her ongoing nightmare. As a last resort, she summons the legendary Sandman and from that point on, all of the unfortunate souls inside have two choices: Face their worst nightmares…or…face the Sandman.
The Evil Twin
TV Movie, Thriller | Streaming: January 16 | IMDb
Starring: Emily Piggford, Tanya Clarke, Cory Lee
Emily escapes from an abusive relationship by moving back to her hometown only to discover she has a long-lost twin, but her newfound sister might be a murderer.
Stallone: Frank, That Is
Documentary | Streaming: January 19 | IMDb
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Derek Wayne Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Zane, Frank Stallone, Joe Mantegna, Billy Dee Williams
Frank Stallone has remained one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood for over four decades. His music career has earned him three Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums, five Gold Singles and seen him top the charts worldwide. His movie soundtracks have audiences across the globe gripped to some of the most iconic movies; including The Expendables 2, Rocky I, II and III, Rambo II, Paradise Alley, Over the Top and the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive, which earned him Golden Globe and Grammy Nominations. All the while Frank’s on-screen career has seen him act in over 60 films and TV shows, including Tombstone and the cult hit Barfly. So why does Frank remain one of the least known famous faces in Hollywood? Find out as we go behind the scenes of Hollywood’s elite, in this fascinating documentary, told by Frank himself and those that know him be.
News of the World
Action, Adventure, Drama | Streaming: January 15, 2021 | Theaters: December 25 | Note: (Dec 25 on Netflix outside US) | IMDb
Starring: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Michael Covino
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (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.
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | Streaming: January 11 | Theaters: October 23 | IMDb
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton, Aaron Moorhead, Anthony Mackie, Ally IIoannides, Justin Benson
When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself.
Promising Young Woman
Comedy, Crime, Drama | Streaming: As early as January 11 | Theaters: December 25 | IMDb
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox
Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.
Outside the Wire
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Streaming: January 15 (Netflix) | IMDb
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Rowan Athale, Enzo Cilenti, Pilou Asbæk, Mikael Hafstrom
Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do.
Action | Streaming: January 12 | Theaters: January 8 | IMDb
Starring: Gary Dourdan, Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Samy Naceri, Andy Garcia
Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton’s (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.
Cody’s Review: Redemption Day is a false promise of a good time. It’s labeled an action movie despite having almost zero action for more than an hour. It opens with music reminiscent of The Rock, and there are hints of a strong setup for big action. And after a few short seconds of a desert firefight, everything slows way down. The dialog and story move along at a decent clip, but there’s no high adrenaline action to speak of. I try to avoid nitpicking details, but I can’t help but be bothered that the main motivator of the story relies on an archaeological dig crew being capable of following a GPS while also being so inept that they can’t tell where a country’s borders are. When the action finally begins, it’s shot in very dark rooms and hallways, likely to hide the relative inexperience and lack of choreography. Unfortunately, it’s hard to follow some of the events when you can’t see much. I also doubt the director had a clear vision for the movie since scenes often lack cohesion between shots, sometimes feeling like quite a bit might have been cut. There are attempts at political intrigue, particularly with the closing, but it all feels awkward and out of place, even to the point it probably should have gone into a different movie. The highlight of the movie is Serinda Swan who gives a fantastic performance, which makes me wonder how she doesn’t have better roles. Her counterpart Gary Dourdan is a likeable guy and carries out his role well. From here, most of the performances are fine, but nothing significant. There are quite a few cameos, including Ernie Hudson, Andy Garcia, Martin Donovan, and the eternally creepy Robert Knepper. Most of them are phoning it in a bit with fairly soft, downplayed performances. Knepper is the exception, going decidedly over the top as an almost comical villain, even though he’s barely on screen. Verdict: I tried really hard to like Redemption Day, but it’s hard to recommend it. But if you do watch it, just treat it like a drama with a bit of political thriller. When the action starts, just skip to the last few minutes and watch the ending. Trust me, you won’t miss anything.
Comedy, Crime, Romance | Streaming: January 14 (HBO Max) | IMDb
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Steven Knight, Stephen Merchant, Dule Hill, Jazmyn Simon, Lucy Boynton, Doug Liman
Just as they decide to separate, Linda (Anne Hathaway) and Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor) find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but fueled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.
Action | Streaming: January 29 | IMDb
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Hannah Quinlivan, Xueqi Wang
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.
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Streaming: January 15 | IMDb
Starring: Shelley Conn, Bill Paterson, Eliza Schroeder, Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet
Determined to fulfil her late mother’s dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, 19-year-old Clarissa enlists the help of her mother’s best friend Isabella and her eccentric estranged grandmother Mimi. These three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London store filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world.
Don’t Tell a Soul
Thriller, Drama | Streaming: January 15 | IMDb
Starring: Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Mena Suvari, Rainn Wilson
While stealing money to help their sick mother (Mena Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Rainn Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family, in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.
One Night in Miami
Drama | Streaming: January 15 (Amazon Prime Video) | IMDb
Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge
One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.
Drama | Streaming: January 12 | IMDb
Starring: Michiel Huisman, Luke Bracey, Nick Stahl
Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan) directs this intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Luke Bracey, Point Break ) and Nicky (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Nick Stahl, Sin City). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified, until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend, Ana, decides to take action herself.
Horror | Streaming: January 29 | IMDb
Starring: Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton, Julie Mainville
A family of sadistic butchers has dug into the back country and, from the deep freeze of winter to the dog days of summer, anyone who crosses their path is dead meat.
The Empty Man
Crime, Drama, Horror | Streaming: January 12 | Theaters: October 23 | IMDb
Starring: David Prior, Owen Teague, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root
The Empty Man is a supernatural horror film based on a popular series of Boom! Studios graphic novels. After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger.
Drama | Streaming: January 15 | IMDb
Starring: Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Beau Knapp
A Marine veteran working as a school janitor tries to mend his relationship with his son after a divorce. When his son is killed by a police officer found innocent without standing trial, he takes matters into his own hands.
The Forgotten Carols
Musical | Theaters: November 20 | IMDb
Starring: Christy Summerhays, Michael McLean, Adrien Swenson
Uncle John recounts the story of Christ’s birth to Connie Lou through story and song. See Connie Lou discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately opening her heart to the joy of this special season.
It’s Huge: The Obesity Documentary
Documentary | Streaming: January 12 | IMDb
Starring: Nadia Ramoutar
Exploring the complexities of obesity and weight loss, It’s Huge follows the epic journey of five men who must create healthier lifestyles or risk losing their lives. With free resources from a team of professionals, the documentary subjects attempt to lose between 100 and 200 pounds each over the course of a year. Watch as It’s Huge attempts to begin a global movement towards healthy living along with a broader perspective on the obesity risks that 70 percent of the American population is currently faced with.
Documentary | Streaming: January 15 | IMDb
Starring: James Comey, Beverly Gage, Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic documentary, award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard (Editor, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MO’ BETTER BLUES; Director/Producer, EYEZ ON THE PRIZE, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME) lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.
Documentary | Streaming: January 15 | Theaters: December 11 | IMDb
Starring: Ryan White, Jessica Hargrave
The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the center of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. ASSASSINS goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geo-political espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.
Some Kind of Heaven
Documentary | Streaming: January 15 | IMDb
Starring: Lance Oppenheim
A documentary about The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise.
What Would Sophia Loren Do?
Documentary, Short, Biography | Streaming: January 15 | IMDb
Starring: Nancy Kulik, Sophia Loren
Nancy Vincenza Kulik, an Italian-American grandmother from Fort Lee, New Jersey, has experienced many challenges and triumphs. But she always meets life’s journey with love, resilience and joy, inspired in part by another Italian grandmother, movie star Sophia Loren.
Stars Fell on Alabama
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Streaming: January 8 | IMDb
Starring: James Maslow, Ciara Hanna, Lesa Wilson
Successful Hollywood agent Bryce Dixon is returning to Alabama for the first time in 15 years for his high school reunion. When he learns he’s the only one of his friends who isn’t married with children, he convinces his client, starlet Madison Belle, to pretend to be his girlfriend. But he soon learns that success has different meanings, and romance may be closer than he thinks.
Thriller, Mystery | Streaming: January 8 | Theaters: December 18 | IMDb
Starring: Hilary Swank, Mike Colter, Michael Ealy
After a wild one-night stand, Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he discovers that the sexy and mysterious woman he risked everything for, is a determined police detective (Hilary Swank) who entangles him in her latest investigation. As he tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into her trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life. FATALE is a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life.
12 Hour Shift
Comedy, Horror, Thriller | Streaming: January 5 | IMDb
Starring: Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Tara Perry, David Arquette
Set in a small-town Arkansas hospital in 1999, 12 Hour Shift follows Mandy (Bettis) a drug-addicted nurse who gets caught in the middle of a black market organ-trading scheme after her ruthless cousin, Regina (Farnworth), misplaces a kidney scheduled for delivery that night. Death soon descends on the hospital as a mob boss and an injured convict (Arquette) terrorize patients, while Mandy and Regina scramble to replace the lost organ by any means necessary. Nothing is off the table and every patient is at risk as Mandy fights to restore order and appease the ruthless black market bosses.
Cody’s Review: It’s a struggle to come up with the right way to describe 12 Hour Shift. This is a really weird movie, and I’m still not entirely sure if I love it or hate it, but I’ve certainly enjoyed it the more I’ve thought about it. Despite being categorized as a comedy, horror, and thriller, I can’t rightly say it belongs to any of these genres. It has the pieces of a horror/thriller, including plenty of blood, a couple chase scenes, and at least three serial killers, but it’s not remotely scary. And as far as comedy, the first 30-40 minutes have basically no obvious humor; but if you laugh at stupid trailer trash behavior, you’re in for a treat. The legitimate laugh lines pick up in the second half, they’re amusing and quippy. But in truth, the humor comes from the sheer stupidity of the characters — and boy howdy, are they stupid. I’ll steer clear of spoilers, but it’s hard to paint a complete picture of how absurd things get while also remaining somehow light, but also dark. For example, there is a single mini-musical number involving just two unconnected characters… No, this movie isn’t a musical, but the setup resembles that moment in those movies before everybody breaks into song. Trying to explain 12 Hour Shift is almost the best part, and it’s growing on me as more time goes by. This movie is an experience, which means it’s either brilliant or terrible. Just don’t judge it too harshly by the first few minutes and you’ll probably come away loving this one. Verdict: If you have a sick sense of humor, this is a must-watch; otherwise, just run away and don’t look back.
Pieces of a Woman
Drama | Streaming: January 7 | IMDb
Starring: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn
A heartbreaking home birth leaves a woman grappling with the profound emotional fallout, isolated from her partner and family by a chasm of grief.
Drama | Streaming: January 8 (Amazon Prime Video) | IMDb
Starring: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill
Struggling to provide her daughters with a safe, happy home, Sandra decides to build one – from scratch. Using all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality, Sandra draws together a community to lend a helping hand to build her house and ultimately recover her own sense of self.
If Not Now, When?
Drama | Streaming: January 8 | IMDb
Starring: Meagan Holder, Mekia Cox, Tamara Bass, Lexi Underwood, Meagan Good
Four friends, who met in high school and are bonded by an event, are suddenly forced back together when one of them suffers a crisis. It’s a story of love, forgiveness and the incredible bond between women.
Shadow in the Cloud
Action, Horror, War | Streaming: January 1 | IMDb
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale
In the throes of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber with a top-secret package. Caught off guard by the presence of a woman on a military flight, the crew tests Maude’s every move. Just as her quick wit is winning them over, strange happenings and holes in her backstory incite paranoia surrounding her true mission. But this crew has more to fear…lurking in the shadows, something sinister is tearing at the heart of the plane. Trapped between an oncoming air ambush and an evil lurking within, Maude must push beyond her limits to save the hapless crew and protect her mysterious cargo.
The Minimalists: Less Is Now
Documentary | Streaming: January 1 | IMDb
Starring: Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus, Dave Ramsey
They’ve built a movement out of minimalism. Longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how our lives can be better with less.
Drama, Music | Streaming: December 22 | Theaters: October 9 | IMDb
Starring: Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan
A Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.
The Emoji Story
Documentary, Comedy | Streaming: December 22 | IMDb
Starring: Ian Cheney, Martha Shane
Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language?
The Last Shift
Comedy, Drama | Streaming: December 29 | IMDb
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Birgundi Baker, Ed O’Neill
Stanley, an aging fast food worker, prepares to work his final graveyard shift after 38 years. When he’s asked to train his replacement, Jevon, Stanley’s weekend takes an unexpected turn.
Two Ways Home
Drama | Streaming: December 29 | IMDb
Starring: Tom Bower, Joel West, Tanna Frederick
A young woman living with bipolar disorder struggles to honor her grandfather’s last wish while attempting to reunite with her estranged 12-year-old daughter.
Wonder Woman 1984
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Streaming: December 25 (HBO Max) | Theaters: December 25 | Note: December 16 in some markets | IMDb
Starring: Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal
Wonder Woman squares off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Streaming: December 25 | Note: (Disney+) | IMDb
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.
We Can Be Heroes
Action, Comedy, Drama | Streaming: December 25 | IMDb
Starring: YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken
When alien invaders capture Earth’s superheroes, their kids must learn to work together to save their parents — and the planet.
Drama, Comedy | Streaming: December 23 | Theaters: December 4 | IMDb
Starring: Luke Greenfield, Vincent Spano, Connor Del Rio, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Hayes Hargrove, Shira Scott Astrof, Jose Zuniga
Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive, is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher. The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US.
Romance | Streaming: December 22 | IMDb
Starring: Alicia Witt, Bebe Neuwirth, Shane McRae
In this modern telling of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion,’ Wren Cosgrove is a happy, single, and self-confessed workaholic. After rising to the top of the corporate ladder, she finds herself coming home every night to her cat. When her firm is hired by Owen Jasper, ‘the man who got away,’ Wren’s long-lost feelings are stirred, giving Wren a second chance at true love.
Drama, Music, Romance | Streaming: December 25 | Note: (Amazon Prime Video) | IMDb
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria
The jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. As the summer winds down, life takes them in different directions, bringing their relationship to an end. Years pass, Sylvie’s career as a TV producer blossoms, while Robert has to come to terms with what the age of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz. In a chance meeting, Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same. Writer/director Eugene Ashe combines romance and music into a sweeping story that brings together changing times, a changing culture, and the true price of love.
All My Life
Drama, Romance | Streaming: December 23 | Theaters: December 4 | IMDb
Starring: Todd Garner, Jessica Rothe, Kyle Allen, Marc Meyers, Sean Robins, Todd Rosenberg, Harry Shum Jr, Chrissie Fit
Jennifer Carter (Jessica Rothe, the Happy Death Day films) and Solomon Chau (Harry Shum Jr, Crazy Rich Asians) are a sweet, fun-loving, newly engaged couple whose whole life seems ahead of them. But when Sol is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in December, their plans for a summer wedding become impossible. In a race against time, Jenn and Sol’s friends and family launch an online fundraiser to help the couple create their dream wedding in just two weeks. In the process, they unleash an outpouring of generosity and attention from people around the world who want to celebrate the power of love with them. Through it all, Jenn and Sol’s commitment to each other only deepens, becoming a heartwarming reminder that the strength of true love knows no limits.
Comedy, Drama | Streaming: December 19 | IMDb
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang
There’s a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday.
The Midnight Sky
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | Streaming: December 23 | IMDb
Starring: Felicity Jones, Ethan Peck, George Clooney, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Sophie Rundle, Demian Bichir, Tiffany Boone
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to Earth, where a mysterious global catastrophe has taken place.
Horror, Adventure, Fantasy | Streaming: December 25 | IMDb
Starring: Jack Kane, Zander Emlano, Zak Sutcliffe
A group of five classmates is trapped inside their school bus after a mysterious creature invade the road. Time runs and every passing minute decreases their survival chances against the constant threats of that unknown entity.
Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Streaming: December 29 | IMDb
Starring: Lauren Grego, Anthony Taufa, Cooper Flynn
They say blood is thicker than water, but does infected zombie blood count? When Francine (Lauren Grego) catches her brother, Teddie (Cooper Flynn), in the act of a zombie attack, she must convince her parents that they’re in danger and – worst of all – that they have to find a way to get rid of her brother. Along the way, Francine learns how to defend herself, make a best friend for life and become closer to her idol, her father.
Here are some of the movies that are scheduled to come out soon. Links are added when possible, but many services won’t have pages for these services until they go live. Release dates may change without notice, so not all of these dates will turn out to be accurate.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Streaming: January 31 (maybe?) | IMDb
Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams. Her whole family drives Katie to school together when their plans are interrupted by a tech uprising. The Mitchells will have to work together to save the world.
Drama, Romance | Streaming: February 2, 2021 | Theaters: October 16 | IMDb
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto
For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted.
The Right One
Romantic Comedy | Streaming: February 5 | IMDb
Starring: Nick Thune, Cleopatra Coleman, Iliza Shlesinger, David Koechner
In this heartfelt and hilarious rom-com, Sara, a novelist struggling with writer’s block, needs inspiration — and finds it when she serendipitously meets Godfrey, a down-on-his-luck oddball who constantly changes personas and alter egos in order to cope with his past and avoid reality. Just as Godfrey begins to open up to Sara, he discovers that she’s been using him as inspiration for her next novel, and he vanishes from her life. Did Sara just lose the man of her dreams, or will she be able to find him and make things right?
Action, Horror | Streaming: February 5 | IMDb
Starring: Charlotte Kirk, Joe Anderson, Steven Waddington, Sean Pertwee
After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Streaming: February 16, supposedly | Theaters: December 18 | IMDb
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, Tony Jaa
When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
If you’re up for hitting the theaters, here’s a list of releases that just made it to the big screen. Only titles from the last two weeks will be listed here.
The Human Factor
Documentary | Theaters: January 22 (limited) | IMDb
Starring: Gamal Helal, Martin Indyk, Daniel Kurtzer
With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, this documentary is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible – securing peace between Israel and its neighbors. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn’t be more urgent.
Drama, Romance | Streaming: January 29 | Note: Previously released in the UK | IMDb
Starring: Patrick Bergin, Rose Reid, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Baugh, Jedidiah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Judith Hoag
While studying abroad in Ireland, accomplished young musician Finley (Rose Reid) meets heartthrob movie star Beckett (Jedidiah Goodacre) shooting his latest medieval fantasy blockbuster. Sparks fly between the unlikely couple who inspire each other to find the strength to be true to oneself. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love.
Drama, Romance | Streaming: January 29 | IMDb
Starring: Colin Firth, Sarah Woodward, Ian Drysdale, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen, James Dreyfus, Lori Campbell
Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.
We’ll keep this list updated frequently, so keep coming back to see what’s new.
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