New Movies Weekend of January 15th

A big week in movie releases across the board, with the major streamers each dropping a major release, while two awards contenders head to VOD and even theatres get a Liam Neeson western.

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New Movies Weekend of January 8th

Under normal circumstances, the first few weeks of the year are light on new releases, and generally reserved for expanding the theatrical releases of the awards contenders that got a December 30th limited release to be awards eligible. Or we get a schlocky horror movie that no one was gonna see anyway and has no real competition in some markets, so might as well put it up against the 5th week of whatever mega-blockbuster had the mid-December release date. In 2021, we’ve got just two 2020 releases going to streaming, a festival winner and an Irish drama, and a generic looking erotic(?) thriller going to VOD/Home Cinema.

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Woman In The Window Finally Gets Release

The Woman in The Window, an intriguing sort of Rear Window knock off starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman has been sitting on the shelf for the better part of a year. Originally set to be released in May of 2020, it was pulled from the schedule like so many other films of the year. But while some films got rescheduled, then re-rescheduled, then re-re-rescheduled, before eventually getting a limited theatrical run, VOD release, or just went straight to streaming, Woman in the Window just sat in limbo with no release in sight.

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HBOMax Releases Trailer for Heist Comedy Locked Down

I’ve seen a lot of garbage trailers for probably garbage films that were slapdash attempts to cash in on being a Covid film about Covid made during Covid. I know I was growing weary of the Zoom reunions of shows long off the air exploring what their characters are doing in lockdown. The harder film and TV tried to be topical, the worse it got. All that said… Locked Down actually looks pretty fun, and I’ll approach with cautious optimism. Check out the recently released trailer here:

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How Hollywood Should Navigate Post-Pandemic Movie Releases

I originally sat down to write this piece back in early April, when everything was just untested waters, and no one really knew what was going on, and we legit thought we’d be back to normal by May. A lot has changed in the past several months. Fortunately, the past several months have only solidified the ideas I was formulating for this piece.

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Mulan: Disney Breaks The Formula, But Still Misses The Mark

Directed by Niki Caro
Written by Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Elizabeth Martin & Amanda Silver
Starring Yifei Lu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Rosalind Chao, Tzi Ma, & Utkarsh Ambudkar

Upfront disclaimer: the politics behind the credits thanking Xinjiang, as well as Yifei Lu’s support of Hong Kong police are not lost on me. I find those to be incredibly problematic, and definitely worthy of discussion. But that discussion will not happen here. Not in this particular entry, anyway.

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First Trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Villeneuve, John Spaihts, and Eric Roth, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel.
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya Coleman, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Release Date: 18 December 2020
Studio: Warner Bros. & Legendary Pictures

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