Matt writes: To all of our Club Ebert members, I join my fellow writers at RogerEbert.com in wishing you a safe and rejuvenating 2021! We kick off this new year by taking a look back at many of the great performances that have lit up 2020 and will likely prove to be major contenders in this most uncertain awards season. Click here to read the essays written by our writers on the essential work delivered by such towering talents as the late one Chadwick boseman (“Ma Rainey’s black background“), Aubrey plaza (“Black bear“), Nicole beharie (“Miss Juneteenth“) and Ahmed Rice (“Sound of metal“).
Coming 2 America(2021). Directed by Craig brewer. Written by Barry W. Blaustein, David SheffieldandKenya Barris. FeaturedEddie Murphy,Arsenio Room,Jermaine fowler. Synopsis: African monarch Akeem learns that he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet this unexpected heir and build a relationship with his son.Debut March 5, 2021 on Prime Video.
The white tiger(2021). Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani(based on the book byAravind Adiga). Featured Priyanka Chopra,Rajkummar rao,Adarsh Gourav. Synopsis: The epic journey of a poor Indian driver who must use his wit and cunning to break free from bondage to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap. Debut on Netflix January 22, 2021.
The small things(2021). Written and directed by John Lee Hancock. Featured Denzel Washington,Jared leto,Rami malek. Synopsis: Two cops hunt down a serial killer. Debut in the United States January 29, 2021.
Earth(2021). Directed by Robin wright. Written by Jesse ChathamandErin Dignam. Featured Robin wright,Demián Bichir,Kim dickens. Synopsis: A grieving woman seeks a new life, off-grid in Wyoming. Debut in the United States February 12, 2021.
Sing me a song(2021). Directed by Thomas Balmes. Synopsis: As the internet finally arrives in little Bhutan, documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmes is here to witness its transformative impact on a young Buddhist monk whose initial concern gives way to a deep engagement with technology. Now available in the United States.
Atlantis(2021). Written and directed by Valentyn vasyanovych. Featured Andriy Rymaruk,Liudmyla Bileka,Vasyl Antoniak. Synopsis: A soldier suffering from PTSD befriends a young volunteer in the hope of restoring peaceful energy to a war-torn society. Debut in the United States January 22, 2021.
JSA: common security zone(2000), Blu-ray release. Directed by Chan-wook Park. Written by Chan-wook Park, Seong-san Jeong, Hyun-seok KimandMu-yeong Lee(based on the novel bySang-yeon Park). Featured Lee yeong-ae,Lee Byung-Hun,Song kang-ho. Synopsis: After a shootout at the North / South Korean border / Demilitarized Zone, 2 North Korean soldiers are dead, a neutral Swiss / Swedish team is investigating what really happened.The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Pretend it’s a town(2021). Directed by Martin scorsese. Synopsis: Take a stroll through the streets of New York and into the fascinating mind of an ironic writer, humorist and storyteller Fran lebowitz as she sits with Martin scorsese.Debut on Netflix January 8, 2021.
WandaVision(2021). Directed by Matt shakman. Featured Paul Bettany,Kat dennings,Kathryn hahn. Synopsis: Mixes the style of classic sitcoms with the MCU in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision – two super powerful beings living their ideal suburban lives – begin to suspect that all is not what it seems.Debut on Disney + on January 15, 2021.
The snake(2021). Directed by Hans HerbotsandTom shankland. Featured Ellie Bamber,Jenna coleman,Tahar Rahim. Synopsis: The twisted, real-life story of Charles Sobhraj, a murderer, thief, and alluring master of disguise, who was a hidden obscurity in the mid-1970s on the hippie track of Asia.Now streaming on Netflix.
Night Stalker: In Search of a Serial Killer(2021). Synopsis: The limited docu series tells the true story of how one of the most notorious serial killers in American history was tracked down and brought to justice.Debut on Netflix January 13, 2021.
Research group(2021). Created bySarah-Violet Bliss,Charles RogersandMichael showalter. Featured Alia shawkat,John reynolds,John Early. Synopsis: A dark comedy about four egotists in their twenties who become entangled in a disturbing mystery when an old college acquaintance suddenly disappears.Season 4 debuts on HBO Max on January 14, 2021.
Bridgerton(2020). Created by Chris Van Dusen. Featured Jonathan bailey,Ruby barker,Harriet cains. Synopsis: Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. Now streaming on Netflix.
Dickinson (2021). Created by Alena smith. Featured Hailee Steinfeld,Adrian enscoe,Anna baryshnikov. Synopsis: An inside look at the world of writer Emily Dickinson. Season 2 debuts on Apple TV + on January 8, 2021.
Servant(2021). Created byTony Basgallop. Featured Lauren Ambrose,Toby Kebbell,Rupert grint. Film synopsis: A Philadelphia couple mourn after an unspeakable tragedy breaks their marriage apart and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. Season 2 ddebuts on Apple TV + on January 15, 2021.
Clarice(2021). Created by Alex kurtzmanandJenny lumet. Featured Maya mcnair,Erica Anderson,Jayne atkinson. Synopsis: A look at the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling, as she returns to the field about a year after the events of “Thesilenceofthelambs. “Debut on CBS on February 11, 2021.
History of profanity(2021). Directed by Christopher D’Elia. Written byBellamie Blackstone. Featured Nicolas cage,Joel kim booster,DeRay Davis. Synopsis: A new series in which Oscar winner Nicolas cage teaches viewers the history of various swear words.Debuts Today on Netflix.
Human voice(2021). Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar(based on the piece ofJean Cocteau). FeaturedTilda swinton,Agustín Almodóvar,Pablo Almodóvar. Film synopsis: A woman watches time pass by the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come and get them, but never arrives) and a restless dog who does not understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment.Debut in the United States on March 5, 2021.
Viola Davis on “Ma Rainey”
Matt writes:Oscar winner Viola Davis recently joined acclaimed director George C. Wolfe speaking with our correspondent Katherine Tulich for an exclusive video interview about their experience directing the jaw-dropping Netflix drama, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Watch their full conversation above and read it here (be sure to check out Odie Henderson’s movie review here as well).
Pete Docter sure “Soul“
Matt writes: Oscar-winning director Pete Docter joins producer Dana murray talking with Nell Minow about their latest Pixar feature, “Soul,” which premiered on Disney + as a Christmas present to moviegoers of all ages. You can read their full conversation here.
angel(1982). Written and directed byGiorgos Katakouzinos. FeaturedMichalis Maniatis,Dionyse Xanthos,Katerina helmy. Synopsis: A young homosexual from Athens, Angelo, keeps his gender identity a secret from his family. He falls hard for a tough sailor, Mikhalis, and moves in with him. Mikhalis convinces Angelo to dress in drag and work a corner with other transvestites.
Strip Jack Naked: Nighthawks II(1991). Directed by Ron peck. Synopsis: Ron Peck talks about his experiences growing up as a gay man, attitudes towards homosexuality in Britain and his journey towards directing his 1978 film, “Nighthawks”.
My name is Alan and I paint pictures(2007). Directed by Johnny boston. Synopsis: Although many academic categories of art exist, not all artists easily fit the prescribed meanings. Alan Russell-Cowan is one of those artists. Grieved with paranoid schizophrenia, we watch Cowan struggle with the desire to be a great painter, while battling delusions and auditory hallucinations.