Matt writes: With the increase in the number of Americans vaccinated, theaters are starting to see their highest attendance since the start of the pandemic. Although it was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, Adam Wingard’s dizzying popcorn blockbuster, “Godzilla vs. Kong, “has managed to earn over $ 350 million worldwide to date, quickly surpassing Christopher Nolan’s domestic turnover.”PrincipleOur editor, Matt Zoller Seitz, gave the film four stars, while our assistant editor Nick Allen interviewed Wingard. Also be sure to check out Jessica Ritchey’s insightful essay on Kong’s story.
Street Gang: How we got to Sesame Street(2021). Directed by Marilyn Agrelo. Synopsis: A look into the minds and hearts of the creators, artists, writers and educators of “Sesame Street” who together created one of the most influential programs in television history.Debut in US April 23, 2021.
To integrate(2021). Directed by Gia Coppola. Written by Gia CoppolaandTom stuart. Featured Maya hawke,Andrew Garfield,Kalena Yiaueki. Synopsis: In this uplifting tale, three people struggle to preserve their identities as they form an eccentric love triangle in the rapidly evolving internet age. Debut in U.S. May 7, 2021.
A tenth of a millimeter apart(2021). Synopsis: A new documentary short examining deleted scenes from films directed by world-renowned author Wong Kar-wai. The release date in the United States is to be confirmed.
Monster(2021). Directed by Anthony Mandler. Written by Janece ShafferandColen C. Wiley(based on the novel byWalter Dean Myers). FeaturedJohn David Washington,Jharrel Jerome,Jennifer ehle. Synopsis: An intelligent and sympathetic 17-year-old film student from Harlem finds his world turned upside down when he is accused of murder. We follow his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle. Now available on Neflix.
When Hitler stole the pink rabbit(2021). Directed by Caroline Link. Written by Caroline LinkandAnna Brüggemann(based on the novel byJudith Kerr). Featured Riva krymalowski,Marinus Hohmann,Carla Juri. Synopsis: A Jewish family had to flee from the Nazis in Berlin. First, they flee to Zurich. From there he goes to Paris and finally to London. Debut in US May 21, 2021.
The perfect candidate(2021). Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. Written by Haifaa Al-MansourandBrad Niemann. Featured Mila Al Zahrani,Dae Al Hilali,Nora Al Awad. Synopsis: The surprise candidacy of a determined young Saudi doctor in municipal elections sweeps her family and community as they struggle to accept their city’s first female candidate. Debut in US May 14, 2021.
Without remorse(2021). Directed by Stefano Sollima. Written by Taylor sheridanandWill staples(based on the novel byTom clancy). FeaturedMichael B. Jordan,Jodie Turner-Smith,Jamie bell. Synopsis: Seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife, an elite Navy SEAL uncovers a secret plot that threatens to engulf the United States and Russia in all-out war.Debut on Prime Video on April 30, 2021.
Above suspicion(2021). Directed by Phillip Noyce. Written by Chris Gerolmo(based on the book byJoe sharkey). Featured Emilia clarke,Jack huston,Sophie lowe. Synopsis: The story that led to the first murder conviction of an FBI agent.Debut in US May 14, 2021.
Profile(2021). Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Written by Timur Bekmambetov, Britt poultonandOlga Kharina(based on the novel byAnna erelle). Featured Valene kane,Shazad Latif,Christine adams. Synopsis: An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.Debut in US May 14, 2021.
Final count (2021). Directed by Luke Holland. Synopsis: Filmmaker Luke Holland interviews nearly 300 elderly authors who witness the Holocaust on the Nazi side.Debut in the United States May 21, 2021.
Together together(2021). Written and directed by Nikole Beckwith. Featured Patti harrison,Ed helms,Rosalind Chao. Synopsis: When a lonely youngster becomes the gestational surrogate for a single man in his forties, the two strangers realize that this unexpected relationship will challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries, and the idiosyncrasies of love..Debut in US May 11, 2021.
The woman at the window(2021). Directed by Joe wright. Written by Tracy Letts (based on the novel byAJ Finn). Featured Amy adams,Donat Balaj,Anthony mackie. Synopsis: An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins to spy on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.Debut on Netflix May 14, 2021.
The Djinn(2021). Written and directed by David CharbonierandJustin powell. Featured Ezra Dewey,Rob brownstein,Tevy poe. Synopsis: A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes the wish to make his heart’s greatest desire come true. Now available in the United States.
Things Heard and Seen(2021). Written and directed byShari Springer BermanandRobert pulcini (based on the novel by Elizabeth brundage). FeaturedAmanda Seyfried,Natalia Dyer,James norton. Synopsis: An artist moves to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a grim darkness, which rivals the story of her new home. Debut on Netflix on April 29, 2021.
The crime of the century(2021). Directed by Alex gibney. Synopsis: A dazzling indictment against Big Pharma and the political agents and government regulations that allow the overproduction, reckless distribution and abuse of synthetic opiates. Debut on HBO May 10, 2021.
Percy versus. Goliath(2021). Directed by Clark johnson. Written by Garfield Lindsay MillerandHilary pryor. Featured Christopher walken,Roberta maxwell,Pathy Aiyar. Synopsis: A Canadian farmer takes on a giant company after their GMOs interfere with his crops.Debut in the United States April 30, 2021.
Those who wish me death(2021). Directed by Taylor sheridan. Written by Taylor sheridan, Michael korytaandCharles leavitt(based on the book byMichael koryta). Featured Angelina Jolie,Jon bernthal,Nicholas hoult. Synopsis: A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him – and a wildfire threatening to consume them all.Debut in US May 14, 2021.
Space Jam: a new legacy(2021). Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Written by Juel taylor, Tony rettenmaier, Keenan CooglerandTerence nance. Featured James lebron,Zendaya,Sonequa Martin-Vert. Synopsis: NBA superstar James lebron teamed up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.Debut in the United States July 16, 2021.
Oscar nominated short films
Matt writes:The fifteen live-action, animated and documentary short films nominated for an Oscar at the 2021 Oscars are reviewed here by Collin Souter. Above is the trailer for one of the nominees, the masterful “The Letter Room” by Elvira Lind, with her husband Oscar isaac.
Victoria Labalme on Future risk
Matt writes: I had the great pleasure of talking to author Victoria Labalme about her wonderful new cinematographic book, Future risk, which is now available for purchase. It is a singular achievement that prompts us to see the world and our place within it in a whole new light. You can read our full conversation here.
Good guy(1936). Directed by John G. Blystone. Written byHenry mccartyandHenry johnson(based on the story ofJames edward grant. FeaturedJames cagney,Mae Clarke,James burke. Synopsis: The adventures of an investigator for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.
Hold on tight!(1951). Written and directed byGeorge beck. Featured Farley granger,Shelley winters,William demarest. Synopsis: When an adorable Welsh Terrier follows Bill Denny home, he doesn’t know all gangs have their eye on this dog. Who will shake up the loss of Bill – the gangsters, the cops or his suspicious stepmom?
Please murder me!(1956). Directed byPeter Godfrey. Written by Al C. WardandDonald hyde. Featured Angela Lansbury,Raymond Burr,Dick foran. Film synopsis: When domestic tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds an escape when he clings to the orphans of a dump society.