Film Ahead is a weekly column highlighting particular occasions and repertory programming for the discerning Camberville filmgoer. It additionally consists of capsule evaluations of movies that aren’t function reviewed.
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This week The Brattle’s rewind of one of the best of 2020 serves up Tyler Taormina’s trippy, David Lynch-esque coming-of-age story “Ham on Rye”; Oliver Laxe’s story of cinders and accusation in a distant Spanish village, “Fire Will Come”; and one of the vital stirring – and on level – movies of final 12 months, “Promising Young Woman,” which underscored the #MeToo motion with a fierce, feminist lean. Emerald Fennell’s darkish directorial debut was nominated for 5 Oscars, together with Best Picture and Best Actress (for Carey Mulligan) and took house one for Best Screenplay (by Fennell).
In theaters and streaming
‘Jungle Cruise’ (2021)
Well, Disney did it with “Pirates of the Caribbean,” turning a theme park journey into a film franchise, so why not the “Jungle Cruise?” The result’s one thing of a swashbuckling “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) or “Romancing the Stone” (1985) wannabe with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a joke-happy riverboat captain (“I had a girlfriend who was crosseyed – we couldn’t see eye-to-eye. I was pretty certain she was seeing someone on the side.”) and a little bit of a hustler who groups up with Emily Blunt’s archeologist searching for one thing known as the Tears of the Moon that’s far downriver and deep within the now disappearing Amazon jungle. The movie, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”), isn’t as thrilling accurately. It’s good enjoyable to see Blunt fend off baddies with can-do aplomb, and Johnson’s hamminess grows on you, but it surely’s not sufficient. Jesse Plemons (“I’m Thinking of Ending Things”) provides a sprint of panache because the Bismarck-like baddie on their path, whereas Paul Giamatti merely growls his method by the movie as one other pursuant. There’s additionally a quartet of undead ghouls, a male Medusa named Aguirre (poached from Werner Herzog’s nice 1972 river-of-madness flick, “Aguirre, the Wrath of God”?), a pissed-off tree ent and two slimy moist guys who appear proper out of Davy Jones’ locker. At Apple Cinemas Cambridge, 168 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge Highlands close to Alewife and Fresh Pond) and AMC Assembly Row 12, 395 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville.
‘Blood Red Sky’ (2021)
A uninteresting vampire thriller that might have been a lot extra. The setup’s novel, kinda “Snakes on a Plane” (2006) with vampires as a mom (Peri Baumeister) and her son (Carl Anton Koch) cross the Atlantic so mommy can get a cutting-edge blood therapy for her illness. She seems to be sickly and wan, however when terrorists take over the airplane, she lets her fangs down and will get busy gnawing necks to defend her cub and different innocents. On paper, the idea has chew, however the execution and pacing is erratic and anemic. Imagine if “World War Z” (2013) or “Train to Busan” (2016) had been stripped of their frenetic fury; you’d have a shambling, limp drama like this one. On Netflix.
‘Locked Down’ (2021)
In this little pandemic ditty from director Doug Liman (“Go,” “Swingers,” “American Made”) an estranged pandemic couple (Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor) share a London flat through the lockdown. For a good chuck we’re a fly on the wall, taking of their drained day-to-day of Zooming in sweats and unwashed hair. The expertise could also be extra tedious than the tedium you endured, however then a ginormous diamond on show at Harrods provides them an concept to come collectively once more and perhaps make off with the rock. The movie picks up some, however by that time its myopic pandemic over-focus will seemingly have made many take a look at. It’s “Malcolm & Marie” infused with a slack “Ocean’s Eleven” chapter. The wasted ensemble consists of Ben Stiller and the usually infallible Ben Kingsley. On HBO Max.
Tom Meek is a author dwelling in Cambridge. His evaluations, essays, brief tales and articles have appeared within the WBUR ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom can also be a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike in all places.
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