Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has once again been delayed, this time to Aug. 12. This marks the second delay for the film, which was originally scheduled to come out on July 17. Warner Bros. and Nolan seem to be optimistic about the chances that theaters will re-open and become safe again by mid-August, though it seems more likely that Tenet will have to be delayed yet again.
In the meanwhile, film production is slowly resuming. Marvel’s Shang-Chi is prepping to restart production in Australia by the end of July. Further off in the future is a new live-action adaptation of Frosty the Snowman, which will star none other than Jason Momoa in the title role. Momoa’s muscles will be hidden away, though, as Frosty will be a CGI creation.
Though parts of the world have slowly begun to get back to normal, movie theaters remain closed. But there’s still plenty to watch at home. Here are the biggest new releases this week.
Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $6.99 on Google Play
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film focuses on a mother and daughter, and the lies families tell each other to bolster their own desires to be remembered well. Catherine Deneuve stars as Fabienne, a legendary actress whose new memoir sets off sparks between her and her daughter, Lumir (Juliette Binoche), who can’t stand the idealized history Fabienne is trying to sell the public. From our review:
Rather than focusing solely on Lumir and Fabienne, Kore-eda takes a broad scope, which gives The Truth some of his trademark warmth. The film has less of a sense of urgency than most of his other work — After Life had a weeklong time limit imposed on its characters, for instance, and disaster seemed to loom just off-screen in every frame of Shoplifters and Nobody Knows. But Fabienne isn’t on death’s doorstep, and the unease between her and her daughter has been brewing for a long time. Fabienne’s memoir does prompt arguments, but the blowouts aren’t what change Fabienne’s heart. As it does in real life, change happens slowly here, and incrementally.
We Bare Bears: The Movie
The popular animated series We Bare Bears gets a feature-length film, this time pitting the three main bears — Grizz (Eric Edelstein), Panda (Bobby Moynihan), and Ice Bear (Demetri Martin) — against a nature preservationist (Marc Evan Jackson) who believes the bears ought to be removed from their home in San Francisco and separated. Will the friends manage to weather this new threat, or will they be torn apart? Only one way to find out!
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $6.99 on Google Play
This new documentary chronicles John Lewis’ decades of activism, stitching together archival footage and interviews to tell his story. The film also explores Lewis’ childhood, as well as his 1957 meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., his initial ambitions of becoming a minister, and his path to becoming the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district.
The Outpost is based on Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, which focused on the Battle of Kamdesh. Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom, and Caleb Landry Jones star as soldiers given a frustratingly vague mission and facing seemingly insurmountable odds. The film focuses on their heroism, as well as the poor leadership that put them in the middle of a battle where they were outnumbered three to one.
New on Netflix this weekend
- Comedy special George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half
- Documentary series Unsolved Mysteries
- Warrior Nun, a frustratingly dull fantasy series about a resurrected teenager with demon-fighting superpowers
- A new adaptation of the beloved series The Baby-Sitters Club
- The first TV series in one of the scariest franchises ever, JU-ON: Origins
And here’s what dropped last Friday:
Jon Stewart’s new movie stars Steve Carell as a political strategist who, after seeing a viral video of a Wisconsin man (Chris Cooper) standing up for his town’s undocumented workers, decides to turn the newly minted star into the town’s mayor. However, the opposing party soon sends their own strategist (Rose Byrne) to try to foil him. It’s funny and earnest, but its take on American elections feels hopelessly out of step with this particular political moment. From our review:
Instead of aping the intensity of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary doc The War Room, or delivering the punchy breakdowns of The Big Short, Stewart concentrates on the human element. Jack’s supporters are quirky, the opposition is a caricature, and the media hyping up the showdown is the obstructive enemy. The choice makes it one big sitcom (complete with Office-ready campaign operatives played by Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne). Stewart clearly did his homework — the movie feels like it’s being propped up by the last three years of Atlantic magazine cover stories — but the message lacks any sense of bite or power.
Where to watch it: Streaming on Amazon
It’s been clear since his turn as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy that Dave Bautista has considerable comedic chops, and My Spy sees him taking on a leading role in a comedy. Bautista stars as JJ, a newly hired CIA operative who teams up with 9-year-old Sophie (Chloe Coleman) in his pursuit of an illegal arms dealer after she catches him on the job.
House of Hummingbird
Where to watch it: Rent on digital $12 through digital cinemas
House of Hummingbird is a slow-burn coming-of-age story, starring Park Ji-hoo as Eun-hee, a teenager trying to figure out who she is. As she wanders through 1994 Seoul, Eun-hee struggles to connect with the people around her. A spark finally arrives in the form of her remedial Chinese tutor Young-ji (Kim Sae-byuk), who seems to understand Eun-hee in a way that even her family doesn’t.
Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece stars the director himself as Mookie, a pizza delivery man. The film focuses on Mookie’s neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and the racial tension between its inhabitants and the local pizzeria, run by Sal (Danny Aiello) and his unabashedly racist son Pino (John Turturro), which boil over on one particularly hot, fateful day. With the film being discussed again due to widespread tensions and protests over the latest series of police killings of unarmed black Americans, it was briefly made free to stream on several platforms.
Michael Mann’s Ali centers on 10 years in the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, portrayed in the film by Will Smith, from 1964 to 1974. The movie covers his accomplishments in boxing (winning the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston, winning the Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman in 1974) as well as his conversion to Islam and his criticism on the Vietnam War. It also touches on the political upheaval caused by the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
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