FIRST LOOK: Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021) – Apple TV+

We don’t typically do FIRST LOOK here for documentaries, in fact this might be the first ever. It’s a special case, though, because since theaters have reopened we’ve seen the trailer in theaters almost every time. Apple is actively promoting this film.

Am also not that familiar with the music of young artist, Billie Eilish and her brother. She’s been enormously popular and with her brother created the theme to James Bond #25 No Time To Die. I’ve heard that. Also listened to another song on YouTube.

Her music isn’t my genre of choice, but I can appreciate the talent and her story — at least what little of it I know. She started in the business at 13 and has at least one EP and full album and several singles. The documentary will fill in the blanks for those of us who haven’t followed this artist.

The coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just seventeen years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”

Everything You Need to Know About Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry Movie (2021)

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I must ask, at least in curiosity, what’s the deal with the green hair? We had a birthday party for our six-year-old grandson this past weekend and friends of the family came over. He has three young daughters and all of them had, insert dramatic music, green hair.

Has Billie Eilish started a trend for girls and green hair? It looks …. alien-like to me. Maybe it’s her style? In my day, Cyndi Lauper dressed wild and her hair was wacky. Maybe Eilish is today’s Lauper? I don’t know.

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry is streaming on Apple TV+ on February 26, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) – Hulu

Billie Holliday was a popular black jazz singer in the 30s-50s in trouble with the feds over narcotics usage and singing the song “Strange Fruit” they didn’t want sang. The song dealt with a lynching.

Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) – IMDb

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Drugs, jazz, fears of being arrested for singing and an affair with the fed who is assigned to watch her plus based on a true story? I’m there. What about you? Interested in this one?

The United States vs. Billie Holiday is available for streaming on Hulu on February 26, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: Raya and The Last Dragon

Disney isn’t done with their premium streaming experiment (see: The Disney+ Mulan Premium Digital Launch Fiasco). Raya and the Last Dragon will also cost $29.99 like Mulan, eventually to appear later with no premium charge to Disney+ subscribers.

Raya and the Last Dragon, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest theatrical feature, will cost the same $29.99 Premier Access fee on Disney+ as the live-action Mulan remake. The new animated fantasy epic will be the first such release on Disney+ since Mulan, appearing both on the streaming platform and in theaters on March 5. The film stars Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina as the two titular protagonists.

Raya & The Last Dragon Will Cost The Same On Disney+ As Mulan

Those interested don’t have to drop 30 bones to see it on Disney+, it will also be available in theaters.

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Raya and The Last Dragon will be available in theaters and on Disney+ premium access on March 5, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: Tom and Jerry (2021)

Another day and date release in both theaters and on HBO Max is coming featuring animated characters from the past.

I rarely watched Tom and Jerry, so don’t know that much about the history of the cartoon.

One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him, in director Tim Story’s “Tom & Jerry.” The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

Everything You Need to Know About Tom and Jerry Movie (2021)

These animated and live action blended movies are a mixed bag. Sometimes they are good, often they are mediocre. How will this be? The trailer looks promising.

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Are you looking forward to watching Tom and Jerry?

Tom and Jerry will be released in theaters and streaming on HBO Max on January 26, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: Land (2021)

Kara adamantly stated she doesn’t want to see this movie. We caught preview for it when seeing The Marksman.

I’ll admit it looks a little slow and not in our normal area of interest, but these are the kinds of films I sort of enjoy taking a chance on. I’ve been surprised by films that I thought would be boring on several occasions.

The poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

Everything You Need to Know About Land Movie (2021)

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Land opens in theaters on February 12, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: The Mauritanian (2021)

An intriguing and awkward to spell title — based on the North African country Mauritania — this movie has an all-too-common 2+ hour run time, so nervously wondering if this will be yet another way too long movie.

Then again, it starts Jodie Foster. I haven’t seen anything with her in it recently, so looking forward to her performance. She’s been in some great films (Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs). Caught an interesting interview from her on YouTube earlier today with Anthony Hopkins (see here).

By the time you read this, we will have already seen this movie, as we’ve got tickets to watch it on Thursday 2/11 and this is scheduled to be at 12:01am on 2/12. It was written before seeing the movie, however.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the inspiring true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.

The Mauritanian (2021) – Rotten Tomatoes

Jodie Foster as a spirited defense attorney is a potentially intriguing role for her to me. How will she do? Will have a full text review posted soon as well as our just left the theater video review.

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Are you planning on seeing this film in theaters? Waiting for it on streaming? Waiting to hear what critics are saying? Tell us about you enthusiasm — or lack thereof — in the comments below.

The Mauritanian opens in theaters on February 11, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: Judas And The Black Messiah Movie (2021)

Here comes #3 of 17 in the Warner Bros. strategy to release movies in both theaters and on HBO Max for the first month.

Chairman Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal, William O’Neal, to betray him and the Black Panther Party. In 1968, Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality. Hampton was inspiring a generation, which put him directly in the line of fire of the FBI and Chicago PD. To destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside and the inside. Facing prison, O’Neal is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide intel on Hampton, he will walk free. O’Neal lives in fear that his treachery will be discovered even as he rises in the ranks. But as Hampton’s fiery message draws him in, he cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his betrayal.

Everything You Need to Know About Judas And The Black Messiah Movie (2021)

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Judas And The Black Messiah will be available in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: Bliss (2021) – Amazon Prime Video

Owen Wilson films have been hit or miss with me. Some I’ve liked, some not, most are just OK. The idea for Bliss sounds encouraging.

Present day fantasy involving Twilight Zone like happenings are stories that are right up my alley.

Centers on a recently divorced man (Wilson) who meets a woman (Hayek) who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real.

Everything You Need to Know About Bliss Movie (2021)

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Bliss is streaming on Amazon Prime Video as of February 5, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: The Dig (2021) – Netflix

Do you like movies based on true stories and real places? How about movies about excavating? I was sooo there when Geraldo dug into Al Capone’s vault looking for treasure.

This one sounds like the digging reveals something real.

An excavator and his team discover a wooden ship from the Dark Ages while digging up a burial ground on a woman’s estate.

The Dig (2021) – Rotten Tomatoes

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The Dig is streaming on Netflix as of January 29, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: The Little Things

#2 of 17 movies WarnerMedia plans to release simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Everything You Need to Know About The Little Things Movie (2021)

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The Little Things opens in theaters and on HBO Max on January 29, 2021.