6 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in January 2021

Theaters/HBO Max: Jan 29

Theaters are scheduled reopen in Washington State effective January 4, 2021. If that happens, we’ll attempt to watch all wide release movies listed below in theaters. If not, we’ll have to do what we did throughout too much of 2020, watch them on streaming or VOD, whenever they are made available.

For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned for this month, delays and reschedules dates when available as of this writing.

We’re also including some notable streaming releases, but this list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive. Weekly on Thursdays usually we post a “WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND” list covering streaming in more depth.

2021 Theater Releases
JAN

If you’d like to see an UPDATED list of all movies released in 2021 click here (post will be continually updated throughout 2021).

All January 2021 movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.

JANUARY 2021 (6 movies)

  • Shadow In The Cloud [LIMITED] (Jan 1)
  • The Devil’s Light (Jan 8)
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Jan 15)
  • Wrath of Man (AKA Cash Truck) (Jan 15)
  • The Marksman (Jan 22)
  • The Little Things (Jan 29) – also on HBO Max

    STREAMING PREMIERE
  • Herself (Jan 8) – Amazon Prime Video
  • Azizler (Jan 8) – Netflix
  • Derek Delgaudio’s In and Of Itself (Jan 22) – Hulu
  • The Little Things (Jan 29) – HBO Max
  • The Dig (Jan 29) – Netflix

    DELAYED/MOVED
    • Escape Room 2 (delayed, moved from Jan 1 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Mortal Kombat (delayed, moved from Jan 15 to Apr 16)
    • Respect (delayed, moved from Jan 15 to Aug 13)
    • The 355 (delayed, moved from Jan 15, 2021 to Jan 14, 2022)
    • Chaos Walking (delayed, moved from Jan 22 to March 5)
    • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (delayed, moved from Jan 22 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Rumble (delayed, moved from Jan 29 to May 14)
    • Breaking News In Yuba County (delayed, moved from Jan 29 to Feb 12)

Shadow In The Cloud [LIMITED]
(Jan 1)

The Devil’s Light
(Jan 8)

No official trailer as of this writing.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
(Jan 15)

Wrath Of Man (aka Cash Truck)
(Jan 15)

No official trailer available as of this writing.

The Marksman
(Jan 22)

The Little Things
(Jan 29)
Also available on HBO Max

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?

Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.

As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!

Washingtonians won’t be seeing any more 2020 movies in theaters as COVID-19 restrictions extended to Jan 4, 2021

Empty seats, empty screens in Washington State for the remainder of 2020, per Governor order

It’s official.

We’ve watched our last movie in theaters in 2020. In Washington State where live, anyway.

My wife actually delivered the bad news to me today that our Washington State governor has extended the current restriction on movie theaters and other indoor activities from December 14 to January 4, 2020.

Citing a high number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalized patients, Washington Governor Jay Inslee extended the state’s current restrictions on indoor dining, gyms and several other industries until Jan. 4, 2021. 

Washington’s COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining and gyms extended to Jan. 4 | king5.com

Wonder Woman 1984 is coming out on Christmas day and also on HBO Max where we’ll see and review it (sorry, no other choice available) and Monster Hunter comes out on December 30. We’ll miss both the weeks they are released, but there are other movies between now and then we’ll miss as well. I could list all of them, but no idea if any more will delay until 2021.

Our movie review coverage at this site will continue to focus primarily on streaming titles, because that’s the only place locally we can watch new movies. Our next vacation will likely be in March, maybe, if we even bother to go anywhere outside the state. Traveling in these times seems ill-advised.

Upon learning this new we immediately went to our AMC Stubs A-List account to make sure they wouldn’t charge us another monthly subscription fee. They charged us for this last month but we couldn’t see any movies in theaters making the program totally useless in our area. Their customer service line is closed because they don’t have anybody working to man the phone lines.

On a positive note, they show both our memberships changed to “pause” status, meaning, we think, we won’t be charged next week for another month.

The message says AMC will resume charging the monthly fee in March 2021 unless we resume it sooner. We are also members of Regal Unlimited, but that hasn’t charged us since February 2020, even when we returned to watching movies in theaters.

It’s not understated that this has been the worst year ever for cinema moviegoers. There have been some good movies that have come out, but — like it or not — streaming has been where the new movie action has been in 2020.

5 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in December 2020

Theaters & HBO Max: Dec 25

All movie theaters are closed by governor’s order in our state (Washington) until December 14, 2020, but the following are movies planned for release in other parts of the United States during December.

With the second government mandated closure of movie theaters in 2020 it’s been a dreadful years for movie theater patrons and owners. We’ve somehow managed to see 45 or so new movies in theaters. That seems like a lot, all things considered, and there have been a small few good movies worth checking out. It’s been one of those years, all around, that we just want and need to put behind us.

For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned along with their rescheduled release dates, several have been pushed to 2021.

2020 Theater Releases
JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUNE
JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC

If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is being updated throughout the year). Also available is 2021 movies coming to theaters.

All December 2020 movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.

DECEMBER 2020 (5 movies)

  • All My Life (Dec 4)
  • Wonder Woman 1984FIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from June 1 to Aug 24, 2020, move #2 to Oct 2, move #3 to December 25)
  • News Of The World (Dec 25)
  • Promising Young Woman (Dec 25)
  • Monster Hunter (moved up four months from April 2021 to Dec 30)

    STREAMING PREMIERE
  • Godmothered (Dec 4) – Disney+
  • Mank (Dec 4) – Netflix Original
  • The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (Dec 11) – AppleTV+
  • Wander Darkly (Dec 11) – AppleTV+
  • I’m Your Woman (Dec 11) – Amazon Prime Video
  • Safety (Dec 11) – Disney+
  • The Prom (Dec 11) – Netflix
  • Canvas (Dec 11) – Netflix
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Dec 18) – Netflix
  • The Midnight Sky (Dec 23) – Netflix
  • One Night In Miami (Dec 25) – Amazon Prime Video
  • Sylvie’s Love (Dec 25) – Amazon Prime Video
  • Soul (Dec 25) – Disney+

    DELAYED/MOVED
    • Free Guy (delayed, moved from July 3 to Dec 11, move #2 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Death on the Nile (delayed, moved from Oct 9 to Oct 23, move #2 to Dec 18, 2020, move #2 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Uncharted (delayed, moved from December 18 to March 15, 2021, move #2 to Oct 8, move #3 to July 16, 2021)
    • West Side Story (delayed, moved from Dec 18 to Dec 10, 2021) – adaptation of famous Broadway musical directed by Steven Spielberg. Could have major interest.
    • Samaritan (delayed, moved from Dec 11 to June 4,2021)
    • Coming 2 America (delayed, moved from Dec 18, 2020 in theaters to March 2021 on Amazon) – Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall doing this again? Can’t wait to laugh at this one! Cast list includes Wesley Snipes, too? This should be fun. Clever sequel title!
    • Dune (delayed, moved from Dec 18 to Oct 1, 2021)
    • Top Gun 2: Maverick (delayed, moved from June 24 to Dec 23, move #2 to July 2, 2021)

Dune, Top Gun 2: Maverick, West Side Story, Free Guy, Death On The Nile, Samaritan, Unchartered, all scheduled and delayed to 2021. All I can say about 2021 is if the pandemic subsides and moviegoers return, the theaters have a chance to rebound in a big way. The 2021 schedule is looking strong, bubbling over from Christmas 2020. Fingers crossed!

All My Life
(Dec 4)

Inspired by a true story.

Wonder Woman 1984
FIRST LOOK
(Dec 25)

News Of The World
(Dec 25)

Tom Hanks is always worth checking out. He’s going western on us here.

Promising Young Woman
(Dec 25)

Saw a lot of previews in theaters for this one prior to the second shutdown. This is giving me a strong Harley Quinn like vibe, character-wise anyway. Like she’s about to go postal on all men. Maybe this is the Birds of Prey tale we should have gotten? It’s not Harley Quinn, just to be clear.

Monster Hunter
(Dec 30)

Saw a few previews in theater for this as well and the effects look great. It’s based on a videogame which I haven’t played yet, but interested in checking that out, too. Looking forward to seeing this and Wonder Woman 1984 most of these five films.

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?

Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.

As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!

Freaky ⭐️½

Freaky – R – 1 hr 42 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Thursday November 12, 2020
AMC Lakewood 12 – Lakewood, Washington
#44 new movie seen in theater in 2020

Descriptive title for this Vince Vaughn odd performance. It could also use “awkward” which would define several key scenes.

If you told me Vince Vaughn would play a Jason Vorhees like slasher and a Freaky Friday like switch role with a high school girl, I’d say “please, no” and yet here he it is. As we might guess, he does the comedy portion of the role good but struggles to be convincingly menacing when the role requires.

The story is fairly convoluted. Millie has a wino alcoholic mother and cop sister. She’s trying to fit in at school but isn’t one of the popular girls. As the school mascot she is ridiculed. One night she waits for her mom to pick her up, but she’s too drunk and passed out to care, leaving her victim to a psycho slasher (Vince Vaughn). As he goes to stab her with an enigmatic dagger lightning flashes and they swap bodies. Millie is now inside the slasher’s body and he’s inside hers.

From there the story runs a pretty familiar course for any other slasher with the only real change being the body swap gag. There is also a race against time subplot because if Millie can’t restab herself within 24 hours, she’ll be forever stuck in her new body.

Nevermind asking yourself why stabbing someone with an ancient Aztec dagger would cause a body swap, but the film can’t quite decide what its going to be about. Is it about Millie trying to gain revenge on those who wronged her? Is it the serial killer using the cover of the new body to commit more murders or is it the suspense of will or will not Millie get her body back?

Leaving the theater, we weren’t exactly torn on our feelings, but I happened to enjoy the quirkiness of this more than Kara, but it is still a pretty bad overall movie. She pretty much hated it.

If you’re looking for something that makes you feel more odd than entertained, this might be your fix, but we can’t recommend wasting any money seeing it in the theater.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️½ (Todd) ⭐️ (Kara)

True To The Game 2 ⭐️½

True To The Game 2 – R – 1 hr 29 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Friday November 6, 2020
AMC Lakewood 12 – Lakewood, Washington
#43 new movie seen in theater in 2020

This is Gena’s (Erica Peeples) story, as the first was her drug dealer fiance’s. She’s moved out of Philadelphia, trying to put the past behind her. Unfortunately, friends of her fiance have seized a rival dealer’s drugs and money, leaving that dealer on a hunt to find the people responsible. Gena is unwittingly drawn back in a story of false identity and intimidation.

Peeples is a stronger character in the sequel than the first movie, but the storyline in the first is more compelling. It’s the intensity of the first movie that’s missing here. This movie starts a year after the first one. Another plus is this movie starts one year after the first, which I liked for the sequel. You don’t really need to have watched the first film, but if you did — like us — then you’re apt to make comparisons. It’s the problem with all sequels that viewers will compare to the movie that started it all.

Gena aside, most of the characters in this film are unlikable, but even Gena isn’t as likeable here as she was in the first film. The only significant ally Gena has is a guy in California, but his placement in the story is framed too much like a cheap plot device instead of having something genuinely useful to the tale. Would have been nice to see him do more than be a brief friend in the story.

There is an implausible twist late in the film which tries to make everything a shock. Won’t get too into the specifics here, because this is a spoiler-freereview, but neither of us bought it. Again, if you’ve seen the first film, then you probably will feel the same about this.

Last, the first film tells a different type of story. That is about the drug dealer who meets Gena and wants to leave that life and spend it with her. A romance with dramatic consequences. This sequel is missing the romance and redemption angle and is replaced with an escape the past life type story, only Gena never was a drug dealer, she just fell in love with a man who was, so it doesn’t really fit. Stories about redemption are more engaging than a “trying to move on from the past” story, I guess.

Here’s how we felt just leaving the theater:

Bottom line: we don’t recommend seeing this movie in the theater. Maybe, just maybe, for those interested enough to find out what happens to Gena will want to check this out. The more interesting and entertaining story was already told and this didn’t really need a sequel.

That’s the danger with all sequels, really, was the original story enough. Am sure you can think of several standalone movies that filmmakers tried to make into franchises. Urban romance dramas don’t really lend themselves to franchises. I am interested in more stories about redemption and find the original story compelling, but the biggest problem with this story is Gena hasn’t moved onto anything more interesting than the first film.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️½ (Todd) ⭐️½ (Kara)

Let Him Go ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Let Him Go – R – 1 hr 54 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Thursday November 5, 2020
AMC Lakewood 12 – Lakewood, Washington
#42 new movie seen in theater in 2020

It’s not often that we get to see a movie for grandparents, about grandparents and their strong, unbreakable love for their grandchildren, and yet this movie is even more than that. We’re treated to Kevin Costner and Diane Lane playing a rural Montana couple in the 60s and their chemistry is good.

Costner plays retired lawman George Blackledge. He’s kicking it on the farm with his adult son, James, his daughter in law Lorna (Kayley Carter), their grandson Jimmy, and strong-willed, loving wife Margaret. A tragedy on a horse leaves their son dead and Lorna moves onto another man, Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain). All seems to be well at first until Margaret spots something bad happening in town with Donnie, Lorna and their grandson Jimmy. The next thing we know, the family has moved on without even saying goodbye to the grandparents. This puts them into protection and separation from grandson mode. From there, we’re wondering what happened.

Burn Notice’s Jeffery Donovan has an oddly sinister part as one of the Weboy clan and Grandma Weboy (Lesly Manville) is, well, you have to see her in action to truly despise her cold, calculating demeanor. Perhaps the only less than great acting in this movie comes from Lorna, who we can never really get in favor of. She’s supposed to be a victim but there’s something untethered about her performance, likes she’s maybe some part accomplice.

This is all we can say about the story without spoilers. You can see our reactions as we came out of the theater and it’s all good. Going in before the movie I told Kara my suspicion is that we’d enjoy this movie and we sure did.

I have successfully managed to stay away from all other reviews before watching the movie and writing this review, so no idea if others enjoyed it as much as we did. I only have a couple minor complaints.

There were a few scenes that seemed to drag a bit and I felt like if they just cut like 10-15 minutes of the film it would have been even tighter. Also, the ending was entertaining but it felt like we needed an epilogue. At least some sort of coda. Maybe they should have cut the 15 minutes in some longer scenes, like trimmed some of the interplay with the young man who lived on the North Dakota border and added some sort of coda.

2020 hasn’t been a productive year at the theaters for great movies, but this one is very good. It’s almost Oscar bait, simply for the acting performances and the story which might seem pretty basic, but manages to expose a family love conflict we don’t often see on the big screen. Sure, if you watch a bunch of Lifetime you’ll run across stories like this, but they are more rare in wide theater release movies. And I might be somewhat biased, but Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a couple are worth recommending alone. They could have been in this film reading cereal boxes and pulled it off with vim and vigor. Loved their performances.

Even if you’re not a grandparent or parent, this movie will grip you almost from the beginning and hook you in deeper and deeper as the dramatic tension increases. It’s like a vice on your heart pulling it tighter and tighter and you almost want to turn away but can’t. It’s done matter of factly at times and that caught me off guard. If you’re seeing anything in the theaters in your area, and you like a tense family drama in a western 60s setting, make sure you see this one ASAP.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Todd) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (Kara – her highest rating of 2020 so far)

10+ The War With Grandpa Reviews – Senior Citizen vs. Middle School Kid + Christopher Walkin & Cheech!

The War With Grandpa ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

A bedroom hangs in the balance for this war between age vs. youth.

Edgy it’s not, but everyone seems to be having a pretty good time, perhaps especially the senior class. File it under De Niro’s commitment to be constantly working — augmenting dramatic roles like “The Irishman” with lighter fare, such as the “Meet the Parents” movies and “The Intern” — without excessive fretting about the quality of the material, which he elevates as best he can.

‘The War With Grandpa’ review: Robert De Niro stars in a light family comedy – CNN

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Pranks old vs. new

The whole setup for pranks employed by grandpa, who uses tools vs. grandson that employs more technology is a bit stereotypical but used to good effect. It plays off the notion that grandparents typically aren’t as good at tech as their grandchildren. Although the scene involving the computer shows that Grandpa can learn about computers and do something prank-worthy there as well. Liked that exchange.

Sometimes the corny family-friendly comedy works

This isn’t high brow comedy. It doesn’t feature a sardonic a-hole in the lead smirking at the camera constantly (looking at you Andy Samberg) or some hyper political satire (Borat!), it’s just an old guy waging war — yes, sometimes very silly and immature — against his grandson.

Looking over the other reviews, we’re trending toward the minority on this one by liking it (so did audiences at Rotten Tomatoes). We might have been a bit high on the star rating, but so what. We had a good time watching it. That’s what we go to the movies for: to have a good time, to be entertained, to laugh, cry or feel something else. When it comes to comedy, at least in our criteria, we aren’t as critical on everything being plausible. Comedy shouldn’t be as constrained. Some of our favorite comedy movies are farce.

You wouldn’t want to play dodgeball against one half of Cheech and Chong and Christopher Walkin?

Seriously!

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The War With Grandpa?

Recommended

  1. Another Millennial Reviewer: “Overall, too tame to be enjoyed by some, schlock for the most part and clearly a paycheck for De Niro, but it does have its moments and Walken and Thurman steal the show”
  2. David Craig Movies: “…is a bit of fluff. But so is cotton candy and who doesn’t like cotton candy?”
  3. Guy At The Movies (3/5): “Why this was not sent straight to streaming I will never understand, but this was a simply fine movie that, much like many other films I’ve watched recently, are harmless escapes from the current insanity of the world. “
  4. Irish Film Critic (3/5): “…it is 94 minutes of pure harmless fun and hijinks.”
  5. The Legionnaire: “There is nothing special about The War with Grandpa. Then again, any time you have an opportunity to instill in younger audiences the values of peace and family, that is worth something. “
  6. Mirza Baig: “Yes it is predictable, and the pranks are sometimes unintelligent, but I was left delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed watching this one.”
  7. Writer of Pop: “While I can’t say that The War with Grandpa deserves an “A,” I can say that it does make for a good, solid “B” and a good enough excuse to get out of the house to see it – providing you can find a theater that is open.”

Not Recommended

  1. Daniel M. Kimmel (1.5/5): “It’s passable, if forgettable, entertainment for the 8-to-12 set, but please wait until it comes to streaming which – although no date has been announced – it will undoubtedly happen soon enough.”
  2. Dewey’s Movies: “…isn’t even entertaining for children. The comedic moments that DeNiro is known for are a result of playing off his tough-guy persona and, in the film, rely on his physical comedy. Really? Even those moments come off dull. Yes, we have seen that old freak out because of creatures gag tons of times. There’s no logical reason to tell anyone to mask up and see the film in a theater. For that matter, there’s no reason to even pay for it on-demand. Let’s pretend this film never happened”
  3. Forrest Hartman (2.5/4): “I do understand this is a movie and suspension of disbelief is part of the game. If you are willing to embrace a cinematic world where Grandpa can fall from towering heights without winding up in a coma and where Peter is too dim to see this as a horrifying possibility, “The War With Grandpa” is sort of fun.”
  4. Howard For Film: “Though the book has received much love over the years, there is little to love about this witless film. With the exception of one mildly amusing line about a diaper (which is in the trailer), the comedy, as it is, lands with a thud”
  5. Jerome Reviews (4/10): “Robert De Niro is the only real positive here. He tries his best with a very unfunny script and not a whole lot to work with, I will say there are some charming moments between the two characters Ed and Peter. But with every few charming moments comes some very unfunny slapstick that makes you roll you eyes, “
  6. Josh Lasser (2.5/5): “…my son, a couple years younger than Peter, thought the movie was hysterical and that if he could get his hands on some of the materials Peter uses, I’d have some fears for my father-in-law. But, without the equipment, he’s probably just waiting for a sequel. I, however, am not.”
  7. Real Movie Critic: “The pranks and gags can be amusing, but it seems like there was too much focus on that instead of trying to make a better story. In the end, it is another kids movie where families will have to endure once again.”

Linked above and wondering what would be cool to do next? Commenting once in awhile is always good (I like reader and other blogger interaction). If you have the trackback/pingback come to your site then just approve it because after people read your review then they can come here and follow links and read someone else’s review. What comes around goes around and sharing is the ultimate “thank you!” on the internet.

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Happy movie watching!

Come Play ⭐️⭐️

Come Play – R – 1 hr 36 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Thursday October 29, 2020
AMC Lakewood 12 – Lakewood, Washington
#41 new movie seen in theater in 2020

Oliver is a young autistic boy that has trouble making friends. He uses a phone app to select words to be read aloud by the app, since he doesn’t speak. An app on his phone keeps recurring showing a story about an unusual monster named Larry. The creature wants to use his phone or other screens as a portal to Oliver’s world.

This story somewhat reminded me of Dweller by Jeff Strand. That’s a much better story and covers the whole pet monster idea from a position of truly scary horror. The main difference here is Oliver doesn’t want this pet monster to be his friend, so Larry is setup as an antagonist early on in the story.

Let’s talk about the name. As far as monster names go, Larry doesn’t cut it — at all. I mean, what’s scary about “Larry”? A monster name needs to sound scary. The Unusual Monster book that tells Larry’s story is kind of intriguing. It explains that Larry just wants to find a friend, but its idea of friendship is take his hand and he will pull you into his world.

Larry’s method of moving around between Oliver’s world and wherever it comes from is through screens and something to do with electricity. The film spends way too much time on the whole electrical disturbance part every time Larry is near. I mean, how many lightbulbs smashing and going dark do we need to see to have that point drilled home? It’s not like Larry is a poltergeist. The effect could have been a lot more effective if barely used instead of overused. That’s the signature of amateurish horror filmmaking: overdoing jumpscares, too many sudden, loud noises, the antagonist hiding too many times in the dark and so on. A little of this can set a good atmosphere.

Another knock: the trailer spoiled most of Larry’s appearance. One of the most gripping part of the movie is Larry moving around the house and we’ve already seen it. Don’t you hate it when trailers take the best parts of movies? That’s definitely the case here.

This movie is missing a good scary soundtrack. It needs something like John Carpenter would do to take this out of the amazing world of Steven Spielberg. I’m a Spielberg fan, but his movies — some (very) notable exceptions like Jaws aside — tend to be more fanciful, adventurous and fun than scary.

Bottom line: this movie is plagued with a genre identity problem. If it was trying to be scary, it mostly isn’t. It is better telling a dramatic story about a boy with autism and how he interacts with other children, his parents and the evolution of his social skills with the introduction of an ugly otherworldly character.

This isn’t a terrible movie, just mediocre. Kara couldn’t stand it, but she’s not very into horror, so her commentary above should keep that in mind. I’m a lifelong horror fan, but this missed the mark. It tried, and I could see where it was focusing — on the spookiness of Larry being able to come in and out of our world, but while the framework has potential, the execution is off.

Instead of recommending to see this, again, if you are a horror fan, and enjoy reading go check out Jeff Strand’s book mentioned above. It’s a fast, furious read. Sorry Larry, not recommending anybody play with you — and it’s not for the reasons the filmmakers intended.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️ (Todd) ⭐️ (Kara)

7 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in November 2020

Theaters: Nov 13

Still hovering around 1-2 max new movies widely released in theaters in November. With classics and drop-in movies those with the AMC Stubs A-List pass will barely fill up their three movies per week included with the plan.

The results of the presidential election could give studios cold or warm feet — or maybe the results will have zero impact on if further delays and moves are coming.

At any rate, we’ve waited almost to the end of October to get this out, covering any movie date moves and changes so this would be as accurate as possible when posted. Movies get moved around in the current pandemic frequently, so not sure how reliable this will be by the end of the month. You can follow along on the 2020 list page for the updates. We also added the 2021 page to start looking forward to movies being released in theaters next year.

For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned along with their rescheduled release dates, several have been pushed to 2021.

2020 Theater Releases
JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUNE
JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV

If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is being updated throughout the year).

All November 2020 movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.

NOVEMBER 2020 (7 movies)

  • Let Him Go (delayed, move from August 21 to Nov 6)
  • Stillwater (Nov 6) [LIMITED] Matt Damon
  • Freaky – FIRST LOOK (Friday the 13th, Nov 13)
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog (Nov 13)
  • Ammonite – FIRST LOOK (Nov 13)
  • The Croods: A New Age (Moved up from Dec 23 to November 25)
  • Happiest Season (Nov 25)

    STREAMING PREMIERE
  • Red Notice (Nov 13) – Netflix
  • Jingle Jangle (Nov 13) – Netflix
  • Run (Nov 20) – Hulu
  • Christmas on the Square (Nov 23) – Netflix
  • Iron Mask – FIRST LOOK (Nov 24) – VOD/PVOD
  • Uncle Frank (Nov 25) – Amazon Prime Video
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2 (Nov 25) – Netflix
  • Black Beauty (Nov 27) – Disney+

    DELAYED/MOVED
    • Black WidowFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from May 1 to Nov 6, move #2 to May 7, 2021)
    • The Eternals (delayed, moved from Nov 6, 2020 to Feb 12, 2021)
    • Ron’s Gone Wrong (delayed, moved from November 6, 2020 to Feb 26, 2021)
    • Vivo (delayed, moved from November 6, 2020 to April 16, 2021, move #2 to June 4, 2021)
    • No Time To DieFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from April 10, 2020 to Nov 20, move #2 to April 2, 2021)
    • Godzilla vs. KongFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from March 13 to November 20, move #2 to May 21, 2021)
    • Soul (delayed, moved from June 19 to Nov 20, move #2 to December 25 via Disney+)
    • Voyagers (delayed, moved from Nov 25 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Raya And The Last Dragon (delayed, moved from Nov 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021)
    • King Richard (delayed, moved from November 25, 2020 to Nov 19, 2021) biopic on tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father

As we look through the DELAYED list above, those 11 delayed movies would have been a major boost to movie theater interest. Instead, we’ll get the five movies below … maybe.

Let Him Go
(Nov 6)

Stillwater
(Nov 6)

No official trailer available.

Freaky
FIRST LOOK
(Friday the 13th, Nov 13)

Vince Vaughn plays a woman serial killer in his body. Blumhouse, it’s Friday the 13th, and there’s about to be bodies everywhere — or so we think based on the trailer.

Clifford The Big Red Dog
(Nov 13)

No official trailer available.

Ammonite
(Nov 13)

The Croods: A New Age
(Nov 25)

Happiest Season
(Nov 25)

No official trailer available.

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?

Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.

As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!

Synchronic ⭐️⭐️

Synchronic – R – 1 hr 41 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Saturday October 24, 2020
AMC Southcenter 16 – Tukwila, Washington
#40 new movie seen in theater in 2020

Two paramedic friends, Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) encounter various people afflicted by a designer drug called synchronic. Dennis’ daughter Brianna takes the drug and disappears.

Steve finds out he’s dying and, upon an unexpected visit from the drug’s creator, learns synchronic can allow the user to travel back in time for seven minutes. Steve buys up all the synchronic in town and searches for Brianna.

The idea is somewhat fresh, which is always appreciated. Take a drug and travel back through time based on where you take the drug at? I was thinking sort of like Sound of Thunder without the machine or radical future change consequences

Time travel stories are often convoluted and difficult to parse logic-wise. This one tries to stay away from paradoxes but viewers can’t help pondering credibly how this would work. A sci-fi story needs plausible elements with the science to be more effective. Pretty much none of that exists here. Those that can get past that will probably find this more enjoyable.

The biggest problem is the most interesting parts are when Steve takes the drug, not much that’s happening in the mundane present time. The first 45 minutes of the movie are slow and difficult to get into. Kara had to bump me a few times because I was literally starting to nod off.

The last 45 minutes are significantly better, especially as Steve learns more about how synchronic works and his search for Brianna deepens. The ending, which won’t be spoiled here, is a bit on the predictable side, but it’s handled well.

There is a non sci-fi feel to the way the film is shot. Like it’s not as dark and dreary as the story. The sound effects are good and soundtrack, although a little understated is OK. The acting is nothing special, but that could be that it’s mostly Steve doing the one man show routine. He wasn’t bad, but we don’t find ourselves rooting for him quite the way we should.

Kara and I were a bit apart on this one in our just left the theater video review (see below).

Uneven pacing is what makes this one come up short and miss being recommended. It’s a compelling idea and with better execution, particularly the first half of the movie, it could have been a good movie. Alas, as presented it comes off as somewhere between bad and mediocre. Not recommended.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️ (Todd) ⭐️ (Kara)