The new releases for 2021 include streaming originals, new VOD releases, major award finalists and festival favorites. There are new studio releases that are now available in the comfort of your own home. This year, you can watch a number of thrilling virtual cinema selections. A list of some of the new movies is here-
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Fuzzy
R.J. Cutler’s epic and intimate “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Fuzzy” is a year-in-the-life documentary. It observes Billie Eilish’s meteoric stardom in such intense close-up that everything around her inevitably fuzzes out of focus. The fans know that whatever makes its subject so fascinating is already self-evident to the people who hear themselves in her songs.
And it’s only because his film embraces the reality from the outset. It doesn’t try to justify Eilish’s appeal to an audience who has never seen the world through those ocean eyes. Rather, it’s able to smudge it into something large enough for everyone to appreciate.
Claire is a mother, an architect, and a recovering Oxy addict who is attempting to find balance in her life. Moreover, Tyrone is a college professor who works for a big company, studying new medicines. Jake, on the other hand, is a DEA agent who is impersonating a drug trafficker in order to bust two big smuggling rings. Bill is a high-ranking executive anxious to have his supposedly non-addictive new painkiller accepted.
“The Father” is a slick film in which even the most essential details can be vaporized in the span of a single cut. Anthony Hopkins playing the title role is unmistakable. However, it’s worth noting that the character’s name has been changed from Andre to Anthony. It is a self-reflexive detail that adds a crunchy meta-center to one of the film’s most terrifying moments.
“My Zoe,” by Julie Delpy, uses a classic formal structure to tell a thoroughly modern tale. Delpy’s previous films have mostly been lighthearted rom-coms like “Two Days” and the occasional historical dramas. But, “My Zoe” sees the director and star venturing into new territories.
Night of the Kings
“Night of the Kings,” is a film by West African filmmaker Philippe Lacôte. It takes place inside the notorious La MACA prison in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast’s south coast.
Lacôte’s film is focused on oral traditions that might seem foreign to some audiences. But, the film is really about the universal power of storytelling — regardless of language. It portrays how storytelling can be used as a means of survival.
Even as it unfolds almost like a filmed play, “Night of the Kings” is an intoxicating and immersive visual experience through and through, despite some blurry third-act visual effects.
Tom and Jerry
The next hour and forty minutes are a jumble of plot and sight gags that fit together. Tom and Jerry attempts to mix live-action and animation.
Regardless of whether or not the title’s suggested computer-generated cat and mouse is involved, it’s a “Tom and Jerry” film that tends to focus on the ins and outs of hotel administration and a pair of fictional Instagram celebrities.