Movies Update: Creativity and the Pandemic

Plus, what to expect from the Oscar nominations.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

As we continue through a delayed and extended awards season, more film organizations have announced their nominees for top prizes. Both the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild made picks, as well as BAFTA. It’s all leading up to Monday’s Oscar nominations, which we will be covering live. Our awards prognosticator, Kyle Buchanan (a.k.a. The Projectionist), wrote about what to expect at that announcement.

In other news, a report found that Hollywood loses $10 billion a year because of the lack of diversity in its productions. And with the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, we asked creators across the arts and entertainment spectrum how they managed to be (or not be) productive during lockdown.

Out this week is an eclectic bunch of new releases, including a film on the international feature shortlist for the Oscar nominations, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” It’s a Critic’s Pick. Also out is the family comedy “Yes Day” on Netflix, the Soleil Moon Frye nostalgia documentary “Kid 90” on Hulu, as well as docs about young entrepreneurs, hard rock, a painting that traces a line through a dark history and a summer camp for kids who stutter. Or, if you have 86 seconds to spare, you can check out that bowling alley drone video that Hollywood is buzzing over.

Enjoy the movies!



‘Yes Day’ Review: It’s a Family Affair

A sunny family of five agrees to a day where a mother and father must consent to whatever the kids want in this broad Netflix comedy.

By Natalia Winkelman

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‘Own the Room’ Review: Chasing Their Entrepreneurial Dreams

In this documentary on Disney+, young students compete for $100,000, pitching their ideas, and themselves.

By Kyle Turner

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‘Still Life in Lodz’ Review: A Painting Becomes a Window

This documentary examines how objects can create through lines across history.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘My Beautiful Stutter’ Review: Speaking Truth to Power

The film is pitched more as a public-service announcement than as a documentary with cinematic ambitions.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘Honeydew’ Review: Homegrown Horror

A camping trip gone wrong lands a tetchy couple at a remote farm in this horror tale.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Bombay Rose’ Review: Nostalgic Ruminations

A romance between a refugee and an escaped child bride is at the heart of this animated film.

By Amy Nicholson

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‘Markie in Milwaukee’ Review: Acknowledging Painful Transitions

This documentary presents a portrait of a transgender woman’s life, her faith as an evangelical Christian and her strained relationship with her family.

By Teo Bugbee

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‘Kid 90’ Review: Celluloid Dreams

Soleil Moon Frye’s look back at her life as a child star in the 1990s walks the thin line between diary and documentary.

By Devika Girish

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The 50 Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on Disney+ Right Now

The Disney streaming platform has hundreds of movie and TV titles, drawing from its own deep reservoir classics and from Star Wars, Marvel and more. These are our favorites.

By Scott Tobias

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The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

Movies upon movies await, and you don’t even have to drill down to find them.

By Jason Bailey

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The Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video Right Now

New films, and classics, just keep coming, but you don’t have to drill down to find the finest selections to stream. We’ll do the heavy lifting. You press play.

By Jason Bailey

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The Best Movies and Shows on Hulu Right Now

We’ve handpicked the finest movies and television shows currently streaming on Hulu in the United States. Take a look.

By Jason Bailey

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Watch These 13 Titles on Netflix Before They Leave This Month

Every month, dozens of movies and TV shows expire from the streaming service. These are the ones not to miss in March.

By Jason Bailey

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Hollywood Loses $10 Billion a Year Due to Lack of Diversity, Study Finds

A McKinsey report that combined previous research and new interviews argues that concrete steps like company bonuses tied to improved representation can lead to change.

By Nicole Sperling

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‘Jackie Brown’ and Tangerine Dream: What ‘I Care a Lot’ Is Made Of

The writer-director J Blakeson behind the blade-sharp Netflix thriller shares the films, images and sounds that guided him in crafting the movie.

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

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A Drone Went Bowling. Hollywood Noticed.

A drone video shot in a Minneapolis bowling alley was hailed as an instant classic. One Hollywood veteran said it “adds to the language and vocabulary of cinema.”

By Mike Ives


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