Movies Update: ‘One Night in Miami’ and More

Plus, predicting the best actor Oscar race.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

Even though the Academy Awards won’t be until April this year, the Oscar season is nonetheless still upon us. Kyle Buchanan is already making predictions in the best actor category and A. O. Scott is pointing you in the direction of a couple of would-be contenders available this week.

On Amazon is “One Night in Miami,” the feature directing debut of Regina King, which spends an evening in a hotel room with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. Scott calls it “an intellectual thriller, crackling with the energy of ideas and emotions as they happen.”

On demand is “MLK/FBI,” about the ways the F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover dug into the private life of King. Scott calls this documentary “at once suspenseful, visually engrossing and intellectually bracing.”

If you’re looking for a little pandemic drama onscreen, HBO Max has “Locked Down,” which features Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor sheltering in an unhappy place. And if you’re looking for a group of movie lovers eager to share their tastes, hop on over to the ever-growing social media network for cinephiles, Letterboxd, which we profiled this week.

Enjoy the movies!

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MOVIE REVIEWS

‘Locked Down’ Review: In Quarantine, Misery Hates Company

Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple sheltering in their London brownstone over the early weeks of the pandemic in this irritating heist comedy.

By Natalia Winkelman

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‘Outside the Wire’ Review: At War With the Robots

This Netflix film starring Anthony Mackie is neither curious nor bold in the ways it depicts a sentient robotic revolt.

By Robert Daniels

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‘The Marksman’ Review: In Need of a Mission

Liam Neeson plays the reluctant protector of an undocumented Mexican boy in this dusty drama.

By Jeannette Catsoulis

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‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ Review: Brothers in Crime Harbor a Secret

It’s not every day you get to see Rainn Wilson at the bottom of a well, and that’s just the half of it.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Bloody Hell’ Review: An Acrid Thriller Bites Off Too Much

Cannibals and comedy are mixed in this deranged ride from the director Alister Grierson.

By Teo Bugbee

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‘American Skin’ Review: Out for Justice

In Nate Parker’s film, a father takes matters into his own hands to hold a police officer to account for shooting down his son.

By Nicolas Rapold

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‘Hunted’ Review: Catch Me if You Can

Riffing on “Little Red Riding Hood,” this sadistic chase movie sends a young woman and two attackers into the deep, dark woods.

By Jeannette Catsoulis

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‘Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy’ Review: A Brisk Look Back at a Crisis

Veteran documentarian Stanley Nelson crafts a somewhat cursory primer on the 1980s crack epidemic.

By Devika Girish

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