Movies Update: ‘The Prom’ and More

Plus, the great performances of 2020.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

We’re continuing to look back at the year that was. The critic Salamishah Tillet wrote about how 2020 was the year culture really began to reckon with white privilege. And The New York Times Magazine made its picks for the year’s best performances.

But before the year is up, there are plenty of new movies to choose from, including this week’s robust batch. The Ryan Murphy film adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Prom” is out on Netflix. Steve McQueen’s films in the “Small Axe” anthology are continuing to roll out on Amazon. HBO Max has the new Meryl Streep-starring film “Let Them All Talk.” And Disney+ has a new football drama, “Safety.” (And looking ahead, Disney has announced many, many more streaming projects).

Enjoy the movies!


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Critic’s Pick

‘Gunda’ Review: A Remarkable Pig’s-Eye View of the World

This astonishing documentary offers an intimate look at the lives of a sow, her rambunctious piglets, a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows.

By Manohla Dargis

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Critic’s Pick

‘Small Axe’ Review: The Agonies and Ecstasies of Black British Lives

Steve McQueen’s anthology of five films is a revelatory look at Afro-Caribbean neighborhoods in Britain from the 1960s to the ’80s.

By Jeannette Catsoulis

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‘Giving Voice’ Review: August Wilson Is Uplifting a New Generation

Netflix’s inspirational documentary follows talented theater kids who are devoting themselves to Wilson’s writing.

By Robert Daniels

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‘To the Ends of the Earth’ Review: Seeking a Big Fish, and More

A Japanese TV host is lost in and out of translation in Uzbekistan.

By Glenn Kenny



‘Let Them All Talk’ Review: That Ship Has Sailed

Meryl Streep plays an author trying to reconnect with college friends in Steven Soderbergh’s film.

By Maya Phillips

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‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Review: Finding Love Down on the Farm

John Patrick Shanley adapts his play “Outside Mullingar” into a movie. (Don’t worry about the accents.)

By Glenn Kenny

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‘The Bee Gees’ Review: Night Fever, for Decades

The documentary “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” from Frank Marshall, strives to paint a wider picture of the band often associated with its disco hits.

By Natalia Winkelman

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‘Funny Boy’ Review: Coming Out During Civil War

Deepa Mehta’s sprawling coming-of-age drama follows a boy who realizes he is gay in a country that criminalizes homosexuality.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘Safety’ Review: It Takes a University to Raise a Child

This Disney+ film isn’t your typical sports or adversity movie; it asks questions of what educational institutions owe to their community.

By Kyle Turner

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‘Assassins’ Review: Duped Into an International Murder Plot

A documentary tries to explain how two women were able to cause the death of the North Korean leader’s half brother.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘Finding Yingying’ Review: Vanishing Point

This documentary about the search for a missing student in Illinois takes a compassionate approach to grim material.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘Farewell Amor’ Review: Alone Together

Ekwa Msangi’s tender drama shows us that goodbyes haunt immigrants wherever they go.

By Devika Girish

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