#449 January 3, 2023 | Pretty Reel

Matt writes: Happy New Year, Ebert Club subscribers!As we enter 2023, Chaz Ebert, Editor of RogerEbert.com, would like to take a moment to reflect on all of the essential writing that appeared on our site in 2022. Click here to read her full essay, which begins with the following words . ..

HAVE A GOOD YEAR! I hope 2023 will be healthier, happier and more prosperous for you. And thank you for joining us here at RogerEbert.com as we share ourmovie reviews,TV/streaming reviews,collections,interviews,Blog entriesand more. All of our contributors and their individual collection of published work can be foundhere. But none of this happens without this team: editor, Brian Tallerico; Chief Editor,Matt Zoller Seitz; editor, Nick Allen; Literary Editor, Matt Fagerholm; and our editor, Nell Minow. I am very grateful to them, and to all of you. »

no bear(2022). Written and directed by Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobasheri. Synopsis: Two parallel love stories where the partners are thwarted by hidden and inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition and the mechanisms of power. Play now in the USA.

JUNG_E(2023). Written and directed by Sang-ho Yeon. With Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-Soo. Synopsis: On an uninhabitable 22nd century Earth, the outcome of a civil war depends on cloning the brain of an elite soldier to create a mercenary robot. Debuts on Netflix on January 20, 2023.

Of an age(2023). Written and directed by Goran Stolevski. With Thom Green, Elias Anton, Hattie Hook. Synopsis: A Serbian ballroom dancer experiences an unexpected and intense 24-hour romance with a friend’s older brother.Debuts in the United States on February 10, 2023.

Some blood(2023). Directed by Brad Anderson. Written by Will Honley. With Michelle Monaghan, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Skeet Ulrich. Synopsis: Jess, an estranged nurse who moves with her daughter and young son Owen to her old farmhouse. Shortly after settling down, Owen is bitten by the dog, resulting in a mysterious infection from the bite.Debuts in the United States on January 12, 2023.

Spectators (2023). Directed by Kimi Takesue. Synopsis: A visually striking and immersive meditation on travel and tourism in Laos, reflecting the way we all live as observers.Debuts in the United States on January 20, 2023.

Alone at night(2023). Directed by Jimmy Giannopoulos. Written by Jimmy Giannopoulos and Diomede Raul Bermudez. With Luis Guzman, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton. Synopsis: Quarantine leads to a night of terror. Debuts in the United States on January 20, 2023.

Dear Mom(2023). Directed by Allen Hughes. Synopsis: It follows the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur and his mother, Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur. The US release date is TBA.

True Detective: Land of Night(2023). Created by Nic Pizzolatto. With Jodie Foster, John Hawkes, Christopher Eccleston. Synopsis: In Ennis, Alaska, the men who operate a research station disappear. To solve the case, Detectives Danvers and Navarro will have to face the darkness themselves and dig into the haunted truths buried beneath the eternal ice. The US release date is TBA.

The last of us(2023). Created by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin. With Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna. Synopsis: Joel and Ellie, a couple bonded by the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek through post-pandemic America. Debuts on HBO Max on January 15, 2023.

Kaleidoscope (2023). Created by Eric Garcia. With Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell. Synopsis: Centered on the greatest heist ever attempted, the revenge and betrayals that surround it.Now streaming on Netflix.

Nightmare at the police station 84(2023). Written and directed by Samuel Gonzalez Jr. Starring Meredith Thomas, Jill Awbrey, Bill Moseley. Synopsis: One stormy night on Christmas Eve, a small town sheriff who is secretly a serial killer is visited by a mysterious woman who tells 4 bizarre stories.US release date is TBA.

Crazy like me?(2023). Directed by Chip Joslin. Written by Britt Bankhead. With Britt Bankhead, Eric Roberts, Jack Maxwell. Synopsis: A supernatural thriller about a veteran who returns home after a tour of duty overseas. He becomes the prime suspect in his girlfriend’s disappearance and is subsequently wrongfully convicted and incarcerated. Ten years later, he is released from the psychiatric asylum, he returns home to discover the truth and settle his accounts. US release date is TBA.

knock on the booth(2023). Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Written by M. Night Shyamalan, Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman (based on the book by Paul Tremblay). With Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, Jonathan Groff. Synopsis: While on vacation, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avoid the apocalypse. Debuts in the United States on February 3, 2023.

M3GAN(2023). Directed by Gerard Johnstone. Written by Akela Cooper. With Violet McGraw, Amie Donald, Allison Williams. Synopsis: A robotics engineer from a toy company builds a realistic doll that begins to come to life.Debuts in the United States on January 6, 2023.

Millennium Mambo(2001), 4K restoration. Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou. Written by T’ien-wen Chu. With Shu Qi, Jack Kao, Chun-hao Tuan. Synopsis: The ethereal beauty of Vicky reminisces about her romances with Hao Hao and Jack in the neon-lit clubs of Taipei.Showing in select theaters.

The game’s rules(1939), 4K restoration. Directed by Jean Renoir. Written by Jean Renoir and Carl Koch. With Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parely. Synopsis: A bourgeois life in France at the beginning of the Second World War, when the rich and their poor servants meet in a French castle.Showing in select theaters.

Oppenheimer(2023). Written and directed by Christopher Nolan (based on the book by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin). With Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr. Synopsis: The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.Debuts in the United States on July 21, 2023.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate(2023). Directed by James Mangold. Written by James Mangold, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (based on characters created by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman). With Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen. Synopsis: The fifth and apparently final installment in the Indiana Jones series.Debuts in the United States on June 30, 2023.

Matt writes:RIP Barbara Walters, the network’s first late-night news anchor, first interviewer of major world figures and creator of “The View,” died Dec. 30 at age 93. She is greeted here by Nell Minow.

Matt writes: I joined several of my fellow writers on RogerEbert.com to highlight the great performances of 2022 (including Austin Butler in “Elvis”, Danielle Deadwyler in “Till”, Brian Tyree Henry in “Causeway” and Mia Goth in “Pearl”) as well as the Great Filmmaking Craft of 2022 (in images such as “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”, “Nope”, “Decision to Leave” and “Top Gun: Maverick”).

nothing sacred(1937). Directed by William A. Wellman. Written by Ben Hecht. With Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger. Synopsis: An eccentric woman learns that she is not dying of radium poisoning as previously assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she again pretends to be. to be sick for one’s own benefit.

Watch “Nothing Sacred”

Three came home(1950). Directed by Jean Negulesco. Written by Nunnally Johnson (based on the book by Agnes Newton Keith). With Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Florence Desmond. Synopsis: During World War II, American author Agnes Newton Keith is imprisoned by the Japanese in various POW camps in North Borneo and Sarawak.

Watch “Three Went Home”

Don’t wait, Django… Shoot!(1967). Directed by Edoardo Mulargia. Written by Vincenzo Musolino. With Ivan Rassimov, Ignazio Spalla, Rada Rassimov. Synopsis: Django returns home to find that his father has been killed by local bandits as part of a business deal gone wrong.

Watch “Don’t Wait, Django… Shoot!” »

#449 January 3, 2023 | Pretty Reel