(Hulu, starting Friday, February 19)
The critical consensus for Best Picture in the extended 2020-2021 awards season sees light.
Judas & the Black Messiah
(HBO Max, February 12-March 11)
Ryan Coogler production of a gripping, incendiary telling of the events leading up to the murder in Chicago of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party.
(Opens Friday, February 12, Siskel and other virtual theaters)
Gorgeous, moving story of an all-American family coming of age in the rural heartland.
(Opens Friday, February 12)
Azazel Jacobs’ theatrical return after the future comedy classic “The Lovers” finds Michelle Pfeiffer in epic form in a New York- and Paris-set comedy with errant spirits.
Malcolm & Marie
(Netflix, Streaming February 5)
Sam Levinson (“Euphoria”) directs Zendaya (“Euphoria”) and John David Washington in a black-and-white chamber drama about a troubled relationship, shot during the pandemic and acquired by Netflix for a reported $30 million. Comparisons to John Cassavetes have been duly bandied.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.