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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of November 29th – ‘Shang-Chi’ and ‘Malignant’ Offer Up Very Different Delights

Katy (Awkwafina) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021) Cinematography by Bill Pope

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have a pair of really good titles hitting shelves, along with…not much else. The duo happens to be rather diverse, too, so there’s that. Where else are Malignant and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings mentioned in the same breath? Exactly. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The Marvel Cinematic Universe got a burst of energy with this martial arts inspired epic. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a big swing, but it largely works. The best of the 2021 big screen MCU output, it gives us a new star to really fall in love with. Going forward, more of Shang-Chi please. In my review, I had this to say:

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has equal amounts of action, heart, and humor. The result is as satisfying an outing as Marvel has had in some time. By moving out of their comfort zone, they’ve found an almost universally appealing tale to tell. Shang-Chi will certainly be one of their prime characters moving forward, and with good reason, too. He’s a winner.

Recommended Viewing

Warner Bros.

Malignant

James Wan returns to horror with this bat-shit crazy movie. Malignant is bonkers, to say the least. Seriously, if you haven’t managed to have this one spoiled for you yet, keep it that way. Just watch it and be blown away by the third act twist Wan has in store for you. My review of the flick included this bit:

Malignant is well-executed trash, and if that sounds like a good time to you, you’re gonna dig this flick. While really taking an original concept to the furthest extremes, it also just shows Wan just playing in the fields of horror. This is truly where he shines. The cheesy moments do stand out like sore thumbs, but the wildest moments stand out too, so you’re never even close to bored. Fair warning though…it’s best to go in as cold as possible, plot-wise. Warner Bros. is encouraging critics to avoid revealing the WTF moments and they couldn’t be more right about that.

Also Available This Week

Vertical Entertainment

Death Of Nintendo

Heaven Can Wait (first time on Blu-ray)

Saint Maud

Wild Indian

No Criterion releases this week. Stay tuned for more next week!

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