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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of December 5th – Spend ‘One Night in Miami…’ with Some ‘Werewolves Within’

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have Regina King‘s One Night in Miami… joining the Criterion Collection. Alongside that film, we have Werewolves Within, as well as a handful of other titles. This week even includes the release of Dear Evan Hansen. Read on for more on all of the movies hitting shelves…

Joey’s Top Pick

Courtesy of Amazon Studios

One Night in Miami…

Criterion knows what they’re doing when they highlight a new release as an induction into their collection. King’s historical interpretation and play adaptation is just captivating cinema. One Night in Miami… is somehow both rightly rated and underrated. My review from last year has more, including this bit:

One Night in Miami… manages to depict four larger than life figures in an incredibly human manner. The film is entertaining and interesting, but it’s truly thought-provoking at its core. Plus, the woman behind the camera is truly someone to make a fuss over. In a year of strong directorial debuts, Regina King delivers one of the best. Her mastery of the craft is immediately evident. The flick will haunt you with how well it puts you in the shoes of four men at pivotal moments in their lives.

Recommended Viewing

IFC Films

Werewolves Within

Believe it or not, this might be the best video game adaptation to date. Is it a film most will know has that source material? Nope. At the same time, Werewolves Within just manages to be a fun movie, and that goes a long way. Sam Richardson and company are just having a real blast, as the flick mixes comedy and horror with aplomb. Back at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, I had this to say in my positive review:

Werewolves Within is a horror comedy first and foremost, never overtly appearing like it has video game roots. It’s often silly, sometimes bloody, and always entertaining. Even if the ending doesn’t quite stick the landing, what comes beforehand is so fun, you’ll barely notice. The good very much outweighs the bad, and it’s not even close.

Also Available This Week

Universal

Copshop

Creepshow: The Complete Second Season (TV)

Cry Macho

Dear Evan Hansen

God’s Not Dead: We The People

One Shot

Rick and Morty: Season 5 (TV)

Ron’s Gone Wrong

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (first time in 4K)

Criterion Corner

Amazon Studios

Just a reminder that One Night in Miami… is the top pick. From The Criterion Collection: “Adapted by Kemp Powers from his acclaimed play, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award–winning actor Regina King puts viewers in a room with four icons at the forefront of Black American culture as they carouse, clash, bare their souls, and grapple with their places within the sweeping change of the civil rights movement. February 25, 1964, has gone down in history as the day that the brash young boxer Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) defeated Sonny Liston, but what happened after the fight was perhaps even more incredible: Ali, civil rights leader Malcolm X, NFL great Jim Brown, and “King of Soul” Sam Cooke all came together at a Miami motel. Electric with big ideas and activist spirit, One Night in Miami . . . plunges us into the midst of an intimate, ongoing conversation—and a defining moment in American history.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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