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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of February 7th – Oscar Hopefuls ‘Encanto’ and ‘King Richard’ Compete for the Throne

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Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, a trio of likely Oscar nominees are duking it out for top honors. Yes, the Academy Award nominations are this morning, so we’ll know shortly how Encanto, King Richard, and Summer of Soul fare. However, today, they’re all in competition for top honors here. Plus, we have a great new Criterion Collection Release! Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

KING RICHARD Copyright: © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Caption: (L-r) WILL SMITH as Richard Williams and JON BERNTHAL as as Rick Macci in Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama “KING RICHARD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

King Richard

Will Smith will likely win the Best Actor Oscar for playing Richard Williams in this sports biopic. It’s certainly a strong performance, one that helps to elevate a decent movie into something much more. This here is some of what I said about King Richard in my Film Fest 919 review:

King Richard sits on its throne due to the work of Will Smith. He’s all-in here and thoroughly rights the ship after a number of misguided recent projects. Without him, the long running-time and reliance on sports film cliches might have been more of a bother. Instead, this really does feel like a solid studio crowd-pleaser, with a chance at something more.

Also Available This Week

MEET THE MADRIGALS – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” introduces the Madrigals, a compelling and complicated extended family who live in a wondrous and charmed place in the mountains of Colombia. Opening in the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2021, “Encanto” features the voices of (clockwise starting from center) Stephanie Beatriz as the only ordinary child in the Madrigal family; Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Rhenzy Feliz and Adassa as Mirabel’s cousins Antonio, Camilo and Dolores, respectively; Mauro Castillo and Carolina Gaitan as Mirabel’s uncle and aunt, Félix and Pepa; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother, Abuela Alma; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Jessica Darrow and Diane Guererro as Mirabel’s sisters Luisa and Isabela. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

After We Fell

DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season (TV)


Last Man Standing: The Complete Ninth Season (TV)

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

Summer Of Soul

Criterion Corner


Miller’s Crossing

From The Criterion Collection: “A Roaring Twenties gangster saga that only the Coen brothers could concoct, Miller’s Crossing marries the hard-boiled sensibility of classic noir fiction with the filmmakers’ trademark savory dialogue, colorful characters, and finely calibrated set pieces. Gabriel Byrne brings a wry gravitas to the role of Tom Reagan, the quick-thinking right-hand man to a powerful crime boss (Albert Finney), whose unflappable cool is tested when he begins offering his services to a rival outfit—setting off a cascade of betrayals, reprisals, and increasingly berserk violence. The Hopperesque visuals of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, majestically elegiac score by Carter Burwell, and vivid supporting performances from John Turturro and Marcia Gay Harden come together in an intricately constructed slice of pulp perfection that crackles with sardonic wit while plumbing existential questions about free will and our own terrifying capacity for evil.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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