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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of November 28th – Aubrey Plaza Impeccably Plays ‘Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza appears in Emily the Criminal by John Patton Ford, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Low Spark Films.

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, the controversial Don’t Worry Darling goes up against Emily the Criminal for top honors. Which film do you think wound up taking the prize this week? Well, read on to find out…

Joey’s Top Pick

Vertical Entertainment / Roadside Attractions

Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza is terrific in Emily the Criminal, a really effective little crime thriller. One of her most effective serious roles, it’s the type of work you hope the precursor season doesn’t completely forget about. She’s that good in the flick. You can check out my interview with Plaza and Theo Rossi here, while back at the Sundance Film Festival, I had this here to say about the movie:

Aubrey Plaza is an actress that I wish more directors saw dramatic potential in. She’s already established herself as a talented comedic performer, but Plaza has also aced serious material before. Her droll nature just works on both levels. So, getting the lead in a crime drama/thriller like Emily the Criminal was always going to have caught my eye. Playing as one of the more anticipated titles at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, it manages to give Plaza one of her best showcases to date. Pulpy and dark, but also always concerned with observing her character, it’s an enjoyable, if often nasty, pice of business.

Emily the Criminal could easily have been generic. It’s a credit to Plaza and the darkness/intensity that she brings here that it feels so fresh. No matter how down in the muck she lets Emily get, you’re still rooting for her to make it out unscathed. You may not want to hang out with this character, but you want to watch her navigate the criminal world.

Also Available This Week

Warner Bros.

Detective Knight: Rogue

Don’t Worry Darling

The Flight Attendant: Complete First Two Seasons (TV)

Ghosts: Season One (TV)

Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon

The Offer: Season One (TV)

Riverdale: The Complete Sixth Season (TV)

Westworld: The Complete Fourth Season (TV)

No Criterion releases this week, but there will be more soon!

Stay tuned for more next week…

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