SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – This week's releases include a handful of titles that were released in a limited amount of theaters at the end of 2020. As such, you might not have heard of "The Climb," "Dreamland," or "The Kid Detective." It's time to rectify that.
- The Climb - Mike (Michael Angelo Covino) and Kyle (Kyle Marvin) were lifelong friends until Mike decided to steal away Kyle's fiancée Ava just before the wedding. Mike marries Ava. She, however, unexpectedly dies a few years later and this brings Mike back to ruin Kyle's life once more. This pitch-black comedy was lauded at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. Gayle Rankin ("GLOW," "Perry Mason") appears in a supporting role.
- Dreamland - Eugene Evans (Finn Cole), a directionless young man, meets Allison Wells (Margot Robbie), a woman accused of taking part in a bank robbery where a young girl was killed as Allison and her boyfriend fled the scene. Evans, smitten with Wells, agrees to help her avoid capture.
- Scooby-Doo! Guess Who?: The Complete First Season - The newest series in the Scooby-Doo! franchise features the Mystery Inc. team working with superheroes and celebrities to solve various crimes.
- Beautiful Darling - A documentary about Candy Darling, the transgender actress who appeared in Andy Warhol films and inspired musician Lou Reed's songs "Candy Says" and "Walk on the Wild Side."
- Once Upon a River - Adapted from Bonnie Jo Campbell’s novel, "Once Upon a River" is a coming-of-age drama that sees a 15-year-old girl with an indigenous heritage set out on a journey down the Stark River where she is forced to face some of the cruel aspects of growing up.
- Road to Mandalay - A brokenhearted love story about Lianqing and Guo, two Burmese immigrants, who flee to Thailand in search of a better life. Bound and doomed by a sense of fate, will their relationship last when they no longer rely upon each other?
- Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack - A documentary about artist Audrey Flack who is primarily known for her photorealistic paintings. She is also a sculptor and a fixture of the New York art scene.
- Open Up to Me - A Finish film that sees Maarit (Leea Klemola), a transgender woman living estranged from her wife and child. When her employer, a therapist, is forced to leave town for an emergency, Maarit finds herself attempting to counsel and ultimately connecting with a new patient (Peter Franzén) who is going through a marital crisis.
- Let Him Go - Set in 1950s North Nebraska, “Let Him Go,’ is a tension-filled thriller dressed in neo-Western clothes. It stars Kevin Costner as George Blackledge, a former sheriff, Diane Lane as his wife Margaret and Lesley Manville as Blanche Weboy, the matriarch of a notorious family known for their lawlessness. Based on Larry Watson’s novel, the film begins with the accidental death of the Blackledge’s son. He leaves behind a widow and a child. Time skips ahead a couple years and we see Lorna, the widow, marry Donnie Weboy. Soon after, Margaret, while driving through town, sees Donnie strike Lorna and her son. Days later, Margaret goes to check on her grandson. The family has vanished. Margaret is determined to find her grandson, bring him back to live with her and George.
Genre and Catalog Titles
- Max Cloud - A video game inspired satire that sees a teenage girl trapped in a video game featuring a crashed spacecraft and a prison planet. It's "Jumanji" meets "Pitch Black" without any of the seriousness. Scott Adkins chews a lot of scenery as the overly confident Max Cloud. John Hannah, who turns up bad guy Revengor up to 11, takes a few bites as well. It's campy, harmless fun that will appeal to gamers and comic convention devotees.
- Toys of Terror - A family moves into a old home just before Christmas. The kids discover a chest full of toys in the attic that magically come to life. The toys aren't exactly benevolent.
- Spiral -Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Ari Cohen star in this horror yarn as a same-sex couple who moves to the suburbs to give their 16-year-old daughter a better life. Suburbia proves to be less than welcoming.
- Cleansing Hour - A popular webcast featuring staged exorcisms becomes increasingly popular when a real demon of darkness gets involved.
- JSA: Joint Security Area - This Korean film was a massive hit in its homeland when it was released in 2000. The mystery thriller sees two North Korean soldiers killed in the DMZ and two separate South Korean soldiers claiming responsibility with radically differing stories. With tensions growing between the Koreas, an outside investigator steps in to untangle truth from lies.
- Prince of Darkness - Written and directed by John Carpenter, this 1987 horror film sees the horror auteur musing on the essence of evil existing in a physical form.
- They Live - While some horror films from the 1980s have aged poorly, "They Live," while still very much an '80s film, feels just as relevant today as it did when it was released in 1988. The film follows Nada(Roddy Piper), a construction worker, who discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the grotesque aliens who hide among us and the subversive messages that they spread.
- 2021 - Love him or hate him, Roland Emmerich's films were made to be seen on the biggest screen in the highest resolution and Sony has done a marvelous job of bringing their catalog to 4K. They've even added a Discovery Channel documentary that wasn't available on the original release.