Movies Update: ‘Coming 2 America’ and More

Plus, a talk with Daniel Kaluuya

By Mekado Murphy

Hey, movie fans!

So how about those Golden Globes? The virtual ceremony was a little bit glitchy in parts. We looked at its best and worst moments and offered some notes on how (and how not) to stage a pandemic-era awards show.

This week there’s an eclectic array of movies on the major streamers. On Amazon, there’s “Coming 2 America,” the high-profile sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy hit. (Watch a narrated scene from the movie and read a chat with its leads.) On Disney+ is the animated “Raya and the Last Dragon.” (Read an interview with its star voice, Kelly Marie Tran.) On Netflix is “Moxie,” a teen drama directed by Amy Poehler. On the freshly minted Paramount+ is a new SpongeBob offering. And Hulu has the time-loop action comedy “Boss Level.”

Also, movie theaters (or a selection of them) are reopening in New York City this weekend at limited capacity. Theatrical offerings include the Eddie Huang basketball film “Boogie” (read an interview with Huang) and the Doug Liman-directed sci-fi film “Chaos Walking.”

Enjoy the movies!



‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Review: Fool Me Once

A new Disney princess from Southeast Asia battles factionalism and her own trust issues.

By Beatrice Loayza

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‘Moxie’ Review: Rebel With a Cause

Amy Poehler directs this Netflix high-school drama inspired by the relics of punk feminism.

By Jeannette Catsoulis

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‘Boss Level’ Review: Game Never Over

Frank Grillo gets to die another day — again and again and again — in the time-loop action comedy.

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

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‘Boogie’ Review: There’s No Laughing in Basketball

Hoop dreams intertwine with Chinese-American identity in this coming-of-age drama from Eddie Huang.

By Teo Bugbee

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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: Still Square

This new franchise installment, “Sponge on the Run,” wants to be clever in nodding toward genre conventions. But its execution is poor.

By Maya Phillips

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‘Chaos Walking’ Review: Just Thinking Out Loud

Daisy Ridley plays the only woman to arrive on a planet full of men, whose thoughts are visibly on display, in this sci-fi thriller.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Adam’ Review: Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

A widow welcomes a pregnant stranger into her home in this sentimental story mostly told unsentimentally.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘The Walrus and the Whistleblower’ Review: The Fight to Free a Friend

An animal trainer turned activist strives to end sea mammal captivity in this documentary that could use a sharper frame on its subject.

By Natalia Winkelman

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Kelly Marie Tran: ‘I’m Not Afraid Anymore’

The actress has left the “Star Wars” bullies behind to star as Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess in “Raya and the Last Dragon.” She says, “I’m finally asking for the things I want.”

By Sarah Bahr

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Critic’s Notebook

A Dirty Winner at a Lonely Berlin Film Festival

The Romanian director Radu Jude’s “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” took the top prize in an online-only edition that lacked the magic of in-person moviegoing.

By Jessica Kiang

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Eddie Huang: Filmmaker Was on His List of Things to Do Even Before Chef

He discusses his debut drama, “Boogie”; what moving to Taiwan showed him about America; and what it was like to work with Pop Smoke, a star of his movie.

By Brandon Yu

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Critic’s Notebook

‘Judas’ Is the Latest Political Movie to Punt on Politics

Both “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “BlacKkKlansman” are rooted in issues of radicalism vs. the system, but the dramas rely on morally opaque characters that undermine the stories.

By Maya Phillips


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