Movies Update: ‘Nobody’ and More

Plus, why this Oscar race is hard to predict.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

Here’s what’s going on this week in the movie world.

We spoke with the “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk about his bid for action-movie stardom with the hard-hitting “Nobody.” (Read the movie review.)

Academy Award front-runners in the best picture and writing categories are emerging after prizes were awarded by the Producers Guild of America, which recognized “Nomadland,” and the Writers Guild, which recognized “Promising Young Woman” and “Borat.” But our Oscars expert Kyle Buchanan wrote that the supporting-actress race is still up in the air.

Staying in the awards realm, the Oscar-nominated director Lee Isaac Chung narrated the opening scene from his best-picture nominee, “Minari.” And the tiny Icelandic town Husavik has been thrown into the Oscar race now that a song named after it (from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”) got a nod.

It’s the 40th anniversary of Michael Mann’s first feature, “Thief,” and a collection of writers shared their favorite scenes from the director’s films.

For fans of “Justice League,” the Snyder Cut is now available on HBO Max. We gave a breakdown of what’s in and what’s out in the new version.

New to streaming is the Tina Turner documentary “Tina” (on HBO Max beginning Saturday); the harrowing documentary “Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad” (Discovery+); a doc on Pope Francis (Discovery+); the off-color comedy “Bad Trip” (Netflix); and the devastating thriller “Violation” (Shudder).

Enjoy the movies!

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MOVIE REVIEWS

‘Six Minutes to Midnight’ Review: A Finishing School for the Nazi Elite

In this suspense thriller set in the 1930s, Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard are stalwart Brits at a sinister girls’ school in England.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Francesco’ Review: The Pope, Up Close, but Not That Close

The new documentary on Pope Francis is a missed opportunity to demystify elements of the papacy.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘A Week Away’ Review: Summer of Salvation

A wayward teenager is sent to a Christian camp in this Netflix musical.

By Amy Nicholson

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‘Senior Moment’ Review: A Romance That Wouldn’t Hurt a Flea

This Giorgio Serafini movie takes us to a retirement center, a drag race and the DMV, not to mention a dizzying encounter on public transportation.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Shoplifters of the World’ Review: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Four friends process the breakup of their musical idols, The Smiths, in this gentle tale of teenage self-discovery.

By Jeannette Catsoulis

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‘The Good Traitor’ Review: The Defiant Diplomat

Christina Rosendahl’s handsome historical drama recounts an ambassador’s audacious scheme to save Denmark after the Nazi invasion in 1940.

By Nicolas Rapold

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‘Seaspiracy’ Review: Got Any Scandals? Go Fish.

A Netflix documentary takes viewers on a voyage around the world rooting out the many causes of ocean life decimation, but its rhetorical methods distract from its revelations.

By Natalia Winkelman

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‘Donny’s Bar Mitzvah’ Review: A Rude and Raunchy Coming-of-Age

A boy becomes a man, and the writer-director Jonathan Kaufman is there, like a faux-VHS cameraman, to capture the juvenile festivities that ensue.

By Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

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NEWS & FEATURES

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Her Film on Sex Assault Depicts Her Own and Fuels a #MeToo Moment

Danijela Stajnfeld included her account of being assaulted in a film that has led to contentious debate in Serbia and prompted other women to come forward to say they were sexually abused.

By Cara Buckley

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Bertrand Tavernier, 79, French Director With Wide Appeal, Dies

He was a regular on the world’s film festival circuit with movies like “Death Watch,” a science-fiction thriller, and “’Round Midnight,” about a jazz musician.

By Neil Genzlinger

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With Fewer Ads on Streaming, Brands Make More Movies

As streaming video has gained in importance during the pandemic, advertisers have put more focus on Hollywood-level branded content as a way to reach viewers.

By Nicole Sperling and Tiffany Hsu

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