Movies Update: ‘Nomadland’ and More

Plus, telling the story of Billie Holiday

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

You’ve been hearing about “Nomadland” for months, since its emergence last fall at film festivals like Toronto and Venice. It has been honored by critics’ groups and this month was nominated for four Golden Globes. Now, you can finally watch it yourself. The movie, starring Frances McDormand, is streaming on Hulu. Read A.O. Scott’s Critic’s Pick review and watch its director, Chloé Zhao, narrate a scene.

Is “Judas and the Black Messiah” (on HBO Max) the most radial film ever produced by Hollywood? Lawrence Ware argues that it might be. And Kyle Buchanan talks to one of the film’s stars, Dominique Fishback.

New to Netflix is the icy thriller “I Care a Lot,” about a scammer who traps unsuspecting retirees into conservatorships. Read our Critic’s Pick review and an interview with the movie’s star, Rosamund Pike.

And over on Disney+ is the family adventure “Flora & Ulysses,” about a girl who teams up with a superhero squirrel. It’s also a Critic’s Pick.

Check out more of our reviews and news below, and enjoy the movies.



‘The Violent Heart’ Review: Secrets and Lies

A man who witnessed the murder of his sister tries to rebound in this subtle melodrama.

By Teo Bugbee

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‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ Review:

Adapted from a graphic novel, this comedy pits a teen against his mother in a battle to get through a long summer together.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Silk Road’ Review: A Digital Drug Kingpin’s Undoing

Tiller Russell’s new fact-based thriller about Ross W. Ulbricht could have been a nail-biter, but ended up a limp snooze.

By Glenn Kenny

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‘Sin’ Review: Man of Marble

The second feature in recent months from the Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky is a grimy, austere Michelangelo biopic.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘Test Pattern’ Review: Refocusing the Lens on Race and Gender

Shatara Michelle Ford’s lean, smart debut feature confronts us with our presumptions about what rape and victimhood look like — onscreen and in life.

By Devika Girish

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‘Blithe Spirit’ Review: Dead, but Not Loving It

Dan Stevens stars as a writer taunted by the ghost of his dead wife in this grating adaptation of the 1941 play.

By Jeannette Catsoulis

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‘Mafia Inc’ Review: The Business They Have Chosen

This Montreal crime saga is never dull despite a sense of déjà vu.

By Ben Kenigsberg

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‘Shook’ Review: Unliked and Followed

A killer with a mysterious agenda hunts down social-media influencers in this horror movie.

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Critic’s Notebook

Is This the Most Radical Film Ever Produced by Hollywood?

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is the rare Hollywood film to explore a vision of Blackness that has nothing to do with white audiences.

By Lawrence Ware

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Rosamund Pike Is Delighted to Appall You

Best known for her titular role in “Gone Girl,” the British actress stars as another seductively dangerous character in the new Netflix film “I Care a Lot.”

By Roslyn Sulcas

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The Projectionist

Dominique Fishback Gave Her Heart to ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Cast opposite Daniel Kaluuya, the actress was given a Black Panther love story that she had been manifesting for a really long time.

By Kyle Buchanan

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A Pakistani-American Tale Upends Expectations Onscreen and in Life

Iram Parveen Bilal’s “I’ll Meet You There” depicts a parent who supports his daughter’s dream. The filmmaker’s own parents weren’t as sure about her passion.

By Sopan Deb


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