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2 Thumbs Up (2021- )
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The latest (2021-) critically acclaimed, eclectic, arthouse, and award winning movies and documentaries reviewed and rated 3+ on rogerebert dot com.

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Movie: News of the World ( 2020 )
A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
Movie: Soul ( 2020 )
A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.
Movie: Nomadland ( 2021 )
After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Movie: Sylvie's Love ( 2020 )
A woman working at her father's record store in Harlem in the late 1950s meets an aspiring saxophone player.
Movie: Promising Young Woman ( 2020 )
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.
Movie: Dear Comrades ( 2020 )
When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike. The massacre which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a devout party activist.
Movie: Giving Voice ( 2020 )
This film follows the annual August Wilson Monologue competition and the thousands of high schoolers who enter the competition for the opportunity to perform on Broadway.
Movie: The Dissident ( 2021 )
When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world piece together the clues to a murder and expose a global cover up.
Movie: Night of the Kings ( 2021 )
A young man is sent to "La Maca", a prison of Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new "Roman" and must tell a story to the other prisoners.
Movie: Sing me a Song ( 2020 )
As the Internet finally arrives in tiny Bhutan, documentarian Thomas Balmès is there to witness its transformative impact on a young Buddhist monk whose initial trepidation gives way to profound engagement with the technology.
Movie: Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President ( 2020 )
Jimmy Carter's election to the presidency of the United States in 1977 was helped by the links that this fan of pop music had with stars.
Movie: Herself ( 2020 )
This is the story of young mother Sandra who escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system. She sets out to build her own home and in the process rebuilds her life and re-discovers herself.
Movie: Beautiful Something Left Behind ( 2020 )
At Good Grief groups, children meet to understand the passing of a parent or a sibling through play, giving in to rage in 'the volcano room' and saying goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in 'the hospital room'. Over the course of a year, we follow the weekly meetings and get close to Kimmy, Nicky, Peter, Nora, Nolan and Mikayla and their close companion: grief. It is sometimes heartbreaking, but also humorous, to experience the questions about life and death through their open and curious minds. Grief is high and heavy as a mountain, but it helps you understand what has happened, and that death is irreversible.
Movie: Acasa, My Home ( 2020 )
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city.
Movie: Some Kind of Heaven ( 2021 )
Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America's largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find solace and meaning.
Movie: One Night in Miami ( 2020 )
One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.
Movie: MLK/FBI ( 2021 )
Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard's resonant film explores the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Movie: The White Tiger ( 2021 )
The epic journey of a poor Indian driver who must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap.
Movie: Coming Clean
"Coming Clean" examines America's opioid crisis through the eyes of the recovering addicts and political leaders on the frontlines. These unlikely allies emerge from the darkness to face their pain, bring the profiteers to justice, and rebuild in the wake of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history.
Movie: Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time ( 2020 )
Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man. But the love of her life claims that they have never met before.
Movie: Our Friend ( 2021 )
After receiving life-altering news, a couple finds unexpected support from their best friend, who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined
Movie: Identifying Features ( 2020 )
A mother travels across Mexico in search for her son who authorities say died while trying to cross the boarder into the United States.
Movie: Breaking Fast ( 2021 )
Mo, a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, is learning to navigate life post heartbreak. Enter Kal, an All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the holy month of Ramadan.
Movie: Wrong Turn ( 2021 )
Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by 'The Foundation', a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.
Movie: Finding 'Ohana ( 2021 )
A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
Movie: Beginning ( 2021 )
In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah's Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles. Yana's inner discontent grows as she struggles to make sense of her desires.
Movie: Atlantis ( 2020 )
A soldier suffering from PTSD befriends a young volunteer hoping to restore peaceful energy to a war-torn society.
Movie: The Dig ( 2021 )
An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.
Movie: Supernova ( 2020 )
Sam and Tusker are traveling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.
Movie: Saint Maud ( 2020 )
Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.
Movie: The Night ( 2021 )
An Iranian couple living in the US become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them, in a night that never ends.
Movie: Two of Us ( 2020 )
Pensioners Nina and Madeleine have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is put to the test when they are suddenly unable to move freely between each other's apartments.
Movie: Little Fish ( 2021 )
A couple fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.
Movie: Falling ( 2020 )
A conservative father moves from his rural farm to live with his gay son's family in Los Angeles.
Movie: After Midnight ( 2020 )
When his long suffering girlfriend disappears suddenly, leaving a cryptic note as her only explanation, Hank's comfortable life and his sanity begin to crack. Then, from the woods surrounding his house, something terrible starts trying to break in.
Movie: Dead Pigs ( 2019 )
A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly-modernizing Shanghai.
Movie: Land ( 2021 )
A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, off the grid in Wyoming.
Movie: Minari ( 2021 )
A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.
Movie: To All the Boys: Always and Forever ( 2021 )
Continuing the romantic life of the teenage girl and facing her good and hard times with her friends and family.
Movie: French Exit ( 2020 )
An aging Manhattan socialite living on what's barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.
Movie: Judas and the Black Messiah ( 2021 )
The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal.
Movie: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar ( 2021 )
Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time - ever.
Movie: Lapsis ( 2020 )
Struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother, delivery man Ray takes a strange job in a strange new realm of the gig economy.
Movie: Flora & Ulysses ( 2021 )
The adventures of a young girl and a squirrel with superpowers.
Movie: Test Pattern ( 2021 )
Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit.
Movie: I Care a Lot ( 2021 )
A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.
Movie: 17 Blocks ( 2019 )
Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.
Movie: The Father ( 2020 )
A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
Movie: My Zoe ( 2019 )
A divorced mother looks to protect her daughter after an unexpected tragedy.
Movie: Raya and the Last Dragon ( 2021 )
In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.
Movie: The Truffle Hunters ( 2020 )
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.
Movie: Quo vadis, Aida? ( 2020 )
Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.
Movie: Clouds ( 2020 )
Young musician Zach Sobiech discovers his cancer has spread, leaving him just a few months to live. With limited time, he follows his dream and makes an album, unaware that it will soon be a viral music phenomenon.
Movie: Let Him Go ( 2020 )
A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.
Movie: Lucky ( 2020 )
A suburban woman fights to be believed as she finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night. When she can't get help from those around her, she is forced to take matters into her own hands.
Movie: Moxie ( 2021 )
Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother's rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.
Movie: Sophie Jones ( 2021 )
After her mother's death sixteen-year-old Sophie Jones is trying everything she can to feel something again and make it through high school.
Movie: Come True ( 2021 )
A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams.
Movie: Martha: A Picture Story ( 2019 )
In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war it. Decades later, Cooper has become influential to the global movement of street artists.
Movie: Own the Room ( 2021 )
Follows five students and their journey as they compete to win Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
Movie: Yes Day ( 2021 )
Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a "yes day", where for 24 hours the kids make the rules.
Movie: Center Stage ( 1992 )
Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.
Movie: Zack Snyder's Justice League ( 2021 )
Zack Snyder's definitive director's cut of Justice League. Determined to ensure Superman's ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.
Movie: The Courier ( 2021 )
Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Movie: Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal ( 2021 )
Reenactments drive this documentary investigating the mastermind behind a scam to sneak the kids of rich and famous families into top US universities.
Movie: Max Richter's Sleep ( 2020 )
This is a film for these frenetic times; a meditative respite from the rush and chaos of the modern world. A study of the universal experience of sleep, that unites us all.
Movie: Rose Plays Julie ( 2019 )
In this intimate exploration of identity, trauma and power, a young woman seeks out her birth mother, inadvertently triggering a string of events which change both their lives.
Movie: Nobody ( 2021 )
A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
Movie: Tina ( 2021 )
Exclusive access to the Grammy Award-winning artist to celebrate her career.
Movie: Bad Trip ( 2020 )
This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks.
Movie: The Inheritance ( 2020 )
A woman's inheritance leads her to Eastern Europe to uncover a dark and disturbing family secret.
Movie: Godzilla vs. Kong ( 2021 )
The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.
Movie: The Last Cruise ( 2021 )
A terrifying origin story of the pandemic, DIAMOND PRINCESS chronicles the first and largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus outside China: the Diamond Princess cruise liner. Through never-before-seen footage from passengers and crew, we watch class divisions erupt as humanity misses its chance to contain Covid-19.
Movie: Concrete Cowboy ( 2021 )
A teenager discovers the world of urban horseback riding when he moves in with his estranged father in North Philadelphia.
Movie: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection ( 2019 )
When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow finds a new will to live and ignites the spirit of resilience within her community.
Movie: Shiva Baby ( 2021 )
At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.
TV Show: Hemingway ( 2021 )
Hemingway interweaves a close study of the biographical events of the author's life with excerpts from his fiction, non-fiction and short stories, informed by interviews with celebrated writers, scholars and Hemingway's son, Patrick. The filmmakers explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most important works of fiction in American letters, including novels The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea; short stories "Hills Like White Elephants," "The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber," "Up in Michigan," "Indian Camp" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro;" as well as the nonfiction works Death in the Afternoon and A Moveable Feast.
Movie: Giants Being Lonely ( 2019 )
A pair of players on a successful high school baseball team, the Giants, come of age in the American South.
TV Show: Exterminate All the Brutes ( 2021 )
Exterminate All the Brutes pushes the boundaries of traditional documentary filmmaking, offering an expansive exploration of the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism. From America to Africa, Raoul Peck deconstructs the making and masking of history through a personal voyage into some of the darkest hours of humanity.
Movie: Slalom ( 2020 )
Under the guidance of a strict ex champion, a promising 15 year old girl trains as a professional skiing star.Will she be able to endure the physical and emotional pressures?
Movie: Gunda ( 2020 )
Documentary looks at the daily life of a pig and its farm animal companions: two cows and a one-legged chicken.
Movie: We Broke Up ( 2021 )
Lori and Doug, a longtime couple who break up just days before Lori's little sister Bea's wedding to Jayson. In order to not disrupt the fun, the couple decides to pretend they're still together until the weekend is over.
Movie: Hope ( 2019 )
The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.
Movie: Jakob's Wife ( 2021 )
Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering "The Master" brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.
Movie: The Fever ( 2019 )
Justino, a 45-year-old Desana native, is a security guard at the Manaus harbor. As his daughter prepares to study medicine in Brasilia, Justino is taken over by a mysterious fever.
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