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Review: 'Sheryl'

Director Amy Scott's new documentary about the life and career of singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is now available on Showtime. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'Happening'

Director Audrey Diwan's timely-yet-timeless drama Happening is now playing in select cities, and opens locally on Friday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review of the film, which follows a young woman seeking an abortion in early 1960s France:

Review: 'Reflection'

Director Valentyn Vasyanovych's new drama Reflection will open theatrically in select cities and be available to rent via virtual cinemas on Friday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Father'

Director Srdan Golubović's new drama Father is now playing in select cities, and will be screening this weekend at the Webster University Film Series. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'The Northman'

Director Robert Eggers' bloody Viking revenge epic The Northman opens in wide release on Friday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Rock Bottom Riser'

Director Fern Silva's documentary Rock Bottom Riser is now playing in select cities, and will be screening locally on April 15-16 at the Webster University Film Series. Critic Joshua Ray has a review:

Review: 'Dual'

Writer-director Riley Stearns' latest dark comedy, Dual, premieres on VOD on Friday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Golden Anniversaries: 'Two-Lane Blacktop'

Critic Robert Garrick has a new deep-dive essay on Monte Hellman's iconic road movie Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), based on the introduction he provided for the film at November's SLIFF / Golden Anniversaries screening:

Review: 'Barbarians'

Producer-turned-director Charles Dorfman's debut feature, the dinner-party-gone-awry thriller Barbarians, premieres on VOD on Friday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Servants'

Slovakian director Ivan Ostrochovský's new drama Servants is now available in virtual cinemas and on VOD. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Windfall'

Charlie McDowell's darkly comic, housebound crime thriller Windfall is available to stream on Netflix today. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'Lingui, The Sacred Bonds'

Chadian writer-director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's new feature, Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, follows a single mother's efforts to help her 15-year-old daughter obtain an illegal abortion. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review of the film, which is now available to stream from MUBI:

Review: 'The Batman'

The Batman, director Matt Reeves' dark, stylish take on the Caped Crusader, is now playing in theaters. Critic Collin Preciado has a review:

Review: 'Lucy and Desi'

Comedian Amy Poehler has a new documentary premiering on Amazon Prime tomorrow, Lucy and Desi. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of this portrait of entertainment icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz:

Review: 'Hellbender'

The latest horror feature from DIY filmmakers the Adams family -- Toby Poser, John Adams, Lulu Adams, and Zelda Adams -- arrives on Shudder on Thursday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Marry Me'

Director Cat Koiro's new rom-com Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, is now playing in theaters and streaming on Peacock Premium. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'A Banquet'

Ruth Paxton's debut feature, the psychological horror film A Banquet, premieres on VOD tomorrow. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'I Want You Back'

Jason Orley's new romantic comedy I Want You Back is now available on Amazon Prime. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review, just in time for Valentine's Day:

Review: 'Charli XCX: Alone Together'

The new documentary Charlie XCX: Alone Together chronicles the creation of the singer-songwriter's LP How I’m Feeling Now in just six weeks during California's 2020 pandemic lockdown. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of the film, which is now streaming on Hulu and available to rent on other platforms:

The Lens Recommends: 'Yellowjackets'

Showtime's twisty new horror-thriller Yellowjackets just concluded its first season. Critic Andrew Wyatt looks at how the show smartly builds on two decades of hard-won Prestige TV lessons:

Review: 'Parallel Mothers'

The new drama from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, Parallel Mothers, is now playing in select local theaters. Critic Joshua Ray has a review:

Review: 'Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes'

Junta Yamaguchi's one-take micro-budget sci-fi comedy Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes -- which was a crowd-pleaser at last year's Fantastic Fest -- arrives on VOD on Tuesday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'The Whaler Boy'

Russian writer-director Philipp Yuryev's coming-of-age feature, The Whaler Boy, is available for rental tomorrow via virtual cinemas and other VOD platforms. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

The Best Films of 2021

Our regular contributors at The Lens -- Kayla McCulloch, Joshua Ray, and Andrew Wyatt -- have assembled a list of their favorite films of 2021. No rankings here: Just a curated list of 30 excellent films that made 2021 a standout year for cinema. Adjust your Watchlists accordingly.

Review: 'A Hero'

Acclaimed director Asghar Farhadi's new drama A Hero screened this past November at SLIFF, and tomorrow it opens in select local theaters. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of the master Iranian filmmaker's latest:

Review: 'The Matrix Resurrections'

After 18 years, it's time to re-enter the Matrix. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review of Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections, opening in theaters tomorrow and simultaneously available to steam from HBO Max.