New Movies This Week New Movies This Week




For, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020


Ten … count ’em, ten … new movies are in theaters this weekend, as all venues, naturally, continue to implement pandemic precautions. And, as you might expect, all of these titles will very soon be available for streaming.


Maybe the three new horror films are Halloween leftovers (and one, “The Dark and the Wicked,” is exclusively at the Redwood Drive-In; wear warm clothing).


There are also a pair of new Christmas films for the first weekend in November. Really? Are we that close?


And a couple of real-life stories.


Plus, an actual big-screen movie with a pair of real movie stars in the lead roles — Kevin Costner and Diane Lane!


“Let Him Go” (R). Upon the death of their  son, a retired sheriff (Kevin Costner) and his wife (Diane Lane) attempt to rescue their widowed daughter-in-law and grandson from a dangerous off-grid family. Lesley Manville, Jeffrey Donovan.


“The Santa Box” (PG). A teenage girl feels her family is cursed to suffer losses every Christmas season, but when she moves to a new town with her mother the mysterious titular box appears on their doorstep and helps changer her attitude. A locally produced family-friendly holiday film.


“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (PG). In the town of Cobbleton, a toymaker (Forest Whitaker) is legendary for his whimsical creations. But he’s disappointed when his trusted apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his latest and it’s up to his granddaughter (Madalen Mills) to make things right. With Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose,  Phylicia Rashad and Ricky Martin.




“The Informer” (R). An undercover operative for the FBI infiltrates a drug mob in New York City but his handlers are crooked and he soon learns that he and his family are in danger. Can the NYPD organized-crime division help? Despite the setting, this is a British film with Europeans in the lead roles — Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen. Common and Cuban up-and-comer Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”) are also here.


“The Keeper” (R). This British drama tells the true story of an unlikely romance between a young Englishwoman and a German POW after World War II. Her father has the young man released early from an internment to play goalkeeper for his soccer team and romance follows.


“Effigy Poison and the City (Effigie — Das Gift und die Stadt”) (PG-13, in German with English subtitles). Two distinctly different women are thrown together in the German port city of Bremen in 1828 in this true story, one striving for a career in the law, although women were not allowed to attend universities, and the other is a serial poisoner.




“Jungleland” (R). Two brothers (Jack O’Connell, Charlie Hunnam) in dire circumstances head across the country to a no-holds-barred bare-knuckled boxing match that they hope will give them redemption.


“Kindred” (R). When her boyfriend dies suddenly in an accident, a pregnant and fragile woman is taken in by his family in this British horror flick. But they soon become so obsessive that she fears they have evil plans for her unborn child. Maybe she saw “Rosemary’s Baby.”


“The Dark and the Wicked” (Not Rated). Two siblings are summoned back to their family’s farm because their father is dying, but soon there is a growing sense that the family is being taken over by something evil.


“Mortal” (R). Norse mythology informs this English-language Norwegian fantasy about a young man who discovers he has godlike powers.


Among the Megaplex and Cinemark newly added “Comeback Classics” this weekend are “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Toy Story,” “Back to the Future, Part II,” the 1990 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “American Sniper.”


The only Sean Connery tribute in theaters this weekend seems to be “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” which has grown to be my personal favorite of the Indiana Jones films and the one we’ve watched most frequently in our home. And Connery is a big reason for that.