Week in Film and Streaming October 8
Cry Macho (PG-13) Drama – Director/star Clint Eastwood is a retired rodeo rider who goes to Mexico to bring a boy back across the border. Perhaps the star’s worst film, and that includes The Bridges of Madison County. In theaters and on HBO Max.
Dear Evan Hansen (PG-13) Musical—Painfully shy high school senior Evan Hansen (Tony-Award winner Ben Platt) is mistakenly thought to be the best pal of a classmate who commits suicide, and then becomes the most popular kid in school. Forgettable cookie-cutter songs. Did nothing for me; younger viewers doubtless will disagree. In theaters.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (PG-13) Biopic – Jessica Chastain is getting the expected early Oscar buzz for her performance as the disgraced religious grifter. In theaters.
Free Guy (PG-13) Fantasy – After he discovers that he’s a supporting character in a video game, Ryan Reynolds tries to escape. In theaters and on demand.
The Many Saints of Newark (R) Crime drama – Michael Gandolfini stars as the young Tony Soprano in a “prequel” to the famous TV series. Like the original, it is violent and involving, despite one very large plot hole. In theaters and on HBO Max.
Nightbooks (PG-13) Horror – Young Winslow Fegley and Lidya Jewett are trapped in labyrinthine apartment by witch Krysten Ritter and her hairless cat. Zippy retelling of Hansel and Gretel is aimed at underserved Young Adult horror fans. On Netflix.
No Time to Die (PG-13) Action – The long-delayed James Bond film (star Daniel Craig’s last) is finally in theaters. Craig is excellent; the production is handsomely mounted and at almost 3 hours, it is needlessly long. In theaters.