In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate will stream on HBO Max at the same time they play in theaters.
Considering we’ve almost gone a year without live theatrical events, “The Prom” is a curtain raiser on what, hopefully, will be a better year. It’s not the opener it could have been but it gets the job done.
Angela Bassett + Taye Diggs + Jamaica, need I say more? Terry McMillan adapted the script from her own novel for the film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, about the workaholic Stella (Bassett), who meets (and falls in love with) hunky younger man Winston while on vacation in Jamaica with her bestie Delilah ( Whoopi Goldberg). Enjoy the backdrop of Montego Bay for this steamy, sexy romance. Stream it on HBO/HBO Max.
Your mileage may vary on survival thrillers at the moment (who needs more stress?), but this manages to be the pleasant kind of stranded-on-a-mountain movie. Mostly because of the chemistry between Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, and also, there's a very good dog and not too much peril (just enough). $3.99 rental on Amazon, YouTube or Redbox.
There are no lords a leapin’ in the 12 films you must see this December, but there are plenty of gold rings – including two chances to catch Streep before the year is up. Here are Bruce Miller's top picks.
The ultimate snowed-in, cabin fever mind melter, "The Shining" may not be the vibe you are going for at the moment, but you have to admit it's relatable. Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall star in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Stephen King novel, in which a young family finds themselves snowed-in alone at a remote old haunted hotel (in so many words). We may all be on the verge of speed-typing "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," so perhaps a viewing of this masterpiece will serve as a course-correcting cautionary tale. $3.99 rental on all digital platforms.