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Get ready for new shows and movies starring Pamela Anderson, Eddie Murphy, Richard Gere, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez. Whether it’s on cable, streaming on Prime Video or Netflix, or opening at your local movie theater, we’ve got your must-watch list for the week. Start with TV and scroll down for movies. It’s all right here.
On TV this week…
Pamela, a Love Story
Liked last year’s smash Hulu hit Pam & Tommy? Or hated it? Or hated yourself for loving it? In any case, get Pamela Anderson’s own side of her tumultuous life story in a documentary by double-Emmy-nominee Ryan White, whose 2022 doc Good Night Oppy, about NASA’s lovable Mars Exploration Rover robot, is a must-see.
Watch it: Pamela, a Love Story, Jan. 31 on Netflix
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Your Netflix watch of the week is here!
You People, R (2023)
Who wants Jonah Hill as a son-in-law? Not Eddie Murphy and Nia Long in this Netflix original movie from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Barris and Hill are the writers on this head-flipped Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
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Your Prime Video watch of the week is here!
Shotgun Wedding, R (2022)
Shotgun Wedding is silly in the best possible way: a destination wedding rom-com that never loses sight of how ridiculous such nuptials are at the best of times. Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) has cold feet; Tom (Josh Duhamel) is a groom-zilla. Together they bring their zany, needy and resentful family and friends to a remote Philippines island resort. Enter pirates brandishing automatic weapons. Mayhem, naturally, ensues. Lopez embraces her goofy side, Duhamel plays it straight and the MVP is Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus) as the mother of the groom who’s up for anything, including grabbing guns and going ballistic. Also fun: Cheech Marin as the bride’s father, the great Sonia Braga as his embittered ex and Lenny Kravitz as Darcy’s wildly sexy (and uninvited) ex. It’s the rom-com equivalent of comfort food — like wedding cake with extra frosting washed down with champagne. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)
Watch it: Shotgun Wedding, on Prime Video Jan. 27
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What’s new at the movies…
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Close, PG-13
In the waning summer, 13-year-old besties Rémi (Gustav De Waele) and Léo (Eden Dambrine) thrive in a boyhood paradise, racing bikes down sunny country roads, chasing through fields of flowers, sharing dreams. However, upon entering high school, their bond buckles. The duo’s affectionate ease doesn’t meld with the student herd’s social norms. Outgoing Léo enters and assimilates, making new friends and joining the (brutal) hockey team. Sensitive musician Rémi begins to withdraw. Their connection, so beautiful, caring and authentic, becomes awkward on campus. As Léo acclimates, Rémi retreats — and spirals. The fracture is devastating for the boys and the audience, as Léo realizes the paradise he’s not only lost, but has been complicit in destroying. Belgium’s Oscar contender is a tactile, subtle, moving film about shattered innocence, the pressures of masculinity and how wondrous but fragile that intimate friendship among young boys can be. —T.M.A.
Watch it: Close, in theaters Jan. 27
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ One Fine Morning, R
Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die) brings a luminous naturalism recalling Jean Seberg to this nominee for AARP’s Movies for Grownups award for best foreign language film. While jump-starting her sex life with a passionate affair, pixie-haired Parisian widow, translator and mother Sandra (Seydoux) tends her 8-year-old and her aging father (heartbreaking Pascal Greggory), who’s stricken by a neurodegenerative disease. An adored philosophy professor, he’s losing words faster than Sandra can translate them. It’s a complex portrait of a working woman as she, her sister and mother struggle to find assisted living for the scholar while his mind and body deteriorate. As they move him from one institution to the next, some better, some worse, trying to balance their budgets and his dignity, it appears that when it comes to eldercare, the French social safety net is as challenging as ours. —T.M.A.
⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Maybe I Do, PG-13
Two long-married couples (Richard Gere and Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and William H. Macy) collide when their romantically involved kids (Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey) stage a meet-the-parents dinner. The night is a star-powered food fight, until the parents process their considerable baggage. Gere’s been splitting the sheets with Sarandon, and Keaton and Macy share history, too. While the director can’t quite harmonize the famous quartet’s individual acting styles, it’s fun to see Sarandon all sexy in a silky robe seducing the resistant Gere, and the light in the eyes of Macy and Keaton as they come to see each other in a way their own spouses can’t. Would kids ever say “I do” if they knew all the I-don’ts of their parents? In this frothy rom-com with a shot of vinegar hooked to Valentine’s Day, of course they will. —T.M.A.
Watch it: Maybe I Do, in theaters Jan. 27
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⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Saint Omer, PG-13
Somewhere in the Law & Order archive there must be an infanticide episode, but none as measured, probing and intimate as Saint Omer. A Senegalese student living in Paris drowns her 15-month-old daughter; a French-born novelist (four months pregnant) attends the trial. The latter’s seeking material for a book about a modern-day Medea. In Alice Diop’s short-listed French entry for this year’s Oscars, two remarkably restrained actresses — Kayije Kagame and Guslagie Malanda — play women contemplating motherhood from opposite sides of the judicial dock. Both are intellectuals of the African diaspora, struggling to be seen in the world while coping with universal challenges: withholding mothers, impossible expectations and emotional denial. A clear-eyed Diop uses a 2013 legal case, mixing fact and fiction to explore her characters. She asks the unaskable: What could possibly make a mother slay her daughter, and what can audiences learn from the plight of a woman who does the unthinkable? —T.M.A.
Watch it: Saint Omer, in theaters
John Larroquette returns as a sardonic prosecutor turned defense attorney in the reboot of the classic show that made him famous, with Melissa Rauch as Judge Stone (playing the daughter of Harry Anderson’s original Judge Stone character).
Watch it: Night Court, Tuesdays at 8 p.m., on NBC
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⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ A Man Called Otto, PG-13
Wait — is that the famously nice Tom Hanks dressing down two hardware store employees undeserving of his ire? What have they done to our beloved actor? In A Man Called Otto (based on the number 1 best-selling novel and Swedish film hit A Man Called Ove), Hanks plays ill-tempered widower Otto Anderson, who oversees his neighborhood with grimace and furrowed brow. Though the dramatic comedy signals that a break in his frosty temperament must come, Hanks doesn’t let on as to when the ice will crack. The work of thawing Otto is left to others. Will their acts of reclamation outpace his plans to take his life? There are the old neighbors who were close with him and his late wife, Sonya (played in flashbacks by Hanks’ son Truman as the young Otto and Rachel Keller as Mrs. Anderson). There are new folks who extend him a grace that he hasn’t quite earned. (That these characters are Black, Latino or trans suggests the filmmakers crafted a sentimental parable for our times, a notion sure to elicit some to cry, “Humbug.”) But it is Mariana Treviño, as Marisol, a recent Mexican immigrant and Otto’s new neighbor, who serves as the movie’s blast of affirming light so searing even Otto feels it. Hanks fans may flock to A Man Called Otto. Treviño is the unexpected quasar here. —Lisa Kennedy (L.K.)
Watch it: A Man Called Otto, in theaters
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, PG-13
In this must-see Knives Out sequel, sleuth Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) attends a murder mystery party thrown by a Musk-like zillionaire (Edward Norton). Hilarity and homicide ensue.