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What to Watch on TV and at the Movies This Week

Is it time to grab your besties and head to the theater to see ‘80 for Brady’? Our critics weigh in!

(Left to right) Rita Moreno plays Maura, Jane Fonda plays Trish, Sally Field plays Betty,  and Lily Tomlin plays Lou in "80 For Brady."
(Left to right) Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Sally Field and Lily Tomlin star in "80 For Brady."
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What’s on this week? Whether it’s what’s on cable, streaming on Prime Video or Netflix, or opening at your local movie theater, we’ve got your must-watch list. Start with TV and scroll down for movies. It’s all right here.

​On TV this week …

Dear Edward

Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims presents a serious tearjerker about a child (Colin O’Brien) who’s the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed his family. The reverberating emotional consequences change everybody’s life, including his aunt (Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling) and a well-off housewife (Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton, who deserves an Emmy already), who discovers that she’s not just a plane-crash widow: She’s broke, and her husband had a secret life out in Los Angeles.

Watch it: Dear Edward, on Apple TV+ Feb. 3

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Shrinking

Harrison Ford made his historic leap to TV drama last year in the Yellowstone prequel 1923. Now he plays his greatest-ever comedic role, one with emotional depth, as a gruff but kindly psychotherapist recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He’s like a wise father-figure boss to his younger therapist colleague (Jason Segel, also a master of comedy that accommodates sorrow). Created by several Ted Lasso alums, Shrinking may well lasso your heart.

Watch it: Shrinking, on Apple TV+

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Your Netflix watch of the week is here!

Bill Russell: Legend (Netflix Original)

Sam Pollard is a filmmaker whose previous documentaries have explored Sammy Davis Jr. and the FBI’s campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. Now he sets his sights on Bill Russell, the pioneering NBA star of the 1950s and ’60s who led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships over his 13 years in the league. 

Watch it: Bill Russell: Legend, on Netflix Feb. 8

Don’t miss this: The 11 Best Things Coming to Netflix in February

Your Prime Video watch of the week is here!

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Denzel Washington plays Easy Rawlins, a down-on-his-luck Wolrd War II veteran in 1948 Los Angeles who’s hired to find a missing woman — and then becomes the chief suspect when the woman’s best friend is murdered. While Washington is solid in Carl Franklin’s film, based on Walter Mosley’s novel, Don Cheadle steals nearly every scene as Easy’s trigger-happy sidekick, Mouse.​

Watch it: Devil in a Blue Dress, on Prime Video

​Don’t miss this: The 11 Best Things Coming to Prime Video in February

What’s new at the movies …

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 80 for Brady, PG-13

You had me at Sally Field, Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, the cast of this tribute to women of a certain age and the athlete they revere. Tom Brady, who also produced the film, plays himself. This glossy sports-spectator comedy has the four besties, unified by their love for Brady — among the oldest quarterbacks in NFL history, at 45 — trying to make it to the Super Bowl to cheer him on for the win. There are obstacles, including Tomlin’s character’s cancer recurrence and Field’s clingy husband, played by the always delightful Bob Balaban. But there’s never any doubt that the golden girls are going to be all right. The star-studded affair is the kind of boisterous comedy that makes for a super girls’ night out, and that’s the not-so-subtle plan here: to bring groups of IRL girlfriends back to the theater for giggles. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)

Watch it: 80 for Brady, in theaters Feb. 3

Don’t miss this: Sally Field, Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Dish About Their New Super Bowl Comedy

Knock at the Cabin, R​

In the latest horror flick by M. Night Shyamalan (Old, The Sixth Sense), a couple and their adopted child (Ben Aldridge, Jonathan Groff and the adorable Kristen Cui) vacationing in their cabin in the woods are confronted by intruders (including Dave Bautista and Rupert Grint) who inform them that they must kill one member of their family or else humanity will be destroyed in an apocalypse. And it does seem that tsunamis, pandemics and planes dropping out of the sky are increasingly common. It’s a metaphor for our conspiracy-haunted times, and it’s likely the big hit film of the week. —Tim Appelo (T.A.)​

Watch it: Knock at the Cabin, in theaters Feb. 3

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You People, R

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.

Watch it: You People, in theaters and on Netflix

Related: Eddie Murphy’s Best Movies (Ranked!)

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Shotgun Wedding, R

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. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Shotgun Wedding, on Prime Video

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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.

Watch it: One Fine Morning, in limited theaters

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 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

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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

Night Court 

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

​Don’t miss this: How (and Why) John Larroquette Landed Back in ‘Night Court’

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 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.

Watch it: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, on Netflix

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Season 3 (Amazon original)

Fans of Amazon’s adaptation of Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, with John Krasinski starring as the intelligence operative once played in the movies by Harrison Ford, have been waiting three years for this latest season. Krasinski’s superspy will be hopscotching across Europe attempting to save the planet from World War III, but this time he’s also running from his own CIA, having been framed for … something or other.

Watch it: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, on Prime Video

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Top Gun: Maverick

Feel the need for speed? Tom Cruise’s greatest hit, the sequel to his 1986 flyboy epic, is now streaming.

Watch it: Top Gun: Maverickon Paramount+on Prime Video and on demand

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Babylon, R

Oscar darling Damien Chazelle (La La Land) has made a big, bubbly, tap-dancing, coke-snorting extravaganza set in the 1920s and early 1930s. Imagine a big, fat Hollywood orgy with leading lady Margot Robbie as an ambitious starlet, Brad Pitt as a jaded silent film star, Jean Smart as a gossip columnist and breakout Diego Calva channeling Al Pacino. The salacious period piece unpacks the explosive moment when silent movies began to fade along with many of their stars, and the world of talkies rose up to reinvent moving pictures and raise its own matinee idols. The performances are fun, the music raucous, the costumes glorious. And yet, the entire visual feast of a movie recalls the excessive party scene in Baz Luhrmann's overstuffed The Great Gatsby, beautiful and damned. Sooner or later, the drugs wear off, the morning comes, and the story disappears into the dusty light of day. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Babylon, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Women Talking, PG-13

Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale may like this smarter, more arty movie inspired by the horrific true story of women in a Mennonite religious community who were drugged and raped in their sleep by men. Eight women gather in a hayloft to debate whether to flee or submit meekly to unseen, impenitent male authorities. The cast is fantastic, led by Judith Ivey, Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley. For a film that’s basically all talk, it’s highly dramatic, and gorgeously photographed. —T.A.

Watch it: Women Talking, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Living, PG-13

Bill Nighy is at his very best, unflinching, unflagging, as heartbreakingly useful, very proper British bureaucrat Mr. Williams. His life has been an homage to dutiful respectability. As his doctor gives him a terminal prognosis, he realizes that for all his proper behavior from birth to near retirement, he forgot to live, to give and receive joy, to risk and rise. Based on a simple yet elegant screenplay adapted by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) from the 1952 Japanese masterpiece Ikiru, this wise and moving drama is an existential journey that celebrates learning how to live life, in all its fleeting beauty — and a reminder not to wait until the last minute to celebrate the wonders of existence on this lonely planet. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Living, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Corsage, NR

Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) thrills in a creative burst of historical fiction that falls between Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and the Princess Di film Spencer. She plays Sissi, the iconic empress of Austria, wife to Emperor Franz Joseph and mother of four. Exuberantly written and directed by Marie Kreutzer, the film begins when the beauty has a royal midlife crisis at 40. She's fed up with trying to keep up appearances in the social straitjacket of her corset. Groomed to be in the public eye, sometimes adored, sometimes criticized, she’s rarely valued for her individuality. This astounding film reimagines the breakthrough moment of Elisabeth’s rebellion to reclaim herself and her agency, to slip out of life’s corset and, even if it’s only for one shining moment, dance like nobody’s watching. It’s both exhilarating and tragic. For another popular 2022 take on her life story, try Netflix’s The Empress—T.M.A.

Watch it: Corsage, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Avatar: The Way of Water, PG-13

Welcome back to the distant moon Pandora, the paradise of the saintly, otherworldly Na’vi people, menaced by nasty, gnarly Col. Miles Quaritch. The sequel to the biggest film hit ever boasts whale-like tulkun, skimwings, ilus and ikran, dragon-like predators that make the fire-breathing beasts in Game of Thrones seem like beagles. Director James Cameron completely succeeds at world building — he’s the Jacques Cousteau of CGI undersea photography. Why is it a lock for a visual effects Oscar? Because it may be the movie that most exemplifies why we should go out to the theater for that big-screen, big special effects experience. Who doesn’t love iridescent sea creatures, fiery cinders and weapons poking into the theater through the magic of 3D? If there’s only one movie you put on pants and leave the house for, this one is it for the visuals alone. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Avatar: The Way of Water, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ The Whale, R

After decades off Hollywood’s radar, Brendan Fraser leaps back into the spotlight as a front-runner for the best actor Oscar, playing Charlie, an online college writing teacher who left his wife for a man. His lover died, and he treated his grief by overeating to the point of dangerous obesity. His late lover’s sister (Hong Chau) visits to harangue and take care of him. His enraged ex-wife (formidable Samantha Morton) gives him bad vibes, as does his neglected, remarkably nasty teen daughter (Sadie Sink). A young missionary from a local cult (Ty Simpkins) tries to redeem Charlie, or rather himself. It’s as grueling and overwrought as director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan but not excruciating like his notorious Jennifer Lawrence film Mother! What makes it a must-see is Fraser’s daring, difficult, deeply moving performance as an infinitely kind and regretful man at the end of his rapidly fraying rope. —T.A.

Watch it: The Whale, in theaters

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Neil Young: Harvest Time, Unrated

If you liked The Beatles: Get Back, try Neil Young’s documentary about the making of his 1972 smash hit Harvest, an album so good, Dylan complained that Young was invading “my thing.” Young tapped a similar vein of Americana in immortal tunes like “Heart of Gold,” “Old Man,” “The Needle and the Damage Done” and “Are You Ready for the Country?” Seeing his creative process in a movie that takes you back to a groovier time is wonderful. It’s only screening in limited theaters starting Dec. 1. If you can’t make it to the movie, there’s a 50th-anniversary boxed set of the album, released Dec. 2, which also includes performances from his 1971 BBC concert.

Watch it: Neil Young: Harvest Time, in limited theaters

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, PG-13

In the most eagerly anticipated superhero movie of all, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman)  fight to protect Africa’s best-kept-secret kingdom. Instead of recasting the first film’s central role of King T’Challa after beloved star Chadwick Boseman died of cancer, the sequel makes the character’s death an emotional engine driving the plot. Nyong’o said this “put our grief to good use.”​

Watch it: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in theaters

Don’t miss this: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Strong Women, Spock-Like Fish Men

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ The Fabelmans, PG-13

​In the front-runner for the best picture Oscar, boy meets camera — hilarity and pathos ensue. That’s the good part of Steven Spielberg’s wobbly autobiopic about movie nut Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel Labelle) growing up absurd (and Jewish) in white-bread suburbia 60 years ago. As electronics genius Bert Fabelman (Paul Dano) drags his wife (Michelle Williams), three daughters and Sammy from South Jersey to points west, Spielberg studs the film with inspired household slapstick but falls short on revelation or epiphany. He and cowriter Tony Kushner diagram rather than dramatize the temperamental clash between an orderly scientific dad and a disorderly artistic mom; the couple forms a fraught emotional triangle with a ubiquitous best friend (Seth Rogen). Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin and David Lynch steal scenes, but Spielberg’s film sense (sort of) saves the day, especially when Sammy stages mini epics with his Boy Scout troop and uncovers family secrets in home movies. If you’re Sammy, or Steven, movie love conquers all. —Michael Sragow (M.S.)

​Watch it: The Fabelmans, in theaters and on demand

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Banshees of Inisherin

King Kong vs. Godzilla is a pipsqueak squabble compared to the titanic acting duel of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in this fable set in a spectacularly quaint 1923 village off Ireland’s coast. It’s an Oscar magnet with a perfect 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes critics’ score. Sweet, dim farmer Pádraic (Farrell) demands that bright, gloomy composer Colm (Gleeson) explain why he’s abruptly ended their best friendship. The “feckin’ nutbag” won’t, and threatens violence if Pádraic won’t let him be. A black comedy with more than a wee bit o’ green, it makes you feel resident in the way director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took you to that feisty town. The locals couldn’t be more feckin’ perfect, from the village “eejit” (Barry Keoghan) to Pádraic’s bookishly brilliant sister (Kerry Condon) to Mrs. McCormick (Sheila Flitton), the Inisherin version of a Macbeth witch. In a way, the irresistible dialogue is the main character. See it and you’ll speak Irish for a week. —T.A.

Watch it: The Banshees of Inisherin, in theaters

Don’t miss this: The 10 Best Movies Set in Ireland

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Tár, R

Masterful Cate Blanchett, 53, plucks our heartstrings as the fictional Leonard Bernstein protégé Lydia Tár, the ruthless, passionate superstar conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. At the pinnacle of an international career, she meets her Waterloo in the cancel culture she disdains, thanks to her woman problem. She grooms talented young musicians, like her long-suffering assistant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s Noémie Merlant), and callously abuses them emotionally and/or sexually. For her, it’s all about the music, not the morals. It’s an epic character study that got a six-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere, though it lacks a final movement that delivers a crescendo of feeling. Maestro or monster? Tár’s both. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Tár, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ The Woman King, PG-13

Muscular and well oiled, Oscar winner Viola Davis, 57, vanquishes and vanquishes again as the emotionally and physically scarred General Nanisca, who cuts through rival tribes and European slavers in a war epic from Gina Prince-Bythewood, 53. Set in the 19th-century West African kingdom of Dahomey, this violent, female-driven history centers on the triumph of Nanisca’s women-only army, loyal to King Ghezo (an underused John Boyega). It’s also the tale of new recruit Nawi (The Underground Railroad’s outstanding Thuso Mbedu) and her journey under Nanisca’s critical eye from abused daughter to machete-wielding warrior. While the movie’s treatment is surprisingly conventional, the tale of women empowered to own their own bodies couldn’t be timelier. —T.M.A.

Watch it: The Woman King, in theaters

Don’t miss this: Viola Davis’ 10 Fiercest Roles (So Far!)

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