Film Review - Judas and the Black Messiah

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Lakeith Stanfield, foreground center, and Daniel Kaluuya, background center, in a scene from “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

New releases

Judas and the Black Messiah: The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal. Rated R for violence and pervasive language. (C14)

Land: A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, off the grid in Wyoming. Rated PG-13 for thematic content, brief strong language and partial nudity. (C14)

Showing locally

The Croods: A New Age: The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. Rated PG for peril, action and rude humor. (C14)

Fatale: After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled in a cunning police detective’s latest investigation. Rated R for violence, sexual content and language. (C14)

Hidden Figures: The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Rated PG for thematic elements and some language. (C14)

The Little Things: Two cops track down a serial killer. Rated R for violent/disturbing images, language and full nudity. (C14)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images. (C14)

The Marksman: A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who’ve pursued him into the U.S. Rated PG-13 for violence, some bloody images and brief strong language. (C14)

Monster Hunter: When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom. Rated PG-13 for sequences of creature action and violence throughout. (C14)

News of the World: A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, thematic material and some language. (C14)

Promising Young Woman: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path. Rated R for strong violence including sexual assault, language throughout, some sexual material and drug use. (C14)

The War with Grandpa: Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back. Rated PG for rude humor, language, and some thematic elements. (C14)

Wonder Woman 1984: Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence. (C14)

Information is based on data available at press time from AMC Classic Cherry Blossom 14 (C14), the Elk Rapids Cinema (ER), the Bay Community Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY) and the Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theatre in Honor (CB).

The AMC Classic Cherry Blossom 14 also offers private screenings for up to 20 people. Reservations are accepted online. Food and drinks are available for purchase from the concessions area. Moviegoers must wear face masks when not eating or drinking. The theater shows films Fridays through Sundays.

The State Theatre and Bijou By the Bay in Traverse City remain closed until further notice. An online theater offers one to three films each Friday at thevirtualstate.org. Traverse City Film Festival members and theater members can rent movies for $6; members of the public for $12.

The Bay Community Theatre in Suttons Bay plans to reopen this year, though a date is not scheduled yet. Private movie screenings are available at 4:30 or 7:30 p.m. daily. Questions: sherry@baycommunitytheatre.org.

The Garden Theater in Frankfort aims to reopen for regular film screenings by summer 2021. During the shutdown, the theater hosts the fundraiser “Keep the Garden Growing.” Donations go toward facility improvements and repairs. Contact: friends@frankfortgardentheater.com.

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