The latest releases and special screenings hitting Music City this week. For a list of new and upcoming films, check out our 2023 Movie Guide.
During what is usually a barren time of subpar burnoff movies and second-wind releases for Oscar nominees, theaters have a dynamic range of new offerings this weekend. As we wait for next Friday’s Creed III to kick off the spring movie season, here are our recommendations:
One Fine Morning A widowed thirtysomething mother (Bond girl Léa Seydoux) caring for her sick father rekindles a romance with her childhood friend (Melvil Poupaud) in French cinema staple Mia Hansen-Løve’s dense and emotionally raw character study of impending middle age.
Now playing at The Belcourt.
The Jesus Revolution Legacy media have already begun their “faith-based” pigeonholing of this 60s-set true-life tale about a buttoned-up minister (Kelsey Grammer) who opens his ailing church’s doors to some hippies. But, after catching a sneak preview this week, we can say that the movie is an impressively executed and thematically complex rejoinder to Christian movie stereotypes from Franklin-based Kingdom Story Company, which we profiled earlier this month. A Lenten Season must-see.
Now playing in theaters.
Emily This biopic of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë has garnered resounding critical praise for its embrace of the Gothic and refusal to fall victim to period-piece cliches.
Now playing at AMC Thoroughbred and Regal Green Hills 16.
Juniper Contemporary screen legend Charlotte Rampling stars in this subtly funny and uplifting English indie drama as an alcoholic formerly famous photographer whose grandson takes care of her against his will.
Now playing at AMC Thoroughbred 20.
Bunker A group of German soldiers encounters an unholy presence while trapped in the titular substructure in this tense and promising indie horror effort.
Now playing at Regal Green Hills 16, Regal Opry Mills 20, and Regal Streets of Indian Lake 16 (Hendersonville).
My Happy Ending Andie MacDowell stars as an aging actress surreptitiously seeking cancer treatment in what the film’s press kit refers to as a “poignant and funny female ensemble comedy” and critical consensus has dismissed as yet another lightweight adaptation of a successful stage play.
Now playing at Regal Green Hills 16 and Regal Hollywood 27.
Cocaine Bear As much as the trailer has us pumped to see this loosely adapted true story about a bear who ingests cocaine after a drug drop gone wrong and goes on a rampage in the woods surrounding Knoxville, we’re not sure a deplorable hater and perpetual victim of the patriarchy like actor-turned-director Elizabeth Banks was the right choice to helm such a distinctly Southern story.
Now playing in theaters.