See it in on the big screen: 'No Time To Die'
James Bond returns—out of retirement, no less—along with a host of familiar faces, and a bevy of new players as well. Daniel Craig, the longtime spymaster, reprises his leading duties, by all accounts for the last time, while Cory Joji Fukunaga takes the director's chair for the first. No Time to Die finds Bond holed up in Jamaica, easing into his twilight years, until an old friend and former colleague (Jeffrey Wright) comes calling with news of a kidnapped scientist (David Dencik) in possession of an uber-dangerous weapons technology. Rami Malek plays the cunning kidnapper—and formidable new adversary to Mr. Bond—while Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes round out the great cast. This edition also sports some of the most impressive gadgetry yet for the franchise, including flying submarines and magnetic parachutes—plus an Aston Martin with guns hidden in its headlights. Should be a lot of fun.
Also in theaters: 'Mass'
Actor Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) turns writer-director in a strikingly mature debut behind the camera, featuring a quartet of tautly rendered performances from Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton. The setting—and the majority of the film—is a meeting in a church between two sets of parents, one of which raised a school shooter who killed the child of the other. It's difficult terrain that is handled with poise by Kranz, who manages to avoid the kinds of exploitive sentimentality that could have easily derailed things. Expect more great films to come from this up-and-coming talent.
In select theaters: 'Rescue'
From the makers of Free Solo, fresh off a Telluride premiere, here's The Rescue, a documentary account of the harrowing, heroic effort to save 12 boys and their soccer coach from an underwater cave following a monsoon in Thailand. Using reams of unseen footage from the daring operation, producer-director team Elizabeth Chai Varsarhelyi and Jimmy Chin plunge the viewer deep into the proceedings—not just the rescue itself but also the behind-the-scenes drama between the various agencies and players who take up the task. It all adds up to a seriously nail-biting, claustrophobic affair—but hey, at least there's a happy ending! (Spoiler-not spoiler …)
In theaters: 'Lamb'
A24's newest, a bizarre and beautiful piece of folk-horror from first-time director Valdimar Jóhannsson, stars Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snaer Guðnason as a couple who adopt a very unusual baby lamb as one of their own kind, unsettling the balance of life on their farm. The premise could easily veer into total absurdity, but Jóhannsson, who co-wrote the script with the poet Sjón, steadies the ship through sheer commitment to the material. Rapace is also terrific as the doting mother of her quasi-offspring. Also stars Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson.
Pick it up on Blu-ray: Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection
Just in time for the 60th anniversary of Hepburn's iconic performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's, here's a beautiful package of seven of the legendary actress' greatest films, with a slew of bonus content to boot. The lineup includes My Fair Lady, Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Paris When It Sizzles, War and Peace and of course Tiffany's. Each movie features a number of extras to peruse, including commentaries and interviews—too many to list, really—making this collection a must-have for any Hepburn fan.