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Movies: Winter 2021

The Many Saints of Newark
Director: Alan Taylor Starring: Michael Gandolfini, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, Corey Stoll, Alessandro Nivola

Whether you feel that the end of “The Sopranos” — you know, that controversial fade to black — was fitting and poignant or anti-climactic and unsatisfying, you probably jumped at the news that a “Sopranos” movie was in the works. With the late James Gandolfini no longer around, however, the only way to go was a prequel, and who better to portray a young Tony Soprano than Gandolfini’s son himself. Alan Taylor directs this look back at the early years of the iconic TV mobster, with Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal and Ray Liotta in supporting roles.

A Quiet Place Part Ii
Director: John Krasinski Starring: Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou

Director John Krasinski returns to helm this sequel, which he also wrote, starring his real-life wife Emily Blunt, as it follows up with the Abbott family after the events of the first film. Judging from the first trailer, we’ll also get some flashbacks to the beginning of the… invasion? Infestation? Whatever you want to call it, it looks like Krasinski has done a bang-up job ratcheting up the tension, and audiences should be in for another great ride.

Monster Hunter
Director: Paul W.s. Anderson Starring: Milla Jovovich, Meagan Good, Ron Perlman, Tony Jaa

Based on the global video game series phenomenon “Monster Hunter,” this fantasy, action thriller, features a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (T.I., Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower.

Spiral
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Starring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols

A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in “Spiral,” the terrifying new chapter from the book of “Saw.” Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

THE 355
Director: Simon Kinberg Starring: Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Jessica Chastain

A dream team of formidable female stars come together in a hard-driving original approach to the globe-trotting espionage genre in “The 355.” When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Oscar-winner Penélope Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one-step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), who is tracking their every move.