FIRST LOOK: The Marksman

Yet another audience vs. (early) critics opposite opinion on Rotten Tomatoes, but not many reviews are in yet

We’re running a bit behind on our FIRST LOOK coverage for new movies in theaters — we’ll catch up — mostly because in our area right now there are still no theaters open. This has shifted our focus, interest and energy to the streaming services. Apparently, last weekend a new movie opened wide that we had previously believed to be opening this week wide. Must have been a change we didn’t catch, but it featured a well-known action star.

The Marksman, starring Liam Neeson, opened a week early in theaters with no other wide releases competing and it took the #1 spot at the box office, dethroning Wonder Woman 1984.

The box office is in a fallow period, but Liam Neeson prevails. He opened two films at #1 over the last four months; a few weeks ago, a decade-old Neeson title topped Netflix’s movie chart. Not bad for a 68-year-old actor who was Oscar nominated for “Schindler’s List” but is now one-man action/thriller brand.

Liam Neeson, Pandemic-Era Movie Star: The Marksman Is Another #1 | IndieWire

Official trailer:

Maybe the reason audiences are warming up to Liam Neeson being badass, is that’s the kind of escapism that’s needed in these troubled times. Living through Neeson’s eyes isn’t such a bad idea and certainly safe from an entertainment standpoint.

I don’t know if this will still be playing in theaters when we’re in Vegas in a few weeks, but if so, it very well could make our watchlist. There’s probably going to be too many movies for us to see in the time we have available down there. We have other things we want to do, but this is on our radar.

Did you watch this already? What did you think? No spoilers, please, in the comments area tell us whether or not you recommend.

The Marksman opened wide in theaters on January 15, 2021.

FIRST LOOK: Grizzly II: The Revenge

Back in September 2020, we came across a movie from 1983 starring George Clooney, Charlie Sheen and Laura Dern (see: Nearly 40 year old film featuring George Clooney, Charlie Sheen and Laura Dern to be released in Fall 2020) that had never been released.

While it took almost 40 years to finally be completed, recently that happened.

At the time we read it might be released in the fall of 2020, but that didn’t happen. Our original post received some interest, so clearly others were curious like us. Good news, because this film is now available as of this writing on PVOD.

It’s available on Google Play to rent for $3.99 and buy for $7.99 USD. The original movie, Grizzly, which didn’t star any of the three above named famous actors is also available for purchase.

Just for those who didn’t click through on our original post (the pre-FIRST LOOK, I guess), here is the official trailer:

Am thinking about dropping a few bucks to check this out, if nothing other than to see all three of these actors onscreen early in their respective careers. Does the movie look cheesy? Of course. On the horror front, though, got to love the box art with the bear all in outstretched hug mode. Love the dialogue, “We’ve got to kill it!” The bear just wants to eat, come on now 😉

Has anybody reading seen this yet? Your non-spoiler thoughts in the comments area, please?

Grizzly II: The Revenge is available on PVOD as of January 8, 2021.


Amazon Prime Video picked up this LIMITED theatrical release on December 30.

When Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, finding a home to call their own seems impossible. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help, too. But as her past rears its head in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up?

Everything You Need to Know About Herself Movie (2020)

Official trailer:

Herself is available for streaming January 8, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.

6 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in January 2021

Theaters/HBO Max: Jan 29

Theaters are scheduled reopen in Washington State effective January 4, 2021. If that happens, we’ll attempt to watch all wide release movies listed below in theaters. If not, we’ll have to do what we did throughout too much of 2020, watch them on streaming or VOD, whenever they are made available.

For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned for this month, delays and reschedules dates when available as of this writing.

We’re also including some notable streaming releases, but this list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive. Weekly on Thursdays usually we post a “WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND” list covering streaming in more depth.

2021 Theater Releases

If you’d like to see an UPDATED list of all movies released in 2021 click here (post will be continually updated throughout 2021).

All January 2021 movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.

JANUARY 2021 (6 movies)

  • Shadow In The Cloud [LIMITED] (Jan 1)
  • The Devil’s Light (Jan 8)
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Jan 15)
  • Wrath of Man (AKA Cash Truck) (Jan 15)
  • The Marksman (Jan 22)
  • The Little Things (Jan 29) – also on HBO Max

  • Herself (Jan 8) – Amazon Prime Video
  • Azizler (Jan 8) – Netflix
  • Derek Delgaudio’s In and Of Itself (Jan 22) – Hulu
  • The Little Things (Jan 29) – HBO Max
  • The Dig (Jan 29) – Netflix

    • Escape Room 2 (delayed, moved from Jan 1 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Mortal Kombat (delayed, moved from Jan 15 to Apr 16)
    • Respect (delayed, moved from Jan 15 to Aug 13)
    • The 355 (delayed, moved from Jan 15, 2021 to Jan 14, 2022)
    • Chaos Walking (delayed, moved from Jan 22 to March 5)
    • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (delayed, moved from Jan 22 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Rumble (delayed, moved from Jan 29 to May 14)
    • Breaking News In Yuba County (delayed, moved from Jan 29 to Feb 12)

Shadow In The Cloud [LIMITED]
(Jan 1)

The Devil’s Light
(Jan 8)

No official trailer as of this writing.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
(Jan 15)

Wrath Of Man (aka Cash Truck)
(Jan 15)

No official trailer available as of this writing.

The Marksman
(Jan 22)

The Little Things
(Jan 29)
Also available on HBO Max

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?

Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.

As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!

FIRST LOOK: Death to 2020 – Netflix

Fitting title for a Netflix — and the life we all lived in — 2020 mockumentary. Also from Charles Brooker, the mastermind behind the world of Black Mirror.

If you’re one of many who’ve cursed the year 2020 more times than you can count, Netflix hears you. The streaming giant just announced Death to 2020, a “comedy event” from the creators of Black Mirror that features some huge names. The announced cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery (of Stranger Things fame), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley and The Big Sick), Tracey Ullman, Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street), Diane Morgan (After Life) and Samson Kayo (Famalam).

Black Mirror’s creators made a ‘Death to 2020’ Netflix special | Engadget

Official trailer:

I don’t know how good or not this will be, but I’m going to watch it tomorrow. Part of me wants to forget most of 2020, because it was among the worst years in my 50+ years. As far as world events go, 9/11 is certainly up there. Strangely enough, we were in Vegas when that happened as well as when Vegas shut down in 2020 for the pandemic. It’s supposed to be the place people go for serendipity, not sorrow.

Are you planning on checking out this mockumentary?

Death to 2020 will be available for streaming on Netflix on December 27, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: A Creepshow Holiday Special – Shudder

While we wait for Season 2 of Creepshow on Shudder — delayed by the pandemic — we have received a couple related items to tide us over. The animated special around Halloween and now a Christmas special featuring a live action story.

Robert Weston has noticed some odd changes lately that his doctors can’t explain. The only explanation for his symptoms is that he might be… a werewolf? In search of an answer, he discovers an unusual support group where others can help him learn the truth, but what he discovers is far more sinister than he could have ever imagined. The rag-tag group of misfits must band together to fight the assassin who has been hunting them for centuries.

A Creepshow Holiday Special | Ad-Free and Uncut | SHUDDER


Overlooked mentioning this was available on this week’s streaming WHAT TO WATCH (see: WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #51 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu), but making that right now with this FIRST LOOK. There are various FREE trial options available, either for Shudder directly or through AMC+, if you haven’t tried that. So multiple options if you’d like to watch this weekend. It’s definitely on my list!

A Creepshow Holiday Special is available for streaming on Shudder and AMC+ as of December 19, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Guest House (2020) – Netflix

Remember Pauly Shore? You know, Encino Man, Son in Law, Bio Dome and the wannabe Stripes clone called In The Army. He had some other films, but most were dumber than the film before.

Shore is back in a new movie, and it seems like he’s playing the slacker stoner role again.

An engaged couple’s new dream home comes with one small catch — a perennial party animal who lives in the guesthouse.

Guest House (2020) – Rotten Tomatoes


He might be sporting a beard, but it seems like the same Pauly Shore from the 90s. Will admit I’m kind of interested in watching this. Might have a few laugh-worthy moments. You interested in seeing?

Guest House is streaming on December 18 on Netflix.

FIRST LOOK: I’m Your Woman (2020) – Amazon Prime Video

Adult protecting baby stories are bound to be on the rise after the success of The Mandalorian. Given this movie is not science fiction or Star Wars, but the basic storyline of an adult protecting a child is as timeless as infinity.

In this 1970s set crime drama, a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey.

I’m Your Woman (2020) – IMDb

Official Trailer:

Planning on watching this one?

I’m Your Woman is streaming on Amazon Prime Video as of December 11, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

We missed Paul Hogan at the elderly age of 81 playing, well, himself in a meta movie of the Crocodile Dundee star back in July on Amazon Prime Video. How did we miss this? I would have watched it, just to see what he was up to these days.

I enjoyed Crocodile Dundee, particularly the love story with his wife Linda Kozlowski. Alas, Linda and Paul are divorced in 2014 according to Wikipedia. She is only 62 in 2020, where Hogan again, is roughly 20 years her senior.

So, what about this new Paul Hogan movie that isn’t on Amazon Prime any more and will be streaming on VOD this month — likely to be followed by a return to some streaming channel.

It’s directed by Dean Murphy, whose last project was another meta-comedy (2018’s That’s Not My Dog! in which Hogan also made one of his rare appearances), and he co-wrote the script with Robert Mond (The Subjects). The movie is also headlined by Chevy Chase, John Cleese, and Olivia Newton-John. Initially slated for release in theatres in April, that didn’t happen for obvious reasons, and instead it was released exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on July, however that exclusivity period is ending soon and it’ll be heading to on-demand services in December.

Paul Hogan stars in the meta-comedy The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

Official trailer:

Again, wondering how I missed this in July on Amazon Prime Video. Did anybody reading see this back then? If not, we both will have a chance on VOD. Stating the obvious here, but Hogan looks really, really old in this film. Nothing wrong with old actors, especially if they do new, inventive roles, but there’s something youthful about the adventurous character Crocodile Dundee that old age just doesn’t fit. Hogan must have known that, so he’s only playing himself that once played Dundee. I see how someone thought that could work, given the right script.

The meta route for the subject matter might be funny, but I keep wanting to see him do Crocodile Dundee again and it seems that was a one and done thing for his career. Do you have any interest in seeing this movie?

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee will be available on VOD for streaming December 11, 2020.


Based on a true story, get your tissue ready if you’re heading to a theater in your area for this one. These sad stories about people who get the death sentence of a seemingly unbeatable form of cancer and yet somehow rise above the diagnosis are difficult to watch.

Just as they’re planning their wedding and preparing to live the rest of their lives together, Solomon gets a sobering cancer diagnosis that takes a turn for the worse when it spreads through his body, cruelly and abruptly cutting his future short. Still, Jennifer is determined to marry him regardless of his diagnosis, and with help from friends, family and even strangers, they put on the wedding they never thought was possible.

All My Life True Story: Meet the Couple Behind the Movie

Official trailer:

This doesn’t sound like a faith-based movie, but have seen one of these recently. It reminds me a little of the Jeremy Camp story, I Still Believe ⭐️⭐️½

All My Life will be available in whatever theaters are open on December 4, 2020.