Release Radar – Dec. 31st, 2021

The end of 2021 is here and it’s a paltry release weekend with New Year’s Eve falling on Friday. Keeping up with the release calendar is daunting at times, so I won’t complain about having a lighter workload this week.

Jockey (Theaters Dec. 29th)

Writers: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar | Director: Clint Bentley

Starring: Clifton Collins Jr., Moises Arias, and Molly Parker

This is the debut feature from Clint Bentley following, you guessed it, a jockey who’s looking to win big one final time but his personal life may end up getting in the way. There’s something familiar about the setup with the guy who’s past his prime looking to turn back the clock one more time and I’m excited to see Clifton Collins Jr. in that role. He’s been an excellent character actor for so long, I know he’ll knock it out of the park. I have never seen Cinematographer Adolpho Veloso’s work before, but the shot selection looks gorgeous, so I’ll definitely keep an eye on this one even if I don’t rush to see it before the end of the year.

What Else Is New…

The Lost Daughter (Netflix Dec. 31st)

Writers: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elena Ferrante (novel) | Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Starring: Olivia Colman, Jessi Buckley, and Dakota Johnson

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut lands on Netflix on New Year’s Eve after its two-week theatrical run. The cast is awesome and I’m curious to see how Gyllenhaal tells a story moving behind the camera. I didn’t run to theaters for this one, but I am still going to make sure I check this one out.

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