What to See this Week (01/14/22)
The Matrix Resurrections
THE FILM is set 60 years after the events of Matrix Revolutions. A group of rebels free Neo from a new version of the Matrix and fight a new enemy that holds Trinity captive. But what Neo doesn’t yet know is that the Matrix is stronger, more secure, and far more dangerous than ever before. Directed by Lana Wachowski, the film stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Daniel Bernhardt, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The Verge’s Adi Robertson writes, “The original film was obviously also a product of its time, riffing on tropes about corporate cubicle workers, virtual reality utopianism, and 20th-century ennui. But it used these specifics as the building blocks for a world that was self-contained and compelling even after the underlying cultural moment passed. In The Matrix Resurrections, these elements are tangential commentary that never anchors itself in a larger plot — particularly because when that larger plot does barge in, it’s flat at best and vicariously embarrassing at worst.” Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer gives the film a score of 64%, while its audience score is 63%.
MTRCB Rating: PG
TWENTY-FIVE years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro in California, a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, this newest film in the franchise stars Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.
MTRCB Rating: R-16