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The Bell Breakdown for your Jan. 15 weekend

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 18:17:57-05

Two new movies you can stream now including one that puts a rather dramatic twist to being on lockdown in a pandemic.

Film critic Josh Bell has you covered with his two picks in the week's Bell Breakdown.

It's no surprise that we're starting to see movies that deal directly with the pandemic and quarantining, like LOCKED DOWN, now streaming on HBO Max. Shot just a few months ago, LOCKED DOWN stars Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a couple whose relationship is collapsing while they are stuck at home together. They're both frustrated in their careers and their lives, with regrets about the passing of their younger, wilder days. Eventually they hatch a plan to steal a diamond from a shutdown luxury department store, but the heist is almost an afterthought, and it doesn't come up until halfway through the movie. What makes Locked Down work are the performances, especially Anne Hathaway as a woman in full-on crisis mode. It's an uneven and unwieldy movie that's also witty and energetic and driven by that urge to create even under the most difficult circumstances. That's LOCKED DOWN, now on HBO Max.

Now available for video on demand rental is the thriller DON'T TELL A SOUL. The first half-hour or so of this movie presents a Twilight Zone-style moral dilemma, as a pair of delinquent teenage brothers must decide what to do when a security guard who was chasing them after a robbery falls down a deep hole in the middle of the woods. Writer-director Alex McAulay piles on increasingly ridiculous plot twists as the movie progresses. But the performances are strong, especially from The Office star Rainn Wilson as a desperate man with several secrets, and the pacing is lively enough that the absurdities only fully register once the movie is over. That's Don't Tell a Soul, now on VOD.