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To watch and watch for: Week of Jan. 29

By SOPHIA LIN | January 30, 2023



This week’s picks include Turn Every Page, The Snow Hare and My 21st Century Blues.

Welcome back! As we settle into the semester, I always enjoy finding some time to hit the theaters and check out a new title on the shelves. It’s one of the few sweet spots before classes turn busy, and you won’t regret making the most of it while you still can.

Although the awards season stretch is never too great in terms of film releases, this week nonetheless offers a wide-ranging selection. If the horror thriller Knock at the Cabin isn’t to your taste, the sporty romantic comedy 80 for Brady might do it for you. Visionary documentary Turn Every Page and drama series Dear Edward round out the rest.

Two deeply compelling novels are set to come out as well: The Snow Hare paints a portrait of motherhood, while Maame: A Novel looks at the ups and downs of navigating two cultures at once.

In music, superstar Shania Twain is back with a new album Queen of Me, and British singer-songwriter RAYE releases her debut studio album, My 21st Century Blues.

Below is what to watch and watch for this week. Enjoy!

To watch...

Assault on Precinct 13, directed by John Carpenter — Feb. 2

Showing one night only at the Charles Theater, this 1976 crime thriller follows a police sergeant’s efforts to rally an unlikely group against a gang of corrupt cops.

Knock at the Cabin, directed by M. Night Shyamalan — Feb. 3

Based on the novel A Cabin at the End of the World, a family taken hostage by malevolent strangers must find a way out while averting an apocalypse.

80 for Brady, directed by Kyle Marvin — Feb. 3

With an all-star cast of Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field, this comedy tells of four best friends embarking on a trip of a lifetime to meet Tom Brady.

Turn Every Page, directed by Lizzie Gottlieb — Feb. 3

This acclaimed documentary delves into the 50-year relationship between writer Robert Caro and his editor Robert Gottlieb, two giants in the world of literature.

Dear Edward, created by Jason Katims — Feb. 3

Premiering on Apple TV+, this series follows a young boy (Colin O’Brien), the lone survivor of a plane crash that killed his family, and his struggle to continue on with his life.

To read...

The Snow Hare, by Paula Lichtarowicz — Jan. 31

Amid the threat of war, a woman exiled to a work camp must make sense of a life she never expected while grappling with a lonely marriage and new love.

Maame: A Novel, by Jessica George — Jan. 31

Moving out for the first time, a young woman dives headfirst into her newfound freedom, only to face an unexpected tragedy that forces her to reassess the life she knew.

To listen...

Queen of Me, by Shania Twain — Feb. 3

Twain marks the beginnings of a comeback with this transformative album focused on self-acceptance and empowerment. 

My 21st Century Blues, by RAYE — Feb. 3

In her first record as an independent artist, this deeply personal album from RAYE promises to be unapologetic and unfiltered.

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