Seriously Good Films and TV to Watch This Month

Film critic Bill Newcott offers his entertainment picks that just might improve your January.

Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, The Bee Gees.

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The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

(Now Streaming on HBO)

Through never-before-seen footage and new interviews with the lone surviving Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, Oscar-nominated director/producer Frank Marshall (Seabiscuit, The Sixth Sense) traces the history of the group from their early days in Australia in the ’50s through their unrivaled successes, unexpected failures, inevitable breakups, and improbable resurrections. Beyond that, just sit back, close your eyes, and melt to the sound of those soaring harmonies. (Check out our full interview with Gibb.)

The Midnight Sky

(In Theaters and Streaming on Netflix)

George Clooney in a scene from The Midnight Sky
(Courtesy Netflix)

A global catastrophe has left astronomer Augustine (George Clooney sporting a Santa Claus beard) out of contact with the rest of the planet.    In fact, he and a mysterious little girl (Caoilinn Springall) may well be the only humans left alive on Earth. What’s more, Augustine’s the one person who can possibly warn a space ship returning from Jupiter (captained by Felicity Jones) to stay away, but to do so, he has to reach a remote radio station in the Arctic tundra. Based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight and directed by Clooney, the film is a haunting meditation on what life means when life itself may be on the brink of extinction.

One Night in Miami

(Streaming on Amazon Prime)

Scene from One Night in Miami
(Patti Perret/Amazon Studios)

Four iconic 1960s Black men — Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), football star Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) — gather in a Miami hotel room to discuss the emerging Civil Rights movement. Helmed by first-time director Regina King — who won an Oscar playing a mom in 2018’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” — the    film addresses not only the social issues of the time, but also the challenges men face when they drop their guards and become genuinely accountable to one another.

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This article is featured in the January/February 2021 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

Featured image: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees (Courtesy HBO)

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