THE HUMANS: 2021 (In theaters & streamed from Showtime Anytime on the same day) We streamed it, and all I can say is thank God for subtitles! It may have been a “fantastic work of theater,” but it makes for an awful movie. Here’s the plot: “Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.” The daughter and her partner haven’t moved in yet, and the apartment is essentially empty, but as they wait for the movers, the family celebrates Thanksgiving. Stephen Karam adapted it from his Tony award winning play, but it left us puzzled and confused. Light bulbs keep burning out in the apartment leaving us literally in the dark. People talk but we don’t see them because the camera is focused on an empty room. The way it's staged and filmed intentionally replicates the atmosphere of a horror movie, and The Humans reminded us of why we avoid horror movies. Rotten Tomatoes critics loved the movie. We didn’t. In their synopsis, RT said, “The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.” We got the hidden dread, as Eric (Richard Jenkins) and his daughter’s partner, Rich, (Steven Yeun) talk about their nightmares, but this nightmare of a movie left us cold. GRADE D

The Humans is a fantastic work of theater. Is it a good movie? Well. It's a fantastic work of theater.”

(One of the critics on RT