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Everyone is raving about The Bear star Ayo Edebiri’s new time-travel movie

Published Mar 18th, 2024 5:48PM EDT
Actress Ayo Edebiri at the Critics Choice Awards
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News and updates keep coming for fans of The Bear on FX/Hulu. It was just a couple of months ago, for example, when we got word that the arrival of the hit drama’s third season is just around the corner — and now we know that filming for Season 4 will begin right on its heels. Meanwhile, Ayo Edebiri (who plays chef Sydney Adamu in The Bear, a role that’s won her a Golden Globe as well as an Emmy) also has a new movie coming out that’s already wowing critics and which, in fact, just debuted at SXSW to much fanfare.

Edebiri’s movie — Omni Loop, a time-loop film starring Mary Louise-Parker as a physicist, while Edebiri plays a quantum physics student — not only got a strong reception during the festival in Austin. It’s also debuted to a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you love time travel dramas with a bit of a melancholy vibe, Omni Loop is definitely one to put on your list once it gets a wide release date. Basically, Mary Louise-Parker’s character is told she has a week left to live, and she has a collection of blue pills that she keeps dipping into which send her five days into the past. In other words, she keeps re-living her final week over and over. Edebiri’s character comes into the picture to help her make sense of the limited and wonky time-travel capability that she’s harnessing.

The vibe here feels similar to that of recent movies like Linoleum, a contemplative indie gem that got a quiet release last year and stars Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn in a story about regret and dreams deferred. “Sometimes, in film and in life, the greatest gifts are the ones you don’t expect yet were there all along,” a Collider review raves about Omni Loop. As the story loops back a few days into the past one more time, “you’ll wish you could run it all back again.”

Multiple chances to delay the inevitable? A pill that lets you revisit the past and do things all over again? I’ll take it. The potential for exquisite heartache and deep, narrative profundity always abounds in time-travel dramas. Throw in actors of the caliber of Mary Louise-Parker and Ayo Edebiri, and you’ve got an easy winner on your hands.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

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