It’s January 2021 and this is the first installment of Movies for the Moment. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve been going through in 2020 and take a second to reflect on the moment we find ourselves sharing at the end of the Trump administration and the start of a new year.

I make the case for First Reformed (2017) and Johnny Mnemonic (1995) as the odd-couple double-feature you need to watch to wrap your head around the year that was and the year that will be.

First Reformed speaks to hope in the face of insurmountable odds, Johnny Mnemonic speaks to the feeling of dystopia and the resiliency of the human spirit. One of them also features a cyborg dolphin.