This Week at the Movies (Dec. 13, 2019)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Dec. 13, 2019

Wide (United States)

Jumanji: The Next Level

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Richard Jewell

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Limited (United States)

A Hidden Life

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Bombshell

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a stomach churning experience

Bombshell

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: Bombshell seems more excited to be turning such an ugly story into a feature, rather than find a way to delve into what the real issue is.

Uncut Gems

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: may be unlike anything you’ve experienced, as if the helicopter sequence in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” were extended to feature film length… Be prepared to strap yourself onto a cinematic rocket.

Uncut Gems

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Uncut Gems is a non-stop, heart-pounding adreneline rush of a crime movie — sometimes to a fault — with a career-best performance by Adam Sandler.

Uncut Gems

Mike McGranaghan @

  • Excerpt: Watching Uncut Gems is like having an anxiety attack that lasts 135 minutes.

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Reviews: Richard Jewell (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Paul Walter Hauser, so impressive in an amusing supporting role in “I, Tonya,” ably shoulders the lead as the oddball mama’s boy, bullied for his weight, who dreams of a job in law enforcement
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Cluelessly simplistic rendering of a 1990s media injustice ignores all the context in which it happened and demonizes the one journalist who acted professionally. Fails even as a conservative screed.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Hopefully, you already knew Richard Jewell was innocent even though the 24-hour news cycle and the FBI told you he wasn’t. Now, you also must judge if Eastwood’s version tells you the whole truth.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @
    • Excerpt: Clint Eastwood has made the most iconoclastic film of the year.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Richard Jewell becomes a propaganda film in which a complex tale is reduced to arch menace versus downhome simplicity.

Reviews: Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

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  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It’s more of the same tedious nonsense, all action sequences bereft of excitement and body-swap comedy minus any real laughs. An abysmal lack of fun with stakes way too low to generate much suspense.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The film is often funny enough, depending on how broad a viewer enjoys their humor.

Reviews: The Aeronauts (2019)

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Reviews: Arctic (2019)

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Reviews: Dark Waters (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Haynes makes a radical departure from the lushly produced period films where he’s explored the personal ramifications of societal norms with this bleak investigative procedural laying bare the personal ramifications of taking on corporate America.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Todd Haynes’ latest doesn’t stand out as one of his best, but it’s a solid legal thriller that shines a light on an important subject in a deeply effective way.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Dark Waters is a depiction of heroism and strength opposite heavy odds, but it’s also a sad indictment on how the governmental systems meant to protect us too often don’t.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: I am either all for a solid legal thriller that succeeds because of the craft or just a big fan of movies where Mark Ruffalo gets to a breaking point, shouting, “They knew!” at a co-worker.

Reviews: Diane (2019)

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Reviews: For Sama (2019)

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  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A heart-wrenching and unflinching documentary filmed by a young mother and citizen journalist living through the siege of Aleppo, Syria.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A heartbreaking testimony of a patriot defending her nation. Wise, beautifully observed, inspiring; has much to say to us Westerners worried about the paths our own countries seem to be heading down.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: A gut-wrenching masterpiece – a first person cinematic conscience of what the world is willing to tolerate in Syria.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [Filming] back then was about the dead telling [the world their] story. Now [the result is] about the living. The spirit in every frame burns brighter with each new viewer.
  • Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A Syrian woman, Waad al-Kateab, now lauded as an award-winning photojournalist, filmed her experiences beginning in 2012 when the Syrian Civil War began.

Reviews: A Hidden Life (2019)

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Reviews: Queen & Slim (2019)

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  • Candice Frederick @ Film Comment
  • Dan Lybarger @ ArkansasOnline.com
    • Excerpt: Primary screenwriter Lena Waithe (The Chi) and freshman feature director Melina Matsoukas awkwardly juggle harsh realism and romantic fantasy. To their credit, they can deliver some powerful jolts, like the early outburst of violence.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @
    • Excerpt: Queen & Slim is the year’s most tender love story, as well as a potent social issue drama.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Queen and Slim discover themselves through each other to become their best versions despite their impossible circumstances. Let’s hope that we will too.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Whatever greater story is being told about America, the film does an excellent job of holding onto an intimate level of understanding.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: Powerfully stimulating and contemplative, Matsoukas helms a thrilling on-the-run romancer engineered by its potency of affection, anger, affliction, and alienation

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