This Week at the Movies (Oct. 11, 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: Oct. 11, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Addams Family

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Gemini Man

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Limited (United States)

Gift

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A documentary showing how art keeps moving in circles of sharing, giving, and generosity.

Parasite

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: The Addams Family (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …only Isaac and Kroll get the spirit of their characters right. Worse, the very core of Addams Family magic – the highly charged eroticism of the Gomez and Morticia marriage combined with their offbeat parenting skills – is nowhere to be found.

Reviews: Gemini Man (2019)

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Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 8, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Baby Doll

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1956)

A Face in the Crowd

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1957)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1963) [Portuguese]

It Happened One Night

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com (1934)

  • Excerpt: In 1934’s It Happened One Night, legendary director Frank Capra helped birth one of the most popular sub-genres of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The film is arguably one of, if not the, first examples of the screwball comedy.

Mad Detective

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies (2007)

  • Excerpt: …works as a schizophrenic character study rather than a typical mystery or procedural—and it works exceptionally well.

The Manxman

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1929) [Portuguese]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com (1937)

  • Excerpt: In the world of revolutionary computer animation – exemplified by something like Toy Story 4, another Disney property – you might expect the almost century old hand-drawn cel animation to look quaint. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Spoilers

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee (1942)

Starcrash

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture (1978)

When a Woman Ascends The Stairs

Tynan Yanaga @ Film Inquiry (1960)

  • Excerpt: Far from being moth-balled and prosaic, When a Woman Ascends The Stairs beats with the most devastating of lifebloods. If it’s steadfastly Japanese, then it’s equally universal.

Wild River

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1960)

From Our Members’ Desks (Oct. 7, 2019)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

The Best Horror Movies of 2019—So Far

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Interviews

For Sama

Andrea Chase @ PRX.org

  • Excerpt: Waad al-Kateab, Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, and Edward Watts talk responsibility, respect, and getting political.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round One #7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 27-29, 2019

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Production Design, 2004

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

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This Week at the Movies (Oct. 4, 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: Oct. 4, 2019

Wide (United States)

Joker

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Expanding (United States)

Judy

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Limited (United States)

Lucy in the Sky

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: For all the aspect ratio changes, ruminations concerning what going to space can do to a person, and solid performances from a strong cast, the film is still plagued by problems regarding the story.

Pain and Glory

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Pain and Glory is a colorful, funny and profound film where Pedro Almodóvar reckons with his past and career — featuring a career-best performance by Antonio Banderas.

Pain and Glory

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: Even as he’s gotten older, Almodóvar puts in enough here to suggest he has a ways to go before stopping.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: [Colaizzo’s] found his perfect star in Jillian Bell…who has proven she was more than ready to step up from supporting roles that proved her comedic chops into a dramatic lead leavened with humor.
  • Karl Delossantos @
    • Excerpt: Brittany Runs a Marathon has enough charm, laughs, and wonderfully eclectic characters — especially Jillian Bell‘s eponymous Brittany — to get it past its weaker moments.
  • [New] | Roxana Hadadi @ Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Jillian Bell is deeply likable in ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon,’ a comedy that honestly tackles anxieties about wellness and weight.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: As the pounds are shed, however, so too does the lightness of Brittany’s personality. Actress Jillian Bell must act within the confines of a screenplay that continues to keep her character within a place of despair.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Brittany’s arc from drunken party girl to lonely island to trying to maintain life balance like the rest of us is what will most likely connect this Sundance-winner with audiences looking to root for an example of someone who confronts the worst, running and self improvement, and comes out the other side.

Reviews: Judy (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If Goold’s film feels a little small for its outsize subject, Zellweger’s performance is not contained nor restrained by it. She’s a marvel and her “Judy” will inspire both cheers and tears.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Renée Zellweger is excellent in an otherwise superficial and unfocused biopic.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: I walked in rather skeptical but I walked out a believer. The way Renée Zellweger channels Judy Garland is simply astonishing.
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Renée Zellweger has Judy Garland down; effortlessly imitating the Wizard of Oz star’s delivery and mannerisms. She approaches the title role in Judy with conviction, raising the biopic above the level of cheap novelty. But had the film consisted simply of Zellweger bellowing show tunes, it might have been more substantial.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a complex role depicting a complex soul and Zellweger is stunning in her portrayal even if the package does little to advance the bio-pic beyond its generic machinations.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: Joker (2019)

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  • [New] | Siddhant Adlakha @ Firstpost
    • Excerpt: It’s admittedly hard to imagine a film like Joker inspiring real-world violence — or inspiring much of anything.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: the film’s main asset is Phoenix’s insane tour de force, the actor projecting a tortured physique, his torso twisted and ribs projecting as he moves with a grace that can only be called balletic.
  • [New] | Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: After all the critical adulation, it’s a punchline worthy of the Clown Prince of Crime himself that Joker isn’t very good.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Joaquin Phoenix is a great enough performer to elevate material that is otherwise boring, banal, and basic.
  • [New] | Rob DiCristino @ F This Movie
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • [New] | Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod [Romanian]
    • Excerpt: Iterations of Batman and his fictional universe are everywhere at the moment…So it’s logical that Phillips, however pretentiously, tries to imbue his take with some specificity essentially by taking it out of its nominal genre.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Not fit to lick the boots of Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan, though the height of its ambition appears to be its desperation to do so. A movie as pathetically ineffectual as its protagonist.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Joker will challenge your black and white view of the world with a, “But it’s not his fault” excuse you would normally toss aside in the real world.
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic.com
    • Excerpt: From watching his latest movie, I can tell that Todd Philips loves the movies Martin Scorsese made in the 1970s and 80s as much as I do. As much as I’d like to sit back with him and down a beer or two discussing those films, it’s disheartening that his own, dark gritty film makes me want to run back to my DVDs of the good stuff.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: What should have been the most electrifying comic book picture of the year is actually one of its most shocking duds.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: This thing has a towering performance from Phoenix, who becomes the best to ever do it (‘it’ being the ultimate acting challenge of depicting the clown who fights Batman).
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Everything that captivates us about Arthur is inevitably forgotten and everything he becomes is beholden to familiar tropes. It does look great, but I left feeling nothing.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: After all the speculation, adulation, and accusations paving the way for me on the way to seeing Joker, the final product is compelling enough, without becoming something grander.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot
    • Excerpt: With Phoenix’s Bleak ‘JOKER’, a Good Punchline Can Re-Write History
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • [New] | Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Todd Phillips turns ‘Joker’ into a dark and terrifying character study with the help of Joaquin Phoenix’s stunning, bone-chilling performance.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Joker is a bleak, hateful movie. Phillips and his art direction team stack piles of garbage high on Gotham’s city streets to match what we see with what the movie wants us to feel. It’s oppressive and overwhelming.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 1, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Batman Begins

Danielle Solzman @ Solzy at the Movies (2005)

Blood Bath

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture (1966)

Champagne

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1928) [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. However, Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.

The Dark Knight

Danielle Solzman @ Solzy at the Movies (2008)

The Dark Knight Rises

Danielle Solzman @ Solzy at the Movies (2012)

Goya in Bordeaux

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico (1999) [Portuguese]

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films (1945)

The White Reindeer

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee (1952)

  • Excerpt: For those weaned on more graphic horror, The White Reindeer may come across as quaint. In terms of genre, contemporary viewers may find it of interest as a predecessor to those films inspired by folk beliefs such as The Wicker Man and Midsommar.

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