This Week at the Movies (Dec. 15, 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. 15, 2019

Wide (United States)

Alita: Battle Angel

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Happy Death Day 2U

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Isn’t It Romantic

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Limited (United States)

Donnybrook

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Some viewers will be put off by Donnybrook’s relentless misery and abject despair—there’s not a glint of hope to find, even in the devastating final moment. But it’s a primal cry, an injury that won’t heal, and a weighty, powerful look at the underbelly of America’s decaying heartland.

Fighting with My Family

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a warm and messy, a sprawling family sports saga where the oddest of oddballs find their niches. Merchant and his cast have created the very definition of a crowd pleaser, whether you’re a fan of the WWE or not.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …deliciously twists romcom cliches into self-referential laughs…Wilson bonds with her most appealing role to date, positively shining in witty song and dance routines.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Make fun of rom-coms all you want, but your film is as standard as they come; specifically, you’re a Metaphysically Impossible premise with two extra ingredients, a love triangle and a wedding. In other words, Isn’t It Romantic is 13 Going on 30 with a dash of My Best Friend’s Wedding and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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Reviews: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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  • [New] | Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Without unnecessary cliches and bad casting choices, it could have been even more satisfying.
  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: As with “Avatar,” “Alita: Battle Angel” features mind blowing visual effects in service to a been-there, done-that mashup of “Frankenstein” and “Rollerball” which also suffers from origin story-itis.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Alita: Battle Angel boasts exhilarating action scenes and a breakout performance by Rosa Salazar, but buckles under the weight of its complex plot.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Devoid of personality and soul, this hellish Frankenstein monster of processed entertainment product wallows in a stew of borrowed ideas and imagery and does absolutely nothing fresh with them.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Cutting edge visual effects and performance-capture laced with empathetic human performances create an absorbing, enigmatic, and exciting world both action thriller-seekers and sci-fi aficionados will devour with relish.
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: A thrilling fusion of James Cameron state-of-the-art technology and Robert Rodriguez’s brutality.

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This Week at the Movies (Feb. 8, 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: Feb. 8, 2019

Wide (United States)

Cold Pursuit

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

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The Prodigy

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What Men Want

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Reviews: What Men Want (2019)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Back in 2000, Nancy Meyer had a hit with her Mel Gibson vehicle “What Women Want” about an ad exec whose bump on the noggin allows him to hear women’s thoughts. It was a pretty bad movie. This one is worse.
  • [New] | Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Whatever empowerment it admirably hopes to inspire is completely buried under a heavy swath of rote qualities.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: It seems all the writers’ ideas got through when a no-nonsense editor should have been ready with the delete button. Nobody, not the writers nor the director, considered the film would punch harder with a more composed, thoughtful humor instead of its whoopee cushion equivalent.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: The Prodigy (2019)

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  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ Variety
    • Excerpt: While it lacks gripping, nail-biting tension, the unnerving horror that underscores the family drama brings it to life.

Reviews: The Lego Movie: The Second Part (2019)

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  • [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A few good ideas, but an overall underwhelming success compared to the first one.
  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: fails to astound as much as the original with its LEGO brick ocean waves and rapid-fire funny, but its real world parallels pay off splendidly.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: While it lacks the surprise of the first, it still manages to be a thoughtful, funny, and inventive follow up.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Everything clicks in this well-constructed, snappy sequel.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Our expectations are a lot higher now after the unexpectedly wildly inventive first movie… and this sequel delivers, digging with witty subversion into Hollywood’s glorification of its male heroes.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Where The LEGO Movie presented a true adventure tale with more than a spice of existentialism, the sequel trades it in for kitsch and a lower common denominator. *Checks director’s resume – Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Shrek Forever After. Oh, I see.
  • [New] | frank ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: The latest installment may be starting to show some wear and tear in its kooky conception. Thankfully, there is still some off-kilter playfulness and irreverence left over to convey the nutty-minded relevance of the Lego landscape.
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Projecting that life’s simplicity through its dazzling style of presentation, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is another sparkling escapade of accepting and approachable entertainment.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Reviews: Cold Pursuit (2019)

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  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ Variety
    • Excerpt: By pumping up the darkly comedic undertones, augmenting the frigid chill of the original, Moland’s terrific, riveting picture distinguishes itself from other rote remakes.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The latest Liam Neeson revenge fantasy simply makes no sense even before you get to the tedious action, undeveloped characters, and stubborn racism and sexism. A rancid excuse for a thriller.

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