This Week at the Movies (Dec. 28, 2018)

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. 28, 2018

Wide (United States)

Vice

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Limited (United States)

Destroyer

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Aquaman

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Bad Times at the El Royale

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bumblebee

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Burning

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Colette

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Crazy Rich Asians

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Deadpool 2

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The Death of Stalin

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The Favourite

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Green Book

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Halloween

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If Beale Street Could Talk

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Isle of Dogs

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Mary Poppins Returns

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The Meg

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Minding the Gap

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The Nun

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Robin Hood

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Roma

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Second Act

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Shirkers

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Shoplifters

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A Simple Favor

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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A Star Is Born

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Tea with the Dames

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Vox Lux

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Welcome to Marwen

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Widows

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Zama

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22 July

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth

  • Excerpt: Most parts of “22 July” may have reached their true potential if they had been addressed in individual works. In trying to offer a panoptic view of the Norway attacks, Greengrass has crafted an intriguing but overlong procedural that is at once heavy on details and lacking in depth.

3 Faces

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: Under a slightly chaotic surface – probably caused at least in part by Panahi’s newfound “freedom” – “3 Faces” is a captivating exploration of Iran’s social, political, and artistic past, present, and future.

All About Nina

Danielle Solzman @ Solzy at the Movies

Anna and the Apocalypse

Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique

  • Excerpt: It’s a gory zom-com – with songs. Lots of songs. More songs than zombies. Too many songs, really.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: This is a fantastic and beautifully shot revisionist western, with the typically crude humour and notions of morality of the Coen’s past movies.

Galveston

Michael Reuben @ Blu-ray.com

  • Excerpt: Laurent’s film takes a deep dive into her characters’ emotions, but she’s kicked away too much of the narrative scaffolding that would anchor expressions of emotion to a story supporting the weight of those feelings.

The Great Buddah+

Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: …an odd, philosophical smorgasbord of scathing themes that colorfully decorate this off-kilter social critique of underclass religion and repression…an ambitious, imaginative, and bitingly humorous cultural concoction of meager existences in Taiwan

The Kindergarten Teacher

Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: The Kindergarten Teacher definitely makes the grade as a winningly uncomfortable and compelling observation of a disillusioned middle-aged woman stuck in an artistic and emotional rut …an unnerving, slow burn…explored with haunting conflict

Lez Bomb

Danielle Solzman @ Solzy at the Movies

Loveling

Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Deeply subtle, psychological profound and greatly acted, this Brazillian movie is a future classic.

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

Bev Questad @ it’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Set in Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, this documentary (posted at the end) reveals why bodies can’t be buried either in Longyearbyen or any other place in the frozen permafrost. However, the additional problem is that Longyearbyen is also the Norwegian settlement that is home to the Svalbard World Seed Vault.

Nobody’s Fool

Frank Ochieng @ The Critical Movie Critics

  • Excerpt: Unfocused and a total mess in narrative sensibilities. Perry and Haddish again show audiences that we’re the fool for lining up at the box office for this trippin’ tripe.

A Private War

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The life and work of an award-winning female war correspondent whose zeal for the truth made her into a fearless person.

The Second Time Around

Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: [A] gently exuberant and inspiring mature romancer. Nevertheless, the main ingredients that allow The Second Time Around to effectively resonate are its two veteran leads in the always radiant Linda Thorson and spunky Stuart Margolin

Skate Kitchen

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Crystal Moselle beautifully balances fact and fiction in telling a story about female friendship and skate culture.

Sobibor

ron wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Teetering on the edge of violence porn, a successful story of extreme heroism in the midst of extreme adversity.

Springsteen on Broadway

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

They Shall Not Grow Old

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: The creative miracles of technology have stepped in with the striking documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. Palpable and prodigious in accomplishment, this film can become a monument all its own.

The World Before Your Feet

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Fascinating documentary about a zealot, the turf he loves, and his gift of wonder.

Zero

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: A definitive lack of originality notwithstanding, ‘Zero’ indeed has its moments of warmth and an ever-reliable Shah Rukh Khan to save the day.

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