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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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Kid Who Would Be King

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Miss Bala

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Piercing

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Serenity

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Velvet Buzzsaw

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Alita: Battle Angel

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.

All These Small Moments

Courtney Howard @ Variety

  • Excerpt: Though this sweet, subtle, and sentimental work is a smidge too simplistic in narrative design, it wins over any resistance with its quiet refinement and heartrending insight.

The Amityville Murders

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Braid

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Keep your expectations at the level of a smart B-thriller and you may be pleasantly surprised by how well ‘Braid’ threads these three women together.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

  • Excerpt: [A] revealing and refreshingly insightful documentary. This is an inviting and noteworthy commentary on a particular aspect of film-making that gets constantly overlooked. Anyone ready for an updated version of ‘Scream, Blacula, Scream’?

Painkillers

Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

  • Excerpt: ‘Painkillers’ certainly does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to the physicality or emotional presence of pain and suffering. [It] definitely works on the nerves and reinforces a certain kind of fixation that is more than imagined or hallucinatory.

Perfect Strangers

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: The tingles that come from the mounting uncertainty of the characters project very well to the viewer. The very same can be said for the demand of answers.

Polar

Courtney Howard @ Variety

  • Excerpt: This abhorrent actioner is vulgar auteurism at its most depraved.

Then Came You

Courtney Howard @ Variety

  • Excerpt: Though it has many of the qualities that made teen terminal-illness weepies work, Hutchings’ dramedy eschews much of those films’ sincerity and intimacy in favor of sap.

Untogether

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A solid dramedy elevated by a stellar cast that signifies greater things to come for its writer/director, Emma Forrest.

2018 Films

Mary Poppins Returns

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