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

Wide (United States)

A Dog’s Way Home

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The Upside

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Limited (United States)

Perfect Strangers

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: This deliciously wildly provocative chamber piece is not only universal in its audience appeal, it has clever twists that make for thoroughly engaging entertainment.

Expanding (United States)

If Beale Street Could Talk

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Escape Room

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Buffalo Boys

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: director Mike Wiluan fumbles a bit with tone with a film that initially seems like a Jackie Chan vehicle before morphing into a brutally violent indictment of Dutch colonialism. He definitely has a talent for staging action scenes, though

Buffalo Boys

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Rust Creek

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s a deceptively simple thriller that slowly builds, reveals, and manipulates compelling and thoughtful character dynamics while also delivering the genre thrills you’d expect.

The Vanishing

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The Vanishing is a haunting and riveting thriller with a great Gerard Butler performance.

2018 Films

Aquaman

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Blindspotting

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Cam

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The Children Act

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Cold War

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Game Night

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Halloween

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Life Itself

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Mary Poppins Returns

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Mary Queen of Scots

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Operation Finale

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The Predator

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Roma

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Second Act

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Vice

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Welcome to Marwen

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El Ángel

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

The Charmer

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …it is quite the surprise to learn that we’ve really been watching a psychological thriller of sorts, Esmail wearing so many masks we never see him clearly until the film’s final moments.

Custody

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Xavier Legrand’s debut feature is a wake-up call to the realities women face on a daily basis.

In Fabric

Frank Ochieng @ The Critical Movie Critics

  • Excerpt: Writer-director Peter Strickland’s strange and stimulating retail horror/comedy/romance In Fabric takes on a whole new meaning to making a startling fashion statement. Brilliantly bizarre, sardonically twisted and eerily suggestive…

Invasion

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Shahram Mokri combines a love of genre films with an experimental approach to time and complex single take action choreography, but his love of experimentation so obscures basic storytelling principles that he leaves us little to latch onto.

Loro

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Museo

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: ..cinematographer Damián García knows exactly how to shoot it, the boys feet magnified as the gingerly step through archeological models, his camera swiveling until they are upside down on screen, then casting their shadows on a wall as they approach the guard house then wriggle past below the partying guard’s eyelines.

Museo

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: It’s fascinating to glean wisdom and insight into the legendary filmmaker’s thoughtful, at times torturous, creative process.

No Date, No Signature

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a trenchant exploration of guilt and the disparity of judicial punishment based on the class of the offender.

Stan & Ollie

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are simply astonishing in these roles, Coogan capturing Laurel’s meek, innocent befuddlement while Reilly counters with Hardy’s steam-venting exasperation and clipped diction.

Stan & Ollie

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: Stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly recapture and remake that brand of magic with equal shimmer and shine calling upon more than enough art of their own.

We the Animals

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

2017 Films

Let the Corpses Tan

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The filmmakers themselves also allow for the viewer to create their own reading of their films, equally as valid as whatever Cattet and Forzani may have intended.

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