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

Wide (United States)

Escape Room

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Communion

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The film becomes a document of Ola’s lost innocence, hardening her to the reality that faith only gets us so far.

Rust Creek

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Corfield’s performance does well to temper the skepticism such contrivances inevitably manufacture.

Then Came You

Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: [A] quirky-minded yet solidly conceived dramedy. A cheeky story that resonates soundly in its sprinkled charm and contemplation. Indeed, Then Came You is thoroughly affecting…the first official Valentine of 2019 and it throbs convincingly.

2018 Films

Aquaman

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Ben is Back

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Bird Box

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BlacKkKlansman

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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Christopher Robin

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Game Night

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Green Book

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Hereditary

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Isle of Dogs

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Mary Queen of Scots

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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The Mule

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Roma

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Shirkers

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The Spy Who Dumped Me

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Suspiria

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Vice

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Vox Lux

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Wildlife

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Destroyer

Frank Ochieng @ rec.arts.movies.reviews

  • Excerpt: Destroyer’s selling point is its leading lady Kidman whose fraught physicality and penetrating performance as an undesirable, conflicted cop in this stagy street-wise fable of corruptible consciousness propels this urban drama’s bloodshot resonance

Destroyer

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

Dumplin’

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Dumplin’ is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. It’s warm, filling, satisfying, and exactly what you’d expect, but that’s why it works.

Holmes & Watson

Frank Ochieng @ rec.arts.movies.reviews

  • Excerpt: One would gain more chuckles watching the short-lived ’70s sitcom “Holmes and Yoyo” than withstanding the big screen strained silliness of Holmes & Watson. Indeed, Holmes & Watson need to definitely get a comical clue.

The House that Jack Built

Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Lars von Trier’s new movie shows the eccentric, provocative and philosophical style of his director. It’s oddly annoying and brilliant at the same time.

July 22

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A thought-provoking drama about the reactions to a lone terrorist who kills 77 people in Norway in 2011.

The Last Resort

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: The Last Resort explores 1970s Miami Beach, when it was a mecca for Jewish retirees, through the photographs of Andy Sweet.

Love, Gilda

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Who doesn’t love Gilda? Tied together by Radner’s own words — sometimes read by current comedians and comediennes — this wonderful documentary is a well-deserved homage to a terrific entertainer.

New Year, New You

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: They’re showing us a glimpse at the monsters we all have the potential to become if one lucky break arrives to change the course of our future for the better.

Of Fathers and Sons

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Watching boys being immersed in violence and trained to become killers as part of their role as Al Qaeda members.

On the Basis of Sex

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Coasts on the awesomeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a way unadventurous if solidly crowd-pleasing. But the depiction of her incredibly supportive marriage to a feminist man is intensely satisfying.

Stan & Ollie

Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy

  • Excerpt: A reverential and resourceful dramedy biopic. Stan & Ollie’s flashiness exists in its low-key premise of two gifted men bound at the Hollywood hip in mutual admiration and quieted strife. We are elated to see Stan & Ollie get us all in another fine mess

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