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: Nov. 2, 2018
Wide (United States)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Bodied is a sharp and hilarious satire that tackles the complexities of woke culture by exploring the world of battle rap.
- Excerpt: I don’t love it quite as much as many; it meanders around for too long in the middle and doesn’t have as much to say as some claim—in trying to take on everything, it essentially says nothing. Still, it’s a wild fucking ride, even if it doesn’t really go anywhere, and it works best when Kahn just lets it rip and run free.
2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Hate U Give
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Old Man and the Gun
A Simple Favor
Sorry to Bother You
A Star Is Born
Three Identical Strangers
- Excerpt: Border is therefore representative of the geographical line separating Tina’s native country of Sweden with its neighbors as well as the one between nature and nurture. What she’s able to become is nothing short of miraculous and yet the consequences are sinisterly profound.
- Excerpt: What McCracken supplies during the final thirty minutes is a short film unto itself with relevant psychological import.
- Excerpt: Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ rises above its default possibilities and presents to us a distressing musical tapestry of emotions, politics, practicality and, often, destiny.
- Excerpt: Keira Knightley unites the disparate events of this gorgeous costume drama with a performance that seizes our attention. Her achievement ranks among her very best.
- Excerpt: By removing any “extreme for extreme sake” motivations from the conversation, Free Solo’s climax becomes a breathtaking, vertigo-inducing, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride.
- Excerpt: We’re brought a little closer to what made [Lizzie Borden’s] heart tick. Too bad the production is lacking a pulse.
The Man Who Feels No Pain
- Excerpt: Vasan Bala’s semi-absurd ode to vintage Indian actioners, ‘The Man Who Feels No Pain’ celebrates the VHS era unlike any film from the sub-continent in a very long time.
- Excerpt: The ambition of this film feels pretty low-key, making it utterly fitting as an A24 release.
- Excerpt: We need the attacks to increase in frequency with little breathing room because Monster Party’s success comes from our being too wrapped up in the brutality to question logic.
The Other Side of the Wind
- Excerpt: All’s Welles that ends Welles.
- Excerpt: Nazi exploitation film you’re looking for.
- Excerpt: a slow-burn, morally ambiguous western saga about two unlikely partners who are never sure they can trust one another, but may have no other choice. Except, you know, with space helmets instead of cowboy hats.
- Excerpt: Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese film ‘Shoplifters’ heightens the tension – one revelation at a time – leading to a subdued yet powerful finale. Actors Lily Franky and Sakura Ando shine in this moving domestic drama about a group of misfits.
The Sisters Brothers
- Excerpt: Don’t expect happy endings because the best you’ll get is bittersweet. This renders everything that much more authentic, though.
- Excerpt: Suspiria is grounded, real-world horror film, moving the 1977 original into a place where there is no light or savior; there is only unavoidable darkness.
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
- Excerpt: The Other Side of the Other Side of the Wind.
Tito and the Birds
- Excerpt: It’s a human story that simply resonates beyond language and borders to expose how we aren’t alone in the troubles we face.
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
- Excerpt: Winter lies somewhere in-between with an agenda to shed light on real world applications in order to pique interest, demystify, and cut through the bullshit spouted by talking heads on television that use sarcasm because they don’t fully understand the subject themselves.
- Excerpt: Susan Sarandon’s impressive performance as a dedicated ER nurse whose son is missing ends up being another notch on her way to becoming the “mother of all film moms.”
Weed the People
- Excerpt: A smart, vitally important documentary look at medical marijuana, how it is helping real Americans right now, and why Big Pharma has ignored its healing properties.
What They Had
- Excerpt: Simultaneously sharp and tender portrait of longstanding family squabbles and resentments finally coming to a head. Achingly affecting performances and poignant details ground it in melancholy authenticity.
- Excerpt: A widow into your soul.
- Excerpt: Set in a world where our forefathers’ craziest superstitions are literally true, ‘November’ weaves a Gothic tapestry of sleepwalking noblewomen, hags, bewitched friars, and dead ancestors who sometimes manifest as chickens.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]