This Week at the Movies (Oct. 19, 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: Oct. 19, 2018

Wide (United States)

Halloween

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Expanding (United States)

The Hate U Give

Brent McKnight @ The Seattle Times

Limited (United States)

What They Had

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: What They Had is the sort of family drama you can appreciate for keeping things fairly straightforward. It offers a relatable story that does enough to round out the characters so you can enjoy the time, regardless of the balance between light humor and overwhelming drama.

2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Bad Times at the El Royale

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Eighth Grade

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First Man

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Hotel Artemis

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Mandy

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Skyscraper

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The Strangers: Prey at Night

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3 Faces

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Angels Are Made Of Light

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Apostle

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The influences are clear, but Gareth Evans weaves in and out of several genres in a way that feels distinctly his own, and for what he’s trying to do here, I think it’s one hell of a success.

Beautiful Boy

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: As it stands, Beautiful Boy comes up short as far as building a stronger narrative out of a family’s struggle.

Carmine Street Guitars

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Colette

Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe

  • Excerpt: Thankfully Knightley and West are so good that we find ourselves enjoying their characterizations enough to forgive the shortcomings of the rather superficial progressions they follow. We learn what Colette’s sexuality does to her marriage, but not enough about what it does to her.

Diamantino

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: While Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot may lean a bit too hard on the conventions that made Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting work so well, there’s a sense of accomplishment to be found in this film’s performances, Van Sant’s choices, and the genuine feelings the film creates.

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: If The Greasy Strangler earned the pre-ordained cult following it found, this could too considering its recognizable cast and lack of vomit-inducing viscera makes it more accessible.

Free Solo

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: It is not for the faint of heart. Unless you like watching a maybe-lunatic dangle from his fingertips thousands of feet up a sheer rock face without any sort of backup plan. If that’s your jam, you’re very much in luck.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: As someone who wasn’t much of a fan of the first, but was still able to recognize its merits, this one managed to bring some charm and fun thanks to a likeable cast.

Introduzione All’oscuro

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Kindergarten Teacher

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The Kindergarten Teacher isn’t a bad film, but it’s a very underwhelming one. Maggie Gyllenhaal is good enough to elevate the thin material into something genuinely compelling.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak astonish us in this disturbing but intriguing drama about the power and unfortunate results of obsession.

Life and Nothing More

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: By letting the cast improvise their reactions through the lens of their experiences, Esparza finds truth [to] expose how injustice is the new “normal” and how the consequences of one’s misfortunate reverberate well beyond him/herself.

Namaste England

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: Indian cinema is evolving but ‘Namaste England’ is one of the rare, contemporary films that will prove you otherwise. Shoddily written, this showy relationship drama comes sans energy and a profound purpose for its characters.

Private Life

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A dramady carried by many magic moments of heartache and humor.

Sadie

Ken Bakely @ Film Pulse

Sadie

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This tale of a teenaged girl’s crossing the boundary from childhood to too-early adulthood, simultaneously a portrait of a society quietly yet inexorably collapsing, has a disturbing power that sneaks up on you.

2017 Films

The Beguiled

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A Cure for Wellness

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Gerald’s Game

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Un juego inocente se convierte en una pesadilla en una película que reafirma la posición valiosa de Mike Flanagan en el cine de género.

Super Dark Times

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Your’re Killing Me Susana

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Both Gael Garcia Bernal and Victoria Echequi are quite photogenic. Unfortunately, most of their scenes together appear forced.

2016 Films

Daughter of God

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This excellent Director’s Cut of “Exposed” is far superior to that befuddling mystery offering.

The Wailing

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

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