This Week at the Movies (Sep. 21, 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: September 21, 2018

Wide (United States)

Fahrenheit 11/9

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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Life Itself

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Limited (United States)

Love, Gilda

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: For a documentary about a comedienne whose greatest gift was joy, “Love, Gilda” is quite the downer.

Tea with the Dames

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: Entertaining conversations among four grand Dames of the English theatre and film scene about their public and private lives.

Tea with the Dames

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: While no one actually drinks any tea in director Roger Michell’s film, the women profiled metaphorically spill the tea on their co-stars, each other and the industry at large.

2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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BlacKkKlansman

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Book Club

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Christopher Robin

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Crazy Rich Asians

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Hereditary

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Mandy

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The Meg

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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The Nun

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Peppermint

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The Predator

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Ready Player One

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A Simple Favor

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Skyscraper

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Sorry to Bother You

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The Spy Who Dumped Me

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Thoroughbreds

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Tully

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Unsane

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White Boy Rick

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The Wife

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You Were Never Really Here

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Adrift

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: True story of a brave young woman who has her heart and hopes tested during a catastrophe at sea.

American Chaos

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: Interviews with Trump supporters in the 2016 Presidential campaign that prove passion beats pragmatism.

A-X-L

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: Intriguing sci-fi thriller that explores what can happen when robots become smarter than humans.

Beautiful Boy

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The nostalgia of the past is therefore [David’s] memory as a father while the pain of the present is his acknowledgment that things played differently for Nic. But we understand this without following the teen down his spiral. Doing so anyway therefore proves unnecessarily excessive.

Bel Canto

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/reviews/view/28631/bel-canto

Blaze

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made about a musician, “Blaze” reveals its cowriter (with Sybil Rosen)/director Ethan Hawke as a true romantic and its star, musician Ben Dickey, as an extraordinarily natural performer.

Blaze

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Blaze feels like an Ethan Hawke passion project, the kind where a filmmaker hears about a legend, digs in to find out more, and discovers a movie underneath it. Blaze’s story and Ben Dickey are made for the camera and Hawke’s country-western opera offers a realistic slice of Americana by a guy who appears to respect it, not a poseur intent on exploitation.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Heller therefore earns the ending’s sympathy despite what could have become a no-holds-barred escapade before it. She never forgets that these are real people rather than caricatures. They may not earn our forgiveness, but they definitely deserve our empathy.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

The Children Act

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: A towering performance by Emma Thompson as a British high court judge confronted by a complicated case and her own domestic challenges.

The Children Act

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: the adaptation sings under the direction of Richard Eyre (“Stage Beauty,” “Notes on a Scandal”), its themes more evident in the hands of a never better Thompson and the astonishing Whitehead, who beautifully captures the ethereal complexity of Adam Henry.

Cinema Axis

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

City of Joy

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: An inspiring story of compassion and service in a program training rape victims to be community leaders.

Climax

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Destination Wedding

Emmanuel Báez @ Cinéfiloz [Spanish]

Destroyer

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Disobedience

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Don’t Leave Home

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Don’t Leave Home is a very assured film that keeps its pacing deliberate, but always unsettling. Not everyone will gel with its wavelength, but it will reward your patience.

Don’t Leave Home

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Esta incursão de Tully no género não é para todos os públicos e não deve ser vista ao início da tarde, mas merece uma oportunidade.

Down a Dark Hall

Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique

  • Excerpt: Moody and creepy, this Gothic thriller is admirable in its effort to achieve subtle scares but ultimately too tame to truly thrill.

Elizabeth Harvest

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A câmara e tudo o que envolve enquadramento, cor e composição é uma das melhores armas do filme que nos inunda com planos brilhantes, ainda que não seja consistente. Existem muitos planos bons, mas entre eles há um vazio que tentaram encher com uma visão artística de pouca eficácia.

Farming

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Final Score

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Unlike many other Die Hard imitators, Final Score understands the fundamentals, and is able to deliver on all fronts. Dave Bautista effortlessly carries the film, not just with the action, but with the central relationship between his character and his niece.

First Man

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Chazelle impressively depicts [Armstrong’s personal] struggle throughout, but he goes above and beyond during the climactic lunar landing. The moment’s hugeness ultimately tore it from [his] hands. Now it’s finally been given back.

Four Hands

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Front Runner

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Reitman and company let actions do the talking for a good two-thirds of the runtime and it’s a true joy to experience. The actors have brilliant comic timing with one another and everyone feels as though they’ve been on the road to cultivate relationships built on respect. I’d argue it’s the best-directed film of Reitman’s career, every facet proving almost impeccable.

Hal

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Scott’s documentary may not be perfect, but its loving embrace of an extraordinary filmmaker will hopefully vault him into a pantheon where he’s so often forgotten.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

I Am Not a Witch

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a powerful feminist message as magical realism, a piece of political folklore resounding through generations.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Intelligent Lives

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: A solid case for tearing down the walls created by intelligence testing supported by the uplifting stories of those whose have escaped this segregation.

Introduzione all’Oscuro

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Aims more for emotional beats and resonances than factual musings.

The Land of Steady Habits

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: An engaging and well-acted drama about the challenges of middle age and suburban living.

Lizzie

Henry Stewart @ Slant

Love Sonia

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani’s ‘Love Sonia’ chronicles a tale where a spirited 17-year old goes in search of her sister who has been to trafficked to a big, bad city. It isn’t essentially a tiring watch but the film emanates a vibe of insufficiency and predictability throughout, making us impossible to stay fully invested in the proceedings.

Manta Ray

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: The film remains mysterious without being confusing – you don’t need to grasp every detail to understand its metaphors and message and its enigmatic aura invites repeat viewings.

May the Devil Take You

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

  • Excerpt: While lovely looking, the movie’s conflicts and characters are so underwritten it is hard to connect with them or understand them. And those too-many-jumpscares are just too damn annoying. High on the noises but very low on the thrills.

mid90s

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Watching Suljic have a blast with 90s music blaring over the visual nostalgia of film grain and full frame aspect ratio is enough to enjoy every second spent with him, but Hill underestimates the others’ appeal. Stevie’s tale is fun, but the real drama lies with them.

Monsters and Men

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Even with this sense of complexity, however, Monsters and Men still can’t stop itself from dipping too far into hyperbolic moments made more powerful by artifice than they ultimately prove.

Monsters and Men

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

The Old Man and the Gun

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Pick of the Litter

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: A remarkably suspenseful account of the service dog training of five puppies.

Prodigy

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Filled with exquisite suspense, “Prodigy” earns a place on my list of favorite contemporary thrillers.

Slice

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The film feels like it was ripped right out of the shelf alongside VHS tapes of Repo Man, Miracle Mile, and The Return of the Living Dead. It’s wild, hilarious, and full of details that will groom a cult following.

Slice

Matt Donato @ Flickering Myth

  • Excerpt: Slice’s cinematic world-building is hot, fresh, and ready for consumption, even if the center is still a bit raw.

Slice

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: From the white witches disguising their deviousness with social justice to a community of different groups learning to co-exist and maybe even work together, Slice never holds back on using horror tropes and expected genre characters – witches, ghosts, werewolves – to skewer just how divided our society’s become.

Smallfoot

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: With a genuinely heartening message that’s never cloying or condescending, Smallfoot is the feel-good movie of the fall, perfect for the entire family.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a swoon-worthy teen romantic comedy with a heart of gold and a trailblazing protagonist.

Widows

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Wildlife

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

2017 Films

Custody

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Custody, French director Xavier Legrand’s debut feature, is a harrowing 90-minute exploration of the perfidiousness of domestic abuse, in keeping with Margaret Atwood’s famous dictum, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them; women are afraid men will kill them.”

Island

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: This is an unflinching portrayal and, those who are recently bereaved or are in that large group of the populace – including myself – who have ever watched a loved one succumb to terminal illness, should approach it with extreme caution.

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

  • Excerpt: Another win from one of Indonesia’s most exciting directors today.

Mom and Dad

Federico Furzan @ El Otro Cine [Spanish]

2016 Films

Forsaken

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Approaching the Unknown

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Playing an inventor/scientist/astronaut responsible for the planning and execution of sending the first man (himself) on a no-return trip to Mars, Mark Strong manages to hold our interest for this entire film.

Blackway

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Ray Liotta pushes the bad-guy envelope almost to the cartoon villain category here, but it definitely works in this suspenseful thriller.

Finding Altamira

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Finding Altamira excels at showing the joys and sorrows that can come from a historic discovery. It also paints a beautiful picture of a tender father/daughter relationship.

I.T.

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Very troubling is the lack of any character to cheer for during this all-too predictable cyberspace thriller.

Off the Rails

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This fascinating true story of New York City’s most famous transit criminal comes across as quite compelling, though repetitive.

Our Last Tango

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: What a creative and artistic documentary! Besides its emphasis on love/hate and dance, “Our Last Tango” offers special insight into the power of obsession, the ups and downs of a relationship, the genius temperament, and the problems of aging.

Samurai Rauni

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: This deliberate cult item, with Nordic ninjas and Scandinavian samurai, plays like a low-grade acid trip and raises its artistic sights in the mystical and mystifying final act, but ultimately it’s more ‘Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.’ than ‘El Topo.’

Skiptrace

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Skiptrace shows Jackie Chan’s amusing side and takes us for a fun wild ride.

Films Not Yet Scheduled

Diamantino

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Gloria Bell

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Rafiki

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

Touch Me Not

Chris Feil @ The Film Experience

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