This Week at the Movies (Sep. 7, 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: DATE

Wide (United States)

The Nun

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Alpha

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Avengers: Infinity War

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Crazy Rich Asians

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Operation Finale

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Searching

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Slender Man

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Aos Teus Olhos

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Black ’47

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: A feast of a famine western.

The Bookshop

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: What appears to be a run-of-the-mill drama that will surely fall into the usual clichés of perseverance and eventual victory about a woman standing up to a small town of bullies that sees her as an outsider is actually much more complex. Instead of fantasizing about an old-fashioned conservative community’s wholesale ideological change, Fitzgerald and Coixet reveal how success happens one person at a time.

Fake Blood

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Gavagai

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Rob Tregenza, a phenomenal American director/cinematographer, handles the camera himself, imposing little background sound. In the quiet, observing the widower’s pain, ironically the guide is shown the way.

Hearts Beat Loud

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: The healing power of music—and Nick Offerman’s giddy laugh—save the day in likable cheeseball drama Hearts Beat Loud.

Joy

Chris Barsanti @ The Playlist

  • Excerpt: At the start of Sudadeh Mortezai’s downbeat trafficking tragedy “Joy” there’s some reason to think that one is about to see a story of power and independence. But there is no battle and no heroism.

Kin

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Kin doesn’t work, at least, whenever it strays away from the central story about brotherhood. It’s a poorly thought out attempt at genrebending that fails to provide the emotional resonance it needs to make an impact.

Kin

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: Labor Day is usually when studios drop movies that have no chance of finding an audience in the summer or award season. Kin sadly follows in that long, predictable tradition.

Kusama: Infinity

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: You’ll come away from it having learned something but probably not having been moved by it.

Kusama: Infinity

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice [German]

  • Excerpt: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/arts/reviews/view/27778/kusama-infinity

The Little Stranger

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rather than be a mood piece that redundantly prolongs an inevitable confrontation, Waters has infused her horror into the underlying dread and uncertainty of the period.

Memoir of War

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Marguerite Duras’s life and success as a writer and intellectual is sharply illuminated in her self-revelation as a woman conflicted by love, trauma, loyalty, and courage.

The Merger

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: It’s one thing to mean well. Damian Callinan actually does well with his good-hearted and genuine footy comedy The Merger.

Mile 22

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Flawed, frustrating… and strangely fascinating.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Papillon

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Rampage

Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Ready Player One

Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Support the Girls

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Support The Girls is a simple slice of life comedy on the surface, but underneath all the workplace tangents is layers of commentary about being a woman working a thankless, low paying job that leaves them at the mercy of entitled men. However, it avoids cheap impulses, keeping its messaging understated and coming from a place of empathy and compassion.

Terminal

Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Tully

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

A Wizard’s Tale

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This colorful animated film might not work for many adults, but most youngsters should be entertained by all the action, whimsical creatures, and fantasy/reality jumps.

Wyeth: American Masters

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice

  • Excerpt: An engrossing documentary on the life and legacy of the very popular American painter.

2017 Films

Ana, Mon Amour

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Brave New Jersey

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Director/writer Jody Lambert uses the impact of the infamous Orson Welles radio broadcast as the backdrop for his amusing movie. He deserves kudos for putting together a wonderful, diverse cast and crew to create a film that looks as real as possible.

Breakheart Pass

James Wegg @ www.jamesweggreview.org

  • Excerpt: 1975 classic re-released on Blue-ray

Brimstone

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A more disturbing movie than “Brimstone” would be hard to find. It’s kind of like “Night of the Hunter “– if directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Brimstone & Glory

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The film itself is a sensory experience that takes us through the preparations of explosives and architecture. Jakovleski is keen to relinquish his title of director and truly speak about the project as a collaboration of people who understand what it is to be so close to destruction and acknowledge its unparalleled majesty.

Call Me by Your Name

James Wegg @ JWR

Dave Brent: On the Road

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: In the title role, Gervais makes us feel sorry for the pathetic David Brent and even evokes a few laughs over his social inadequacies, but the movie uses the same situation too many times.

Doubtful

James Wegg @ JWR

Eight Films by Jean Rouch

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Eight films newly restored

Wheeler

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Stephen Dorff makes “Wheeler” quite real. His great performance as a country singer seals the deal.

2016 Films

20th Century Women

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A wonderful character-driven offering with first-rate acting by a very strong cast. Annette Bening brings her “A game” to the lead role, and she’s ably supported by Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. Written and directed by Mike Mills, this motion picture demonstrates how skillful writing and outstanding performances can transform a simple bittersweet story into something very special indeed

Goldstone

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Goldstone could easily be described as a contemporary Chinatown, set in Australia’s outback. What begins as the story of a detective looking for a missing woman, constantly reminded that he is an unwanted outsider, is also the story of exploitation – land deals, shady financial schemes, displacement of the local population, and environmental ruin.

Jackie

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: So many nonlinear flashbacks made me feel like I was lost in a crazy time machine. And Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie ends up being too mechanical and mannered.

A Monster Calls

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A Monster Calls impressed me with the remarkable way it combines the sad reality of a young boy’s life and the fantasy world he creates to deal with his problems.

My Dead Boyfriend

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Although many amusing as well as poignant scenes are included here, something important seems missing — a likable main character.

Trolls

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Everything about this animated movie musical delighted me, but especially the song and dance numbers. The look of the film also charmed me completely.

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