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This Week at the Movies (Jul. 30, 2021)

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: Jul. 30, 2021

Wide (United States)

In the Heights

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Jungle Cruise (2021)

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  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: As safe and by the numbers as any potential Disney franchise. Will please all but amaze none.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: One thing I did not expect was for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, their latest cinematic adaptation of one of a classic theme park rides, to begin with an orchestral arrangement of a Metallica song. But here were are, and that’s as edgy as this movie ever gets.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: The Green Knight (2021)

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Reviews: Stillwater (2021)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The screenplay has the feel of something patched together at points and the newer ideas…are far more compelling than the original thriller material. Matt Damon’s committed performance…goes a long way toward smoothing out rougher edges.

Reviews: The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

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Classics & More on DVD (Jul. 27, 2021)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

The Great Gabbo (1929)

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: The Great Gabbo, with a screenplay by Hugh Herbert based on a short story by Ben Hecht, may be the Ur-source for the many screen and television representations of ventriloquist dummies who prove to have a mind of their own, including Dead of Night(1945), Knock on Wood (1954), Magic (1978), and several episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Point Break (1991)

Sarah Marrs @ LaineyGossip.com

  • Excerpt: Revisiting Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break on its 30th anniversary.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jul. 26, 2021)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #89: Gael Garcia Bernal

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

In ‘Fear Street,’ a Lesbian Romance Provides Hope for a Genre

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

A Love Letter to Musicals: Schmigadoon!’s Director, Co-Writer, and Cast on the New Musical Series

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

Festivals: Individual Reviews

North Bend Film Festival 2021 Features Part 2: Four More

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Jul. 23, 2021)

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: Jul. 23, 2021

Wide (United States)

Joe Bell

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Old

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

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Limited (United States)

Mandibles

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieRevews.com

  • Excerpt: Never forget that Dupieux is as ruthless as he is brilliant.

Midnight in the Switchgrass

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Horsnail and Emmett never provide anything that makes us question how we know everything will end anyway. So why not try and prevent your heroes from becoming pawns?

Settlers

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The thing about withholding plot information is that you must generally divulge that which you’ve held back at some point. [Rockefeller] never does.

Val

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [The filmmakers’] dreamlike, memory infused editing reflects the past in the present, in one extraordinary sequence bringing Kilmer’s mom alive again as her son enters her now empty house… With “Val,” Poo and Scott will have many reconsidering Kilmer, a man who has been true to himself.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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Reviews: Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)

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Reviews: Old (2021)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: another of [Shyamalan’s] patented long builds to a twist ending, a device which sometimes works and often flops. “Old” falls somewhere in the middle…Bernal and Krieps adding poignant emotional depth.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Neither a return to greatness nor a target of mockery – let’s all appreciate there is a filmmaker out there habitually taking risks on outlandish ideas where he misses as much as he scores. ?Cinema is all the better for it.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Does it work? I don’t know, but it’s an interesting watch.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Shyamalan is ruthless in how he treats his characters’ inevitable demises, a choice that only augments the message at the core of the whole: time is precious.