This Week at the Movies (Apr. 12, 2019)

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)

Hellboy

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Little

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Missing Link

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Limited (United States)

Mary Magdalene

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A fiercely feminist and proudly revisionist historical drama that offers a powerful and much-needed rebuke to modern Christianity. Enrapturingly beautiful and intensely emotional.

Mary Magdalene

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: By placing this epic journey through Mary’s eyes we can understand the sacrifice as being more than just time and energy. Where Peter sought answers, her choice to follow Jesus was a betrayal to her name.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: This will surprise absolutely no one, but Yuen Woo-ping can stage the hell out of a fight. The guy is a legend for good reason.

Stockholm

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: While [the comedic] direction appears to do a gross disservice to these characters’ real life counterparts, it does make for a pretty fun movie.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Captain Marvel

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A Dog’s Way Home

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Dumbo

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Five Feet Apart

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Happy Death Day 2U

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Pet Sematary

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The Public

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Shazam!

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Berserk

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Best of Enemies

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

The Best of Enemies

Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy

  • Excerpt: Although dramatically surreal and dripping with ready-made inspiration, The Best of Enemies feels unevenly pat and plays it rather safe without exploring the racially charged obstacles with a more pronounced grittiness.

Breakthrough

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: Well, good believers love divine challenges and so does this Breakthrough starring Chrissy Metz.

Diamantino

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

High Life

Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

  • Excerpt: Denis’s hypnotic and probing arthouse SF space adventure ‘High Life’ is a refreshingly different kind of out-of-this-world suspense piece whose reflective tension is fueled in its metaphysical mileage.

The Hummingbird Project

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: You often don’t think about why you root for a film’s protagonist. It therefore becomes very glaring when this intrinsic emotional attachment doesn’t exist.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The film isn’t necessarily bad—it’s just over-stuffed with two-plus decades of rewrites. But I lean on the side of praise … barely.

The Mustang

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: Basing her story on a real-life program that takes place in Nevada and other states, freshman feature director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and a horde of co-screenwriters craft a story about bonding with horses that’s uplifting and refreshingly candid. Clermont-Tonnerre depicts that equine therapy in a way that demonstrates the good horses can do for people without making the process look easy or pat.

Native Son

Vince Mancini @ Uproxx

Unicorn Store

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Its quirkiness can wear out a bit thin, but it has enough charm to carry it through.

Unicorn Store

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: Unicorn Store skewers when necessary, without judging those who prefer to keep things sweet.

Unicorn Store

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This whimsical movie starring Brie Larson and featuring Samuel L. Jackson in a key role surprised me with its unusual casting and heartwarming essence.

Where’s Daddy?

Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy

  • Excerpt: [A] highly reflective and absorbingly insightful documentary. Where’s Daddy? is gripping and thought-provoking in its serious look at deprived families paying an ultimate price

The Wind

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A thoughtful and creepy psychological horror film that tackles the loneliness of the old west. Caitlin Gerard carries the film effortlessly.

2018 Films

Aquaman

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bumblebee

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Climax

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Mary Poppins Returns

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The Mule

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Stan & Ollie

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Possum

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Possum is an important work of modern horror that feels like it could have been made during any decade since the 1960s. Holness conjures a disturbing view of what child abuse does to an adult later in life, mixing British kitchen sink realism with surreal dark fantasy.

2017 Films

The Man with the Magic Box

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: If you can swallow the big, implausible plot twist, your hundred minutes in Warsaw, 2030 will be well-spent.

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