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: Apr. 23, 2021
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
We Broke Up
- Excerpt: We Broke Up was never destined to be much more substantial than what it is on the surface. And that’s fine. It’s a pleasant enough foible, which is the intent.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
In the Earth
At Night Comes Wolves
Boys From County Hell
- Excerpt: Though the film generally moves along at a brisk, if occasionally meandering clip and throws a few wrinkles into standard vampire traditions, it never truly sinks its teeth into the material.
Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Jarecki manages to paint a bleak picture of the effects opioids have on American citizens.
For the Sake of Vicious
- Excerpt: For the Sake of Vicious is a mean, ugly little picture. Even at eighty minutes, this exercise in gratuitous violence made my skin crawl so badly that I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
- Excerpt: Named for the mama pig who is the film’s central character, Gunda never ventures inside the bloody walls of a slaughterhouse to make its point about why we should value animals as sentient beings; rather, it avoids the easy shock and awe of such brutality in favor of simplicity and beauty.
Into the Beat
- Excerpt: Lively hip-hop group numbers are a treat, but it’s the marvelous duets by Pfeifer and Marscher that blew my mind. Their final routine exudes passion and mixes a little ballet with hip-hop. What a great number!
- Excerpt: This hyperactive Chinese action comedy has a lot of outrageous moments that are fun to watch. They’d be even more fun if they were surrounded by a coherent plot and three-dimensional characters.
- Excerpt: …the type of film that seems to exist all for its excruciating climax, one in which Penna keeps upping the ante to unbearable degrees.
The Truffle Hunters
- Excerpt: …Watching this film is something like taking a vacation to a place where everything is simpler and less stressful, and that’s no small thing as *pandemic travel restrictions stretch into their second year.
- Excerpt: Then you watch the final result and realize it was a paycheck job for everyone involved, and that no one really cared too much about what they were doing.
The Shadow of Violence
- Excerpt: It’s called THE SHADOW OF VIOLENCE on Netflix in the U.S.– CALM WITH HORSES in the UK. No matter what the title, it’s well worth seeing.