This Week at the Movies (Apr. 24, 2020)

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. 24, 2020

Wide (United States)

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2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Butt Boy

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

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We Summon the Darkness

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Why Don’t You Just Die!

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1BR

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a rarity for the genre – a horror film that is genuinely horrifying…Marmor’s film not only goes to unexpected places, it does so by mixing such disparate elements as Scientology, Polanski’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Tenant,’ and the black site torture chambers of the Iraq War all set to 60’s pop like ‘Angel of the Morning.’

1BR

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Behind You

James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America

The Booksellers

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The stories told are equally fascinating and entertaining with each interviewee letting his/her eccentricities and sense of humor shine through.

Bull

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Everybody loses and gets old. It is how one loses and gets old that counts.

The Dog Doc

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Meehl’s documentary proves a crucial piece to the puzzle [of legitimizing alternative treatments] beyond merely focusing on one man or one clinic with complete idolatry.

Endings, Beginnings

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: I have to imagine that a second viewing is where Endings, Beginnings truly shines. I’m just not sure I care enough to confirm it.

Extra Ordinary

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Sly, sharp, and snarkily underplayed, this instant little masterpiece of fantasy comedy is as occasionally shockingly horrific as it is nonstop shockingly funny, peopled with instant fast friends.

Human Capital

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: At times too complicated for its own good, the screenplay juggles stories and perspectives as superb performances carry the day.

The Other Lamb

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: If you ever thought joining a zombie cult would be fun, think again.

Planet of the Humans

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: From the warnings of the 1950s to the 21st-century corporate takeover of green energy, a grim look at humanity’s fate as the planet heats up. Is there any hope? This feels like only half the story.

Porno

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rather than be interested in dissecting its genres, it seeks to utilize those tropes to its advantage. And that’s okay.

The Quarry

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: What makes The Quarry compelling is that we know from the start that Whigham isn’t a monster. His performance is too full of heartbreak and remorse for that to be true.

Saint Frances

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s a thoroughly delightful watch, full of charming performances from the entire cast, especially from little Ramona Edith Williams. Kelly O’Sullivan makes a strong impression, not only as a lead, but also as a writer.

Selah and the Spades

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Selah and the Spades teases a juicy tale of high school factions and boarding school realpolitik, but it sheds its sharp edge offering forced high school melodrama we can find from any number of YA faucets.

Selah and the Spades

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: [Think Election meets Brick] and you can begin to approach the tone Poe provides her film’s power struggle between today’s youth and their own future.

Sergio

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A tribute to a great hero, a man called simply SERGIO. It’s a true story that needs told. We lack heroes in this man’s mold.

The Sharks

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: With the male gaze removed, everything can unfold naturally with relatable awkwardness and appetite.

She’s Allergic to Cats

Gregory Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s an absurd, nightmarishly funny evocation of the life of a creative schlub trying to grind out a living in an indifferent L.A, and the comic scenes are like catching a spastic case of the giggles just as a panic attack is coming on.

Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time, Vol. 1: Midnight Madness

Gregory Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: At bottom, it’s just a bunch of knowledgeable film fans sitting around yakking about some of their favorite films, which just also happen to be some of the wildest, weirdest, and most unique visions ever committed to celluloid.

To the Stars

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Coming-of-age melodrama about misfit girls is at first passingly diverting, but it whips up mystery and suspense where it shouldn’t be, diminishing and minimizing an already neglected kind of story.

To the Stars

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [The filmmakers] know that a physical makeover might turn heads, but the character’s already established personality is what has to keep those people looking.

True History of the Kelly Gang

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Justin Kurzel along with his “Snowtown” screenwriter Shaun Grant have refashioned the legend of Australia’s most notorious outlaw like a cross between Todd Haynes’s “Velvet Goldmine” and Gerald Kargl’s…1983 Austrian serial killer movie “Angst.”

True History of the Kelly Gang

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Justin Kurzel’s filmmaking is bold, electric, and haunting and his touches as a visual stylist paints the story of Ned Kelly as an operatic western drenched in grime and blood.

True History of the Kelly Gang

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Revisionist tale of the Australian folk hero rages against the dark forces that shaped him: emotional and economic neglect and abuse forged in patriarchy and colonialism. Electrifyingly punk and vulgar.

True History of the Kelly Gang

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: While Kurzel laces the story with a punk rock edge and the ensemble cast provides spicy performances, it offers little in the way of finer details as so many broad strokes regarding heritage, identity, and even homoeroticism dominate the hardly true at all tale.

True History of the Kelly Gang

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The film should have come across as a profound stand for liberty, not the petty grievance between selfish people devoid of scruples we eventually receive.

Vitalina Varela

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Masterful cinema and a no holds barred lesson about people who are counted out and find hope in themselves.

We Summon the Darkness

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

2019 Films

The Irishman

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Les Misérables

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2018 Films

Karma

Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies

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