This Week at the Movies (Apr. 26, 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: Apr. 26, 2019

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Endgame

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2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Curse of La Llorona

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Dumbo

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Greta

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Hellboy

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Missing Link

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Penguins

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Pet Sematary

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Shazam!

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Amazing Grace

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: To relive [this moment] in such resplendent glory is thus a gift no matter how simple the concept. This once transient moment now has the permanence to live on forever.

Ash Is Purest White

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: While their ever-changing romance is the film’s lynchpin, its ability to contrast them against each other proves more crucial than that which they are or aren’t as a unit.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Top-drawer documentary on the African-American mystic, pastor, and spiritual mentor to leaders in the civil rights movement.

Breakthrough

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: You need to have a bit of a cold heart not to be touched by Breakthrough.

Breakthrough

Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy

  • Excerpt: Breakthrough is warmly inviting for its ability to be honest, moving, melancholy, and deliver its truthfulness in profound revelation. Anchored by solidly heartfelt performances steeped in the holy belief system of faith and perseverance

Family

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: This is the funniest movie so far this year.

Fast Color

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: There is a lot of clever subversion at play by presenting these characters in a toned-down superhero film.

Girls of the Sun

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: While it’s not as stylish as Husson’s Bang Gang, Girls of the Sun is just as assured. There’s a specific political message at its back and it expresses it without compromise for better or worse.

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: In my notes I wrote, “lots of goat close-ups and masturbation,” so…

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: With its 15th Century rural setting, Hagazussa treads some of the some ground as November and The VVitch. Unlike those two films, there is no obvious display of magic of any kind.

High Life

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

High Life

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

High Life

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: High Life will rattle some, but intrigue others.

I Trapped the Devil

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: That the events on-screen exist [as delusion and supernatural] only shows how the more horrific explanation is often the one where demons and ghouls are erased.

JT LeRoy

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Because of the controversy surrounding [JT LeRoy], you [must] question when one of the principle players is given creative control. [But the film works in that context.]

Knife + Heart

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: I do like this film much more than Gonzalez’s debut, You and the Night. It’s a more fully realized dreamscape of transgression.

Little Woods

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The result is a contemporary western where morality trumps legality every step of the way in a world where luck plays a larger role than anyone cares to desire.

Little Woods

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A picaresque and quixotic tale about a filmmaker transformed into a dreamer.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A special experience for move fans! Fantasy, memories, dreams, time-jumping, filmmaking, action, literature, comedy, drama, romance — all parade across the screen for our viewing pleasure.

Peterloo

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A mesmerizing historical drama about democratic fervor met with ruthless brutality.

Peterloo

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Peterloo is therefore less historical document than anthropological study and ultimately might say more about our present than its own.

Rafiki

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: What makes Kahiu’s film essential beyond that moral and artistic victory [against Kenyan legal prejudice] is its ability to instill hope within a hopeless situation.

Red Joan

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: True story of an English woman who questions the way governments go about national security.

Rottentail

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: I can look past subpar acting and shoddy effects if the script is sounder than a sexist, man’s man pissing contest. Rottentail is not.

The Silence

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Not a knockoff of that other quiet horror flick, though this familiar monster movie works hard to convince otherwise. But the terrific cast makes it worth a look, at least for Netflix subscribers.

Stockholm

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Stuck

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: The spoken and sung revelations of each character’s plight create a clashing cross-sectional dip into America’s Melting Pot. These poignant emotions fuel biting social commentary in a way few films, big or small budget and musical or otherwise, have ever succeeded.

Teen Spirit

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Teen Spirit

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Teen Spirit

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

Under the Silver Lake

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

Unicorn Store

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: More movies like this, please: a piquant mix of whimsy and snark; an insistence that it’s not crazy to forge your own oddball path; an embrace of girly uncool. Bring on the weird, difficult women.

2018 Films

Backtrace

Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Moynihan

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The life and accomplishments of a bold creative spirit in American politics.

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