This Week at the Movies (Apr. 3, 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. 3, 2020

No New Releases

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Bloodshot

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Color Out of Space

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First Cow

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The Hunt

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The Invisible Man

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Onward

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Run This Town

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Swallow

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Vivarium

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Bacurau

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While Blumhouse provided popcorn with their “The Hunt,” cowriter/directors Kleber Mendonça Filho (“Neighboring Sounds”) and his “Aquarius” production designer Juliano Dornelles offer a three star Michelin meal with this Cannes 2019 Jury Prize winner.

Bacurau

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s a passionate film that does a good job at balancing the socio-political themes and the action. Its filmmaking is strong enough to leave an impression no matter where you’re from.

Bacurau

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Bacurau’ is not only a quality film, it’s a good way to support small (and big) businesses in a dry season.

Bad Education

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Bad Education is a roller coaster ride from start to finish as the surface sheen of success is peeled back to reveal the proverbial bodies buried to achieve it.

Banana Split

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: A little more experience behind the camera would afford that extra bit of polish, but that’s a mere quibble given the film’s strong cast and energetic filmmaking. “Banana Split” is a refreshing treat.

Banana Split

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A teen comedy that combines the emotional honesty of an ’80s John Hughes flick with a very modern social media-influenced sensibility.

Banana Split

Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast

  • Excerpt: …[an] unconventionally perceptive and engaging coming-of-age female friendship/romancer. Inherently touching and liberating, Banana Split an endearing account of cemented youthful female relations

Corpus Christi

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This profoundly empathetic tale of an unlikely spiritual leader is a condemnation of the dogmatism and narrowmindedness of the Catholic Church and a provocative exploration of guilt and redemption.

Crawlers

Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies

Darkness in Tenement 45

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: It has some problems, but has some good ideas.

Hope Gap

James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America

Human Nature

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: The magic was here all along, and now, more than ever, it is ready to be used to eradicate congenital disorders, save coral reefs and possibly even help adaptation to climate change.

Human Nature

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com

  • Excerpt: Human Nature is a thought-provoking film that is by turns wondrous and terrifying. It’s a sobering look at both the promise and the peril we face as we enter an age of being able to alter who we are on a genetic level.

I Still Believe

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: If you find Nicholas Sparks’ work too subtle and intellectually engaging, you might appreciate this film.

Lost Girls

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Based-on-fact drama puts the focus where it rarely is onscreen: on women who are victims of male violence. Yet a terrific central performance and an abundance of empathy cannot overcome its clichés.

The Other Lamb

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Szumowska utilizes the beautiful, almost otherworldly environment where she’s set McMullen’s script to visualize Selah’s coming-of-age journey towards the reality of her predicament.

The Platform

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This sci-fi dreadfest immerses you into a shocking mystery, punches you in the gut, then grips you with a wisdom that transcends its obviousness, daring you to deny that its open savagery is our own.

The Postcard Killings

James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Aardman Animations is one of those hallowed traditions in the grand cinema of the UK that includes Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, kitchen sink realism, James Bond, Monty Python, and Agatha Christie adaptations.

Slay the Dragon

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: You’ll probably know how one of [the two main] battles turns out if you watch the news, but that doesn’t make the process any less important.

Sorry We Missed You

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: : …may initially seem heavy-handed, its protagonist dealt one bad card after another, but upon reflection one can see that Loach and Laverty are illustrating just what a house of cards many live in…

Tape

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Messy, furious, sometimes at odds with itself, this tale of documenting a powerful man’s sexual intimidation of a vulnerable woman is absolutely necessary, full of a rage that is absolutely vital.

Tuscaloosa

James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America

Uncorked

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Niecy Nash almost steals this movie as a proud mother who just wants her son to be happy. Her scenes with Mamoudou Athie are pure joy!

Wendy

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: You can find components of Peter Pan in Wendy, but locating the spirit is far more difficult. Peter had an easier time locating his shadow.

The Whistlers

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The Whistlers lives up to its comedy billing with a bone-dry humor floating just below the surface [of the plot’s dramatic severity].

Why Don’t You Just Die!

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Mean, nasty, bloody, violent, funny, vicious, unexpected, twisted, vengeful…I don’t know, I’m trying to collect words that will make you want to watch the crazy new Russian action film Why Don’t You Just Die!. That’s my goal here, to get you to watch this damn movie.

The Wild Goose Lake

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a thing of great beauty, a hotel room conflict cast in fuchsia, cinematographer Dong Jingsong flipping noir’s canted window blind lighting on its head and punching up nighttime exteriors with modern neon practicals, playing with his frame like a Lite Brite.

2019 Films

Apollo 11

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Knives Out

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Clarita

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The The Exorcist from The Philippines!

Infección

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A surprisingly well-made pandemic zombie film from South America!

Mirage

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A great film about family, time travel and perseverance!

2018 Films

Cam

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