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. 30, 2021
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: [Andersson’s] built-in-studio (some amazingly so), neutral pastel-toned scenes filmed with a static camera and a straight face (admirable in his more absurdist moments) comprise a film which expands his trilogy into a quartet.
Four Good Days
- Excerpt: By refusing to choose between the perspective of the addict or the family, they decide to supply each equal footing to thus prove that equal footing doesn’t exist.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: Directed by Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang, the film centers on the unlikely relationship that forms between a young woman who sees the exam as her main means of escaping a rough existence and a young man who has embraced life on the streets as the only option available to him. Through them, Better Days forces us—indeed, it’s more than a little heavy-handed—to come to terms with how the extreme pressure put on young people by society results all too frequently in tragedy.
Cross the Line
- Excerpt: Forceful and urgent, once Cross the Line sets its hooks, it doesn’t let up, raking the viewer and protagonist across a lot full of gravel and broken glass. Victori shows us a speck of light at a time, just enough so there’s the possibility of Dani making it out with both his body and soul intact, only to snatch that hope away.
- Excerpt: All actors here are fun to see. The poignant humor got to me. Social media takes a punch. Deservedly would be my hunch.
- Excerpt: Have you ever imagined an adult cow could gambol? With artfully placed cameras shooting in black and white and an incredibly layered, natural sound mix, Viktor Kosakovskiy invites us to consider the lives of the creatures we share this earth with.
The Human Factor
- Excerpt: With his “The Human Factor,” Moreh has laid out complex situation in clear terms that leave us disconsolate at what might have been…
- Excerpt: Ben Sharrock’s second feature is a humorously deadpan exploration of the refugee experience that resembles an Aki Kaurismäki movie with a sprinkling of Bill Forsythe’s Scottish “Local Hero” flavor…one of the best films to emerge so far in 2021.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
- Excerpt: With wildly inventive visuals organically inspired by Katie’s filmmaking chops, offbeat humor including an intimidating Furby army led by a freakily giant-sized one and genuinely earned emotion, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is artful entertainment
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
- Excerpt: The film is a total blast. I found its energy irresistible, its characters lovable, and its animation thoroughly awe-inspiring in its detail and design.
- Excerpt: People who like this type of film will have a blast while those who don’t are caught glancing at their watches in hopes the end is finally near.
Sisters with Transistors
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
- Excerpt: There’s so much about “Sesame Street” that deserves to be celebrated considering how it really did change our perception of television and the power of marketing.
Things Heard & Seen
- Excerpt: Seyfried engenders sympathy and a rooting interest that carries us through a film whose supernatural aspects almost feel like an afterthought and which carries its subplots a bridge too far.
Tiny Tim: King for a Day
- Excerpt: Getting the real story from those who loved him beyond the “act” is crucial to realizing that Tim demands to be remembered as more than a flash in the pan curio.
- Excerpt: Anyone who watches this genre will be able to guess what’s happening fairly early. It therefore becomes about the character. Liking him makes the journey worthwhile.
- Excerpt: Wet Season is made with patience and restrant, but it is never dull. Yeo Yann Yann’s performance makes a strong and lasting impression.
- Excerpt: The latest reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe is far more blood splatter and head shots than fans of his novels are used to, but Michael B. Jordan’s John Kelly is a fresh protagonist to push forward what used to be a Vietnam story into our times.
- Excerpt: Without Remorse’s major crime is not that it’s unoriginal; it’s that it doesn’t know how to incorporate these influences into a cohesive whole, nor does it make us care about anything that happens to anyone.