This Week at the Movies (Apr. 5, 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. 5, 2019

Wide (United States)

Pet Sematary

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Shazam!

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Limited (United States)

Amazing Grace

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I stopped going to church in my teens, but if church were like this I’d be going every Sunday. The power of Lady Soul’s voice produces more shivers, more goosebumps, in ninety minutes than any thriller.

High Life

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Inspired by thoughts of a lone person on a spaceship where everyone else had died…Denis spun together a story about love and lust, reproduction and survival.

The Public

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s blunt, clumsy, and leaves little room for interpretation, but Emilio Estevez’s passion for the story and its messaging is undoubtedly sincere.

The Public

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Estevez never forgets the humanity he’s striving to spotlight. That’s what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and [parallels].

The Public

Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: “The Public” is just plain great film-making. Estevez brings us separate, interesting homeless personalities of courage, despair and humor. He also comments on the crisis of our time through Stuart Goodson, who explains what’s going on over the phone to a newswoman covering the story: “And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath.”

The Public

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: The Public makes a worthy stump speech for its checklist of modest societal issues.

The Wind

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …screenwriter Teresa Sutherland explores the [frontier madness] concept with demonic trappings, director Emma Tammi smartly using time shifts to distract from the tale’s final revelation while masterfully creating a tone of oppressive dread.

The Wind

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Sutherland’s script is working on multiple levels while Tammi’s formal aesthetics reveal an artist in complete control of her vision.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts

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Captain Marvel

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Dumbo

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Hotel Mumbai

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Us

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Bachman

Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: What Randy Bachman is like, with interviews from friends, family, including daughter and son, and others in the biz, is filtered through the song clips and his own comments on his life. This film isn’t anything like the extravaganza of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but it does give a good background to the life and music of Randy Bachman.

The Beach Bum

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: So either you enjoy this never-ending frivolous dance or you tire of it. Despite being of the latter, Moondog and company’s infectious allure still won me over.

The Beach Bum

Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy

  • Excerpt: ..a generic stoner comedy flick that has all the natural high of an unfiltered, soggy joint. Cluttered and chaotic, The Beach Bum is nothing but pointless piffle simply overdosing on its own brand of “rude-dude” drudgery.

Birds of Passage

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Blowin’ Up

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A fly-on-the-wall peek into a court in New York City where women work to help other women with realistic solutions to complicated problems. A wonderful ode to creative and compassionate thinking.

The Brink

Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Alison Klayman, a progressive Jewish granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, consented to produce/direct a film on a man with whose ideas she does not agree.

The Chaperone

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …has its charms, largely due to McGovern, but it’s also hokey and its production is lacking

Diane

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: What Alfonso Cuaron recently accomplished with “Roma,” transporting memories of his Mexican childhood onto the screen so acutely they felt like they were ours, has been given a New England spin in writer/director Kent Jones’ feature film debut.

Diane

Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy

  • Excerpt: Diane is thoroughly engaging in its spotlighted numbness. Meticulously intimate and bracing, Diane is an embodiment of ailing womanhood hinging on unclear fears, regrets, loss, and empathy.

The Fall of the American Empire

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Feedback

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Haunting of Sharon Tate

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Highwaymen

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too bad THE HIGHWAYMEN plods along with so many similar scenes one after another. Amusing banter between the co-stars helps move things along — but not enough to prevent the urge to nod off a bit.

Kesari

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: “Kesari” is a dishonest, stilted film that does no justice to the historic Battle of Saragarhi!

Long Lost

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: A story about two brothers who’ve never met— the younger, scrappier Seth (Adam Weppler) and the older, wealthy, and weird Richard (Nicholas Tucci)— and the disparate lifestyles they lead transforms from what initially appears as an elaborate psychosexual mind-game into a metaphor about the ever widening gap between the working class and the bourgeois.

Pain and Glory

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Sunset

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …the filmmaker has captured the uncertainty of radical history with compelling artistic control.

Tscharniblues II

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: A multi-layered film about an experience all too often ignored in Swiss documentary cinema – urban life.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: A Madea Family Funeral is typical Madea material: an odd mix of soap opera melodrama and raunchy humor with a hint of morality thrown in as we potentially end the other MCU: The Madea Cinematic Universe.

The White Crow

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Elegant but dull, and so subtle it’s downright diffuse. If you don’t know much about Rudolf Nureyev going in, you won’t know much coming out, either. Weirdly, it doesn’t even feature much dancing.

2018 Films

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Aquaman

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At Eternity’s Gate

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Bumblebee

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Creed II

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Deadpool 2

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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The Hate U Give

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Mary Poppins Returns

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Mary Queen of Scots

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The Mule

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Overlord

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Stan & Ollie

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A Star Is Born

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Welcome to Marwen

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The Wife

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Mid90s

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: Jonah Hill’s first film as a director, Mid90s, highlights his many personas, without him ever appearing onscreen.

Overboard

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: There’s no point, there’s no logic, there’s no chemistry, there’s no reason for anything with Overboard.

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