This Week at the Movies (Aug. 16, 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: Aug. 16, 2019

Wide (United States)

Blinded by the Light

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Good Boys

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Limited (United States)

Cold Case Hammarskjold

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A chilling tale of conspiracy well-told.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Story of the blues-inspired rock band who describe themselves as an oddball group.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: That Little Ol’ Band is a fun, enlightening look at one of the most unique and talented acts in the history of popular music.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Avengers: Endgame

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Brian Banks

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Child’s Play

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Crawl

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Dark Phoenix

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The Dead Don’t Die

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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The Hustle

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Isn’t It Romantic

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The Kitchen

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The Lion King

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Luce

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Ma

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The Nightingale

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Phil

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Shazam!

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Spider-Man: Far from Home

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Teen Spirit

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Wild Rose

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Yesterday

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After the Wedding

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: You may not be deeply moved when it’s over, but the quality of the performances and the poignant ideas explored are enough to satisfy the need for a good human-centered story.

All the Colors of Giallo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Standing alone, the competent titular documentary would not be of exceptional interest; it’s the extras that put this three-disc set over.

The Beach Bum

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: I’d be impressed if Korine had the self-deprecating self-awareness to make Moondog an autobiographical stand-in. But even if he did, that still wouldn’t make ‘The Beach Bum’ a good movie.

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Provides as much insight into the often-manipulated “truth” of Las Hurdes as the filmmaker’s nightmare-fueled psychology.

David Crosby: Remember My Name

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Biodocumentary about a rock star whose love of music helped him overcome his self-destructiveness.

The Divine Fury

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Divine Fury has enough unique qualities to set it apart from the countless exorcism flicks already out there, and the story’s focus on how a person can turn anger / hatred into a positive force for good is an awesome, unusually uplifting narrative to find in the religious horror sub-genre.

Dogman

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Fonte is fantastic […] but if the narrative he’s beholden to won’t let me invest in his journey, it’s all for naught.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: There is no keeping up with the original TV audience, 16 year-olds are not going to see Dora on a Friday night, but for the young ones, Dora is packed with fart jokes, unrelenting pep, a song about pooping, and dire warnings of how awful high school will be. Six year-olds are going to love it.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Oktay Kozak @ Paste Magazine

The Emperor of Paris

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Gwen

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The bleakness and ambiguous qualities of the narrative will be an understandable turnoff for many, but if that is up your alley, Gwen makes for an interesting and chilling watch.

Gwen

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Heiresses

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: As Chela blossoms, her look changes, the character taking more care, her clothing becoming more youthful. Martinessi’s film which began shrouded in shadows, interiors like old museums, suddenly brightens, a dining room table sold opening the room up to light.

Khandaani Shafakhana

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Little Italy

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

Maiden

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Beyond the social & political ramifications of what their vessel setting off at the cannon blast meant, however, is also a riveting adventure pitting humanity against nature.

Mission Mangal

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

Ode to Joy

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A comedy that encourages viewers to reflect on what makes them happy.

Ode to Joy

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Ode to Joy is about a man with a disease that causes him to pass out whenever he experiences pleasure. He’d be safe seeing this movie.

One Child Nation

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: Starting as a personal look at the damages wrought by decades of China’s one-child policy, One Child Nation exposes a deeper, baser level of national corruption.

Otherhood

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Three lovely stars try acting their best. Yet humor fails the comedy test.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Shia LaBeouf and Zak Gottsagen Huck Finn their way on a raft down the Outer Banks in humidity so thick you can see it toward a man named Salt Water Redneck. The film’s atmosphere and sharp sense of place outweigh its simple story of redemption on the road.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Hopeful movies like this are just what we need right now.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: The Peanut Butter Falcon doesn’t just tell a good story. It tells a great one worthy of attention, praise, and undying appreciation.

Sea of Shadows

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: There are a couple of tragic deaths, one human and one aquatic, that stand out among the devastation in Richard Ladkani’s eco-thriller about the fight to save a tiny porpoise called the vaquita from extinction. As one activist says, “If we lose the vaquita, with all of our resources, we lose the planet.”

The Souvenir

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: I wasn’t dazzled as much as disappointed that it told us so little about Hogg’s inner feelings in a film that was so personal.

The Spy Behind Home Plate

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: The story of Moe Berg is a great one. First generation son of Jewish immigrants, Princeton man, professional athlete, linguist, world traveler, radio quiz champ, playboy, an intellectual who got his law degree from Columbia University while playing major league baseball. And a spy.

Them That Follow

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

This Changes Everything

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

The Wild Pear Tree

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Working Woman

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A drama showcasing ways to respond to sexual harassment on the job in the age of #MeToo.

2018 Films

Un Homme Pressé

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

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