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. 2, 2019
Wide (United States)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: The Nightingale has its flaws, but Jennifer Kent’s outrage at the brutal injustice doled out to women and minorities burns through every frame.
- Excerpt: Unlike The Babadook, The Nightingale is not so much a horror film, as it is a bleak adventure-thriller with lots of horrific imagery.
Tel Aviv on Fire
- Excerpt: Nashif and Biton work wonderfully together, one cracking scene showing them writing jointly in unison, only to pivot and end up at odds.
Tel Aviv on Fire
- Excerpt: Tel Aviv On Fire works quite well in presenting a unique situation for an area that could use more lighthearted stories targeting a mainstream audience.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Lion King
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Under the Silver Lake
- Excerpt: Sweet story of an old man who never gives up on a dream.
- Excerpt: Richard Dreyfuss’s performance as a 75-year-old, still sharp in mind but physically deteriorating, is watching a master actor in captivating command.
- Excerpt: The secrets behind the production of the 1969 three-day Woodstock music festival are spilled. How close and in how many ways the event skimmed catastrophe is documented in “Creating Woodstock,” a definitive documentary on the behind-the-scenes machinations of an event known across generations throughout the western world.
- Excerpt: Through the camera lens, man as force of nature gets a look at human impact, and at things to come.
A Girl From Mogadishu
- Excerpt: Inspiring story of a true activist and exemplar of bearing witness.
- Excerpt: The beds of a hundred lovers are nothing compared to the one with Baby chained to it.
- Excerpt: A heart-stirring eco-documentary about a nurturing female beekeeper in Macedonia.
- Excerpt: One of the best docs of the year, and perhaps the decade, this tale has the hallmark of a simple story that took on a life of its own.
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
- Excerpt: A slippery production of the Holocaust spirals nicely out of control.
Knives and Skin
- Excerpt: Reeder situates this little town in an ethereal space, where magic realism is always potentially hiding, waiting to be found, and the past connects itself to the present via acapella versions of songs from the 1980s.
Mike Wallace Is here
- Excerpt: Avi Belkin’s probing documentary, Mike Wallace is Here, searches for answers. Did Wallace transform investigative journalism and loft it to new heights? Or did this pitchman/low-grade actor peddle an early form of “gotcha” journalism – more show business than pure reporting?
- Excerpt: Although you can follow the story as an entirely supernatural horror tale, Graham makes the film readable as a view on the destructive legacy of hereditary psychological collapse across generations of a single family.
A Score To Settle
The Sweet Requiem
- Excerpt: This is a deeply moving story, inspired by a true account, shot alternately in the desolate high Ladakh region of the Himalayan Mountains and in the Tibetan exile warren of Delhi.
- Excerpt: If you want to see trauma, you’ll get an eyeful here.