This Week at the Movies (Aug. 2, 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. 2, 2019

Wide (United States)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Limited (United States)

The Nightingale

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

The Nightingale

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • 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

Apollo 11

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Booksmart

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The Lion King

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Luz

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Phil

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Under the Silver Lake

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Wild Rose

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Astronaut

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Sweet story of an old man who never gives up on a dream.

Astronaut

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • 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.

Creating Woodstock

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • 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.

Earth

ron wilkinson @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Through the camera lens, man as force of nature gets a look at human impact, and at things to come.

The Farewell

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

A Girl From Mogadishu

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Inspiring story of a true activist and exemplar of bearing witness.

Holy Trinity

ron wilkinson @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: The beds of a hundred lovers are nothing compared to the one with Baby chained to it.

Honeyland

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A heart-stirring eco-documentary about a nurturing female beekeeper in Macedonia.

Honeyland

ron wilkinson @ It’s Just Movies

  • 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

ron wilkinson @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: A slippery production of the Holocaust spirals nicely out of control.

Knives and Skin

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • 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

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • 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?

Sator

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • 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

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Share

Andrew Wyatt @ Cinema St. Louis

Stare

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

The Sweet Requiem

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • 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.

2018 Films

The Mountain

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: If you want to see trauma, you’ll get an eyeful here.

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