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. 23, 2019
Wide (United States)
Angel Has Fallen
Expanding (United States)
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Limited (United States)
Brittany Runs a Marathon
- Excerpt: [Colaizzo’s] found his perfect star in Jillian Bell…who has proven she was more than ready to step up from supporting roles that proved her comedic chops into a dramatic lead leavened with humor.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Blinded by the Light
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Ready or Not
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The Angry Birds Movie 2
- Excerpt: Painfully stupid faux-woke slapstick that wants to have its idiot male hero and its nods to feminism at the same time. Kids are listening, they are absorbing this garbage, and they deserve better.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
- Excerpt: What a wonderful experience it is to be taken on Pamela B. Green’s tenacious journey to uncover the story of the first female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner!
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
- Excerpt: Even if jazz is not your thing, Huber’s rich musical history of its preeminent label is something to sink into.
- Excerpt: Burn is a solid thriller that efficiently sustains a weird, off-putting energy for its entire runtime. Tilda Cobham-Hervey shines as the lead.
Cold Case Hammarskjold
- Excerpt: But this story of (possible) intrigue, (maybe) scandal, and even (potential) AIDS warfare (!!!) is treated with none of the acute seriousness that it (probably) deserves.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
- Excerpt: With conspiracy theories tumbling out of the Oval Office and a tide of white supremacy risiing across the land, the release of “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” couldn’t be more timely. At turns incredibly entertaining and jaw-droppingly horrifying, there’s never been anything quite like it…
The Divine Fury
- Excerpt: Finally, the South Korean MMA exorcism movie you’ve been waiting for.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
- Excerpt: Raiders of the Lost Ark lite for kids, but juvenile humor and a derivative plot limit its appeal for adults. Teen Dora is really cool, though, and a great role model for girls and boys alike.
- Excerpt: Overall it’s a bit slight, too light and fluffy to have much lasting impact, but it’s also a hoot.
The Gasoline Thieves
- Excerpt: In a confident, remarkable debut, Edgar Nito attaches a human element to a timely story pulled directly from the headlines.
- Excerpt: Atmospheric mood — this is a dour nightmare in the stark gloom of 19th-century Wales — and a striking performance by Eleanor Worthington-Cox aren’t quite enough to sustain this near-horror film.
- Excerpt: it is a startling debut, with economical direction and a tight script that belies the depths of its characters and themes.
The Incredible Shrinking Wknd
- Excerpt: Shifts happen, inch by inch, and we focus in, tighter and tighter, the weight and force building until it becomes inescapable.
- Excerpt: Twisted and terrifying, it offers a time-loop of grief, death, and adorable animated shadow puppet bunnies and birds, which he also manages to turn scary and unnerving as all hell.
- Excerpt: Never has the phrase ‘labor of love’ been more appropriate as it is for this incisive, engrossing and often surprising documentary on the beloved young actor.
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
- Excerpt: Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen is more than just a standard bio-doc of Wikipedia dot points; it couldn’t be even if that’s what director Heperi Mita had wanted. After all, Merata Mita’s Wikipedia page is fairly barren. A tell-tale sign that to this day, nearly a decade following her death, her legacy remains clouded in prejudice and a lack of historic understanding.
Ray & Liz
- Excerpt: The overall effect of “Ray & Liz” is something like early Terence Davies Gothic, the nostalgia of his post-war reminisces of working class Liverpool replaced with the cold harshness of Thatcher’s England, yet just as eerily beautiful.
- Excerpt: Logic has no place here.
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?
- Excerpt: In its brief run-time, director A. B. Shawky’s Egyptian road film ‘Yomeddine’ spreads optimism and packs in a bunch of heartwarming moments originating from a notably organic space.
Blue My Mind
- Excerpt: Although ‘Blue My Mind’ isn’t exceptional, as a low-budget debut feature from a director fresh out of film school, it is remarkably assured. Freckle-faced Luna Wedler’s on-key performance helps a lot…