This Week at the Movies (Aug. 23, 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. 23, 2019

Wide (United States)

Angel Has Fallen

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Expanding (United States)

The Peanut Butter Falcon

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Limited (United States)

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

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Brian Banks

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Good Boys

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Luce

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Ready or Not

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews

The Angry Birds Movie 2

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Even if jazz is not your thing, Huber’s rich musical history of its preeminent label is something to sink into.

Burn

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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.

Burn

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Cold Case Hammarskjold

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Finally, the South Korean MMA exorcism movie you’ve been waiting for.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

Driven

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Extra Ordinary

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: In a confident, remarkable debut, Edgar Nito attaches a human element to a timely story pulled directly from the headlines.

Gwen

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

Gwen

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

  • 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

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Shifts happen, inch by inch, and we focus in, tighter and tighter, the weight and force building until it becomes inescapable.

Koko-di Koko-da

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

Love, Antosha

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Love, Antosha

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Glenn Dunks @ ScreenHub

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

True Fiction

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Logic has no place here.

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?

Candice Frederick @

2018 Films

Yomeddine

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • 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.

2017 Films

Blue My Mind

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • 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…

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