This Week at the Movies (Aug. 9, 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. 9, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Brian Banks

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The Kitchen

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Limited (United States)

After the Wedding

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An emotionally literate drama in which the characters must deal with their past and present choices.

One Child Nation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a horrifying look at state sanctioned kidnapping and murder and human rights violations against women whose effects are still being felt by families today even as they defend the practice.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Art of Self-Defense

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Astronaut

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Crawl

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The Farewell

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Hail Satan?

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The Lion King

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Luz

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Midsommar

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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And Your Bird Can Sing

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

  • Excerpt: If Richard Linklater had come of age in 21st century Japan, this is what Dazed and Confused might have looked like.

The Australian Dream

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: The Australian Dream is shattering. And now, the illusion of our country can’t be unshattered.

Blood Will Tell

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

  • Excerpt: I would love to become the new Secreto de sus ojos.

David Crosby: Remember My Name

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Deerskin

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: Consistently fun to watch, not least because Dupieux knows how to use the film’s rough and sketchy edges to his advantage.

Depraved

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: While Depraved starts strong, poses curious ideas and themes, and has a handful of creepy aesthetic quirks, it founders in the back half.

The Divine Fury

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

  • Excerpt: The Divine Fury manages to take cliches and spin genre gold out of them.

Escape Plan: The Extractors

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Avoid It!

Framing John DeLorean

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: The title appears designed to convey several meanings: the “framing” of DeLorean by the FBI entrapment scheme, the framing of the issue of this enigma of a man, and the framing of a portrait of an American original.

The Girl in the Fog

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Toni Servillo stars here as Vogel. Best known for his award winning performance in The Great Beauty, Servillo brings from that film the continued sense of someone world weary, who has seen and done everything, for whom nothing is new.

Give Me Liberty

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: An authentic heartfelt film about real people.

The Great Hack

Ruben Peralta Rigaud @ [Spanish]

Harpoon

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Mean and nasty, gleefully gory and wickedly funny.

Into the Ashes

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: There is plenty of heat to burn and brand from that calmer temperature of cinematic coals.

Jusqu’ici Tout Va Bien

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Without a clear proposal, it does not stand out from the mediocrity.

Knife+Heart

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Knife+Heart is nothing if not stunning in its 70s aesthetic with film grain, sumptuous neon glows, and synth score [even if the climax] feels more convenient than fulfilling.

Label Me

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Beauty in the beast

Ladyworld

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: “We’re not boys, we’re not brutal,” intones Dolly (Ryan Simpkins) in a broken, high-pitched cry. It’s more question than statement, and unfortunately for her, she’s about to learn precisely how savage teenage girls can be to one another.

Luce

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Luce packs in an awful lot of issues – white liberal saviorhood, cultural identity, black assimilation, victimhood, mental illness shaming, sexual assault – in a psychological thriller which invites debate and introspection rather than providing pat answers.

No Mercy

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: At best, the film plays like Taken with a mean streak, or a South Korean version of Faster; but even with a fantastic central performance, it mires down in grimy exploitation.

The Other Story

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: When parenting is paired with religion, logic is in pell-mell retreat and remains so throughout Israeli director Avi Nesher’s entertaining but scattershot story of strained relationships and cultural divides in contemporary Jerusalem.

The Red Sea Diving Resort

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: As popcorn-ready as this true story may be, its marginalization of the real people and their plight is more than a little inexcusable.

A Score to Settle

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: How Frank’s redemption and revenge are intertwined is well thought out enough to support the narrative choice to flip some things on their head, but the execution falls short.

A Score to Settle

Betty Jo Tucker @ Reeltalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Nicolas Cage chose the right amount of restraint in his portrayal of the unhappy, obsessed lead character in this dark thriller. But he has one almost over-the-top scene that will stay with you after the credits roll.

Sea of Shadows

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: The powerful subject matter is enough to carry this movie, although the telling is sometimes weakened by its too-broad approach.

Shooting the Mafia

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: About bravery, self-determination, and standing up in the face of great, crushing adversity, Shooting the Mafia paints a picture of a bold figure, but is also about something so much larger than a single person or story.

Sibyl

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

  • Excerpt: A Volcano Wakes Up.

Surviving Confession

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: Breaking the fourth wall and spilling waterfalls of internal monologue, Surviving Confession pokes and prods the person who is supposed to be the pillar of strength.

Sword of Trust

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister) lays on plenty of laughs, but there’s a layer of serious ideas lurking beneath the fun. You don’t need a certificate of authenticity to see how the craziness that Shelton slyly delivers here reflects the condition of the world we live in.

That Part Feeling

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: Music is the language in which Pärt is comfortable explaining himself. And as far as this film is concerned, if you want to know about the world’s most-performed living composer, that is where you’ll find it.

Them That Follow

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: The appeal of this stirring documentary is the pleasure it affords in spending of a couple of hours in the world of the great Toni Morrison, her friends, and her literary legacy.

Tu me manques

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: A singular achievement

Vault

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

  • Excerpt: The final conclusion is certainly positive. Surprise!

When Mom Is Away

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

  • Excerpt: All the jokes are cold and frozen…

Who You Think I Am

George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]

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