This Week at the Movies (Dec. 20, 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: Dec. 20, 2019

Wide (United States)

Cats

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Expanding (United States)

Bombshell

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: While everyone else plays his/her caricature broadly, [Robbie] renders hers empathetic. The filmmakers bit off more than they could chew and are fortunate it mostly works.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

1917

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Abominable

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Dark Waters

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The Farewell

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Ford v Ferrari

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A Hidden Life

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Honey Boy

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The Irishman

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Jojo Rabbit

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Jumanji: The Next Level

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Knives Out

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

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Marriage Story

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Playmobil: The Movie

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The Report

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Richard Jewell

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Uncut Gems

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Waves

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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6 Underground

Marco Albanese @ [Italian]

6 Underground

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer

  • Excerpt: It’s cranked up and spat out at the audience in balletic brutality and eye-popping intensity

6 Underground

Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin Robot

  • Excerpt: Bonkers action, frenetic camera work and editing, raging excess, off-the-rails violence, questionable morality, puffed-up chest-thumping; if Bay was cocaine, it would be the pure shit before it gets stepped on.

American Woman

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: How do we grow in spite of [tragedy]? Each step [forward] proves to be a nuanced transformation thanks to Scott’s quiet direction and Miller’s stunning lead performance.

Atlantics

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [Its] straightforward narrative [goes] off the deep-end into a two-pronged, darkly beautiful, supernatural haunting. Things get a little shaky, but [Diop] sticks the landing.

Black Christmas

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Black Christmas isn’t perfect, but it’s fairly tight and tense, and it has a lot to say with its timely themes.

Black Christmas

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

Black Christmas

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Cunningham

Chris Barsanti @ Slant

  • Excerpt: This colorful but remote-feeling documentary functions almost as though it were taking orders from the late Merce Cunningham.

The Feeling of Being Watched

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The Feeling of Being Watched is like an introductory handbook: one that peels back the layers on our government’s activities to show how they willfully complicate our methods of keeping them in check.

Frankie

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Frankie

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: There are worse ways to spend a chilly evening than among the lush beaches, woods, and hills of Sintra, in the company of the great Isabelle Huppert. But there’s an alchemy to the talk in a Rohmer movie that isn’t captured here.

Klimt & Schiele – Eros e Psique

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Little Women

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A very welcome feminist interpretation of Alcott’s beloved novel, layered in sly, winking awareness of Hollywood clichés and the cultural pressures on women. Alive and electric, an absolute treasure.

Made in Bangladesh

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Midnight Family

Frank Ochieng @

  • Excerpt: …a compelling composite of the fragility and durability of the working wonders that strive to take one step forward in the name of progress only to step three steps backwards as the trying times dictate the rhythm of progression.

Midnight Family

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s a disheartening look at such a backward ambulance system, but it makes for an exciting film.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: This is a once in a lifetime love that frustration and resentment can risk destroying in hindsight as long as the memory of what was shared becomes permanent in their hearts.

Promare

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [The] results arrive as though by the seat of the filmmakers’ pants. This artistic choice maintains a desire to always have at least one more surprise up their sleeves.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A terrific portrait of the legendary critic, as objective as she was proudly subjective. Pulls no punches on her complicated life and work but rightly hails how she revolutionized thinking about film.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: What would Kael think of this film? Probably that it was too conventional, just a mix of talking heads and archival clips, and not as lively as her own prose.

2018 Films

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

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