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. 7, 2018
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2018 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Front Runner
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Support the Girls
- Excerpt: At the end of it, ‘2.0’ ends up a generic, uninspired film that fails to utilize its resources. Rajinikanth is topnotch and so is Akshay Kumar but neither is able to salvage the film from setting in monotony of great degrees.
Anna and the Apocalypse
- Excerpt: A zombie musical comedy set at Christmas should be a can’t miss. But this one isn’t scary or funny; its characters are one-note, and the whole shebang — blah songs included — is emotionally flat.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
- Excerpt: I can’t say I loved The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but I still very much admire everything that went into making the film, and it still has the kind of uniquely entertaining and thoughtful experience that only the Coens could provide.
- Excerpt: Bird Box doesn’t bring anything new to the post-apocalyptic thriller genre despite a strong third act and solid performances.
- Excerpt: Boy Erased means well, but dramatically it’s inert.
- Excerpt: There’s a meta-narrative aspect to Burning wherein the film’s characters are characters in life—symbols poked and prodded in some grand experiment to find humanity’s breaking point. It’s an illusory thriller infused with sex, mystery, and murder wherein retribution arrives once consequences become less important than pride.
- Excerpt: Although delivering an important message, DUMPLIN’ also ends up being a must-see for Dolly Parton fans and for people who love films about beauty pageants.
Family in Transition
- Excerpt: Frank and bittersweet, this is a quietly remarkable portrait of one father and husband’s gender transition, and how the family coped — and didn’t — with dramatic upheaval in the most intimate of settings: home.
- Excerpt: The filmmakers make a number of hollow and misguided storytelling choices that the two charming leads are barely able to make up for.
The House That Jack Built
- Excerpt: The House That Jack Built is goofy in all the wrong ways, violent without substantive purpose, and unsubtle enough to wonder if von Trier actually had anything to say besides, “Thank you for letting me get away with this for so long.”
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
- Excerpt: Faraut is less interested in how cinema affects tennis than how they overlap. He’s searching for the line separating reality from performance and may ultimately prove one doesn’t exist.
Let The Corpses Tan
- Excerpt: While the lack of characterization and emotional connection might sound like this would be a deal breaker, I was legitimately in awe of its bold and electric stylistic filmmaking for practically the entire runtime.
Liz and the Blue Bird
- Excerpt: These are real teens so desperately searching for their place amongst each other that they forget to unearth what it is they want on their own terms.
Minding the Gap
- Excerpt: Rather than shy away from the impossible questions that must be asked to begin a path of understanding and healing, these three men bare their souls. The result is this unforgettably beautiful depiction of honest self-reflection and transformative possibility.
- Excerpt: It’s a effectively told and gorgeously animated story about the pain and joy that comes with family, be it through parenthood or the relationship between siblings, and how the power of kindness and empathy can keep everything together.
- Excerpt: This tenderly animated Japanese film about sibling rivalry is lovely with its fantasy, but too convoluted for children and too slight for adults.
- Excerpt: Hosoda delves into the mind of a child and all the turmoil and incapacitating stubbornness that comes from needing to rely on someone else for everything. In such a complicated scenario, big changes can be naively interpreted as abandonment.
- Excerpt: With ‘Pause’, Cypriot filmmaker Tonia Mishaili delivers a massive blow on the face of patriarchy without explicitly referring to it. Stella Fyrogeni’s performance as the long-suffering Elpida is amongst 2018’s finest.
The Possession of Hannah Grace
- Excerpt: It’s factory-line horror as predictable as it is bland.
Rendezvous in Chicago
- Excerpt: Smith’s canny talent to pen and juggle a triptych is not what impresses the most. Rather, what is greater, quite simply, is his sense of feel as a storyteller and filmmaker.
- Excerpt: Wildlife isn’t a total home run, but it still manages to be an impressive debut from Paul Dano that is elegantly performed and beautifully made.
- Excerpt: You should know this movie exists. God help you if you watch it.
- Excerpt: The concept is high enough that I can’t help but wonder whether this might have been a box office hit with better-known leads, a quirkier best friend confidant, a killer one-liner or two, and a script that dialed back the surrealism just a tad.