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: Feb. 1, 2019
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Piercing is a twisted watch that will completely satisfy genre fans and polarize mainstream audiences — but that’s why it works.
- Excerpt: It proves impossible to know where things might go next thanks to the physical manifestation of internal turmoil and the hallucinatory blur between life and psychosis.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Behind the Bullet
- Excerpt: If there’s any concrete message in Behind the Bullet, it’s that our emotions are valid in the conversation surrounding gun violence.
- Excerpt: Time becomes malleable [as Pierone] removes the pathways from one scene to another so we can find ourselves in the same bottomless rabbit hole as her characters.
- Excerpt: Cat Sticks is a bold, confident debut. Sen’s low-key photography lends gravitas to the existence of these addicts usually treated as blights on society’s face.
Dons of Disco
The Final Wish
- Excerpt: ‘The Final Wish’ is strangely contemplative in its attempt to shine an eerie light on the mysteries of death and estrangement. Woodward’s gory gem is more of the psychological horror variety as it adequately taps into the realm of a messy mindset gone haywire.
A Great Lamp
- Excerpt: While the film won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, Qureshi’s debut feature expresses a desire in the director to explore human suffering and modern friendships on a small scale while treating it with grandiosity, care, and seriousness.
King of Thieves
- Excerpt: [Despite being] a pretty straightforward genre film, the sheer joy of seeing these actors comment on their careers through these characters [should provide] a good time.
- Excerpt: A24’s Greek tragedy by way of violent biker saga is fine, but you’ve seen it before.
The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story
Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
- Excerpt: The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is formally and aesthetically fascinating, even when its script feels a little incomplete.
Then Came You
- Excerpt: The final result isn’t without flaws, but it’s so much more than appearances presume.
The Vast of Night
- Excerpt: Any creative medium which takes itself too seriously is ripe for satire, but considering the money involved, the contemporary art world is riper than most. It’s about time the artwork gets a say in the matter – and it is not happy.
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Stan & Ollie
- Excerpt: The Criterion edition of 24 Frames is a fittingly superb tribute to a great artist.
- Excerpt: Arizona is a skillfully crafted exercise with a superior cast, and it’s good enough to keep you watching, while delivering plenty of gallows humor and a few shockers you didn’t see coming. It’s a small film that gets bigger the more closely you look at it.
- Excerpt: Sweden’s official entry to the 91st Academy Awards, Ali Abbasi’s #Border (Gräns) is a mysterious, genre-bending film that will make you empathize while also serving its share of thrills.
- Excerpt: Alexander Hanno’s impressive ELEPHANTS explores love’s dark side while enticing viewers with fascinating but flawed main characters, witty dialogue, suspenseful situations, catchy music and excellent production values.
The Emperor of Paris
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
- Excerpt: Ben Foster is always terrific, and in Galveston he anchors and elevates what is otherwise a meandering tale of lost souls and hopeless lives.
Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]
In the Fade
- Excerpt: Writer/director Akin makes no secret of his allegiance to the immigrant community, but his choice of a classically blonde, blue-eyed Aryan as the film’s protagonist is deliberate and purposeful, emphasizing the universality of family devotion and the equally universal agony when violence rips families apart. The political climate may change in future years, but In the Fade will remain a vital and electrifying account of one woman’s harrowing battle with unimaginable loss.
The Secret of Marrowbone
- Excerpt: Marrowbone has been designed for repeat viewings, because it plays differently once you know the full story. Little more can be said without spoilers, but I found Sánchez’ haunted tale more engaging, and ultimately more moving, than the usual genre film, precisely because it does take its time to explore the characters and lay out a consistent and coherent narrative.