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. 8, 2019
Wide (United States)
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
What Men Want
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Kid Who Would Be King
Alita: Battle Angel
- Excerpt: Alita: Battle Angel boasts exhilarating action scenes and a breakout performance by Rosa Salazar, but buckles under the weight of its complex plot.
All These Small Moments
- Excerpt: Though this sweet, subtle, and sentimental work is a smidge too simplistic in narrative design, it wins over any resistance with its quiet refinement and heartrending insight.
The Amityville Murders
- Excerpt: Keep your expectations at the level of a smart B-thriller and you may be pleasantly surprised by how well ‘Braid’ threads these three women together.
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
- Excerpt: [A] revealing and refreshingly insightful documentary. This is an inviting and noteworthy commentary on a particular aspect of film-making that gets constantly overlooked. Anyone ready for an updated version of ‘Scream, Blacula, Scream’?
- Excerpt: ‘Painkillers’ certainly does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to the physicality or emotional presence of pain and suffering. [It] definitely works on the nerves and reinforces a certain kind of fixation that is more than imagined or hallucinatory.
- Excerpt: The tingles that come from the mounting uncertainty of the characters project very well to the viewer. The very same can be said for the demand of answers.
- Excerpt: This abhorrent actioner is vulgar auteurism at its most depraved.
Then Came You
- Excerpt: Though it has many of the qualities that made teen terminal-illness weepies work, Hutchings’ dramedy eschews much of those films’ sincerity and intimacy in favor of sap.
- Excerpt: A solid dramedy elevated by a stellar cast that signifies greater things to come for its writer/director, Emma Forrest.