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: Jan. 24, 2020
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
Color Out of Space
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Bad Boys for Life
A Fall from Grace
- Excerpt: Aside from moments that could’ve been expanded upon, I was very fond of what Numa Perrier did with Jezebel. It’s an achingly human film that shines a light on the kinds of experiences films don’t often cover, and it does it in a way that is raw, honest, and surprisingly hopeful.
- Excerpt: While the film’s narrative is shaky at best, Forbes exhibits quite a bit of style with an obviously low budget, making him a filmmaker to watch.
Like a Boss
- Excerpt: An untold Holocaust story, of Philippine president Manuel Quezon’s fight to take in Jewish refugees, feels like it remains untold: this sluggish, overlong film cannot overcome its low-budget roots.
- Excerpt: An eight-part version of Jane Austen’s last novel, a love story and women’s lib tale set in a seaside resort.
- Excerpt: Some things like bullying are not funny in life or in TROOP ZERO. But talented child star Mckenna Grace’s impressive portrayal of a spunky little underdog back in 1977 rural Georgia makes this youthful comedy worth seeing.
Ford v Ferrari
I Lost My Body
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- Excerpt: At seven, their lives were lightly sketched canvases, open to possibility, bright with optimism and limitless space to dream. And now the little tykes of Michael Apted’s extraordinary documentary series are 63, thinking about retirement, doting on grandchildren, closer to the exit than the entrance.
Another Day of Life
- Excerpt: An animated documentary presenting a journalist’s poignant perspectives on the horrors of war.
- Excerpt: a fascinating piece of work, at once a highly unusual biopic and a solid primer on recent Russian history.
- Excerpt: [The film seeks] to reshape our relationship with mushrooms and our western notion of fearing their power. [Reducing] the stigma surrounding the subject may save your life.
- Excerpt: Happiness is but a trick of evil. We take. We squander. And we forget our pain just long enough to suffer through it all again.
- Excerpt: This little sci-fi film has been honored with 16 award nominations and a win at the Cannes Film Festival for best actress (Emily Beecham). Its brilliant writers, Géraldine Bajard and Jessica Hausner (nominated for best director at Cannes), have written a script that parallels fundamental and immediate issues in genetic engineering, parenting and happiness.
- Excerpt: A rollicking docudrama of a news media rarity, a family making a living saving lives.
- Excerpt: [It’s] obviously a cathartic piece of art augmented by Mercier’s central, unbridled performance. But I [did] feel at arm’s length for much of the runtime.
- Excerpt: … a breezy compendium of skewed nostalgia, sometimes hilarious, sometimes weird, and, unexpectedly, sometimes touching.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]