This Week at the Movies (Jul. 16, 2021)

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: Jul. 16, 2021

Wide (United States)

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

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Limited (United States)

How to Deter a Robber

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: There’s not a lot happening under the surface here, but Maria Bissell’s instincts as a storyteller are really solid here, and the comedic chemistry with the cast is incredibly sharp and charming.

Mama Weed

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: Starring the iconic Isabelle Huppert as the titular translator-turned-queenpin, Mama Weed is a tension-filled dark comedy that explores the lengths some will go in order to survive and thrive in a world that doesn’t seem to care. Some keen points are made along the way about the way migrants are treated in French society, though the casting of Huppert—as marvelous as she always is—as a person of Algerian descent does raise one’s eyebrows.

Pig

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If you go into this movie expecting something like “John Wick” crossed with “Gunda,” prepare to have your expectations upended as “Pig” is a melancholy, almost spiritual, meditation on what makes life worth living.

Pig

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Who expected the movie where Nicolas Cage tracks down his kidnapped pig to be the frontrunner for the best, most moving picture of the year?

Pig

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Black Widow

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F9

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The Forever Purge

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Land

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Fear Street Part 2: 1978

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Bloody events in Camp Nightwing! The witch’s curse goes in full swing.

Hail Hydra: Martial Arts Cinema is Immortal

Ed Travis @ Cinapse

Mandibles

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If you want to see “Blue Is the Warmest Color” star Adèle Exarchopoulos as a woman who can only communicate with her volume turned up to 11 because of a skiing accident who is falsely accused of eating a Chihuahua by a man who hopes to make his fortune training a giant fly, have I got a movie for you!

A Perfect Enemy

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Ridiculous excuse for a thriller — obvious, preposterous, ultimately banal — piles on psychological absurdities as it builds from a maddening middle to an enraging crescendo of misogynist nonsense.

Running Against the Wind

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: A good training or racing montage…can always lift the spirits, and the straightforward nature of running (the point is to cross the finish line first, and everyone can see who does so) makes the sport inherently film-friendly.

Scales

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: While Scales did sometimes test my patience, I think there is a lot to really like about this film. Shahad Ameen’s exploration of womanhood in a man’s world is explored with a haunting and fresh vision.

Silat Warriors: Deed of Death: Wait for It

Ed Travis @ Cinapse

The Tomorrow War

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: In real life, most of the world would escape into hiding before getting drafted into this ridiculous suicide mission.

Too Late

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

The Witches of the Orient

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: The Witches of the Orient has an unusual pace and structure for a sports documentary, lending a mythical tone to its subject.

2020 Films

Greenland

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Your Name Engraved Herein

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

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