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
Limited (United States)
How to Deter a Robber
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Forever Purge
Fear Street Part 2: 1978
- Excerpt: Bloody events in Camp Nightwing! The witch’s curse goes in full swing.
Hail Hydra: Martial Arts Cinema is Immortal
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
The Tomorrow War
- Excerpt: In real life, most of the world would escape into hiding before getting drafted into this ridiculous suicide mission.
The Witches of the Orient
- Excerpt: The Witches of the Orient has an unusual pace and structure for a sports documentary, lending a mythical tone to its subject.
Your Name Engraved Herein
Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]