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. 2, 2021
Wide (United States)
The Boss Baby: Family Business
The Forever Purge
Summer of Soul
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Amusement Park
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
In the Heights
- Excerpt: the third [2021 action film] where family is an overarching theme…Australian director Cate Shortland’s unique blend of goofy humor and exemplary action scenes both leading to world defining, impressively femme-charged change.
- Excerpt: Adrien Brody was involved on nearly every level in the conceptualization and realization of brooding revenge-thriller ‘Clean’ but with its ugly aesthetics, empty grittiness, and ridiculously hacky story of a garbage man named Clean “taking out the trash”, you really have to wonder why. Being unintentionally funny at least makes it watchable but otherwise, yikes.
- Excerpt: Fandom and power dynamics get interrogated in this brilliantly performed two-hander.
- Excerpt: A kinder, gentler version of comedian Kevin Hart.
- Excerpt: An inspiring tribute to the power of curiosity, purpose, and the triumphant joy of adding one more piece to the jigsaw puzzle of knowledge.
Fear Street 1994
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya
- Excerpt: What starts as a strong, visually striking ode to one woman’s act of rebellion gradually runs out of steam, as though the film is unsure of what it is trying to say apart from “down with the patriarchy!” An admirable message to be sure, but not quite enough in this case to carry an entire movie.
- Excerpt: A social family drama from South Korea that manages to mostly avoid being misery porn by concentrating on a handful of characters living on the fringes.
The Ice Road
- Excerpt: Surprises and plot twists help move the action along in this riveting film. But it’s the icy road scenes that make it a memorable adventure.
- Excerpt: A modest and entertaining rewriting of gangster history told by characters as old as the formula.
The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52
- Excerpt: …until it really begins to feel manufactured in late stages, the work is very informative, not only about 52, but about the whale songs that engaged human interest in their fates and the perils facing them in today’s oceans.
- Excerpt: Les Nôtres may be a tough and, at times, a very stressful watch, but it is quite engaging thanks to Jeanne Leblanc’s ability to tell the story through strong and evocative framing and composition, as well as being able to draw out authentic and hard-hitting performances from her cast.
- Excerpt: Toshiaki Toyoda delivers another dazzling collision of sound and vision, teaming up with legendary taiko drumming troupe Kodo for this beautiful hybrid film.
Summer of 85
- Excerpt: In adapting the Aidan Chambers novel ‘Dance on My Grave,’ prolific writer/director François Ozon elicits fine performances in a striking location in service to an unsatisfying narrative.
- Excerpt: As gritty and up close as any street drama with a twisty ending second to none.
- Excerpt: Wonderful and weird go hand-in-hand in this truly bizarre film that just keeps getting stranger – and that’s just one of the things to love about it.
Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]