This Week at the Movies (Jul. 24, 2020)

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: DATE

Wide (United States)

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Limited (United States)

The Rental

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Amulet

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: British actress Romola Garai springs out of the gate with an inspired feminist folk horror tale… a morality play eerily tricked out in unnerving genre trappings.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Amulet is a cool, stylish chiller whose themes sneak up on you.

Yes, God, Yes

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …it is Dyer’s talent with expressive facial reactions, especially those of the naively clueless variety, that is the film’s biggest asset.

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: A typical teenage coming-of-age tale where an impressionable, young woman experiences a stuttering sexual awakening. The twist is the awakening occurs smack in the middle of Jesus camp.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Color Out of Space

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First Cow

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Greyhound

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John Lewis: Good Trouble

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The Old Guard

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Blessed Child

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com

  • Excerpt: I finished Blessed Child feeling like I only knew half of Cara Jones’s story when it came to her escaping the cult in which she was raised. She does, however, document with a raw openness and vulnerability her desperate attempt to keep her family even as she walks away from the religion that they still hold dear.

City Dreamers

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: celebrates four vibrant octo and nonagenarians recounting their upbringing, education and careers all framed by the various cities that shaped them and those that felt their influence.

Fatal Affair

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Though repetition dampens the chills, FATAL AFFAIR boasts a few thrills. Too many cuts to ocean waves., yet acting almost this film saves.

Fisherman’s Friends

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writers…employ the much-used “Local Hero” template for their fictionalized true story and yet director Chris Foggin, blessed with a strong cast, keeps the twee at bay with genuine good heart and strong characterizations.

Judy & Punch

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: “That’s the way to do it”

Palm Springs

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: Is it so unbelievable to think Palm Springs might be one of the best movies of 2020? Nope.

Parallax

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: The pacing is sluggish.

Radioactive

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Director Marjane Satrapi asks why male scientists are allowed to be troubled and awkward while female intellectuals are denied the same courtesy.

The Sunlit Night

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: Rich in gorgeous cinematography that makes a grey landscape as dazzling as primary colors, and quietly complex performances that reveal unspoken volumes

One thought on “This Week at the Movies (Jul. 24, 2020)”

  1. One odd coincidence: This week sees the release of two 2017 movies that had been languishing in limbo since their film festival debuts. The first, computer-animated Animal Crackers , makes its long-delayed premiere on Netflix, while Retaliation an intimate drama featuring a career-best performance from Orlando Bloom is available on demand, as well as in-person at Los Angeles just-christened Arena Cinelounge drive-in.

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