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. 31, 2020
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: …it is almost traumatic to be reminded of just how long and how often we have been battered with assaults upon justice and equal rights. Yet overall, the documentary slants toward hope.
- Excerpt: Don’t miss one of 2020’s most indispensable documentaries.
- Excerpt: Poignant documentary about how the California community nearly destroyed by fire bands together.
- Excerpt: While Swale’s construction leans towards the obvious and her third act tragedy rather callously sets the stage for her happy ending, her ingenious use of the Fata Morgana phenomenon shakes her protagonist out of her self absorption and lifts her tale into the realm of wonder.
- Excerpt: Gemma Arterton gives one of the year’s best performances here, in a story that tugs on your heartstrings in spite of a few general cliches.
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Da 5 Bloods
John Lewis: Good Trouble
- Excerpt: Benjamin is a film that wears its heart on its sleeve, and while it may seem like another quirky, unassuming indie on the surface, but underneath all that is something that is really thoughtful, introspective, and unafraid of leaving certain questions unanswered.
- Excerpt: While Bulbbul is perhaps not scary in the traditional sense, it is scary in how it digs into the realities that women deal with. It’s an enthralling and visually stunning fable from start to finish.
- Excerpt: …warts and all, ‘Dead Dicks’ is worth a watch to those who find the premise or the mental illness theme compelling. It lags in the middle with a bit too much dialogue, but it starts the third act with two twists that come in quick succession, and ends on a strong note.
- Excerpt: Despite its faults, I was ultimately very charmed by the film. The sheer likability of the cast and lovely music makes the most out of a familiar formula.
- Excerpt: [The cast has] willingly embraced the clichés to honor a story brimming with the kind of hope we need currently and it’s worth following their lead.
Ghosts of War
- Excerpt: While [the supernatural] does effectively give meaning to what occurs, it also undermines the potency of knowing the grief these soldiers experience comes from within.
- Excerpt: One of the best rock docs of recent years. A distinct attempt is made to cinematically capture the vibe that made the group so beloved.
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
- Excerpt: Editor Alex Shuper seamlessly cuts together vintage and contemporary performances of the same song, a device that showcases just how good Lightfoot still is at eighty.
House of Hummingbird
- Excerpt: A coming-of-age story filled with small moments of spiritual wisdom, including a practice for times of sadness.
- Excerpt: To say [too much] would ruin some of the surprises that Anwar has in store since duplicity runs very deep throughout the mythology he has created.
Lake of Death
The Last Tree
- Excerpt: A compelling coming-of-age drama about a Nigerian immigrant in London.
No Small Matter
- Excerpt: An eye-opening documentary about the great benefits of early childhood education for children and the society at large.
- Excerpt: These types of biopics do ultimately end up being more about showcasing their stars anyway. Satrapi almost made it more.
The Sunlit Night
- Excerpt: [Slate’s] ability to be hilarious despite a quiet role like Frances lends an indelible charm that ensures we’re in her corner from the beginning.
- Excerpt: An ethically rich drama about the complicated choices involved in pregnancy and parenting.
Welcome to Chechnya
- Excerpt: A gripping documentary about LGBTQ genocide and a brave band of human rights activists trying to rescue those affected.
Widow of Silence
- Excerpt: An ethically charged and mesmerizing movie about the unusual and yet predictable challenges faced by a half-widow in Kashmir.
Yes, God, Yes
- Excerpt: The comedy that arises from making the sweetest, most innocent girl on-screen watch as the others engage in clandestinely hedonistic pleasures from afar is boundless.