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: Jun. 11, 2021
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Strong, understated performances, vivid stylistics, and a frenetic enthusiasm elevate a plot that, on a nuts and bolts level, could have been a fairly standard outlaw-on-the-verge-of-retirement story. Akilla’s Escape doesn’t rewrite the formula, but uses the framework to deliver a slick crime tale with a unique point of view and enough intriguing thematic concerns to make it worth checking out.
- Excerpt: Those looking for narrative threads to be tied up neatly won’t find that here as “Censor” spins into literal nightmare territory in its climax, leaving us in a state as suspended as its heroine’s fractured reality.
- Excerpt: [Burstyn’s] best scenes with a Bee are with Loretta Devine’s Sally, whose uproarious bit on ‘underboob sweat’ is the film’s funniest. But these elements are like a life raft on the Titanic.
- Excerpt: The strength of the film is with its leads, the award winning veteran and screen newcomer connecting so believably from such opposing romantic ideologies we come away from the film with hope for humanity.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Amusement Park
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
A Quiet Place: Part II
Those Who Wish Me Dead
All Light, Everywhere
- Excerpt: In light of events over the past few years, our society needs this movie right now.
- Excerpt: Squirm-inducing and enigmatic, CAVEAT has the oneiric quality of a half-remembered nightmare, the half that is the most disquieting, where events move relentlessly and inevitably into the macabre.
- Excerpt: Caveat is more of a mood piece than a traditional horror film, relying more on the power of its atmosphere. It’s not for everyone, but it effectively gets under your skin.
- Excerpt: A dramatic and enthralling small town whodunnit with twists all the way down.
Edge of the World
- Excerpt: Less a rollicking action film than it is an adventure of the spirit.
- Excerpt: It is the colonists against the people and the land in this lusciously shot thriller.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
- Excerpt: …one would expect that more Hayek would be a good thing. While that is indeed true, screenwriter Tom O’Connor hasn’t stepped up at all on the action plot which features so many extreme CGI explosions they become boring in their repetitiveness.
- Excerpt: An entirely new level of revenge born of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Never Gonna Snow Again
- Excerpt: A lighthearted cautionary tale about appreciating what has been given to us.
- Excerpt: The discussion of urban legends and privilege that Seance brings up are icing on an already tasty genre cake.
- Excerpt: A pleasant little film that has real charm.