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. 18, 2021
Wide (United States)
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Amusement Park
Army of the Dead
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
In the Heights
A Quiet Place: Part II
The Woman in the Window
Wrath of Man
12 Mighty Orphans
- Excerpt: [The adults’] compassion towards these boys is a piece; the boys’ evolution is the puzzle. And to that end 12 Mighty Orphans is pretty darn effective.
All Light, Everywhere
- Excerpt: Anthony’s point, however, is less that objectivity can’t exist than a desire to remind us of our essential need to question what is being sold to us as objectivity.
All Light, Everywhere
- Excerpt: All Light, Everywhere implicates the very act of its own creation in its exploration of the flaws of human observation. Theo Anthony’s documentary destroys the conventional wisdom that “seeing is believing.”
All the Streets are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997)
- Excerpt: Fans of hip hop and skateboarding—particularly from this ten-year stretch or those with an affection for the Zoo York Mixtape video—will find much to love.
As of Yet
Catch the Fair One
- Excerpt: A vicious saga of exploitation and vengeance, ‘Catch the Fair One’ is a blood-splattered and grounded thriller that suffers from being oppressively bleak even as it directs focus towards an important and under-discussed topic.
- Excerpt: I really liked the production design. The visuals ooze creepiness even if the payoff doesn’t arrive until the very end.
- Excerpt: Censor is a really engrossing horror film, and it does a really terrific job at utilizing influences and paying homage to a very specific period of film history. Niamh Algar brings a strong emotional core to some of the film’s more offbeat indulgences.
- Excerpt: This is a genre film utilizing its subject matter as a springboard towards drama. The payoff is purely entertainment, not philosophical debate.
Edge of the World
- Excerpt: …a film that commits the ultimate sin for an entertainment product: it’s boring.
- Excerpt: These meathead melodramas are so far beyond nuance, one would have to accidentally reverse into a theater to be unprepared for the action ride F9 delivers.
- Excerpt: It’s an unnerving and very well performed genre film that doesn’t need to do a whole lot for it to get under your skin. Whether this will connect to a mainstream audience, I kind of doubt it, but I can imagine horror fans embracing this, and appreciating it for what it is.
- Excerpt: Transformative eco-horror with a lot on its mind, the distinctive visuals and off-center mood are enough to smooth over most of the rough spots and make this well worth watching.
- Excerpt: Knee-jerk clichés abound in a shameless retread of The Matrix in which many levels of storytelling ineptitude are the only depth on offer. Can Hollywood please stop reincarnating the same old movies?
- Excerpt: All things considered, Infinite is the perfect content for Paramount+: big budget theatrics and low stakes drama.
- Excerpt: I like Wahlberg just fine, but he is sorely miscast as the lead character.
Last Film Show
- Excerpt: A love letter and elegy for film and the unvalued art of the projectionist, ‘The Last Film Show’ is a beautifully-filmed and involving story of coming-of-age in a darkened movie theater in a modernizing India
- Excerpt: By the time Les Nôtres arrives at its odd open ending, the film’s early intensity has tapered off into something less satisfying. Still, like so many similar movies before it, it’s all too easy to get sucked into the twisted, tangled drama of this town.
- Excerpt: Les nôtres is going to ruffle plenty feathers. Not because of its topic, but because of its willingness to depict characters that will stop at nothing to keep pretending.
- Excerpt: A thrilling character study about an obsessive athlete and her self-destructive drive, Lauren Hadaway’s ‘The Novice’ explosively flips the sports drama on its head.
- Excerpt: An envious podcaster infiltrates the Columbus underground music scene in Ori Segev and Noah Dixon’s engaging debut ‘Poser’. A stalker-thriller featuring a pair of engaging breakout performances, the beats may be familiar in places but are remixed to amplified effect.
- Excerpt: Half a dozen veteran performers do their best to elevate a patchy script in “Queen Bees,” a gentle romantic comedy set in a retirement community that one character describes as “‘Mean Girls’ with Medic- Alert bracelets.”
Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer
- Excerpt: Rise Again proves itself to be an extensive deep dive into a subject that needs to be taught. It’s time to remove [our collective] blindfold.
Woman in Motion
- Excerpt: We’re here to learn about Nichols’ deserved place in our space program’s history [as] an innovator and influencer who quite literally dragged it into [the] present.