This Week at the Movies (Jun. 18, 2021)

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

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The Amusement Park

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Army of the Dead

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Cruella

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In the Heights

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A Quiet Place: Part II

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Spiral

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The Woman in the Window

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Wrath of Man

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12 Mighty Orphans

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

  • 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)

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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

Candice Frederick @ TheGrio

Catch the Fair One

Matt Oakes @

  • 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.

Caveat

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: I really liked the production design. The visuals ooze creepiness even if the payoff doesn’t arrive until the very end.

Censor

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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.

La Dosis

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: …a film that commits the ultimate sin for an entertainment product: it’s boring.

F9

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • 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.

Gaia

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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.

Gaia

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

Infinite

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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?

Infinite

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: All things considered, Infinite is the perfect content for Paramount+: big budget theatrics and low stakes drama.

Infinite

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I like Wahlberg just fine, but he is sorely miscast as the lead character.

Last Film Show

Matt Oakes @

  • 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

Les Nôtres

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • 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.

Les Nôtres

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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.

Les Nôtres

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

The Novice

Matt Oakes @

  • 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.

Poser

Matt Oakes @

  • 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.

Queen Bees

Nell Minow @ Rogerebert.com

  • 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

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • 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.

Woe

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Woman in Motion

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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.

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