This Week at the Movies (Jun. 19, 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: Jun. 19, 2020

Wide (United States)

None.

Limited (United States)

Babyteeth

Chris Barsanti @ Slant

Babyteeth

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: First time feature director Shannon Murphy turns an Australian stage play (adapted by its author Rita Kalnejais) into a dramedy about embracing life with strong subtexts about psychiatry versus art therapy and prescribed versus recreational drug abuse.

Babyteeth

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: It’s a messy existence that mirrors the unpredictability of life and yet the filmmakers never chastise their characters or moralize their actions.

Followed

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …like “Paranormal Activity” crossed with Ty West’s “Innkeepers” with writer Todd Klick adding a psychological twist… This one’s claim of having been based on true events is also more valid than most.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Becky

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Da 5 Bloods

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Shirley

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2040

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A dash of eco-optimism to counter global-warming doom and gloom. Gameau is an enormously engaging fact-based dreamer offering a much-needed mindset refresh and proactive actions we can engage in now.

7500

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: By removing any hint of sensationalism from the events, filmmaker Patrick Vollrath focuses on the moment-to-moment uncertainty of people ripped in an instant from the security of their familiar routines, and then forced to face both impossible choices as well as their own mortality.

7500

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: At best it reveals the film to be tone-deaf in its bid to humanize victims of a complex situation by placing them in the exact scenario westerners use to dehumanize them.

7500

Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin

365 Dni

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Artemis Fowl

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Easily one of the worst movies of the year. Given the state of film in 2020, that’s really saying something.

Artemis Fowl

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A disaster of a kids’ fantasy caper; feels like it’s making up the plot as it goes. A mishmash of manufactured wonder: characters barely sketched, action seemingly setting up future Disney World rides.

Artemis Fowl

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Destined to bore children and adults alike.

Darkness Falls

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Dreamland

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: It often feels devoid of both rhyme and reason. That’s what makes it so divisive—you either embrace the ride or revolt against it.

Driven

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: This microbudget cross between Collateral, Clerks, and The First Power revels in simultaneously making peace with and having fun with its limitations.

Exit Plan

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The whole shifts gears [to] become more about the hotel than the man we’ve invested in. You can’t just make the MacGuffin important at the eleventh hour and expect us to care.

Hammer

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: At only 82-minutes, Hammer contains very little that isn’t meticulously drawn by Sparkes as relevant to the whole—[most] occurring on the edge between rage and forgiveness.

Hammer

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Infamous

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The film is made with style, and Bella Thorne is a compelling lead, but the story is far too hollow and formulaic.

Judy & Punch

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Judy & Punch succeeds in large part because of how it mixes [farcical comedy and poignant social commentary] together to increase the potency of their respective impact.

The King of Staten Island

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It is Judd Apatow’s most affecting film in recent memory, and it cements Pete Davidson as a star.

The King of Staten Island

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A comedy of real substance.

The King of Staten Island

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Although this comedy-drama starring one of our favorite SNL regulars failed to evoke much laughter from my husband and me, we both appreciate the humanity and hope the film offers.

The Lovebirds

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Miss Juneteenth

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a gem that thrusts Beharie into a well deserved spotlight and announces Peoples as a filmmaker able to project the way circumstance and community have shaped her protagonist onto the screen and make us invested in her welfare.

Miss Juneteenth

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Channing Godfrey Peoples delivers a strong exploration of Black motherhood, anchored by a great lead performance from Nicole Beharie.

Miss Juneteenth

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [Despite its] well-worn formula, [the film] still feels fresh thanks to a powerful central performance and authentically lived-in environment.

Mope

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: As a film, it’s solid, but full of frustrations and missed opportunities, but as a debut, I think it shows promise for Heyne as a filmmaker, and our two leads put in good work.

Mr. Jones

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rather than merely seek to expose its titular character as a selfless hero, the film also looks to make visible the strings pulled by opportunists we thought we could trust.

Sometimes Always Never

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Gentle kook and visual frolicking bury emotion in this tale of a man mired in grief. Little of its head-scratching whimsy makes a melancholy landing; most just floats away on wisps of insignificance.

The Surrogate

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The result can be frustratingly militant in its desire to show all angles of its central conflict, but the questions it makes us ask ourselves are worth it.

The Surrogate

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Smart but talky indie drama of liberal New Yorkers concerned with a surrogate pregnancy and Down syndrome, as well as morality issues over abortion.

Tommaso

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

The Trip to Greece

James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America

You Don’t Nomi

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: An enjoyable and informative documentary about Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls”.

You Should Have Left

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This is all pretty freaky stuff, but as Theo writes in his journal while his reflection in the window isn’t always doing the same, we begin to get a sense of déjà vu (just as we did when Stephen King began to repeat himself with “Secret Window,” also adapted by Koepp).

2019 Films

The Neighbour’s Window

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

2018 Films

CC

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Judith Hotel

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

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