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. 26, 2020
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Brian Welsh’s timely film celebrates civil disobedience through a coming-of-age lens at a time when authoritarianism is on the rise and the youngest generation is at the forefront of the human rights battle… The moving, central heartbeat of “Beats” is how Welsh lets us see Spanner through Johnno’s eyes.
- Excerpt: Beats captures the highs and lows, the simultaneous hope and desolation, and, most of all, the wild, anarchic freedom of youth and having no idea what you’re doing, but plowing full speed ahead, consequences be damned.
- Excerpt: Mixing the high stakes, small town politics of “Welcome to Mooseport” with the farmland morals (and sucker punch twist) of …“Promised Land”…“Irresistible” is just too been-there-done-that to have much relevance.
- Excerpt: Jon Stewart wraps a critique of America’s divisive and money-saturated electoral system inside a political comedy…but he forgot the comedy.
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
And Then We Danced
Da 5 Bloods
End of Sentence
The Vast of Night
The Way Back
9to5: The Story of a Movement
- Excerpt: Bognar and Reichert tell the story with great sympathy while placing it in the context of wider social changes.
- Excerpt: One former gymnast says, “The line between tough coaching and abuse gets blurred.” This may be what it takes to win gold at the Olympics, but is it worth the cost?
- Excerpt: Axone is a very important film, but what helps it is that is never feels like an important film while you’re watching it, and exploring everyday life in India from a unique perspective.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
- Excerpt: Along with his ‘Funny or Die’ writing colleague Andrew Steele, Ferrell aces several inspired running jokes including one paying homage to “Elf.”
Even When I Fall
- Excerpt: An incredibly inspiring story about two young women who come back from dehumanizing experiences to advocate for change. A film of great grace, dignity, beauty, and power.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
- Excerpt: a portrait in courage that pairs the past with the present.
The Last Tree
- Excerpt: An astonishingly beautiful coming-of-age story of startling specificity and intense intimacy, yet universal in its compassionate depiction of a child’s perspective dawning on mature self-awareness.
- Excerpt: A beautiful cinematic experience, delicately subtle and bursting with a gorgeous sense of place and character. There is wonderful intimate suspense in every moment of Nicole Beharie’s performance.
- Excerpt: Despite a compelling narrative and absorbing period details and setting, the film is too rushed to make the necessary impact.
- Excerpt: A “family” comedy about nuclear terrorism, the incompetent CIA agent on the case, and his 9-year-old sidekick. Desperately unfunny, thoroughly misjudged. We are in the worst and the dumbest timeline.
The Postcard Killings
- Excerpt: A grizzly serial killer thriller that’s not too exciting on film even if it might have been in the book.
- Excerpt: The bucolic setting of the summer place contrasts with life moving on in uncharted directions.
Vampire Burt’s Serenade
- Excerpt: Who would have guessed that someday Kevin Richardson would be working with even weaker material than he did when he was in the Backstreet Boys?
- Excerpt: A predictable gangster family revenge film makes good.
- Excerpt: The final product feels like more of an interesting and beautifully filmed anecdote than compelling political and human drama.
You Should Have Left
- Excerpt: The film is perfectly watchable, mostly due to Kevin Bacon’s performance, but it’s simplistic story leads into a mediocre and forgettable experience.
- Excerpt: In turns hilarious and horrifying, The Kingmaker is a combination The Tigress in Winter and Lady Macbeth’s Revenge.