This Week at the Movies (Jun. 26, 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. 26, 2020

Wide (United States)

None

Limited (United States)

Beats

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

Irresistible

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • 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

7500

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And Then We Danced

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Da 5 Bloods

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End of Sentence

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Endings, Beginnings

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Shirley

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The Vast of Night

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The Way Back

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9to5: The Story of a Movement

Chris Barsanti @ The Playlist

  • Excerpt: Bognar and Reichert tell the story with great sympathy while placing it in the context of wider social changes.

Athlete A

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • 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?

Axone

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

Chris Barsanti @ The Playlist

  • Excerpt: a portrait in courage that pairs the past with the present.

The Last Tree

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

Miss Juneteenth

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

Mr. Jones

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Despite a compelling narrative and absorbing period details and setting, the film is too rushed to make the necessary impact.

My Spy

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A grizzly serial killer thriller that’s not too exciting on film even if it might have been in the book.

South Mountain

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: The bucolic setting of the summer place contrasts with life moving on in uncharted directions.

Vampire Burt’s Serenade

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • 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?

Villain

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: A predictable gangster family revenge film makes good.

Wasp Network

Chris Barsanti @ Slant

  • Excerpt: The final product feels like more of an interesting and beautifully filmed anecdote than compelling political and human drama.

You Should Have Left

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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.

2019 Films

The King

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The Kingmaker

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: In turns hilarious and horrifying, The Kingmaker is a combination The Tigress in Winter and Lady Macbeth’s Revenge.

Who Will Write Our History

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

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