This Week at the Movies (Jun. 4, 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. 4, 2021

Wide (United States)

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Limited (United States)

Tove

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: The film focuses on the decade or so during the 1940s and 1950s in which two events changed the course of Tove Jansson’s life and career forever: her passionate affair with theater director Vivica Bandler and the success of the Moomins at the (temporary) expense of her more “serious” paintings. Thanks to Bergroth’s empathetic direction and a magical lead performance from Alma Pöysti, Jansson’s ongoing struggle to find personal and professional fulfillment pulls you in tightly and refuses to let you go.

Undine

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: Told with elegance and intelligence, it works on several levels at once, all of them darkly poetic.

Undine

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Although [Petzold’s] themes ring through loud and clear in his latest, his fairy tale approach to romance renders it pretty but pointless.

Undine

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

  • Excerpt: Petzold has crafted a delicate, heartfelt tale of love, and with the help of his two leads, it’s one that feels utterly authentic.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Cruella

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Mortal Kombat

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A Quiet Place: Part II

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The Amusement Park

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While not every aspect of Romero’s amusement park allegory for society works as well as others, the 52 minute film succeeds in its mission with flying colors.

The Amusement Park

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: The good folks over at Shudder are giving audiences everywhere a chance to finally watch The Amusement Park, Romero’s haunting depiction of the horrors and humiliations that befall the elderly when society deems them excess to requirements. And while The Amusement Park might not feature as much graphic violence and gore as some of Romero’s other movies, that doesn’t make it any less terrifying.

The Amusement Park

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: When you think you’re going to get a straightforward educational video but you hire George Romero for the project and wind up instead with a hellish nightmare. That’s exactly how The Amusement Park came into existence.

The Amusement Park

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The mismatch between message and messenger is precisely what makes ‘The Amusement Park’ fresh and fascinating. Making its point efficiently in under an hour, anyone with an interest in George Romero, experimental horror, or obscure cinematic oddities will want to put this ambitious little curiosity on their bucket list.

Caveat

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

F9

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Funhouse

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Funhouse has a clever idea, but this is the kind of movie that continually comes up just a bit short in every area.

Riders of Justice

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com

  • Excerpt: A film that challenges the viewer about the most basic assumptions about law, order, and the mechanics of civilization. It’s also as wildly entertaining as it is profoundly subversive.

2020 Films

The High Note

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2019 Films

All Is True

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: All Is True is a bit too formal in its telling of the Artist as an Old Man. However, it has just enough in it to make one wonder about the man who gave us so many brave new worlds.

Bikeman 2

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies

Sebastian Zavala @ Ventana Indiscreta [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: If you consider yourself a movie buff, or even a fan of some of the most famous blockbusters in Hollywood history, this documentary is worth a look.

The Planters

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: With its squared-off mise en scene, bright colors, deadpan line deliveries, twee musical selections, and eccentric characters, comparisons to Wes Anderson are inevitable.

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