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. 5, 2020
Wide (United States)
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Vast of Night
The Way Back
Why Don’t You Just Die!
- Excerpt: To watch Piponnier weigh that abhorrent truth is to witness the internal struggle every woman who’s experienced this type of coerced acquiescence faces.
- Excerpt: Becky is bad, just not in a way that’s any fun, and Kevin James neither embarrasses himself nor has an Uncut Gems moment like his pal Adam Sandler.
- Excerpt: That it’s all shot with an obvious male gaze can often undermine [its feminist] themes too, but it is gorgeous just the same.
The Collini Case
- Excerpt: Beautifully photographed by Jakub Bejnarowicz (Netflix’s ‘Perfume’) in widescreen with a color palette of green, blue and blond, the film is gripping from start to its shattering finish.
Come as You Are
- Excerpt: Can you walk in my shoes (or chair)?
The Deeper You Dig
- Excerpt: Lots of families have favorite shared activities, but not many mother/father/daughter units make unsettling indie horror about guilt and grief.
The Dog Doc
- Excerpt: “Send us your hopeless”
- Excerpt: So while Driveways may have a simple narrative, [it holds] a profound weight [to become] a distillation of what it means to be alive, fallible, and willing to be better.
End of Sentence
- Excerpt: These characters are too complex and performed with too much nuance to not be fully invested in their desperation towards a common goal.
End of Sentence
- Excerpt: End of Sentence is brilliant binding of shadows and light, each eviscerating their opponent in a heated competition to see which one gets loose first.
The Family Tree
- Excerpt: Different kinds of love
- Excerpt: One of the most telling lines of the production comes from Haile’s lips: “I’ve always been unwanted.”
The Grand Grandmaster
- Excerpt: A mild parody of martial arts master epics is all over the place tonally, but its charismatic cast and some broad comedy is designed to appeal to a wide audience.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
- Excerpt: To use the parlance of someone you might score psychedelic mushrooms from at a Grateful Dead tribute band concert: Don’t let any negative vibes near your aura while you watch it, man, or you’ll, like, be in for a real bad time.
The High Note
- Excerpt: The High Note is a music-based comedy that I enjoyed the heck out of.
- Excerpt: Inheritance might have benefited from its third act being a tad subtler, but I get the allure of throwing away nuance for splashy suspense.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl
- Excerpt: These are Nash’s anthems to the underestimated and this journey is proof that evolution through reinvention only makes you stronger.
The Man Standing Next
- Excerpt: A slickly produced snapshot of a moment in time that remains divisive to this day. An excellent cast and beautiful photography lift this above the average bear.
Marona’s Fantastic Tale
- Excerpt: the animators bring her into existence with a lap of her mother’s tongue, using it like a paintbrush… This beautiful story is animated with uniquely surreal visuals
- Excerpt: Thomas and Horgan beautifully ensure that this story remains about grief’s many forms: past, present, and potential. Success is no match for catharsis.
The Painter and the Thief
- Excerpt: Their newfound friendship strips them down to their raw humanity in a way that allows them to see each other like no one has ever seen them.
- Excerpt: [The sci-fi elements] demand the time to be more than enigmatic and pretty. The script is sadly too shallow to bring everything together.
- Excerpt: A compelling portrait of a great writer, fueled by Elisabeth Moss’s searing work.
- Excerpt: Decker portrays it all as though it’s one of Jackson’s psychological horrors—[stepping] to the precipice of danger before all tension releases with a cut.
The Wanting Mare
- Excerpt: As the years turn Anmaere ever darker [we’re reminded] that paradise isn’t something to chase, but something to build.
You Don’t Nomi
- Excerpt: Like “Room 237,” “You Don’t Nomi” may not convince with some of its outrageous claims, but it is an entertaining look back at a notorious cinema flop that was bad in all the right ways.
Brittany Runs a Marathon
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Queen & Slim
- Excerpt: The power of music to heal
- Excerpt: Boys will be…
Ema, Pablo Larraín
Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Banke’s first feature shows much promise
From Iceland to Eden
- Excerpt: Escaping life together
- Excerpt: The voyage works out better than most might expect, but the sequel of “what now” for these desperate/disparate youths is eagerly awaited.
In the Absence
- Excerpt: Who deserves this kind of “leadership”?
- Excerpt: Amir is portrayed with such great humanity by Yehuda Nahari, who creates a character that is sincere, charming, and yet increasingly frightening.
- Excerpt: The allure of flight
- Excerpt: Lurking in the devilish background is Peter Reznikoff’s wide-ranging take on Phantom of the Movie House, Lord Beekhman.
- Excerpt: In 1973, anthropologist Santiago Genovés planned a social experiment that predated reality television by decades—put a bunch of attractive young people of various nationalities on a raft called the Acali, sail across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Mexico, and see what happens.
Walk Run Cha Cha
- Excerpt: Remarkably, the solution comes in the form of Cha-Cha lessons (both group and private—ably given by the comely Maxsym Kapitanchuk and Elena Kirfuks), who show the partners just how to harness the steps but also rekindle their emotions.