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. 7, 2019
Wide (United States)
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Limited (United States)
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
- Excerpt: Even with a few rough patches, The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil bubbles with a propulsive energy. Polished and glossy, it moves along with an easy, rapid momentum, myriad action beats, and another top-tier performance from Ma Dong-seok as a businessman brawler who provides a thoughtful sharpness to this fun, if familiar, crime thriller.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
- Excerpt: Loving something so much not to know how to give it up is a powerful feeling, and this movie allows an audience to soak in this plight.
- Excerpt: Late Night [teaches] inclusivity and diversity as a means of reinvigorating creativity. [It] falls short of [its] potential, but the good still easily outweighs the bad.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Biggest Little Farm
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
All Is True
- Excerpt: The result is a well-made and well-acted piece of historical fiction whose big picture construct is sadly in opposition with its small picture intrigue.
Always Be My Maybe
- Excerpt: Affectionately blending their own societal zest from their place in America’s Melting Pot, Wong and Park bring new voices as a genius comic pairing. Much of the method of Always Be My Maybe may be routine, but the resulting charm is unfailingly welcome.
Always By My Maybe
- Excerpt: Just because this zany streak is where the film’s replay value lies, however, doesn’t mean the filmmakers didn’t also pack plenty of emotional weight.
The Art of Self-Defense
- Excerpt: A caricature of toxic masculinity that watches like a navelgazing, mumblecore Fight Club, Self-Defense uses zero subtlety as aesthetic affectation.
- Excerpt: Arguably simplistic to a fault, but as a slasher film, it’s a lot of nasty fun.
- Excerpt: This is an ambitious attempt to merge the underbelly of the superhero craze with the ubiquitous broadness of horror but the whole misfire is as futile as Superman licking a Kryptonite postal stamp.
The Dead Don’t Die
- Excerpt: Peter Strickland’s Duke of Burgundy is one of my favorite movies of the last decade, so In Fabric was always a must-see. And when the first shot has a warm, crackling giallo look, a switchblade, and ‘70s style prog rock score, you have my full attention.
- Excerpt: Twisted and terrifying, it offers a time-loop of grief, death, and adorable animated shadow puppet bunnies and birds, which he also manages to turn scary and unnerving as all hell.
The Lavender Scare
- Excerpt: Another shocking and horrific expose of American hatred and ignorance.
- Excerpt: Serebrennikov is obviously having fun with his history lesson of mood above drama. And since I’ve been listening to Kino ever since, I guess I was too.
Lynch: A History
- Excerpt: Lynch: A History offers an engaging portrait of the man, the athlete, his life, and his time, as well as a fascinating experiment in narrative craft, form, and construction.
The Name of the Rose
- Excerpt: A medieval whodunit with moral firepower that reflects a reverence for books.
- Excerpt: Delightfully bonkers and wildly unpredictable, but once it reaches the third act, it loses itself with heavy issues that the filmmakers simply aren’t prepared to tackle.
Rainy in Glenageary
State of the Union
- Excerpt: Ten ten-minute films in which a couple grapples with the difficulties of maintaining an intimate relationship in our hurried times.