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: Mar. 1, 2019
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Apollo 11 shows a time that may be rooted in Americana but still allows for a scenario that can be viewed by all as a testament of what innovation, ingenuity, and intelligence can accomplish.
- Excerpt: Not that any of you reading this have such criminal inclinations, but maybe don’t abduct children. You shouldn’t do this for a variety of moral, ethical, and legal reasons, obviously. But beyond that, in a purely practical sense, movies have taught us that should you travel this path, one of the child’s parents will inevitably be some sort of secret badass who will rain down holy vengeance upon you and your associates from which you will not escape. Such is the case Vietnamese director Kiet Le-Van’s Furie.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Alita: Battle Angel
Fighting with My Family
Happy Death Day 2U
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Kid Who Would Be King
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
What Men Want
- Excerpt: To simply dismiss it because of surface notions is to ignore the slippery slope of where we are going as a population ruled by new technological advancements everyday.
- Excerpt: That’s all you can ask from a survival film such as this: honesty. It’s not therefore about life or death, but humanity’s perseverance.
- Excerpt: It is not often that a YA-based SF/fantasy/horror spectacle is received with a satisfactory amount of fleshed out characterisations to accompany the nail-biting action with adequate evenness. New Zealand’s ‘The Changeover’ is a character-driven frightfest at its small-scare creative core.
- Excerpt: Sutton (Memphis, Dark Night) achieves a lot of what he’s after in painting his bleak picture of life on the desperate fringes. It’s just so damned unpleasant to watch, and difficult, too — some scenes are rendered in such darkness, both of tone and of lighting, that you can’t see what’s going on, and believe me, you don’t want to.
- Excerpt: A family drama that explores the long-term effects of family secrets.
FP2: Beats of Rage
- Excerpt: It doesn’t make anywhere near the impact of the previous installment or leave as deep an imprint, and it’s entirely what one might expect, but it’s still a damn fine time if you’re so inclined.
High Flying Bird
- Excerpt: A probe of the toxins of pro basketball: racism, money greed, and power plays.
The Hole in the Ground
- Excerpt: It’s an economically told chiller that hits beats you might be familiar with, but it’s done with just enough panache and good performances to keep things engaging.
It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It
- Excerpt: the big reveal undermines Esterhazy’s carefully laid and creepy setup, a case of meticulous years long planning turning out to be utterly unnecessary to its end goal, if more dramatically interesting.
Paris Is Us
- Excerpt: This ultra-serious French drama ranks as the most intense movie about grief I’ve ever seen.
The Wandering Earth
- Excerpt: The Wandering Earth is an immensley satisfying experience even at its most silliest. It’s the kind of simple, yet bold and unabashedly populist blockbuster that Hollywood hasn’t made in a while.
- Excerpt: Harrowing and heartbreaking, a nightmare dystopia that could almost be a documentary. This tough but essential film slyly asks us to consider what we owe children, not just our own but the world’s.
The Head Hunter
Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Shot in Bragança, Portugal, The Head Hunter is a suprising low budget fantasy thriller with a great visual and a stunning main performance!
The Parting Glass
- Excerpt: In it, a tight-knit family travels to wintry Missouri to gather kid sister Colleen’s (Paquin, who co-produced) things after her death. On the cramped and tension-filled journey, the family faces good and bad memories, as well as regrets regarding Colleen and themselves.
People’s Republic of Desire
- Excerpt: [The] work is brilliantly combined with the toxicity of Chinese youth-driven angst where the passport to unreachable prosperity and respectability is situated in the cradle of manufactured exploitation — a shadowy solution to the destitution and detachment of China’s aimless populace.
Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Another top film product by Adam McKay!
Who Will Write Our History
- Excerpt: In a move that carries uncomfortable echoes today, the occupying Nazis built a wall to seal Warsaw’s half-million Jews off from the mainstream of the city’s life.
Woman at War
- Excerpt: Majestic and sometimes inexplicable, “Woman at War” is a fabulously thought-provoking film that inspires and entertains.
Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me
- Excerpt: I still hunger for more information about his mother, his daughter, his adopted children and his wives. The bio does not include it all, but it is a grand introspective look at the best performer who ever lived.