This Week at the Movies (Mar. 1, 2019)

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)

Greta

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Limited (United States)

Apollo 11

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • 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.

Furie

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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

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Fighting with My Family

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Happy Death Day 2U

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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The Kid Who Would Be King

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

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The Prodigy

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Serenity

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What Men Want

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2050

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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.

Arctic

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • 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.

The Changeover

Frank ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

  • 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.

Donnybrook

Jonathan Richards @ Pasatiempo

  • 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.

Everybody Knows

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A family drama that explores the long-term effects of family secrets.

FP2: Beats of Rage

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A probe of the toxins of pro basketball: racism, money greed, and power plays.

The Hole in the Ground

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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

Sarah Bunting @ The Blotter Presents

Level 16

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This ultra-serious French drama ranks as the most intense movie about grief I’ve ever seen.

The Wandering Earth

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • 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.

2018 Films

Cold War

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The Favourite

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Vice

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Capernaum

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

Jonathan Richards @ Pasatiempo

  • 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

Frank Ochieng @ The Critical Movie Critics

  • 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.

Vice

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Another top film product by Adam McKay!

Who Will Write Our History

Jonathan Richards @ Pasatiempo

  • 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

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Majestic and sometimes inexplicable, “Woman at War” is a fabulously thought-provoking film that inspires and entertains.

2017 Films

Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • 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.

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