This Week at the Movies (Mar. 19, 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: Mar. 19, 2021

Wide (United States)

The Courier

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Limited (United States)

Happily

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …that most frustrating type of movie experience, one which features leads who really click, starts off really well and promises to keep us guessing only to spiral into pointlessness.

Happily

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Add some deep-cut one-liners and a stoned-out-of-her-mind Yi calling shotgun in the most absurd way possible and this ride becomes a gift that keeps giving.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Judas and the Black Messiah

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The White Tiger

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Antigone

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: …the film is carried by Ricci, a magnetic actress appearing in only her second role, who is wholly believable as a teenager whose greatest strengths, including her insistence on absolutes and her tendency to react with her heart rather than her head, are also her greatest weaknesses.

Dead Air

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: An ancient short wave radio becomes the movie, with mixed results.

French Exit

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: So while I can’t embrace its dramatic import, I can enjoy its comically subversive caricature of aristocratic behavior.

The Human Voice

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: the Scot and the Spaniard have whipped up a riotously colorful bit of manic Almodóvarian melodrama.

Ibrahim

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Standout performances and a simple yet powerful story of family and growth make this film work.

kid 90

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: More than entertainment for viewers, kid 90 proves a cathartic reckoning for Frye and anyone watching who has gone through the same trials and tribulations on any scale.

M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: A mellow journey of logical ponderings made amazing by the subject’s illogical pretzel art.

Mafia Inc

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Let me show you how we do it in Canada.

My Darling Supermarket

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: The inner life of retail food sales is teased out with beautiful clarity.

My Donkey, My Lover and I

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Attaining more chemistry with the donkey than the lover on the French Appalachian Trail.

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: [We’re never] taken for granted. Rather than show us what we know is happening, [Zbanic] includes foreshadowing, rumors, and expressions to put a chill in our spine instead.

Rose Plays Julie

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: With its lush art house production aesthetic, unsettling exploration of identity and double entendre dialogue, “Rose Plays Julie” unfurls with an elegant sense of dread.

Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: [Ruth] gives you some idea of what it took for her to make her way in a field in which, as we see her telling a group of schoolchildren, she started with three strikes against her: being Jewish, being female, and being a mother.

Sheep Without a Shepherd

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: an entertaining ride piloted by a master manipulator.

Slalom

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Presents the news headlines of scandalous abuse in elite competitive sports in a deeply personal perspective.

Still Life in Lodz

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Elbaum’s position as someone [paying respects and gaining insight] allows her to be the perfect steward with as much curiosity, knowledge, and reverie as we could hope [for].

The World to Come

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Wrong Turn

Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Campers in trouble Part 86 gives way to a curiously current portrait of a country divided and a loving father surprisingly good with an ax.

Yes Day

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: But it is an entertaining, family-friendly romp with wish-fulfilling yeses, extended comic mayhem, and satisfying consequences. And yes, there is learning and hugging.

Yes Day

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A mom agrees to one YES DAY and thinks that might just pave the way to change how the kids think of her. Rambunctious fun ensues, for sure!

2020 Films

The Truffle Hunters

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The filmmakers are able to provide a three-dimensional look at Piedmont’s niche economy through their subjective compiling of objective vignettes.

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