This Week at the Movies (Mar. 6, 2020)

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. 6, 2020

Wide (United States)

Onward

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The Way Back

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Expanding (United States)

Emma.

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Limited (United States)

Escape From Pretoria

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: While I wished Escape From Pretoria dived deeper into the politics of its era and broader socio-political context, it still delivers a rock solid prison break movie that never loses touch of the humanity behind the characters.

Extra Ordinary

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: What better way to help a sort of “keep it weird” culture fight back against yet another Ghostbusters remake.

Extra Ordinary

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Will Forte has a penis staff he uses to find virgins for demonic sacrifices. Use this information as you will.

First Cow

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: For a film that is so simple and understated, First Cow knows how to hit at some interesting aspects of culture.

Hope Gap

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Hope Gap excels in these personal revelations that hinge upon the actors’ performances and the sorrow of pain endured complemented by the recognition of pain wrought.

Run This Town

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

Run This Town

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It certainly doesn’t reach the heights of the films that Ricky Tollman is influenced by, but it knows how to keep the pacing snappy, and the information delivered in a way that is accessible, entertaining, and informative all at once.

Swallow

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Bennett… is the real deal as a woman imprisoned by her own truth until she sets herself free, happier flown her gilded cage, and Mirabella-Davis’s female body control thriller marks him one to watch.

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Birds of Prey

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Color Out of Space

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Greed

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The Invisible Man

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The Photograph

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The Rhythm Section

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All the Bright Places

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

All the Bright Places

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This outstanding teenage tearjerker impressed me with its honesty, compassion, and sensitive performances by Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, who project amazing chemistry together on screen.

And Then We Danced

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: In one amazing sequence, the camera follows Merab through room after room of David’s wedding reception toward his heartbreak before doubling back against the irony of dancing guests… His final, rebellious dance for Aleko and Beso is a complete show stopper.

Be Water

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: Yet another documentary on the Hong Kong superstar Bruce Lee.

Blood on Her Name

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: A strong lead performance, smooth pace, dour visual aesthetic, and intriguing subversions of established expectations offer up a solid slice of hard-luck small town neo-noir.

Blood on Her Name

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The film is only 80-minutes, but it’s not until the end that things really start moving because that’s when the time to act overcomes the desire to think.

Blood on Her Name

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Blood On Her Name efficiently tells a cracking story while simultaneously tackling issues of gender and morality, both of which are ever present and more than occasionally problematic in the (neo)noir genre.

Clover

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Things do get extra silly by the end, but the blackly comedic tone is consistent enough to allow for such a wild turn of events to feel at home nonetheless.

Horse Girl

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …clearly a passion project for [Brie]… This makes it all the more tragic that, despite her fervent portrayal, the story isn’t as gripping as it might have been.

The Jesus Rolls

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The narrative is built on dialogue as characters with different backgrounds collide in this crazy adventure of sex and crime.

Lost in America

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

An Officer and a Spy

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Any semblance of thematic depth and emotional complexity is lost amid Polanski’s self-righteous, superficial self-referentiality.

Schwarz Weiss Bunt

Bradley Gibson @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: Schwarz Weiss Bunt (Black White Color) is a gentle Austrian tale of the perfect time in a young woman’s life. Matilda (Clara Diemling )is finishing college and her world is a continuum from familiar, familial comforts of the past, to the absolute perfection of her untested future.

Stray

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s the kind of indie art-house film that lets you love it for itself.

The Trouble with Being Born

Chris Barsanti @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: In the end, the film suffers from the same issue as its moody androids: enervation borne out of repetition.

Wendy

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: : as pure an example of ‘sophomore slump’ as I have seen, a muddled reimagining of the J.M. Barrie tale as gritty, retro magical realism with a Peter Pan (newcomer Yashua Mack) more giggling tyrant than free-spirited leader.

Wendy

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [Wendy] is our eyes and ears to experience this bewitching land of infinite possibilities and to see beyond the metaphor of “Mother’s” monstrous beauty.

The Whistlers

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: The Whistlers provides a level of satisfaction anyone with a desire to screw around with genre would want.

2019 Films

Booksmart

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Gemini Man

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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Missing Link

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Motherless Brooklyn

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

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About Endlessness

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: For all its bleakness, Roy Andersson’s latest portrait of humanity’s imperfections is dotted with moments of sublime beauty and loving wonder.

2018 Films

Fatima’s Revenge

Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies

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