This Week at the Movies (May 21, 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: May 21, 2021

Wide (United States)

Dream Horse

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Limited (United States)

Final Account

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Parallels to today’s right wing extremism are chilling and there are many examples…a

Final Account

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: These interviews of the last surviving Nazi flunkies exist in isolation lacking any sort of cohesion

Final Account

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The movie is equal parts chilling and enlightening. It should be required viewing for every teenager and adult in the country.

Seance

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: A solid if unspectacular debut that attempts to play with horror conventions to mixed results.

Seance

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Rather than subvert things as a rule, Barrett often leans into tropes to lull us into a false sense of security before adding a deviation that surprises enough to stay fresh.

Sound of Violence

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Strings together gorgeous, extravagant bursts of violence and color, and cool, inventive sound design with flimsy storytelling beats.

2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Nobody

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Profile

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Spiral

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Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Wrath of Man

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Army of the Dead

Diego Salgado @ SoFilm [Spanish]

Cliff Walkers

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: They know it’s about the small victories, the martyrs, and the strength to know when the right choice—the only choice—is letting a comrade die.

The Djinn

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: This is a small-scale, yet wildly effective picture that grounds its horror moments in a story that has emotional value.

The Djinn

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: I wonder if the budget was perhaps too small to overcome since every moment The Djinn appears ready to transcend, it tragically deflates.

The Djinn

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: The kind of horror movie that gives horror movies a bad name, ‘The Djinn’ is an abject failure of understanding what makes horror work. The second feature from writer-director duo David Charbonier and Justin Powell should have been a short film as they clearly did not have enough ideas to flesh out even its paltry 80-minute runtime.

The Dry

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: has exactly two things going for it – it’s stunning and spatially intelligent use of its widescreen frame and Keir O’Donnell’s (“American Sniper”) thoughtfully nuanced portrayal of Kiewarra’s Sergeant Greg Raco.

The Dry

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Our minds don’t therefore wander to hypothesize what’s coming next because present drama is enthralling enough to monopolize our attention.

In the Heights

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: takes off like a rocket which may make its soft landing inevitable. The story resolves neatly…but the cast and filmmakers have clearly given this their all and the musical’s big, vibrant beating heart is a testament to them all.

The Killing of Two Lovers

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: It’s a complex situation none of them know how to truly solve [that] guarantees we cannot hold one party to blame over the other.

The Killing of Two Lovers

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: A powerfully recalcitrant ode to romantic love lost and the broken families in that wake, ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ is an intense human drama that showcases a powerful Clayne Crawford performance and a breakout stage for writer-director Robert Machoian.

The Killing of Two Lovers

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

P!nk: All I Know So Far

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Riders of Justice

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Powered by Mads Mikkelsen’s intense performance, Riders of Justice is a wildly entertaining examination of the psychological desire to get even, and where it can lead for better or worse.

Riders of Justice

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: Darkly humorous, deadly serious, and led by yet another commanding turn from the great Mads Mikkelsen, ‘Riders of Justice’ is an absurd and violent saga of vengeance with a surprisingly soft emotional core.

Silo

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: A little subtlety where those parables are concerned would have been nice, but they’re effective just the same.

The Woman in the Window

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

The Woman in the Window

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Amy Adams with a sad face and baggy clothes looks a disgrace. But that helps her with this hard part. She nails the role — and that’s pure art.

2020 Films

There Is No Evil

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: …each story feels like a whole film in itself, and each sheds light on the choices and actions of the characters in the other stories.

With – A Journey to the Slow Life

Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic

  • Excerpt: I was enchanted by With. The documentary is a collage of footage from around the world as Mekdachi, his family, and his friends make music together. “Friends are good at sending you a picture of yourself. Friends make you,” as one person says during the film.

2019 Films

Animals

Diego Salgado @ SoFilm [Spanish]

The Perfect Candidate

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: The Perfect Candidate is a simple story, reminiscent of a fable, but it comes alive through the inspired acting of Al Zahrani and her supporting cast, including Dae al-Hilali and Nora al-Awadh as her sisters and Khalid Abdulraheem as their widowed father.

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