This Week at the Movies (May 24, 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: May 24, 2019

Wide (United States)

Aladdin

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Booksmart

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Limited (United States)

Halston

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: With “Halston,” Tcheng may have chosen an inelegant framing device, but he’s done an admirable job recounting the life of an artist whose relationship with the business world was both savvy and his undoing.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Avengers: Endgame

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The Curse of La Llorona

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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Long Shot

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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Tolkien

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All Is True

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Kenneth Branagh explores what Shakespeare’s retirement may have looked like – familial scandal, remorse for past mistakes, and attempts toward future happiness. Performances outshine a lackluster, melodramatic script – but check out Ian McKellen’s few minutes on screen; he about walks away with the whole project.

Aniara

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

Arctic

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Avengement

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A simple, yet brutally effective action movie with Scott Adkins and Jesse V. Johnson working at the top of their game.

Avengement

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: It’s not a word that is commonly used, but the best definition I found for avengement is “the inflicting of retributive punishment”. That reasonably sums up the bulk of what happens in the hour and a half of this newest collaboration of producer and star Scott Adkins and writer-director Jesse V. Johnson.

Celeste

Blake Howard @ Flicks.com.au

The Combination Redemption

Blake Howard @ Flicks.com.au

Good Sam

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Because actress Tiya Sircar projects such an appealing personality in the lead role, and the plot offers some fascinating twists and turns, GOOD SAM delighted me.

Meeting Gorbachev

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: It is a bittersweet experience to hear Werner Herzog recount Gorbachev’s history.

Mine 9

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: While “Mine 9” reveals how coal miner teams become a community and support each other through family birthdays and tragedies, the takeaway for me was the crucial importance of advocacy and pay stability.

Non-Fiction

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: The Parisian elite sip red wine and debate literature and the digital revolution in a rambling series of salon dialogues. If plot walked into the room, the characters would offer a polite head nod, and then criticize it behind its back.

Rocketman

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Too frantic in its pacing to make the impact that the filmmakers clearly desired, but it’s an often stunning film with a terrific central performance from Taron Egerton.

Saint Bernard

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: Originally completed in 2013 and only now finally being distributed by Severin Films, Saint Bernard is a culmination of what FX master and director Gabe Bartalos has done over the years.

See You Yesterday

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Not perfect, but it has heart and a firey passion for exploring truths about society through a clever idea, and it sets up Stefon Bristol as a filmmaker to keep an eye on.

See You Yesterday

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

The Silence of Others

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: But now a growing number of citizens, friends, family and sympathizers to the resistors of the Franco regime is asking for restorative justice.

Sprinter

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Executive produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, “Sprinter” is an exhilarating inspirational story of immigration conflicts, family, perseverance and love.

Trial By Fire

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Well worth seeing for those with an interest in social issue movies.

Trial By Fire

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: Trial by Fire has plenty of strength when it comes to its two lead performers, but it’s as if director Edward Zwick feels as though holding back and letting the linear plot do the work is all that’s needed…

Walking on Water

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: The fate of the lost child and the crisis of crowds on the walkway enhance an already must-see film on perhaps the greatest artist of our time.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: A Gothic treat about women seeking to escape the brutality of men, as well as how rural America casts anybody misunderstood in the light of Otherness.

The White Crow

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: There are brief snippets showcasing ballet but little in the way of performances. I wanted to see more of that talent and less brooding.

2018 Films

Destroyer

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Free Solo

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If Beale Street Could Talk

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Mary Queen of Scots

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The Old Man & the Gun

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The Sisters Brothers

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Stan & Ollie

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The Kamagasaki Cauldron War

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: This is an income inequality play delivered in an indomitable comedic form. The irony is that the very policies of the business world that don’t want to have the poor inconveniently littering the streets create the poverty of the day laborers and unemployed who have nowhere else to go.

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