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 3, 2019
Wide (United States)
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Curse of La Llorona
- Excerpt: This tonal misfire never hits the notes of drama and romance it aims for with its ickily problematic terrorist-hostage relationships. Facile and uncomfortably implausible, emotionally and practically.
- Excerpt: If it’s intended to be a darkly farcical neo-noir, the tone feels off, and ultimately the lack of stakes and danger renders “Berserk” null and void of much purpose.
The Curse of the Weeping Woman
Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
- Excerpt: The real curse of the movie is its generic and bland scares along its storyline. Happy for Linda Cardellini’s first movie as a lead but ‘The Curse of the Weeping Woman’ will bore you to tears.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile
- Excerpt: Berlinger [illustrates] how sociopathic charm can cast strong doubt even in the face of mounting circumstantial evidence. But the filmmakers leave out some of the more disturbing aspects of Kendall’s account, tilting the balance in their favor.
A Fortunate Man
- Excerpt: The visions, flaws, and setbacks of a gifted young man who wants to be a Master of the Universe.
- Excerpt: Fiegelfeld’s film looks back at a time when folklore and the supernatural held a stranglehold on people’s minds, and how such a punishing religious climate affected women.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
- Excerpt: Tacky and ghoulishly exploitative, “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” keeps deluding itself into thinking that it’s paying respect or offering profundity when it’s just distastefully capitalizing on the tragedy.
- Excerpt: Moss not only goes there, she goes beyond there, ranting, vomiting, stumbling, strumming, cinematographer Sean Price Williams and composer Keegan DeWitt supporting the assault of her amazing performance.
- Excerpt: Fascinating documentary about a religious leader who was a master of human relations.
I Trapped the Devil
- Excerpt: A cool, clever indie horror movie that unnerves you with ideas
I’ll Take Your Dead
- Excerpt: I’ll Take Your Dead starts with a young girl’s ominous voiceover about seeing dead people and the nature of death, straight into a corpse being dismembered, dissolved in a bathtub, and disposed of. It goes from there.
- Excerpt: …only accomplishes its misguided mission as being a boorish misfire. The I.D. crisis in J.T. LeRoy is just not riveting enough to be unmasked at the expense of alienating feminine fragility.
Knock Down the House
- Excerpt: A brisk and meaningful look at four women running to change American politics.
- Excerpt: … reflective and probing…the film’s gripping essence in conveying the pressures of a gay teen tormented by directional signs of angst-ridden burden does have its affecting, dramatic impact.
Our Time Machine
- Excerpt: Our Time Machine is a funny and moving documentary about an artist’s attempt to cope with his father’s illness by literally and metaphorically creating a time machine.
- Excerpt: Plus One is a hilarious and, dare I say, relatable take on the classic rom-com formula with enough sharp one-liners — particularly by Maya Erskine — to keep you hooked.
The River and the Wall
- Excerpt: A remarkable documentary that gives us hope that young people documenting the consequences of a border wall will make a difference.
- Excerpt: Much of the dialogue in this rom-com seems sketchy and peppered with too many crude comments, but I admire the film’s emphasis on diversity and friendship.
- Excerpt: There haven’t been many slasher films with an entire cast comprised with people of color that it’s a shame the South Central-set “Thriller” is just not a very good one.
Top End Wedding
- Excerpt: The Sapphires’ director reteams with Miranda Tapsell for Top End Wedding. Do they still shine?
- Excerpt: Unbridled passion releases as the public display of affection in the Chicago chill shifts to warmer private interiors. This opening scene of filmmaker Yuri Rutman’s spare yet sizzling short film tantalizingly begs many questions.
The White Crow
- Excerpt: Plays with its let’s-clone-a-Neanderthal plot like it has no idea of the horrors involved and no appreciation of the ethical questions it raises. (Paging Ian Malcolm!) A tremendous missed opportunity.
On the Basis of Sex
The Dead Nation
- Excerpt: a masterful cinematic recreation of history, showing us a decaying, innocent world while telling us how what we do not see is destroying it.
- Excerpt: Puiu’s film is darkly hilarious as we note not only just how many lies are told and why but how easy it is to accept them.