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 7, 2021
Wide (United States)
Wrath of Man
Limited (United States)
The Paper Tigers
- Excerpt: The Paper Tigers is thoroughly charming and filled with endearing characters. Fans of martial arts movies will have a blast.
The Paper Tigers
- Excerpt: Movie fights are great and all, but they mean a lot more when there’s the emotional center to back them up.
2021 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: This project feels less like a climax to the now-78-year-old Andersson’s brilliant career, and more like an unexpected encore, a gift to hardcore fans who are not quite ready to go home just yet.
- Excerpt: With its bravura performances and three-hour length, Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz makes for an epic exploration of life in modern Germany for those doomed to exist on its margins. And yet, for all its technical brilliance, the film’s decision to modernize a book so very much of its time means that some elements of the story inevitably feel out of place.
The Boy from Medellin
- Excerpt: The Boy from Medellín is more than a concert film, but its focus on the upcoming show and persistent attempts to show ‘a day in the life’ of J Balvin stiff-arm what would have been the meat and potatoes of a typical Heineman documentary, the unrest in the streets.
- Excerpt: A taut, chilly spy thriller, one full of suspense, betrayal, treachery, and the usual slick execution and eye for detail one expects from Zhang.
Every Breath You Take
- Excerpt: A possible success of a movie that is submarined by a cheap shot at horror.
Four Good Days
- Excerpt: The performances, including Stephen Root as Deb’s second husband and Joshua Leonard as Molly’s ex-husband, far exceed the formulaic quality of the script.
- Excerpt: Seldom has a film been more accurately titled than Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, which centers on the plight of a young Syrian refugee living at an asylum center on a Scottish island while he waits for the gears of justice to grind through their motions and determine his fate.
- Excerpt: Sardonic and soulful, ‘Limbo’ is a slow-moving and darkly funny drama about the ennui of immigration and the guilt of leaving behind a life unfulfilled that crescendoes to a thunderous, lyrical peak.
The Man Who Sold His Skin
- Excerpt: A departure from a reality that is, itself, a departure from reality
The Mitchells vs the Machines
- Excerpt: An animated treat for children and adults alike
My Wonderful Wanda
- Excerpt: A delightful skewering of pretense that bounces from scary to scattered through perfectly executed twists of love, hate and lust.
Percy vs Goliath
- Excerpt: While it is a standard in its construction, the story keeps it engaging. Christopher Walken delivers a terrific performance.
- Excerpt: Directed by Italian filmmaker Alexis Sweet Cahill, Queen Marie chronicles the ruler’s attempts to convince international leaders that the “Romanian question” was deserving of their attention. And while lavish historical dramas laden with European accents are increasingly out of vogue with moviegoers, Queen Marie isn’t without its charms—including its fittingly regal lead.
- Excerpt: Marshall Burnette shows strong instincts in highlighting character within the margins of a story that is otherwise devoid of anything remotely superfluous.
- Excerpt: This is well-acted character study. Just not a particularly exciting one.
- Excerpt: Enjoy the noir and put the rest aside.
- Excerpt: Aliens attacking a multi light year survival mission turn out to be the crew itself.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Promising Young Woman
- Excerpt: Dante on Earth
A Concerto Is a Conversation
- Excerpt: Survival by mail
- Excerpt: What took us so long?
Do Not Split
- Excerpt: “The British handed us [Hong Kong] to China like a bag of potatoes .”