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 8, 2020
Wide (United States)
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Color Out of Space
True History of the Kelly Gang
- Excerpt: A laugh-until-you-cry dramedy burlesque, brilliantly structured and horrifically compelling, about the endless grift that passes for an economy in America. Hugh Jackman is at the peak of his powers.
Bhangra Paa Le
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
- Excerpt: Attention, social justice warriors. French economist Thomas Piketty’s howl-of-rage academic treatise is now a hugely engaging documentary, eye-opening and brutally entertaining. Man the barricades!
- Excerpt: …considering the manic maximalism of Dupieux’s last major outing—2014’s ‘Reality,’ which seemed like it had about fifteen interweaving subplots in a dreams-inside-of-dreams structure—’Deerskin’ is relatively restrained, focused on only two major characters and a single absurd conceit. In that sense, it’s almost Buñuelian…
- Excerpt: this isn’t just another one of those ‘old person/young person transformational friendship movies,’ instead a more thoughtful rumination on assessing our pasts and forging new paths told with great sensitivity and a very strong sense of place.
- Excerpt: Who are we rooting for in this accidental parody of the empty absurdity of modern action films? Everyone is awful, or a human macguffin. This is soulless technical wankery bereft of humor or humanity.
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find
- Excerpt: …a terrifically entertaining genre film laced with witty black humor and featuring an uncommonly good performance in a role demanding much of its lead Sarah Bolger.
How to Build a Girl
- Excerpt: The hypocrisy of the world’s expectations of girls gets a gently sardonic knock via an audaciously confident young woman battling to be herself. This is a lovely, goofy movie, easygoing and chaotic.
How to Build a Girl
- Excerpt: Most interesting when it depicts a young girl simultaneously discovering rock and roll and her narrative voice, but the inevitable conscience crises and identity issues are more stock than revelatory.
Mrs. Serial Killer
- Excerpt: Despite this thriller’s serious theme and downer images, I enjoyed its clever camera tricks, and the parody attitude of certain scenes appealed to me.
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
- Excerpt: …everything about this small, intimate film feels so natural, lived in and true, Balsam’s performance empathetic and generous.
- Excerpt: The documentary is an awe-inspiring account of what can be accomplished when humans cooperate on a common cause… an incredible, decades long journey taken by an impressive and unique cast of characters. Go along for the ride.
- Excerpt: The film, shot almost entirely at night by cinematographer Leonardo Simões, is breathtakingly beautiful…In one beautiful bit of alchemy, clothespins appear as raised praying hands over black cloaks which dance as Vitalina edges past them.