This Week at the Movies (Nov. 1, 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: Nov. 1, 2019

Wide (United States)

Harriet

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Motherless Brooklyn

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Terminator: Dark Fate

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Limited (United States)

Adopt a Highway

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Logan Marshall-Green’s directorial debut is a modest effort that is elevated by a committed and endearing Ethan Hawke performance.

The Irishman

Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin

The Irishman

Tynan Yanaga @ 4 Star Films

Light From Light

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Writer/director, Paul Harrill, takes a refreshing empathetic and gentle approach to telling a ghost story. Erin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan are terrific.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ad Astra

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Brittany Runs a Marathon

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Countdown

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The Current War

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Dolemite Is My Name

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Jojo Rabbit

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Joker

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The Lighthouse

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Parasite

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Auggie

Mark Leeper @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: The self-same story could have been told without any science fiction.

The Bestowal

Mark Leeper @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Steven and Death have a long (and often tedious) metaphysical discussion about questions that intrinsically have no answer.

Black and Blue

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Harris gives this her all and she’s easy to root for, but hers is a fine instrument in service to a blunt object.

Black and Blue

Dan Lybarger @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: Deon Taylor and Peter A. Dowling seem eager to please the audience, maybe a little too eager. Some of the surprises aren’t terribly surprising because the filmmakers hint they’re coming. Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson are already easy to cheer for. We don’t need any reminders.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Pat Mullen @ That Shelf

  • Excerpt: It’s an ambitious and gutsy film that’s bound to knock the wind out of anyone who sees it.

Burning Cane

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

The Cat and the Moon

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Alex Wolff’s directorial debut covers familiar territory, but he explores it with confidence and with a strong eye for character.

The Day Shall Come

Mark Leeper @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Watching the film one is never sure what group will be skewered next by Chris Morris’ bitter, toxic wit.

Frankie

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: The new family drama from Ira Sachs is so stale, any melodramatic wail, or even a sniffle, would be a welcome break to the introspection.

Heroic Losers

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: In a far-flung town in the province of Buenos Aires, many things are about to die out.

I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

It Takes a Lunatic

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Wynn Handman is the master here , revealed on screen for us to cheer. The scenes show actors giving praise for theater projects he did raise.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com

  • Excerpt: Reboot simply rehashes the same tired in-jokes from the View Askewniverse and crams in every last cameo from same in a cynical cash-grab. The humor is crass and uninspired which makes it, subsequently, hopelessly dated.

The Kill Team

Roxana Hadadi @ The A.V. Club

  • Excerpt: The Kill Team’ takes on the toxic masculinity of war, but any real insight is AWOL

The King

Pat Mullen @ That Shelf

  • Excerpt: The King is the muddiest and bloodiest take yet on Henry V.

Matthias & Maxime

Pat Mullen @ That Shelf

  • Excerpt: Xavier Dolan’s Matthias & Maxime is easily his sexiest film yet. It’s also one of his strongest.

No Safe Spaces

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A free speech documentary that raises a few worthwhile issues, without ever stopping to question whether its cries for common sense are really all that sensible.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [One German, one English]

  • Excerpt: A quietly passionate, unspeakably romantic, rigorously clear-eyed, deeply moving masterpiece.

Saudi Women’s Driving School

Roxana Hadadi @ Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Documentary ‘Saudi Women’s Driving School’ goes hard on girl power moments, but its attempt at objectivity feels artificial

Scales

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Well-crafted, magical fable with a compelling contemporary feminist message.

Synonyms

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …easier to admire intellectually than respond to emotionally…No matter how mysterious some of Yoav’s actions are, Tom Mercier commands our attention…with a passionately defiant projection of his director’s vision.

The Two Popes

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Vitalina Varela

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

2018 Films

Amazing Grace

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Checkered Ninja

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A possessed Ninja doll teams up with a teenage boy to avenge the murder of a poor child factory worker.

You Have the Night

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: After leaving the ship on which she works, Sanja finds herself stranded, with nowhere to go but home. The shipyard has filed for bankruptcy, leaving many workers out of work. A storm comes; one life is lost.

2017 Films

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