This Week at the Movies (Nov. 15, 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. 15, 2019

Wide (United States)

Charlie’s Angels

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Ford v Ferrari

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The Good Liar

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Limited (United States)

Line of Duty

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Despite a clunky and underdeveloped script, there is some enjoyment to be had in Line Of Duty due to Aaron Eckhart’s commanding performance and some fun action beats.

Mickey and the Bear

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Morrone poignantly portrays [a] war within by always showing the sadness beneath each smile. Dale is a force as he runs the full spectrum of emotions.

The Report

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Cross cutting back and forth between the present dreary institutional settings of the U.S. government in Washington D.C. and the past horrors of unidentified black sites…Burns creates atmospheres of hidden secrets, one light the other dark.

The Report

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Director Scott Z. Burns champions the untested crusader vs. powerful vested interests more concerned with protection rather than any sort of truth seeing the light of day.

The Shed

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Shed

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Sheds are where murder happens. That’s just a fact of life.

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Adopt a Highway

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Doctor Sleep

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Dolemite Is My Name

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Harriet

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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The Irishman

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Jojo Rabbit

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Joker

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Midway

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Pain and Glory

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Parasite

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

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Terminator: Dark Fate

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

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Us

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Aueen of Hearts Audrey Flack

Tynan Yanaga @ Film Inquiry

Bacurau

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: It all leads to a rousing climax of violent surprises and poignant commentary as far as where [forgotten] communities stand against behemoths with unlimited resources.

The Bronx, USA

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A pleasing nostalgia laden documentary about a once acclaimed high school in the Bronx.

Brooklyn Inshallah

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: “Brooklyn Inshallah” bridges a cultural divide in America by showing Arab-Americans singing the Lutheran liturgy and favorite Lutheran hymns in Arabic. This embrace and synthesis of cultures forces us to do a double-take. It looks like there’s more in common between North Dakota and Brooklyn than we might have thought.

The Bygone

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: The Bygone is a frustrating watch because the possibilities are right there, but never quite materialize.

Closure

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: A quirky line up of eccentrics leads to a nicely done noir twist in the City of Angels.

Cold Brook

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Cold Brook is an adult fairy tale that embraces its broad interpretations to remind its leading men about what truly matters most.

Cold Brook

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: What takes “Cold Creek” to greatness is the notion that having a goal and working towards it is fun, but helping someone else, being ready to sacrifice your freedom, brings meaning.

Corpus Christi

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: A rough early effort and a vibrant statement about the dreams of youth, the failures of adult society, and a dangerous future.

Cory in Brick City

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Booker may be progressive and compassionate, but he is also strong on safe streets and a balanced budget.

The Death and Life of John F Donovan

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The first bad film of Xavier Dolan.

Dilili In Paris

Bradley Gibson @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: Dilili in Paris is a strangely uneven French confection made of lovely animation, a bizarre plot about the kidnapping of little girls, and an English language dub that kills the rhythm.

The Fourth Kingdom: The Kingdom of Plastics

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Not so totally unlike the rest of us, the marginalized struggle for place, acceptance, nurturing, and meaning at Missionary Ana’s Sure We Can, where transformation is possible.

Frozen II

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If “Frozen” yawed toward fairy tale romance threatened by magic, its sequel rights the ship with magic bringing everyone back down to earth.

The Great Green Wall

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: “The Great Green Wall” is a gorgeous, terrifying tableau of the world’s most vulnerable people rising to their greatest battle – climate change.

Honey Boy

Candice Frederick @ Elle

In Bright Axiom

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: A trip into as alternate reality turns out to be more quotidian than quantum.

The King

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Just watch the Kenneth Branagh film…

Knives Out

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: Those wanting a taste of throwback whodunnit murder mystery will find much to enjoy within Rian Johnson’s star-studded ‘Knives Out’, just know that you very well might figure it all out before the detectives do.

Last Christmas

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Last Christmas isn’t Paul Feig’s best by any stretch, especially after coming off something as great as A Simple Favor, but it’s still a lovely and amusing rom-com that is also a fairly solid Christmas movie in its own right thanks to its charming leads.

Last Christmas

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: Coming out more than a month before Kris Kringle is scheduled to make worldwide deliveries, Last Christmas is the sort of gift one can’t return. Not only is the receipt missing, but there are enough charming moments to almost make up for the arid stretches between them.

Last Christmas

Mike McClelland @ Spectrum Culture

  • Excerpt: Emilia Clarke is in desperate need of better material.

The Laundromat

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Great actors adrift in this sophomoric treatment of dreadful, but complicated, international crime.

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Enlightening, thrilling masterclass in the art of cinematic sound, from every moment of groundbreaking history to the difference between sound editing and sound mixing. (Win your next Oscar pool!)

Marriage Story

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Baumbach’s] latest, an at times joyous but more often frustrating and painful exploration about how the blind spots wired into our perception of the world have unintended consequences, is simply the best thing he has ever done.

Marriage Story

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: As real and unblinking a tale of American divorce as there has ever been, ’Marriage Story’ earns career best performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson who brilliantly wield Noah Baumbach’s powerful script to punch-drunk results.

Mother

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A touching documentary about the three virtues of a compassionate caregiver.

Mr. Toilet

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Zepeda’s “Mr. Toilet” is really not the glorification of Sim or even the telling of his life, it is just the vehicle she uses to convey the message about how toilets can affect a community’s health, its women, and its environment.

Mrs. Lowry and Son

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: An essay on family, and life, by two of the greatest living actors.

Searching For Mr. Rugoff

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: The story of Donald Rugoff is not just the story of a man, it is story of modern cinema.

The Serengeti Rules

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Too fuzzy for too much of the time, this film’s high points are still worth the watching.

Sheep Hero

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Filmed in The Netherlands, “Sheep Hero” is a gorgeously filmed documentary of an old way of life.

Tone-Deaf

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The Boomer-millennial clash just isn’t that serious or rancorous, so satirizing it isn’t bold or dangerous; in fact, it seems like a deflection to avoid addressing the real destructive partisan divide in today’s America.

2018 Films

Birds Without Feathers

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Wendy McColm’s debut feature is a defiantly odd duck; a near-comedy about self-absorbed young people desperate to connect and perversely unable to get out of their own way. It seems like the kind of script you might write in the aftermath of a post-breakup acid trip.

Bisbee ’17

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Greene introduces his premise as though a game and then lets the camera capture personal truths his amateur actors learn in the process.

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