This Week at the Movies (Nov. 22, 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: DATE

Wide (United States)

21 Bridges

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Frozen II

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Limited (United States)

Dark Waters

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Haynes makes a radical departure from the lushly produced period films where he’s explored the personal ramifications of societal norms with this bleak investigative procedural laying bare the personal ramifications of taking on corporate America.

Dark Waters

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I am either all for a solid legal thriller that succeeds because of the craft or just a big fan of movies where Mark Ruffalo gets to a breaking point, shouting, “They knew!” at a co-worker.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Abominable

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Ad Astra

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The Addams Family

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Charlie’s Angels

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Doctor Sleep

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Dolemite Is My Name

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Ford v Ferrari

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Gemini Man

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The Good Liar

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Honey Boy

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Hustlers

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The Irishman

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It Chapter Two

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Joker

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Last Christmas

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The Laundromat

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Marriage Story

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Pain and Glory

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Parasite

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The Report

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Terminator: Dark Fate

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Yesterday

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The Aeronauts

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This is 2019’s answer to Robert Zemeckis’ 2015 film “The Walk” with one major problem – it’s not in 3D.

American Dharma

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com

  • Excerpt: In American Dharma, Morris continues his project of interviewing controversial political figures, not with an aim of pinning them down or exposing them, although he does push back (mostly through the use of ironic editing counterpoints) when it’s warranted. His film got me inside Stephen K. Bannon’s head, and it was an unsettling place to be.

Black and Blue

Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast

  • Excerpt: However, it is too bad that such hostile societal observations in Black and Blue are contained in a generic, clunky action-pack spectacle that undermines its profound presentation about police corruption and minority alienation.

The Cave

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Syrian doctor Amani Ballour is a hero(ine) for our times, one whom most of us could not fathom the sacrifice, bravery, and audacity of; this harrowing doc does an excellent job of conveying it to us.

Earthquake Bird

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: [Despite the number of] subplots, Christmas Eve slows things down to make the camaraderie of preparing [dinner] an excuse to go into a trance of unadulterated joy.

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: It might be the perfect film for the viewer who wants to see an undemanding traditional family film during the holiday season.

For Sama

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A heartbreaking testimony of a patriot defending her nation. Wise, beautifully observed, inspiring; has much to say to us Westerners worried about the paths our own countries seem to be heading down.

The Forest of Love

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Sion Sono doesn’t do “normal”; he goes for broke on every project. “Forest of Love” is overlong, ugly, perverse, masturbatory, and fascinating.

Gay Chorus: Deep South

James Wegg @ JWR [French]

  • Excerpt: Singing for our lives

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A glorious documentary about the musical ministry of the Man in Black.

The Harvesters

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: The movie survives the occasional misstep to build a pretty decent thriller, buttressed by the knowledge of its factual underpinnings. But it goes off the rails as it builds to its final twist, a plot contrivance that could only have come from the mind of a writer bent on improving on the facts of the case.

In the Shadow of the Moon

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

The In-Between

James Wegg @ JWR [French]

  • Excerpt: How to let go

The Infinite Trench

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Josie & Jack

James Wegg @ JWR [French]

  • Excerpt: Till death do us bind

K-12

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: K-12′ may not be especially deep or sophisticated, but it is pretty and off-the-wall. Martinez deserves some praise for attempting something with more artistic ambition than her audience requires of her.

The King

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

The Kingmaker and On the President’s Orders

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: There is a film’s worth of political bastardry in the doc’s pre-credit title cards alone. Was the director seduced by the allure of having Marcos on camera? Perhaps.

Klaus

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: At first this film looks mean and dark but finishes with joy and spark. I think KLAUS ends up being a wonderful way to start the holiday season.

Lady and the Tramp

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: his is not a perfect movie by any means. It has no real reason to exist but it’s not offensive to purists. The massive difference between this movie and the original (made in 1955) is that the racial coding has has been changed.

Longshot

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

James Wegg @ JWR [French]

  • Excerpt: Do you hear what they hear?

Mike Wallace is Her

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A rousing documentary about the career of a controversial journalist.

Murderous Trance

Jonathan Richards @ santafenewmexican.com

  • Excerpt: The movie survives the occasional misstep to build a pretty decent thriller, buttressed by the knowledge of its factual underpinnings. But it goes off the rails as it builds to its final twist, a plot contrivance that could only have come from the mind of a writer bent on improving on the facts of the case.

The Platform

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Realm

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

Rockaway

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: It shines [in] its desire to retain the darkness that’s intrinsic to its drama [despite focusing upon kids]. Youth doesn’t exempt us from the cruel world in which we live.

Scandalous: The Untold Story of The National Enquirer

Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast

  • Excerpt: …[a] rousing and chippy documentary. Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer is inspired in its zany madness dedicated to appetizing trashy tidbits that adorn its preposterous pages.

Sorry We Missed You

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Souvenir

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: We shake our heads at what Julie does, but it’s not because her actions are unbelievable. It’s precisely because we’ve made those same mistakes that she demands our empathy.

Suzi Q

Glenn Dunks @ ScreenHub

  • Excerpt: This style can come off as a little bit daggy, but nonetheless pairs well with the American rock star who doesn’t seem to take herself all that seriously. Suzi Q’s rockabout attitude is certainly a step up from the dreary almost funereal trappings of recent American productions about female musicians like Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice and Netflix’s Gaga: Five Foot Two.

To Kid or Not to Kid

Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast

  • Excerpt: Gently witty, perceptive and convincingly introspective, Kid stands in its truth about a different kind of mantle for perceived womanhood.

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The filmmakers push hard to beat us over the head with a dynamic of good versus evil that’s already intrinsic to the circumstances.

Watch List

James Wegg @ JWR [French]

  • Excerpt: Say it isn’t so

Waves

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Shults’] third outing proves as dazzling as his first, a film split in two by its tragic midpoint climax, its first half both visually and aurally unsettling, its second calmer and hopeful.

Waves

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

Waves

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Trey Edward Shults offers the spectrum of family dynamics from normality through calamity and into adrift desolation. Kelvin Harrison Jr. is undeniable as a force of nature buckling under pressures he lacks the faculties to understand nor cope with.

Waves

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: The unique structure allows Waves to roll into a new groove, ultimately making for quite the fulfilling journey for the characters.

2018 Films

Closure

James Wegg @ JWR [French]

  • Excerpt: Coming to a logical conclusion

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