This Week at the Movies (Oct. 11, 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: Oct. 11, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Addams Family

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Gemini Man

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Limited (United States)

Gift

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A documentary showing how art keeps moving in circles of sharing, giving, and generosity.

Parasite

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Ad Astra

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Angel Has Fallen

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Blinded by the Light

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Good Boys

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Hustlers

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The Intruder

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It Chapter Two

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Joker

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Judy

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Midsommar

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Monos

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Ready or Not

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The Angry Birds Movie 2

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

  • Excerpt: It’s pretty clear that the makers don’t intend for this to be anything other than a kiddie flick. And that’s precisely the reason why ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ works. Huge, huge step up from its predecessor.

Bacurau

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Loony anti-colonialist Brazilian satire Bacurau doesn’t always balance its humor with its bite, but its communitarian soul, oddball wit, and dark vision of the future still hits home.

Caminhos Magnétykos

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

The Cave

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An emotionally rich portrait of an inspiring young doctor caring for her patients in the Syrian war.

Chintu Ka Birthday

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: Starring Vinay Pathak and Tillotama Shome, Kumar Devanshu and Satyanshu Singh’s ‘Chintu Ka Birthday’ laced with extraordinary sound by Bishwadeep Chatterjee, gives you a fly on the wall account of an Indian family’s life in war-struck Baghdad.

The Curse of Buckout Road

Mark Harris @ BlackHorrorMovies.com

Dilili In Paris

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A French animated film about justice for women.

Dilili in Paris

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: It’s too cerebral for children, yet too haphazardly constructed to satisfy adults.

Dolemite Is My Name

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

  • Excerpt: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ is quite an enjoyable family adventure fare with enough action and humor for kids and adults. Isabela Moner is perfect as Dora!

First Love

Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot

  • Excerpt: Takashi Miike’s ‘FIRST LOVE’ Is a Rambunctious Yakuza Rom-Com, and That’s Awesom

The Furies

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Furies becomes a tapestry weaved together with the patriarchal images of classic sources, made into a contemporary vision of the extremes our culture has reached by perpetuating these images as reality and societal truth rather than recognise the human cost of these ideas and images.

Girl on the Third Floor

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Harpoon

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Watching [them] fall prey to impulse knowing they’ve all done something inexcusable they’re hoping stays under wraps is fun because there’s an authenticity beneath the gore.

Harpoon

Matt Oakes @ Silver Screen Riot

  • Excerpt: Scuzzy ‘HARPOON’ a Stripped-Down Malevolent Dark Comedy At Sea

Head Count

Mark Harris @ BlackHorrorMovies.com

In the Shadow of the Moon

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A thriller than spans decades to explore the consequences of choices.

In the Tall Grass

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: While not a total success, the film has its fair share of creepy and surreal imagery that holds your attention.

In the Tall Grass

Betty Jo Tucker @ Reeltalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: The grassy field seems to come alive right before our eyes. But repetition of characters shouting to each other about where they are and too many dark scenes almost put us to sleep while watching this grassy nightmare.

Joker

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Low Low

Frank Ochieng @ Film Feast

  • Excerpt: …[a] vastly affecting and perceptive coming-of-age youthful feminine fable. One will sure catch a natural high when screening the understated grittiness of the triumphant yet telling Low Low.

Low Tide

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Low Tide isn’t groundbreaking or unique, but it knows its setting and characters enough to make the journey authentic despite its lack of surprises.

Lucy in the Sky

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Anyone who’s been exposed to director Noah Hawley’s work on television (‘Fargo,’ ‘Legion’) would have high expectations for his theatrical feature debut, but while there is a lot of craft on display here, Hawley’s artistic choices are often questionable…

Lucy in the Sky

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Lucy in the Sky

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

Mary

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The pieces are in place for a solid horror film, but the flashback structure robs the film of most of its tension.

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Does precisely what any good cinematic documentary should: it helps us see a classic motion picture from new perspectives.

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Think of Philippe’s journey into O’Bannon’s imagination as a syllabus presenting an overview on a wide range of captivating topics for which Alien becomes a palatable gateway.

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Midnight Traveler

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This intimate documentary works on many levels… First and foremost, it illustrates the plight of the refugee during a global nationalism movement when even legal shelter can prove unsafe.

Pain and Glory

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This isn’t the first time writer/director Pedro Almodóvar has gone the autobiographical route in his filmmaking, but this may be the most moving, his 22nd full length theatrical feature carefully considered, deeply felt and vulnerably revealing.

The Parts You Lose

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: You won’t see a better example of pure cinematic storytelling this year than “The Parts You Lose,” an engrossing thriller about a young boy named Wesley (Danny Murphy) who befriends an injured criminal in hiding. Most of the movie is conveyed through his point of view, which is especially fitting because the central character is hearing-impaired.

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Wake

Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast

  • Excerpt: …[an] inventively off-kilter dramedy. Ambitiously witty and oddly poetic, Mirakhor’s offbeat “traumedy” exhibits a display of unusual warmth and wackiness

War

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: You don’t have to be well versed in Bollywood to find things to enjoy in its enthralling action sequences and bonkers plotting.

War

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: While Hrithik Roshan and Benjamin Jasper’s zany cinematography contribute the most in making ‘War’ worth a watch, director Siddharth Anand somehow ensures that he delivers better thrills than he did in the half-baked ‘Bang Bang’!

Why Don’t You Just Die!

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: It plays like a Looney Tunes cartoon gone bloody and psycho.

Wrinkles the Clown

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Wrinkles the Clown takes you completely by surprise, saying something worthwhile about how people generate and respond to fear.

The Zoya Factor

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

2018 Films

Paangshu

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

  • Excerpt: Through his latest film Paangshu, director Visakesa Chandrasekaram throws light on some of Sri Lanka’s horrifying political developments with remarkable success. Amplified by terrific central act by Nita Fernando, the film is deeply involving despite its slow pace.

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