This Week at the Movies (Oct. 25, 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. 25, 2019

Wide (United States)

Countdown

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The Current War

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Limited (United States)

Burning Cane

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: A dark metaphor with even darker results. [Youmans’] handling of the topic is unapologetic in its visually poetic yet starkly matter-of-fact honesty.

Girl on the Third Floor

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Girl on the Third Floor’ is a gooey reminder not to tackle a major home renovation on your own. Especially when the house is a haunted former brothel with a bad reputation in the neighborhood.

The Kill Team

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A chilling and ethically powerful true story that asks why civilian murders keep happening in wars.

One Piece: Stampede

Mike McGranaghan @

  • Excerpt: Fans won’t be disappointed.

Paradise Hills

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A strange, ambitious, if somewhat flawed, sci-fi parable that still offers a promising directorial debut from Alice Waddington.

Paradise Hills

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [A] fun ride as guilty pleasure enthusiasm usurps any flirtations with thoughtful discourse.

Saand Ki Aankh

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Western Stars

Mike McGranaghan @

  • Excerpt: There are plenty of great documentaries about great musicians. Not many have the soul of this one, nor the revelations of the artist’s mind.

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ad Astra

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The Addams Family

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Booksmart

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Downton Abbey

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Gemini Man

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Haunt

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It Chapter Two

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Joker

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The Lighthouse

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Little Monsters

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Official Secrets

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Parasite

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Ready or Not

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Zombieland: Double Tap

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#Female Pleasure

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

1BR

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Thank god for cults, where would the horror genre be without them?

Casanova, Last Love

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: In the eighteenth century, Casanova, known for his taste for fun and play, arrived in London after having to go into exile.

Crown Vic

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: The result isn’t perfect, but there’s enough to peek inside this complex argument surrounding the police with nuanced emotion.

Diecisiete

Samuel Castro @ El Colombiano [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo consigue, como lo ha hecho ya varias veces en su carrera (es el mismo director de AzulOscuroCasiNegro y Gordos), crear una historia de personajes particulares, entrañables por su singularidad.

Dolemite Is My Name

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: See ‘Dolemite is My Name’ for the Eddie Murphy performance that has everyone talking but don’t expect the somewhat uninspired film to be all that much more than a strong reminder of the once-popular actor’s massive talents.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Bradley Gibson @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: The last time we see Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in Felina, the final episode of Breaking Bad, he is escaping captivity from an Aryan gang compound in a car belonging to the (very) recently deceased Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons). This exact instant is where we start El Camino, a Breaking Bad Movie.

An Elephant Sitting Still

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

Eli

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: While a mostly generic haunted house film, it is worth watching for its bonkers final act.

Emanuel

Tynan Yanaga @ Film Inquiry

Greener Grass

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: ‘Greener Grass’ uses dream logic and ontological sloppiness to create a singularly bizarro sendup of modern person as social media package. The twisted, random, and bogus plot will alienate viewers expecting traditional comedic stylings but those willing to get weird may just love what Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe have cooked up.

High Strung Free Dance

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: High Strung Free Dance’ is a must-see for all dance fans! Think ‘A Chorus Line’ meets ’42nd Street.’

Honeyland

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: We watch as capitalist greed enters this sanctuary to destroy it completely before moving on as though nothing happened. There’s no clearer evidence of humanity’s impact on nature.

In the Tall Grass

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish]

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: For all its redundancies, authentic character growth is wholly new. These characters now add substance to their own story.

Jojo Rabbit

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Director Taika Waititi sees warning signs, and in the shadow of Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, confronts the uncomfortable and malign with humor, winks, and farce. Jojo Rabbit is a remarkable achievement of wit and wariness – truly one of the best films of the year.

Jojo Rabbit

Jon Partridge @ Cinapse

  • Excerpt: A silly, sincere, bleak, and surprisingly wistful tale where love trumps hate in a tug of war over the soul of a young boy.

Knock Down the House

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: [It proves] a bit superficial [since it’s] less about what standing up entails than the circumstances that got them to stand in the first place. [But it’s] interesting enough.

Koko-di Koko-da

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: What if ‘Groundhog Day’ but with deep parental despair and murder carnies?

Kopfplatzen

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

The Laundromat

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A rare misfire from Steven Soderbergh. Compelling and timely themes are not given the focus and attention that they needed.

The Laundromat

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer

  • Excerpt: Every anecdote is at once darkly funny and boilingly upsetting, compellingly futile yet cut with a sharp stab of empathy for the underdog.

Light from Light

Dennis Schwartz @

  • Excerpt: Plays out as a smart ghost story about a paranormal investigator’s search for a possible afterlife that becomes personal to the investigator and her family.

The Lighthouse

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: In Robert Eggers’ brutal but lyrical 19th century horror show, The Lighthouse, there is a lot of David Lynch in the looming soundtrack and the steam-powered, proto-industrial feel in the scenes of tending the lighthouse machinery.

The Lighthouse

James Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Lighthouse

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Weird as balls. But in a good way.

The Lighthouse

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com

  • Excerpt: It seems blasphemous to use the word masterpiece so early in his career, but with his painstaking attention to detail, his eye for striking cinematic imagery, and his exploration of the human psyche, that’s just what Eggers has produced with both The Witch and now with The Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Little Monsters

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: Lupita Nyong’o and Alexander England shine in a terrific and charming zombie comedy that keeps the gags and the gore coming fast.

Little Monsters

Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies

On Broadway

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: Oren Jacoby’s richly illustrated documentary on the ups and downs of modern Broadway, On Broadway, is all celebrations and no questions. Whether that’s a problem depends on your level of theater mania.

Porno

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: If you lament the lack of graphic genital violence and sex demons in your horror-comedies, this movie has you covered on both fronts.

QT8: The First Eight

Bradley Gibson @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: Documentary QT8: The First Eight is director Tara Wood’s wonderfully exuberant and satisfying retrospective of the work of American auteur Quentin Tarantino.

Saudi Women’s Driving School

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: One small step forward for the rights of Saudi women.

Skin

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: It’s solid and it works!

Stitches

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Stitches combines elements of thriller and melodrama, and deals with the story of newborn babies abducted from hospitals, which has been a hot social issue in Serbia recently.

Sweetheart

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The story is stretched a bit thin, but it is strong when it comes to J.D. Dillard’s ability to build suspense and Kiersey Clemons’ skills as a performer.

The Swerve

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Tell Me Who I Am

Candice Frederick @ The Wrap

This Is Our Home

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: When this movie hits a wall, you can practically hear the impact.

War

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Regardless of whether you think he was a man of integrity or the reason authoritarians have risen to power in America, [the film] proves entertaining because Cohn was himself an entertainer.

Wounds

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A surprisingly shallow experience, given the people involved. Nifty ideas and imagery do not add up to a compelling and satisfying narrative.

2018 Films

Blue Breath

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Ribeira Quente is a fishing village in S. Miguel Island in the Azores facing the last days of a fishing activity as they know it.

Tehran: City of Love

Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Three disenchanted characters: an ex-champion bodybuilder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary and a dispirited religious singer, yearn for love and connection in Tehran.

2017 Films

Good Time

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