This Week at the Movies (Sep. 11, 2020)

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: Sep. 11, 2020

Wide (United States)

The Broken Hearts Gallery

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Limited (United States)

I Am Woman

Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall

  • Excerpt: Energetic and engaging, this biopic about singer Helen Reddy carefully highlights the larger issues that drove her career and inspired her bigger hits, even as it sidelines major elements of her life

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A reasonably entertaining film for people who remember Helen Reddy and the way her signature song inspired millions of American woman in their fight for equality.

Rent-A-Pal

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A sharp, unsettling portrait of the psychological damage extended periods of loneliness and isolation can inflict on a person.

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Bill & Ted Face the Music

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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Mulan

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The Personal History of David Copperfield

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Project Power

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Tenet

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#Alive

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: #Alive’s two leads provide a lovable set of characters that are easy to root for. While it doesn’t break the mold of the zombie movie, nor does it dig into the social commentary inherit to the genre, but what makes it engaging is the willingness of filmmakers to take a more subdued and deeply human approach.

#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Mental-health professionals, bound by ethics to point out danger, discuss how President Donald Trump is uniquely dangerous, a literal menace to society. Nay, not “discuss”: they are screaming it.

Anelka: Missunderstood

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The F***-It List

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Fatima

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews

  • Excerpt: The reverential film will not change the minds of either believers or doubters.

Gutterbug

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis

  • Excerpt: Bug is a homeless junkie whose life has no meaning, until he meets a girl the day of his 21st birthday when he also decides to find his way home.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I thought about “ending” this movie many times while watching it.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall

  • Excerpt: As the story meanders along, it becomes a mind-bending exploration of life’s biggest questions, a movie we feel without fully understanding

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: With “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” Charlie Kaufman further cements himself as an uncategorizable force to be reckoned with – something cinema can never have enough of.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Once you accept that you’re never going to understand its rhythms, this Netflix production reveals itself to be incredibly substantive.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: We’re trying to describe this Charlie Kaufman movie without spoiling it. Pray for us.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Love Guaranteed

Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall

  • Excerpt: The beautiful cast and settings, plus the easy mechanics of the genre, make it irresistibly charming, even when it takes a shameless trip into gloopy sentimentality

Measure for Measure

Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall

  • Excerpt: Shakespeare’s dialog and plot have been reimagined, which is a bit gimmicky. But the film is packed with snappy wordplay, sharp attitudes and dark currents of emotion

Mulan

Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall

  • Excerpt: Director Niki Caro expertly balances the drama, humour, adventure and action, creating a thrilling big-screen epic with potent emotional resonance and lots of female power

Mulan

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: It’s perfectly watchable, and at times, quite enjoyable, but in moments where it seemed like they had the opportunity to do something new and interesting with the material, they decide not to. Instead, relying too heavily on the animated film that already has the audience’s affection.

Mulan

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: [It] improves on the story in some ways, but falls short in presenting a masterful, wire-fu epic.

Mulan

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Feels more like a meticulously recreated piece of product from the Disney factory and not a stirring legend based on centuries-old folklore.

Mulan

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Mulan is the first time I’ve seen one of these remakes and thought it kind of, maybe had a reason to exist.

My Little Sister

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: My Little Sister is a solid enough drama, but it feels like a French or German arthouse film from 2011, illustrating just how out of step Swiss cinema is with the rest of the world.

Offering to the Storm

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Owners

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A picture that keeps you guessing.

The Owners

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Owners is eerie and exciting in equal measure. All the thrills and the horror compliment the story’s themes, bringing out terror based in issues of class, family, and masculinity.

The Owners

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Not for scaredy cats, no siree. Almost too frightening for me!

Raat Akeli Hai

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: The film risks overstaying its welcome, but the story, the characters, and the craftsmanship makes for a very riveting Indian whodunit.

Robin’s Wish

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: A heartbreaking “setting the record straight” documentary about the death of Robin Williams..

Shakuntala Devi

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Think Like a Dog

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

2019 Films

Avengers: Endgame

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1BR

Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis.com

  • Excerpt: When Sarah moves to an ideal place in Los Angeles, she realizes things are not exactly what they seem.

The Collini Case

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Judy & Punch

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Sunburn

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

2018 Films

Time Trap

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Upstate Story

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com

  • Excerpt: The movie suffers from solipsism, with no meaningful dialog coming from any character other than Ellis. Defying a cardinal rule of cinema – show, don’t tell – the entirety of Ellis’s dialog is delivered in voice over, making Upstate Story a kind of visual novel.

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