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. 13, 2019
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Legendary horror filmmaker Larry Fessenden gives the ‘Frankenstein’ tale a lo-fi indie horror spin, though it’s more concerned with Brooklyn hipsters dealing with trauma than typical genre trappings.
- Excerpt: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to go on a punk rock field trip, like pile into school buses with a bunch of like-minded outsiders who are into the same kind of music as you, Stuart Swezey’s new documentary, Desolation Center, has you covered.
- Excerpt: Nothing in Freaks is as it initially appears.
- Excerpt: A thoughtful, bleak, and exhilirating experience that demands to be seen on the big screen.
- Excerpt: Apocalyptic and oblique, nightmarish and surreal, it’s a dark allegory, one that contains weirdly more Gummi Bear fun facts than expected.
The Sound of Silence
- Excerpt: A creative exploration of the interactions between humans and the sounds of the things around them.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
It Chapter Two
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
- Excerpt: Six creative ways dying people and their families are taking control of their deaths and the disposal of their remains.
- Excerpt: An interview with the renowned spiritual teacher on the really big questions of life.
Brittany Runs a Marathon
- Excerpt: As the pounds are shed, however, so too does the lightness of Brittany’s personality. Actress Jillian Bell must act within the confines of a screenplay that continues to keep her character within a place of despair.
- Excerpt: Inspiring story about an adventuresome elder who discovers the fire inside herself.
- Excerpt: This is no twee old-lady adventure. The magnificent Sheila Hancock crafts a portrait of elder womanhood as a tangy triumph of risk-taking over regret, and resolution over resignation.
- Excerpt: There are two stunningly beautiful sights in “Edie,” about an 83-year-old woman who wants to climb a mountain. The first is the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish countryside. The second is the lovely face of actress Sheila Hancock.
Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
- Excerpt: A reasonably fun distraction for the Halloween season, especially for fans of slashers.
Long Gone By
One Cut of the Dead
- Excerpt: Clever, hilarious, and deeply, deeply satisfying.
The Painted Bird
- Excerpt: Without compromise in its bleakness.
- Excerpt: The Perfection‘s first half portends a sharp and tense psychological thriller with two committed performances by Allison Williams and Logan Browning as the former and current star students of a prestigious music academy respectively. But one poorly executed twist followed by another takes away any goodwill the movie builds in its genuinely well-constructed setup.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
- Excerpt: Think the cinematic equivalent of a 90-second punk song; it gets in, goes fast, and whips up the crowd. Sure, there’s not much space for thematic nuance, intricate embellishments, and elaborate technical showiness, but that’s not the point.
- Excerpt: Stardust and Hendrix use socioeconomic language to present a satire of capitalism, using the cult as a way to confront the disingenuous, dangerous realities of neoliberal thought.
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!
- Excerpt: While it lacks the revelatory impact of its predecessor, this follow-up is still informative, entertaining, and slightly disturbing.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
- Excerpt: Haunting and gorgeous, dreamy and dreary, Tigers are Not Afraid is by turns a dark and joyous reminder to be careful what you wish for. It’s a quick, tight, remarkable achievement that pulls no punches and hovers over you like an emotional specter long after it ends.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
- Excerpt: Haunting and gorgeous, dreamy and dreary, Tigers are Not Afraid is by turns a dark and joyous reminder to be careful what you wish for.