This Week at the Movies (Sep. 13, 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: Sep. 13, 2019

Wide (United States)

The Goldfinch

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Hustlers

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Limited (United States)

Depraved

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

Desolation Center

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

Freaks

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Nothing in Freaks is as it initially appears.

Monos

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A thoughtful, bleak, and exhilirating experience that demands to be seen on the big screen.

Monos

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • 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

The Farewell

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Good Boys

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Gwen

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It Chapter Two

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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Serenity

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Alternate Endings

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Six creative ways dying people and their families are taking control of their deaths and the disposal of their remains.

Becoming Nobody

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An interview with the renowned spiritual teacher on the really big questions of life.

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • 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.

Edie

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Inspiring story about an adventuresome elder who discovers the fire inside herself.

Edie

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

Edie

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • 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.

Gundala

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

Haunt

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: A reasonably fun distraction for the Halloween season, especially for fans of slashers.

Hellmington

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Long Gone By

Brad Gibson @ Film Threat

Notebook

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

One Cut of the Dead

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Clever, hilarious, and deeply, deeply satisfying.

The Painted Bird

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Without compromise in its bleakness.

The Perfection

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • 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

Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy

Riot Girls

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

Satanic Panic

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • 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!

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: While it lacks the revelatory impact of its predecessor, this follow-up is still informative, entertaining, and slightly disturbing.

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • 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.

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