This Week at the Movies (Sep. 27, 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. 27, 2019

Wide (United States)

Abominable

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Limited (United States)

The Day Shall Come

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: The Day Shall Come is not quite as hard-edged as his previous feature, but there is still a good amount of fun to go with the messaging seen this time around.

First Love

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: After a foray into period Samurai films, prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (“Audition,” “Blade of the Immortal”) switches gears with a very violent, often funny, Yakuza noir with a blossoming romance as its through line.

First Love

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: First Love feels simultaneously tight and meticulous, but also wild and free and barely clinging to sanity.

Judy

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If Goold’s film feels a little small for its outsize subject, Zellweger’s performance is not contained nor restrained by it. She’s a marvel and her “Judy” will inspire both cheers and tears.

Judy

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ad Astra

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Depraved

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The Goldfinch

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Hustlers

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It Chapter Two

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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

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Luce

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Monos

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Official Secrets

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

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Ready or Not

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Running with the Devil

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143 Sahara Street

Jordan Smith @ Nonfics.com

Adults in the Room in San Sebastian FF

Paulo Portugal @ insider [Portuguese]

Arjun Patiala

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Becoming Nobody

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A non-critical and unfocused but diverting documentary on the American academic who dropped out to become an influential spiritual teacher advocate for those seeking the inner truth.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Derek Deskins @ Edge Media Network

  • Excerpt: This was clearly a movie that was developed on the fly, an exercise in improvisation, and while that may be a gift to the improv experimenters (and the cast), it leaves it feeling like a puzzle that was never fully assembled.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: I have seen Between Two Ferns: The Movie, and I will watch it again, and, to be completely transparent, I’ve been skipping through its best bits on Netflix while writing this very review.

Bloodline

Roxana Hadadi @ The A.V. Club

  • Excerpt: Bloodline gives its characters just enough interiority to probe at the idea that parenthood’s combination of “love and total panic at the same time,” as Lauren says, can push someone toward murderous madness.

The Cave

Jordan Smith @ Nonfics.com

Censored

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Ripped from the headlines, or at least the Saturday night movie theatre, the forbidden turns out to be in all of us.

Corporate Animals

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Corporate culture gets a delightfully twisted kick in the ass when a “team-building retreat” turns disastrous. As horror vies with comedy, the pitch(black)-perfect cast gets the balance just right.

Country Music

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A monumental series about the history, impact, and musicians of the popular music genre.

The Death of Dick Long

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Death of Dick Long

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Easily the best movie about an Alabama-based Nickelback cover band I’ve ever seen.

Depraved

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: With his updating of the Frankenstein legend, the filmmaker indicts Big Pharma while probing the need for a generational shift in society’s moral values. And as usual, Fessenden does a lot with a little…

Depraved

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Rather than the world being unready to accept [Adam] for what he is, though, [he’s] who cannot [accept himself].

Don’t Be Nice

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A documentary that reveals the power of poetry to speak truth to power.

Downton Abbey

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Sequel to the TV series in which the beloved characters face new challenges and discover new joys.

Un Film Dramatique

Jordan Smith @ Nonfics.com

The Girl in the Fog

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Well done but predictable missing person mystery gives a new director time to get his feet on the ground.

I Am Not Alone

Jordan Smith @ Nonfics.com

In the Aisles

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A portrait of life after hours in a warehouse supermarket that illustrates the way of tenderness.

Little Monsters

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

Love Child

Jordan Smith @ Nonfics.com

Monos

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

Monos

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: There are memorable visuals, a haunting and offbeat score, and other elements turning this survival story concerning a group of child soldiers into something as profound as it is atmospheric.

Monos

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: A powerful journey into barely controlled chaos. A family that slips its reins with disastrous results.

Ms. Purple

Allyson Johnson @ CambridgeDay.com

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Bradley Gibson @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: A Native American Lakota elder, known only as Dan, asks a white write from Minnesota to visit and help him write a book about his people.

Official Secrets

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Not a spy thriller but a story of emotional and intellectual suspense wrangling with matters of patriotism and of conscience, and of just how far journalism’s watchdog role can and should take it.

Official Secrets

Ron Wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com

  • Excerpt: Strong acting and direction turns a potentially dry documentary into a ripped from the headlines thriller.

Rambo: Last Blood

Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com [French]

  • Excerpt: Stallone, when not attempting to scale rarified thespian heights with neither metaphorical crampons nor oxygen tank to assist in the ascent, maintains his lopsided grimace and trademark grunt as he stalks along with cold dead eyes and a generally distracted air.

Rambo: Last Blood

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: One great action set piece is not enough to make up for a troubling and simplistic story that fails to evoke all the elements that made the central character so striking.

Reverso

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Running with the Devil

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: Despite featuring gunplay, nudity, illicit drugs and a setting that crosses two continents, Running With the Devil feels more like a leisurely, chemically enhanced stroll.

Running with the Devil

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Nicolas Cage is weirdly subdued here. Fortunately, Laurence Fishburne’s sped-up, cocaine-fueled sex montage makes up for that.

Running with the Devil

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Stuck

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A parabolic musical about what needs to happen to achieve the ancient dream of unity and respect for all people.

Total Dhamaal

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Truth

Paulo Portugal @ insider [Portuguese]

Villains

Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum

  • Excerpt: With a likable and charming cast, Villains offers some solid genre thrills with a twisted sense of humor.

Waiting for the Barbarians

Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Even though Cohn died more than 30 years ago, his stain on American culture remains and was revived with Trump’s election; therefore, here is a new documentary to remind us who he was, the crimes he committed, and to piss everyone off all over again.

Zeroville

Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com

  • Excerpt: Zeroville tries to be Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but it can’t when everything happens in earnest. Purpose is lost beneath its clashing tones and hollow aesthetic.

2018 Films

The Friend

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A deeply spiritual drama about the beauties and bounties of friendship.

Netizens

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A documentary film that matters to us all, “Netizens” boasts an urgent call to understand the suffering the “wild west” internet can bring.

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