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. 4, 2020
Wide (United States)
2020 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Bill & Ted Face the Music
I Used to Go Here
The Personal History of David Copperfield
All Together Now
- Excerpt: The film is deeply moving and Brett Haley’s affection for his characters shines through. It cements Auli?i Cravalho as a major talent who is more than just a great singing voice.
All Together Now
- Excerpt: When the movie ended, my husband said he wants to see a sequel. I agree, for one movie about the great Amber Appleton is not enough.
- Excerpt: An unconventional coming of age drama featuring an outstanding performance from Eliza Scanlen.
- Excerpt: Like a reality TV show cinema vérité.
Driven to Abstraction
Feels Good Man
- Excerpt: First time director Arthur Jones covers a lot of ground in Feels Good Man. His film is an engrossing look at the power of the internet to shape the world that lies beyond the screen.
The Garden Left Behind
- Excerpt: Intimate and skilfully observed, this low-key drama has a vivid emotional undercurrent right from the start as it follows a young woman who has to argue about why she wants to be herself, fight for her right to live in peace and face a major physical and emotional transition.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
- Excerpt: His third film finds him adapting Iain Reid’s ‘unfilmable’ award winning debut novel and yet it is unmistakably Kaufman, his themes of identity, depression and doomed relationships now literally shrouded in death.
- Excerpt: With vision of riots fuelled by racist police forces and shootings of unarmed Black citizens among 2020’s most prominent images, Les Misérables is as timely as it is depressingly timeless.
The Mole Agent
- Excerpt: [Alberdi’s] biggest boon is Sergio, the newly widowed man Romulo hires, whose kindness and attractive gentlemanly appearance makes him a big hit with the predominantly female residents of San Francisco.
- Excerpt: There are several volumes of sophisticated feminist theory at work, but, trust me, they are wholly in the service of a first-rate action-adventure film that puts characters ahead of spectacle.
- Excerpt: Why is it that so many of Disney’s ‘live action’ remakes look so artificial, as if they’ve been mostly animated themselves?
The New Mutants
- Excerpt: There’s a clever idea here, combining teen-angst drama with horror on the fringe of the X-Men universe. But the film is relentlessly superficial, never dipping beneath the surface of its pungent issues
The New Mutants
- Excerpt: ‘The New Mutants’ is a classic case of wasted potential, Josh Boone’s vision of a darker horror-genre superhero movie not fulfilled so much as it is merely suggested. The cast and special effects are serviceable (if muddy at times) but the whole thing feels small and ultimately pointless rather than just self-contained. RIP X-Men.
The One and Only Ivan
- Excerpt: As a parable about the harms of animal captivity, The One And Only Ivan is fairly simplistic. However, it’s easy to get sucked into the story because of its charming characters.
- Excerpt: The Prey doesn’t necessarily break a whole lot of new ground, both as an action movie and as a riff on The Most Dangerous Game. However, it’s made with skill and a great sense of building tension.