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: Jan. 4, 2019
Wide (United States)
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: The film becomes a document of Ola’s lost innocence, hardening her to the reality that faith only gets us so far.
- Excerpt: Corfield’s performance does well to temper the skepticism such contrivances inevitably manufacture.
Then Came You
- Excerpt: [A] quirky-minded yet solidly conceived dramedy. A cheeky story that resonates soundly in its sprinkled charm and contemplation. Indeed, Then Came You is thoroughly affecting…the first official Valentine of 2019 and it throbs convincingly.
Ben is Back
Isle of Dogs
Mary Queen of Scots
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The Spy Who Dumped Me
- Excerpt: Destroyer’s selling point is its leading lady Kidman whose fraught physicality and penetrating performance as an undesirable, conflicted cop in this stagy street-wise fable of corruptible consciousness propels this urban drama’s bloodshot resonance
- Excerpt: Dumplin’ is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. It’s warm, filling, satisfying, and exactly what you’d expect, but that’s why it works.
Holmes & Watson
- Excerpt: One would gain more chuckles watching the short-lived ’70s sitcom “Holmes and Yoyo” than withstanding the big screen strained silliness of Holmes & Watson. Indeed, Holmes & Watson need to definitely get a comical clue.
The House that Jack Built
Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Lars von Trier’s new movie shows the eccentric, provocative and philosophical style of his director. It’s oddly annoying and brilliant at the same time.
- Excerpt: A thought-provoking drama about the reactions to a lone terrorist who kills 77 people in Norway in 2011.
The Last Resort
- Excerpt: The Last Resort explores 1970s Miami Beach, when it was a mecca for Jewish retirees, through the photographs of Andy Sweet.
- Excerpt: Who doesn’t love Gilda? Tied together by Radner’s own words — sometimes read by current comedians and comediennes — this wonderful documentary is a well-deserved homage to a terrific entertainer.
New Year, New You
- Excerpt: They’re showing us a glimpse at the monsters we all have the potential to become if one lucky break arrives to change the course of our future for the better.
Of Fathers and Sons
- Excerpt: Watching boys being immersed in violence and trained to become killers as part of their role as Al Qaeda members.
On the Basis of Sex
- Excerpt: Coasts on the awesomeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a way unadventurous if solidly crowd-pleasing. But the depiction of her incredibly supportive marriage to a feminist man is intensely satisfying.
Stan & Ollie
- Excerpt: A reverential and resourceful dramedy biopic. Stan & Ollie’s flashiness exists in its low-key premise of two gifted men bound at the Hollywood hip in mutual admiration and quieted strife. We are elated to see Stan & Ollie get us all in another fine mess