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: Jul. 12, 2019
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
The Art of Self-Defense
- Excerpt: Writer/director Riley Stearns’s pitch black comedy is like a feminist take on “Fight Club” had “Fight Club” been addressing toxic masculinity…Jesse Eisenberg’s best role since “The Social Network…”
The Art of Self-Defense
- Excerpt: Profoundly witty and oddly reflective, The Art of Self-Defense is one of the year’s best uniquely dark comedies to give a karate chop to the inactive funnybone.
- Excerpt: Wang excels with this mixture of levity and heart tugs, personified in Mr. Li, Nai Nai’s dismissively treated live-in boyfriend who shuffles about like a ghost, attending to her needs.
Sword of Trust
- Excerpt: An absurd situation growing more surreal as the minutes tick away because their level of intrigue can’t help outweigh their trepidation in dealing with racist monsters.
- Excerpt: Some script and originality issues aside, ‘Trespassers’ is a solid, if familiar, home invasion horror.
- Excerpt: Because [the main quartet] have no real relationship to the [object of their pursuers’ desire], this encounter’s sheer randomness is proven anticlimactic from the start.
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Spider-Man: Far from Home
CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans
- Excerpt: It is not quite as satisfying as the first and will be even less so for those just coming aboard, but there is still much to enjoy in the warped wisdom of Van Der Weyden and the comical silent reactions of his trusty lieutenant Carpentier (Philippe Jore).
- Excerpt: Guerrero’s film embodies the brutal process immigrants must endure to find a better life, and also the processes working against them to ensure they assimilate entirely into American culture.
Lords of Chaos
- Excerpt: That it succeeds as well as it does is largely due to Culkin, director of photography Pär M. Ekberg’s striking visuals and its truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story about artists who prize image over all.
- Excerpt: Luce is a political thriller, horror, and character study all wrapped up neatly into a tight, twisting family drama that keeps you guessing.
- Excerpt: Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are no strangers to comedy, so they do their best in MURDER MYSTERY. But most of their comic banter falls flat.
- Excerpt: It’s so off-putting that the script’s ability to subvert expectations at the eleventh hour falls flat.
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
- Excerpt: charts how a misguided affair becomes a matter of national security while also exploring privilege, power and gender and cultural disparity.
- Excerpt: Naishtat [gives] his audience the credit to read into things with their own historical and political interpretations. Not being that audience means I can admit the film didn’t work for me personally while also lauding its craft.
Round of Your Life
- Excerpt: Despite having reservations with the type of film and the inherent issues generated, I can’t say I hated the journey. There’s an authentically bittersweet nature present that just overcomes its limitations. – Despite having reservations with the type of film [it is], I can’t say I hated the journey. There’s an authentically bittersweet nature present [to] overcome its limitations.
- Excerpt: They need Bell to give the tour de force performance he does in order to allow them the ability to go into the darkness with him. A just world would place him in the awards conversation, but ours will probably not give Skin the platform necessary for that to happen.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
The Trouble with You
- Excerpt: …the type of commercial French filmmaking which rarely gets released in the U.S., a silly lark which is enjoyable while you’re watching it but is immediately forgettable.
Vita & Virginia
- Excerpt: The legendary literary lesbian romance, starring the incendiary duo of Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki, is criminally blah, lacking all sexual and intellectual passion. How does this happen?
Of Fathers and Sons
- Excerpt: Of Fathers and Sons shows us a corner of the world, plagued by endless social and political issues, where raising children has become more akin to the process of raising soldiers.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]