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. 26, 2019
Wide (United States)
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Annabelle Comes Home
The Art of Self-Defense
The Dead Don’t Die
The Lion King
Men in Black International
Angels Are Made of Light
- Excerpt: An engaging documentary about Afghanistan’s youth that activates our empathy.
The Art of Self Defense
- Excerpt: Finding the inner warrior might be more trouble than it is worth.
- Excerpt: Slice-of-life film about a young maid at a luxury hotel coping with and rising above the messiness of her work life.
- Excerpt: “Crawl” is a nonstop blast, a prime summer movie that will satisfy moviegoers who paid to see some expertly staged gator shenanigans.
David Crosby: Remember My Name
- Excerpt: Eaton’s changing interview venues keep things fresh and he limits most of his other talking heads to archival footage, allowing Crosby to tell his own story
- Excerpt: Quick, fast-paced, and surprisingly well-lit for a horror movie, DreadOut delivers an engaging genre adventure.
A Faithful Man
- Excerpt: Garrel’s film is both funny and wise, upending our expectations from beginning to end.
- Excerpt: A heart-wrenching and unflinching documentary filmed by a young mother and citizen journalist living through the siege of Aleppo, Syria.
Give Me Liberty
- Excerpt: Frenetic to a fault, bordering on sensory overload, this is a van ride to be remembered.
A Good Woman is Hard to Find
- Excerpt: Anchored by a fearless leading performance from Sarah Bolger, this film is a tale of female empowerment that avoids talking the talk and instead walks the walk.
J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius
- Excerpt: Whatever you make of the people involved, J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius is a wild-ass ride, an engrossing look at a fascinating sliver of off-the-wall Americana, a minor religious movement that just sort of happened while two friends were fucking around.
- Excerpt: A powerful story of a soldier seeking to make amends who turns his enemies into friends.
Knives and Skin
- Excerpt: Bleak and grin, but ultimately hopeful and optimistic, Jennifer Reeder creates something unique and special. She’s a fresh new voice with much to add to the conversation.
The Legendary Stardust Brothers
- Excerpt: More unhinged nonsense than you can cram into a silver bodysuit.
- Excerpt: exhibits artful craftsmanship, especially in its sound design, but its fuzzy storytelling may lose many.
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
- Excerpt: Documentary about the magical and toxic moments in the lifelong relationship between the poet/songwriter and his muse.
- Excerpt: Even as a diverting romp, “Murder Mystery” is neither as involving as an everyone’s-a-suspect whodunit should be, nor is it ever as funny as one would like it to be, but it’s an amicable time-killer.
The Other Story
- Excerpt: When parenting is paired with religion, logic is in pell-mell retreat and remains so throughout Israeli director Avi Nesher’s entertaining but scattershot story of strained relationships and cultural divides in contemporary Jerusalem.
- Excerpt: A sensitive portrait of urban loneliness.
- Excerpt: The Perfection is a lurid, brazen, steadily insane ride that catches one off-guard as it keeps changing and shuffling through so many different thriller subgenres—an erotic thriller, revenge horror thriller, contagion body-horror and psychological thriller, and not necessarily always in that order—with nearly as much flair and tension as the best of Brian De Palma and Park Chan-wook.
- Excerpt: Dramedy about a depressed middle-ager who tries to unravel the mysteries of life.
- Excerpt: Gory, ridiculous, and often legitimately scary, it’s a perfect movie to watch late at night, preferably with a rowdy, intoxicant-lubricated crowd.
- Excerpt: But even with the problems, The Prey is watchable and should satisfy action fans for a time as they wait for the next movie from the likes of Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto.
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
- Excerpt: Melding the hurtful and selfish extramarital affair with the explosive politics of the occupied West Bank makes this a great thriller for our time.
- Excerpt: Moving drama about a suddenly homeless family dealing with the challenges of this increasingly common situation.
Sea of Shadows
- Excerpt: A documentary that unreels like an action thriller to tell the story of attempts to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction.
- Excerpt: Too bad some scenes appear a bit repetitive and hard to believe. Still, I never lost interest in brave Jennifer’s plight.
- Excerpt: Stare doesn’t necessarily give J-horror fans anything new. Still, Adachi’s film is incredibly creepy, touching on themes about how and why folk tales affect us, and how the past connects with modernity through urban legends.
- Excerpt: While “Trespassers” gives its characters plenty of interpersonal drama to work with before their life-or-death struggle, there is precious little to care about.
CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans
- Excerpt: ..it captures the Western world’s current mood of ambivalent anxiety as well as anything out there. An apocalypse is coming—maybe—and it’s actually sort of funny—a little.
Maria By Callas
- Excerpt: A well-researched, personal and fascinating documentary.