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: Oct. 18, 2019
Wide (United States)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Zombieland: Double Tap
Limited (United States)
By the Grace of God
- Excerpt: This winner of the Silver Bear at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival barrels forward at breakneck speed, yet no one in Ozon’s large ensemble gets short shrift. The victims of a crime become activists demanding – and achieving – justice in a work both bracing and infuriating.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
- Excerpt: Kevin Smith’s most enjoyable film in over a decade, even if its relentless self-indulgences will test the patience of anyone who isn’t already a fan of this material.
- Excerpt: Roommates are Awful, Especially in Eggers’ Brilliant ‘THE LIGHTHOUSE’
2019 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Addams Family
Running with the Devil
Spider-Man: Far from Home
- Excerpt: Beautifully directed, using a cast with little acting experience, wise Milko Lazarov weaves a story with little rehearsal.
Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]
The Cat Rescuers
- Excerpt: A tiny, delicate, inspiring metaphor for the reshaping of attitudes we will need to make on a planetary scale, and for the effort we’ll need to expend to clean up the enormous messes we have made.
- Excerpt: An emotionally rich drama that explores the moral and ethical impact of the death penalty on those required to enforce it.
- Excerpt: “Collisions,” a very sensitive film on US Immigration and Customs Enforcement practice.
- Excerpt: Sports heroism is under the microscope, warts and all, in this riveting soccer documentary.
Dolemite Is My Name
Don’t Be Nice
- Excerpt: This is Shakespeare on steroids, a poetic banquet of color, action, rhythm and sound that transcends expectations.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
- Excerpt: Both Paul and Gilligan do justice to the character and to Breaking Bad with El Camino. It looks – and mostly plays – like an extended episode of Breaking Bad, but when you’re talking about one of the best shows ever created, that’s hardly a complaint.
- Excerpt: Entangled in its mixed messages, writer/director Milena Lurie’s film struggles to find a voice as its protagonist finds hers.
- Excerpt: We see it time and time again when filmmakers visions can no longer be supported by a local film industry desperately craving financial success often to the detriment of quality. Where filmmakers like Jennifer Kent can remain niche because her films are violent and confronting and yet are acclaimed around the world (her next project is, somewhat predictably, American-financed). Where talent is not incubated, yet expected to succeed or else. Where they cannot afford to support its artists in any real meaningful way yet expect them to carry the industry on their backs.
- Excerpt: A Syrian woman, Waad al-Kateab, now lauded as an award-winning photojournalist, filmed her experiences beginning in 2012 when the Syrian Civil War began.
A German Youth
- Excerpt: Can we even make a movie of this? Film maker Jean-Gabriel Périot gives it a good try.
- Excerpt: “Imprisoned,” a story of vengeance, redemption and the undying transcendence of love, is the second film to be released by socially conscious Equitas. It will earn superlative praise for writing genius, outstanding acting by the entire cast, and inspired production.
Je T’aime Moi Non Plus
- Excerpt: A 4k restoration of the original wild child movie.
Memory: Origins of Alien
- Excerpt: … with that subtitle it is no surprise that a lot of the inspiration for “Alien” came from author Dan O’Bannon’s childhood.
- Excerpt: Meet the Fazili family. They’re on the run from the Taliban, no country will take them in, yet there are two little girls who just want to dance to Michael Jackson and settle down some place where the locals don’t throw rocks at them.
Varda por Agnès
Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]