The line that opens the teen tear-jerker romance “ Chemical Hearts“– spoken in voice-over by teenager protagonist Henry (Austin Abrams)– will right away cleave the audience into two camps, depending upon which side of your 20 th birthday you fall: “You are never more alive than when you’re a teenager.” Ahem. By that step, anybody old adequate to consume has ample factor to, and might also start preparing their own funeral service, as they slide into the slow and drawn-out decline referred to as adulthood. Take Henry with a grain of salt. That’s perhaps how the world feels to many teenagers, and this weepy however reliable romance certainly gets that histrionic emotion right. Based upon a 2016 unique by Krystal Sutherland, the movie tells the story of 17- year-old Henry’s relationship with Grace (Lili Reinhart), a morose schoolmate who shuffles around campus with a walking stick and a limp, refusing to drive her own car and wearing shapeless kid’s clothing that conceal her figure. The gradual unraveling of her mystical backstory parallels their progressing relationship, which grows from platonic to romantic (albeit laden with sniffle-inducing challenges). Abrams and Reinhart are an attractive set, even if Henry’s hobby of kintsukuroi– the Japanese art of fixing damaged ceramics– is a bit of an obvious metaphor. (Warning: you may grow ill of the Beach Home song “Take Care” by the sixth or seventh time it’s played.) R. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Contains strong language, sexuality and teenager substance abuse. 93 minutes.
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Forty years after the U.S. military operation to rescue 52 U.S. Embassy staffers taken hostage in Iran in 1979, Barbara Kopple’s documentary “ Desert One” reviews the abortive 1980 mission. Utilizing a mix of remarkably thriller-ish animation and stodgier talking-head interviews with former soldiers, intelligence representatives, captives and others– consisting of former president Jimmy Carter– the Oscar-winning director of “Harlan County U.S.A.” and “American Dream” strolls us through a short history of modern-day Iran before providing a gripping ticktock of the operation, which included numerous helicopters and a desert staging area whose code name lends the movie its title. There are no genuine bombshells, however the tale of this rescue effort is an inspiring one, making the case that the effort was rewarding, even if it didn’t work. PG-13 Readily Available at afisilver.afi.com Contains some troubling video of burned corpses and brief strong language. 107 mi
In the Spanish delayed-coming-of-age drama “ The August Virgin,” a female (played by co-writer Itsaso Arana) go back to Madrid throughout August– the month when much of the city decamps for cooler climes. While there, she re-connects with old pals and makes some brand-new ones, all while embarking on a journey of reinvention. Brightest Young Things calls it a “charming, interesting film about self-discovery and how the locations we originate from dictate who we are.” Unrated. Readily available at theavalon.org and afisilver.afi.com In English, Spanish and German with subtitles. 125 minutes.
“ Bombardier Blood” is documentary about Chris Bombardier, a hemophiliac mountain climber who commits to climbing up the highest peaks on each of seven continents– the 7 Summits– to raise money to supply lifesaving medicine to hemophiliacs in establishing nations. Irish Movie Critic calls the film– executive-produced by hemophilia activist and actress Alex Borstein (” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)– “inspirational.” Unrated. Readily available on various streaming platforms. 80 minutes.
After her boy is founded guilty of the rape and tried murder of his other half, a female (Cecilia Roth of “All About My Mom”) goes to amazing lengths to keep him out of jail in the Argentine thriller “ The Criminal Offenses That Bind” TV-14 Offered on Netflix. In Spanish with subtitles. 99 minutes.
Sally Hawkins plays a lady whose paranoid schizophrenia exacerbate her family in “ Everlasting Beauty” The Hollywood Press Reporter says that the aesthetically elegant movie “borrows containers of peculiarity from the likes of Wes Anderson (style sensibility), Michel Gondry (in-camera trickery) and Paul Thomas Anderson (general gestalt), however that’s fine.” R. Available at theavalon.org Consists of strong language and some sexuality. 94 minutes.
Directed by Jay Baruchel (” Hooligan”), “ Random Acts of Violence” is a gory slasher film that clearly questions the appeal of gory slasher films. Slant publication composes: “Why, the movie wonders aloud, are we drawn to such material, and why do we produce it? However the film seems reticent to elaborate on the questions it raises, losing sight of them totally in an apparent, overlong plot twist that muddies ideas of an artist’s responsibility and art’s result on audiences into incoherence.” Unrated. Offered at shudder.com 90 minutes.
A cameo by Bruce Dern is the one claim to popularity of novice writer-director Teddy Grennan’s “ Ravage,” a scary film about a nature professional photographer (Annabelle Dexter-Jones) who is kidnapped after seeing an attack in the woods. The movie, according to Haddonfield Scary, is “a gem in a horror landscape destroyed by covid-19 and Grennan has formally announced himself as a director to keep up with.” Unrated. Offered on various streaming platforms. 77 minutes.
Never previously released in the United States, the 1981 animation “ Son of the White Mare,” a trippy mythological fable by Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics, has actually been restored for virtual cinema. HuffPos t calls it “the most lovely psychedelic trip you have actually ever seen.” Unrated. Readily available at sunscinema.com In Hungarian with subtitles. 81 minutes.
When the owner of a San Francisco drag club drops dead, his estranged mom (” Silver Linings Playbook’s” Jacki Weaver) takes his misfit colleagues and good friends under her wing in “ Stage Mother,” a feel-good dramedy that the Guardian states feels “a little drooping.” R. Available on different streaming platforms. Includes sexuality, including an assault, unrefined language and some substance abuse. 93 minutes.
“ Sunless Shadows” is a documentary about adolescent ladies and females who have been locked up in Iran for killing violent male relatives. The New York Times calls it wrenching, including that “the most crushing discovery comes during a see from an ex-inmate, who verbalizes the bigger disaster at stake when she states life outside of jail is not any better.” Unrated. Offered at afisilver.afi.com In Persian with subtitles. 74 minutes.
Filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s “ Tesla” informs the story of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), whose work with alternating-current electrical energy assisted usher in the wireless world we understand today. Ethan Hawke plays the Serbian-born creator in a postmodern biopic that features such metachronisms as a MacBook, cellphone and Google searches. According to Rolling Stone, “The method in Almereyda’s madness– that of putting Tesla into a tech universe he seldom got credit for assisting to make– pays off in a film that wanders as complimentary as its subject’s creativity.” PG-13 Readily available on numerous streaming platforms. Includes some mature thematic product and naked images. 102 minutes.
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