CityBeat selects the five best movies screening in Cincinnati this week (through Thursday, August 2)

There's a cornucopia of fine first-run movies, indie and blockbusters, in town right now

Jul 31, 2018 at 9:38 am
click to enlarge Fred Rogers (left) and Francois Scarborough Clemmons in "Won't You Be My Neighbor" - PHOTO: John Beale
PHOTO: John Beale
Fred Rogers (left) and Francois Scarborough Clemmons in "Won't You Be My Neighbor"

Want to get out and see a good movie during the week?

Here's our choice of the five best now playing first-run in Cincinnati. We'll update this come Friday (Aug. 3), when new movies open and old ones close.

The five best, in our opinion:

1. Three Identical Strangers: It's a great year for documentaries, but it will be tough to beat this one — three identical twins, separated at birth and sent to different families for adoption without anyone being told there are siblings, rediscover each other in young adulthood and become fast friends. But the story turns very, very dark as the filmmakers start to discover why they were separated. Absolutely riveting.

2. Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley's Oakland-set tour de force plays like a naturalist comedy — a young black man tries to become a successful telemarketer without selling his soul — but then goes deeper, surreal even, as he discovers the role that the Establishment has planned for him. Even at its strangest, it's always leavened with offbeat humor, keen observation and wonderful acting.

3. Leave No Trace: Based on a true story about a father and daughter discovered living off-the-grid in a Portland, Ore. park, this features Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie, both wonderfully touching, and has a feel for the Pacific Northwest outdoors that rivals Old Joy. Director Debra Granik previously made Winter's Bone.

4. Ant-Man and the Wasp: A Marvel adaptation that's not overstuffed with incoherent CGI effects that try to shock and awe you, this film benefits from an interesting story, effects that are both exciting and humorous (Paul Rudd's Ant-Man has trouble controlling his changes in size) and is a lot of fun.

5. Won't You Be My Neighbor: The warm, humane and generous Mr. Rogers has become a symbol of the anti-Trump resistance, thanks to the success of this documentary about him.