Labor Day weekend brings its usual assortment of cinematic odds and ends, including several 2018 Sundance Film Festival entries finally reaching theaters.
The hybrid of science-fiction thriller and family drama in Kin
comes up short on both counts. The Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked
(pictured) offers an enjoyable but disposable story of men and their obsessions. Searching
sustains its social-media-thriller gimmick, up until the point where the plot sabotages the finale. Visual imagination and strong girl-power dynamics overcome a weak romantic subplot in Skate Kitchen
David Riedel finds the true story of Mossad agents tracking down Adolph Eichmann in Operation Finale
lost in a slog of telegraphed moments.
In this week's feature review, MaryAnn Johanson appreciates the honest portrayal of bibilophilia enough to overcome the limp plotting of The Bookshop
Also opening this week, but not reviewed: A boy tries to bring his separated parents back together after he faces a medical crisis in the Spanish-language comedy-drama Ya Veremos
; a doctor makes a house call to a creepy haunted manor in The Little Stranger