This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 17-19, 2015)

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Published on: April 18, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Monkey Kingdom

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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True Story

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Unfriended

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Limited (United States)

Alex of Venice

[New Today] Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Beyond the Reach

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A nifty little morality play set in the Mojave Desert.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Child 44

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Child 44 doesn’t just lose the plot. It loses the point.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Dead Lands

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection
Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: The reality is that The Dead Lands is nothing more than a phony collection of storytelling clichés held under the banner of archetype and lent a modicum of weight by the splendor of the landscape and the detail of the face-paint jobs. Essentially, the Maoris remain unrepresented.

[New Today] Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Felix and Meira

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 17-19, 2015)

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Published on: April 17, 2015

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Monkey Kingdom

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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True Story

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Unfriended

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Limited (United States)

Beyond the Reach

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A nifty little morality play set in the Mojave Desert.

Child 44

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Dead Lands

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: The reality is that The Dead Lands is nothing more than a phony collection of storytelling clichés held under the banner of archetype and lent a modicum of weight by the splendor of the landscape and the detail of the face-paint jobs. Essentially, the Maoris remain unrepresented.

Felix and Meira

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 10-12, 2015)

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Published on: April 11, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 10-12, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Longest Ride

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Expanding (United States)

Woman in Gold

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Limited (United States)

Black Souls

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Black Souls’ is an old school, Italian mafia movie reminiscent of ‘The Godfather’ in its understated tone and approach.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Black Souls” hurts.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: one of the truly great films about acting, “All About Eve” refracted through the lens of Bergman’s “Persona,” squared.

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ is an intelligent and incredibly self-reflexive film, featuring stellar performances by Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[New Today] Emanuel Levy @ www.emanuellevy.com

  • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas intrguing anatomy of the insecurities built into the life of a middle-aged actress, beautifully played by Juliette Binoche

Desert Dancer

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Desert Dancer is the dramatization of a life story that rarely doesn’t feel like a dramatization.

Ex Machina

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Kill Me Three Times

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …despite an interestingly assembled cast and the unique location of Eagles Nest, Australia, Stenders’ film is akin to watching someone move chess pieces around a board.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Kill Me Three Times’ – The Best Tarantino Movie That Tarantino Never Made

Lost River

Matt Looker @ The Shiznit

  • Excerpt: What we have here is a muddied mess of erratic ramblings, a movie that contains a lot of individual surreal elements and has nothing to hold it all together apart from Gosling’s own blind faith that weird = clever.

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Gosling shows a certain kind of promise and I’m sure he’ll make a great movie one day as a director. This just isn’t it.

The Sisterhood of Night

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Row Three

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 10-12, 2015)

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Published on: April 10, 2015

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 10-12, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Longest Ride

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Expanding (United States)

Woman in Gold

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Limited (United States)

Black Souls

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Black Souls” hurts.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: one of the truly great films about acting, “All About Eve” refracted through the lens of Bergman’s “Persona,” squared.

Ex Machina

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Kill Me Three Times

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …despite an interestingly assembled cast and the unique location of Eagles Nest, Australia, Stenders’ film is akin to watching someone move chess pieces around a board.

Lost River

Matt Looker @ The Shiznit

  • Excerpt: What we have here is a muddied mess of erratic ramblings, a movie that contains a lot of individual surreal elements and has nothing to hold it all together apart from Gosling’s own blind faith that weird = clever.

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Gosling shows a certain kind of promise and I’m sure he’ll make a great movie one day as a director. This just isn’t it.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 3-5, 2015)

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Published on: April 4, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 3-5, 2015

Wide (United States)

Furious 7

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Limited (United States)

5 to 7

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: 5 to 7 is the “Before Sunrise” of infidelity.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: For all of its artificial plotting and clichéd dialogue, “5 to 7” has its charms.

Effie Gray

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Effie Gray’ Is A Beautiful-But-Boring British Period Piece

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: This is an interesting story, but it’s treated here in a fashion that’s at once timorous and overstated.

Lambert & Stamp

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: …an essential movie for any lover of music, culture, or both.

Woman in Gold

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 3-5, 2015)

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Published on: April 3, 2015

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Apr. 3-5, 2015

Wide (United States)

Furious 7

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Limited (United States)

5 to 7

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: 5 to 7 is the “Before Sunrise” of infidelity.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: For all of its artificial plotting and clichéd dialogue, “5 to 7” has its charms.

Effie Gray

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Lambert & Stamp

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: …an essential movie for any lover of music, culture, or both.

Woman in Gold

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 27-29, 2015)

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Published on: March 28, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Mar. 27-29, 2015

Wide (United States)

Get Hard

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Home

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Expanding (United States)

It Follows

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Limited (United States)

A Girl Like Her

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Earnest and well-intentioned but preachy in the way of an afterschool special and stylistically problematic.

Man from Reno

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An evocative film noir set in San Francisco and a nearby small town.

The Riot Club

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The authentic performances in ‘The Riot Club’ make it difficult to watch, but it does not add much to the conversation of inequality.

The Salt of the Earth

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Wim Wenders delivers another generously appreciative fellow-artist collaboration with this luminous portrait of epic photographer Sebastião Salgado, whose knack for unearthly imagery is less intriguing than his empathic optimism.

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: There’s no sardonic, existential pondering in Wenders’ voice. Rather, and despite the graphic and upsetting nature of some of the imagery, the film is warm, humanistic and even sentimental.

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Serena

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While We’re Young

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Baumbach, it must be noted, wrote this film solo, without the seemingly idealistic spirit of Gerwig, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that its point of view is so much more cynical than those of their collaborations. But what does it say about him (as, at the very least, a storyteller) that this is where his presumptions and prejudices go?

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While “Greenberg” had pointed observations to make about a middle aged egotist and his relationship with the younger generation and his own past, this one is muddied by unclear intent and sketchily defined female characters.

White God

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In this imaginative but inept cautionary parable—the Un Certain Regard prize-winner at Cannes—a girl searches for her beloved dog, who becomes a canine Spartacus after being brutalized by a cruel dog-fighting ring.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 20-22, 2015)

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Published on: March 21, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: March 20-22, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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The Gunman

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Limited (United States)

Danny Collins

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Zombeavers

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: What more do you need to know about “Zombeavers” beyond its inspired, to-the-point title? The joke is right there, but “Zombeavers” never succeeds on the glorious levels of “Snakes on a Plane,” “Piranha 3D,” or even the pair of “Sharknado” movies.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The film works as both an original spin on the zombie myth and as a satire of the undead genre’s tropes.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Obviously aiming for camp cult status, but unlike the beavers the makers don’t have the chops to pull it off.

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 20-22, 2015)

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Published on: March 20, 2015

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: March 20-22, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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Limited (United States)

Danny Collins

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Zombeavers

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: What more do you need to know about “Zombeavers” beyond its inspired, to-the-point title? The joke is right there, but “Zombeavers” never succeeds on the glorious levels of “Snakes on a Plane,” “Piranha 3D,” or even the pair of “Sharknado” movies.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The film works as both an original spin on the zombie myth and as a satire of the undead genre’s tropes.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Obviously aiming for camp cult status, but unlike the beavers the makers don’t have the chops to pull it off.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 13-15, 2015)

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Published on: March 14, 2015

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Mar. 13-15, 2015

Wide (United States)

Cinderella

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Run All Night

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Limited (United States)

Home Sweet Hell

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Save for Katherine Heigl’s killer turn, “Home Sweet Hell” leaves a sad, bitter aftertaste in one’s mouth.

It Follows

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: David Robert Mitchell pulls off a tricky balance with his ingenious response to 80’s horror films where teenage sex meant death and monsters walked leafy suburban streets in broad daylight by presenting his original, nightmarish idea via an homage to John Carpenter.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: It Follows’ Throws Back To The Teen Horrors Of Yesteryear – And It Scares The Hell Out Of You, Too

Seymour: An Introduction

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Wrecking Crew

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

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