This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 19-21, 2014)

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Published on: December 20, 2014

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: December 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annie

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Expanding (United States)

Wild

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Mr. Turner

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 19-21, 2014)

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Published on: December 19, 2014

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: December 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annie

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Expanding (United States)

Wild

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Mr. Turner

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 12-14)

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Published on: December 16, 2014

[Editor’s Note: Due to the site outage, this article was postponed (it was originally scheduled to post Saturday morning).]

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: December 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Top Five

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Expanding (United States)

The Pyramid

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Since a genre movie of this type solely relies on who lives and who dies, it’s hard to care when there is such nondescript character development and little to no tension to be found.

Limited (United States)

Inherent Vice

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess

We Are the Giant

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 12-14, 2014)

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Published on: December 12, 2014

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: December 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Top Five

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Expanding (United States)

The Pyramid

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

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Inherent Vice

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 5-7, 2014)

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Published on: December 6, 2014

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: Dec. 5-7, 2014

Limited (United States)

Life Partners

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

  • Excerpt: Life Partners’ Keeps It Light And Familiar, But Still Stays Fun

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: While writer-director Fogel and co-writer Joni Lefkowitz don’t say anything too fresh here, besides incorporating both sides of sexual orientation, the film is often perceptive and even sharply funny about co-dependent relationships and how they are tested when one romantic door opens for one party and not the other.

Pioneer

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Skjoldbjærg’s style pastiche coheres to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Petter’s harrowing descent wraps us up viscerally in real-world deceptions and their devastating collateral damage.

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Pioneer’s greatest asset, and another trait it shares with Mann and Fincher’s work, is a careful attention toward the particulars of its milieu in a way that doesn’t call attention to those period touches. The film matches the quotient of moustaches, thick-rimmed glasses, and earth-toned blazers from Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy without ever getting Argo-level ostentatious about it.

The Pyramid

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Wild

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Zero Motivation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Lavie’s made a film from an unique perspective, one which illustrates how discrimination works against the system, undermining it by breeding contempt. But while the film certainly has comedic aspects, it’s never as uproariously funny as it could (or should) be

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 5-7, 2014)

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Published on: December 5, 2014

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: Dec. 5-7, 2014

Limited (United States)

Life Partners

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: While writer-director Fogel and co-writer Joni Lefkowitz don’t say anything too fresh here, besides incorporating both sides of sexual orientation, the film is often perceptive and even sharply funny about co-dependent relationships and how they are tested when one romantic door opens for one party and not the other.

Pioneer

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Skjoldbjærg’s style pastiche coheres to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Petter’s harrowing descent wraps us up viscerally in real-world deceptions and their devastating collateral damage.

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Pioneer’s greatest asset, and another trait it shares with Mann and Fincher’s work, is a careful attention toward the particulars of its milieu in a way that doesn’t call attention to those period touches. The film matches the quotient of moustaches, thick-rimmed glasses, and earth-toned blazers from Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy without ever getting Argo-level ostentatious about it.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Wild

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Zero Motivation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Lavie’s made a film from an unique perspective, one which illustrates how discrimination works against the system, undermining it by breeding contempt. But while the film certainly has comedic aspects, it’s never as uproariously funny as it could (or should) be

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies (Nov. 28-30, 2014)

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Published on: November 29, 2014

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: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Wide (United States)

Horrible Bosses 2

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Penguins of Madagascar

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Expanding (United States)

The Theory of Everything

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Limited (United States)

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth’s most mysterious continent.

The Babadook

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Before I Disappear

Nicholasb Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Nov. 21-23, 2014)

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Published on: November 22, 2014

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: Nov. 21-23, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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Limited (United States)

V/H/S: Viral

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Nov. 21-23)

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Published on: November 21, 2014

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: Nov. 21-23, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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Limited (United States)

V/H/S: Viral

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Nov. 14-16, 2014)

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Published on: November 15, 2014

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: Nov. 14-16, 2014

Wide (United States)

Beyond the Lights

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Dumb and Dumber To

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Limited (United States)

Foxcatcher

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The Homesman

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sturdy, bleak and understated – or, as one wag said, it’s No Country for Crazy Women.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rosewater

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Wolves

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Wolves’ is a coming-of-age story about an uninformed werewolf accepting his true nature, meticulously constructed by a first-time director.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A bloody, brutal bore…

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: At its best, the film is a whirring, eclectic oddity without a clear target audience, which is why its eventual turn toward muddled father-son hokum and strained commentary on the duality of human psychology (good and evil impulses exist in us all, but we must learn to tame the evil!) registers as a disappointment.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Nov. 14-16, 2014)

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Published on: November 14, 2014

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: Nov. 14-16, 2014

Wide (United States)

Beyond the Lights

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Dumb and Dumber To

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Limited (United States)

Foxcatcher

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The Homesman

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sturdy, bleak and understated – or, as one wag said, it’s No Country for Crazy Women.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rosewater

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Wolves

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A bloody, brutal bore…

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: At its best, the film is a whirring, eclectic oddity without a clear target audience, which is why its eventual turn toward muddled father-son hokum and strained commentary on the duality of human psychology (good and evil impulses exist in us all, but we must learn to tame the evil!) registers as a disappointment.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Nov. 7-9, 2014)

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Published on: November 8, 2014

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: Nov. 7-9, 2014

Wide (United States)

Big Hero 6

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Interstellar

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Jessabelle

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Open Windows

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The Theory of Everything

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Nov. 7-9, 2014)

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Published on: November 7, 2014

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: Nov. 7-9, 2014

Wide (United States)

Big Hero 6

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Interstellar

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Limited (United States)

Open Windows

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The Theory of Everything

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

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Published on: November 1, 2014

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: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Wide (United States)

Before I Go to Sleep

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep isn’t merely bad cheese, it’s Limburger.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The point is to make us distrust everyone and everything that everyone says. It works a little too well, because we end up distrusting the movie as a whole.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep’ Is A Suspenseful Ride Through The Twists And Turns Of Nicole Kidman’s Mind

[New Today] Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Stylish and suspenseful – like ‘Gone Girl,’ it belongs in a new sub-genre labelled ‘marriage thriller.’

[New Today] Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep does little to redefine the psychological thriller genre but still offers an intriguing central mystery that should keep viewers guessing.

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep eventually goes off the rails as an exercise in manipulation with a “Sleeping with the Enemy”-like climax and a treacly, unearned epilogue.

[New Today] Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: Comparisons with the better, more effective thriller, Gone Girl, are unavoidable. But taken on its own, Before I Go to Sleep should satisfy most movie-goers, even if it becomes quickly forgotten by morning.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A lethargic, very silly would-be thriller…featur[ing] scenes of abuse that are extremely nasty and protracted.

Nightcrawler

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Limited (United States)

ABCs of Death 2

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: This is definitely a straight-up horror film even though not every story falls squarely into that realm. It’s not for the squeamish as there are some pretty extreme moments, but for the fan of scary movies, you’ll definitely find some cool stuff in this virtual (and disturbing) picture book.

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

The Great Invisible

Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: The Great Invisible occasionally touches on gripping material but leaves too much of the story unsaid.

Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A hard-hitting and illuminating documentary about one of the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

Horns

[New Today] Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: The acting holds the film together, much of which is on Radcliffe’s shoulders. It’s a nice piece for him to help break into larger movies without a wizard’s cloak for him.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The gimmick … keeps us at a distance from the real toll on these characters.

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com
Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Horns will make a fine Halloween date movie for those who steer clear of gore and jump scares but other than that, there is not too much here.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
[New Today] Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: Horns is a strange movie that doesn’t make it easy for us to wrap our heads around.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A near-miss, a supernatural romance-cum-whodunit that strains under the weight of its warring elements.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

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Published on: October 31, 2014

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: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Wide (United States)

Before I Go to Sleep

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep isn’t merely bad cheese, it’s Limburger.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A lethargic, very silly would-be thriller…featur[ing] scenes of abuse that are extremely nasty and protracted.

Nightcrawler

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Limited (United States)

The Great Invisible

Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: The Great Invisible occasionally touches on gripping material but leaves too much of the story unsaid.

Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A hard-hitting and illuminating documentary about one of the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

Horns

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Horns will make a fine Halloween date movie for those who steer clear of gore and jump scares but other than that, there is not too much here.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A near-miss, a supernatural romance-cum-whodunit that strains under the weight of its warring elements.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 25, 2014

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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: We start to wonder if there’s really anything even slightly worthwhile—let alone Very Important—about [this story].

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: On the one hand, it’s well-meaning and high-minded; on the other, it’s obvious and predictable.

John Wick

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Ouija

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: They didn’t make a fun commercial, they didn’t disguise it as a good movie, they just told us that their product isn’t worth buying. And they made us buy a ticket to find that out.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: This kind of repetitive, transparent deceit is either lazy or cynical, or maybe it’s a combination of both.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘Ouija’ – You’ve Seen It Before, But It’ll Still Scare You

[New Today] Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Born out of a desire to explain the seemingly inexplicable, the Ouija board remains enigmatic.

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Ouija pulls out a modicum of effective moments. However, unless ticket buyers are horror-movie virgins, no one will be made a chicken of through much of this temporarily startling, though never-chilling exercise.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A threadbare attempt at a frightfest–dumb, turgid and ultimately tedious.

Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Force Majeure

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

[New Today] Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: What impresses most about Laggies is how it manages to be familiar and yet wholly avoid clichés at the same time. Shelton’s film resembles any number of mainstream fish-out-of-water stories, but her easygoing presentation and sharp eye for where the humor goes manages to make Laggies feel fresh.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

[New Today] Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’ Is A Mystery That No One Is Trying To Solve

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: If 2005’s “Mysterious Skin” was his most grown-up film and 2011’s offbeat, defiantly rudderless oddity “Kaboom” had him boomaranging back to old times, then “White Bird in a Blizzard” might be Araki’s most accessible—this is relative—and yet it’s still transgressive and quite haunting.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 24, 2014

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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

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Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Published on: October 24, 2014

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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

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Published on: October 18, 2014

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: October 17-19, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Best of Me

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The Book of Life

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Fury

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Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Algorithms

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Sight-challenged Indian teenagers push to become championship chess players in this disappointingly slight, surface-dwelling documentary.

Birdman

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Camp X-Ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.

Dear White People

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Listen Up, Philip

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an aggravating, arrogant, and entertaining portrait of the toxicity of ill-suited relationships and the narcissistic danger of letting success consume your livelihood.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [T]he film’s single-minded depiction of Philip’s poisonous personality is almost as fascinating as the character is unpleasant.

[New Today] Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Watchers of the Sky

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: The documentary, ‘Watchers of the Sky,’ examines the history of genocide and the continued efforts of a few individuals to end the cycle of violence.

Young Ones

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

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Published on: October 17, 2014

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: October 17-19, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Best of Me

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Book of Life

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Fury

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

St. Vincent

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Algorithms

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Sight-challenged Indian teenagers push to become championship chess players in this disappointingly slight, surface-dwelling documentary.

Birdman

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Camp X-Ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.

Dear White People

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Listen Up, Philip

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an aggravating, arrogant, and entertaining portrait of the toxicity of ill-suited relationships and the narcissistic danger of letting success consume your livelihood.

Young Ones

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 10-12, 2014)

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Published on: October 11, 2014

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: October 10-12, 2014

Wide (United States)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Dracula Untold

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The Judge

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Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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Limited (United States)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: a feeling akin to the difference between joking about an easy target like Christian Scientologists, and then, say, being forced to attend an eight hour seminar that seriously teaches its religious tenets.

Kill the Messenger

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One Chance

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Overnighters

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In Jesse Moss’ taut and morally complex documentary, a pastor opens his church to homeless men looking for work in the booming North Dakota oil fields and faces the wrath of a small town nervous about their community’s rapid transformation.

St. Vincent

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…

[New Today] Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Whiplash

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: To Chazelle’s credit, he asks questions seriously and seriously ponders the myriad outcomes. In the end, though, his film never uses its fangs enough for the questions to leave a mark.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 10-12, 2014)

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Published on: October 10, 2014

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: October 10-12, 2014

Wide (United States)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: a feeling akin to the difference between joking about an easy target like Christian Scientologists, and then, say, being forced to attend an eight hour seminar that seriously teaches its religious tenets.

Dracula Untold

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Judge

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.

Kill the Messenger

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

One Chance

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

The Overnighters

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In Jesse Moss’ taut and morally complex documentary, a pastor opens his church to homeless men looking for work in the booming North Dakota oil fields and faces the wrath of a small town nervous about their community’s rapid transformation.

St. Vincent

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…

Whiplash

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: To Chazelle’s credit, he asks questions seriously and seriously ponders the myriad outcomes. In the end, though, his film never uses its fangs enough for the questions to leave a mark.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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Published on: October 4, 2014

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: October 3-5, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annabelle

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Gone Girl

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Left Behind

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Limited (United States)

Bang Bang

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Blue Room

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s depiction of an adulterous affair is icy, complicated, isolating, but it’s a thrillingly and strikingly photographed film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A chilling and creatively structure French murder mystery tale.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Good Lie

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An emotionally warm and immensely appealing story of the immigrant experience of some survivors of the 1980s genocide in Sudan.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sensitive and sincere, it’s an inspiring, redemptive tale of courage and compassion.

Men, Women & Children

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: The kids are all right. The internet is all right. It’s this dreary, futile, meandering movie that sucks the life out of everything.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I didn’t like this movie when it was called “Disconnect,” and cowriter/director Jason Reitman’s (“Juno,” “Labor Day”) adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel lays on pretension masquerading as deep thought for an even less convincing mix

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Considering its lack of concern in addressing a solution to the problem it raises, the movie’s fascination with masturbation is appropriate.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: An engaging document of how – and, more importantly, why – this particular album had such an impact.

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a look at the influential album twenty years later, doesn’t feel like the complete account that some may want, but it is a sharp and entertainment profile of an important artist.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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Published on: October 3, 2014

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: October 3-5, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annabelle

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Gone Girl

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Left Behind

For member reviews of this film, follow this link

Limited (United States)

Bang Bang

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Blue Room

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s depiction of an adulterous affair is icy, complicated, isolating, but it’s a thrillingly and strikingly photographed film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A chilling and creatively structure French murder mystery tale.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Good Lie

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An emotionally warm and immensely appealing story of the immigrant experience of some survivors of the 1980s genocide in Sudan.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sensitive and sincere, it’s an inspiring, redemptive tale of courage and compassion.

Men, Women & Children

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I didn’t like this movie when it was called “Disconnect,” and cowriter/director Jason Reitman’s (“Juno,” “Labor Day”) adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel lays on pretension masquerading as deep thought for an even less convincing mix

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: An engaging document of how – and, more importantly, why – this particular album had such an impact.

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a look at the influential album twenty years later, doesn’t feel like the complete account that some may want, but it is a sharp and entertainment profile of an important artist.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Sep. 26-28, 2014)

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Published on: September 27, 2014

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: September 26-28, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Boxtrolls

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The Equalizer

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Limited (United States)

Believe Me

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘Believe Me’ Entertains, Informs, And Enlightens, Without Anyone Realizing It

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Not your typical Christian film: it dares to question the money-making machine that is evangelicalism. But it doesn’t dare question Christianity itself.

Lilting

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

The Little Bedroom

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Pride

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

The Song

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Press materials for The Song describe it as “the sexiest faith-based movie ever.” While that’s technically true, it’s also an incredibly low bar to clear.

The Two Faces of January

[New Today] Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: This remains too much in thrall to its own classiness and literate poise.

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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