This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 22-24, 2015)

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Published on: May 23, 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: May 22-24, 2015

Wide (United States)

Poltergeist

[New Today] Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The essential paradox of the remake has seldom been as explicitly — and often frustratingly — actualized as it is in Gil Kenan’s new ‘Poltergeist,’ which assembles a very gifted group of people to go through another movie’s paces, a cover band you wish would just play their own songs.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Poltergeist, a condensed remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror film, is doubly redundant.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: If you have any inclination to see this, just rewatch the original. You will lose nothing, and you’ll have a far better time.

[New Today] Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Poltergeist (2015) is a forgettable diversion – one that may satisfy casual viewers looking for a mildly eerie (and sometimes humorous) ghost story.

[New Today] Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Poltergeist isn’t one of those remakes that totally pisses on the corpse of the original, but it doesn’t do much with the framework either.

[New Today] Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The remake feels like a rush through paces we’ve been over before brought to you by filmmakers who never bothered to understand why they worked in the first place. Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper worked to create a sense of magic and life and energy. That movie was also fun. This one, directed by Gil Keanan (Monster House), feels like a checklist. There’s no time for anything, no time for characters, no time to establish tension or mood.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Doesn’t improve on Hooper’s film, or equal it, but at least it doesn’t bastardize it. But…why settle for a respectable retread when you can still savor its superior model?

Tomorrowland

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Aloft

[New Today] David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Whatever Llosa is doing here is the opposite of what the kids call “worldbuiding.” She’s insisting on the reality of her film rather than convincing us of it.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Claudia Llosa’s rumination on art and nature as healing tools is a pretty abstraction where supporting players come into sharper focus than its leads…”Aloft” never takes wing.

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Sunshine Superman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: simply spectacular

[New Today] Kenji Fujishima @ The L Magazine

When Marnie Was There

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 22-24, 2015)

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Published on: May 22, 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: May 22-24, 2015

Wide (United States)

Tomorrowland

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Limited (United States)

Aloft

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Claudia Llosa’s rumination on art and nature as healing tools is a pretty abstraction where supporting players come into sharper focus than its leads…”Aloft” never takes wing.

Sunshine Superman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: simply spectacular

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 15-17, 2015)

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Published on: May 16, 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: May 15-17, 2015

Wide (United States)

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Pitch Perfect 2

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Animals

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Every Secret Thing

[New Today] Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Documentarian Amy Berg’s narrative debut is a cool-to-the-touch abduction mystery deeply soaked in adolescent resentments but lacking her usual punch.

Good Kill

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: although all the pieces form a tidy little puzzle, the end result has about as much impact as spending two hours assembling a picture out of colored cardboard.

[New Today] Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]

I’ll See You in My Dreams

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams is not a movie about death any more than it’s about aging. At the risk of being corny, it’s a movie about life.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: It is a delight to see Danner in a lead role, and her character study bubbles with a relatable, melancholy feistiness bolstered by strong support…”I’ll See You in My Dreams” is a small scale marvel.

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 15-17, 2015)

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Published on: May 15, 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: May 15-17, 2015

Wide (United States)

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Pitch Perfect 2

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Limited (United States)

I’ll See You in My Dreams

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams is not a movie about death any more than it’s about aging. At the risk of being corny, it’s a movie about life.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: It is a delight to see Danner in a lead role, and her character study bubbles with a relatable, melancholy feistiness bolstered by strong support…”I’ll See You in My Dreams” is a small scale marvel.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies (May 8-10, 2015)

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Published on: May 8, 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: May 8-10, 2015

Wide (United States)

The D Train

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Hot Pursuit

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5 Flights Up

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A demonstration by a long-married couple of what it means to truly be in sync with each other.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: There is little suspense in where “5 Flights Up” is headed, but Keaton and Freeman’s movie marriage is a good investment.

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to think of a more agreeable couple to spend a little sentimental movie time with than the wonderful Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.

I Am Big Bird

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Four years after “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” promoted the idea that a Muppet character embodied love, along come the documentarian duo Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker to reinstate the legacy of Sesame Street’s original star.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Maggie

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Plus a few words on ULTRON.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: With its imagined horrors, “Maggie” celebrates life.

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Maggie is a creative attempt to fashion a low budget, indie film about emotional and physical collapse with just a splash of zombie gore which never takes off; it stumbles and plods along as a stereotypical zombie would.

Noble

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The true story of charity founder Christina Noble’s empathy in action.

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 1-3, 2015)

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Published on: May 2, 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: May 1-3, 2015

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An amazing meditation on yearning and the brimming hearts of three men and the woman they all want to marry.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today.

[New Today] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Thomas Hardy thought it was to move on from Jane Austen, so he wrote a female Mr. Darcy

[New Today] Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to imagine anyone surpassing the incomparable Julie Christie and her iconic performance in John Schlesinger’s 1967 adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, but Mulligan does it. In fact, she blows Christie right out of the water and that’s no small feat.

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hyena

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Iris

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Much like Elaine Stritch, who also wore the same signature owl eyeglasses, Iris Apfel is a New York City character, a grande dame of society, fashion and flea markets.

Welcome to Me

[New Today] Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: By the end, though, when Alice must begin making amends to the people she wronged during her unchecked and well-funded manic episode, it becomes clear that Welcome to Me isn’t concerned at all with the topic of mental illness it seems to want credit for addressing. Piven flirts early on with the dangerous allure of Alice’s psychotic abandon but we come to understand that the screenplay by Eliot Laurence has employed borderline personality disorder to contrive conflict just so it could contrive its resolution.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A frolicsome comedy that gives Kristen Wiig a chance to strut her stuff.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 1-3, 2015)

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Published on: May 1, 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: May 1-3, 2015

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Limited (United States)

Far from the Madding Crowd

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An amazing meditation on yearning and the brimming hearts of three men and the woman they all want to marry.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today.

Hyena

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Welcome to Me

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: By the end, though, when Alice must begin making amends to the people she wronged during her unchecked and well-funded manic episode, it becomes clear that Welcome to Me isn’t concerned at all with the topic of mental illness it seems to want credit for addressing. Piven flirts early on with the dangerous allure of Alice’s psychotic abandon but we come to understand that the screenplay by Eliot Laurence has employed borderline personality disorder to contrive conflict just so it could contrive its resolution.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A frolicsome comedy that gives Kristen Wiig a chance to strut her stuff.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

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This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 24-26, 2015)

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Published on: April 25, 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. 24-26, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Age of Adaline

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Little Boy

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Expanding (United States)

Ex Machina

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Limited (United States)

Adult Beginners

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: has the misfortune of being an awful lot like last year’s Sundance hit “The Skeleton Twins” without nearly as many laughs.

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Resolutely predictable and low-stakes but affable, “Adult Beginners” isn’t much. It’s more of a comfortable sit than a life-changing experience, but the actors makes it seem like a genuine effort.

[New Today] Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Some movies deserve to be treasured — and “Adult Beginners” is high on my list.

After the Ball

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

The Water Diviner

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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 24-26, 2015)

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Published on: April 24, 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. 24-26, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Age of Adaline

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Little Boy

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Expanding (United States)

Ex Machina

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Limited (United States)

Adult Beginners

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: has the misfortune of being an awful lot like last year’s Sundance hit “The Skeleton Twins” without nearly as many laughs.

After the Ball

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

The Water Diviner

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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

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