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: Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015
Wide (United States)
The Lazarus Effect
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: If Pam Grier had starred in a 1970’s version of Oldboy directed by Jack Hill, it probably would’ve looked something like Everly
The Hunting Ground
- Excerpt: A hard-hitting and disturbing documentary about the treatment of women who have been sexually assaulted on U. S. College campuses.
Maps to the Stars
- Excerpt: A brawny and bullet-pocked Danish oater in which Mads Mikkelsen tries on a variety of scowls while battling the scum who killed his family; nothing that hasn’t been seen before.
- Excerpt: Jens Schlosser’s cinematography is stunning, at least until [director] Levring goes style crazy at the film’s midpoint, fetishizing the visuals until his film bears more in common with “Sin City” than “Dodge City.”
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
All the Wilderness
- Excerpt: …offers many insights into what goes on behind the scenes, but it presents an environment with minimal conflict and a ballet seen in sketches.
The Boy Next Door
- Excerpt: The performances here are generally unrefined, with most of the actors–including Wilson and Moore–barely going beyond rote line readings.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
- Excerpt: The power of the film’s critique is in the overall sensation of a claustrophobic, seemingly endless, and Kafkaesque nightmare from which no one can escape because of its circular logic.
- Excerpt: Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem’ Is Not Just Another Standard Courtroom Drama
Hard to Be a God
- Excerpt: Without knowledge of the source material, a 60s novel by ‘Stalker’ authors Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy, the movie can be inscrutable in its early goings, but give yourself over to this singular art film and you will be richly rewarded.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
The Last Five Years
- Excerpt: There’s a tendency to try to assign blame in the aftermath of a failed romance, but The Last Five Years won’t or, maybe, can’t do such a thing.
- Excerpt: If anything, Kendrick and Jordan get to showcase their stuff, carrying the music and the emotional beats of their story with aplomb, while the film itself remains curiously insular and doesn’t feel as emotionally gutting as it should for a sweeping romance.
Out of the Dark
Queen and Country
- Excerpt: a more reserved, less sensational treatment than those familiar with Boorman’s earlier film will most likely be expecting
- Excerpt: A sequel to Hope and Glory set in postwar England that proves to be an impressive coda to English writer/director John Boorman’s illustrious career.
- Excerpt: A funny and charming portrait of a burnt-out, middle-aged screenplay writer
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Excerpt: Check out time.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
What We Do in the Shadows
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Best of Me
Black Coal, Thin Ice
The Book of Life
Deliver Us from Evil
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Long Way Down
Magic in the Moonlight
Song of the Sea
The Two Faces of January
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
3 Holes and a Smoking Gun
All This Mayhem
Aussie Rules the World
- Excerpt: Dramatically restrained, Edmands deftly navigates the sadness of disconnect in our daily lives, and how terrible circumstances are often the impetus for waking up from that slumber.
- Excerpt: Drama about how a tragic incident in a working-class Maine town reverberates in the lives of six people.
- Excerpt: this little indie is worth a look for Amy Morton’s fine work and its regional production design, photographed by cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (“Ballet 422”) like a mournful ballad.
- Excerpt: Small-town tragedy wracks guilt in this muted character piece.
Catch Me Daddy
A Dark Reflection
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
- Excerpt: It is, as per usual for Hartley, a giddy, lightning-paced celebration of cheerfully terrible movies.
- Excerpt: Henri Henri might only be a 60 watt bulb, but it always looks like 100.
The Keeper of Lost Causes
Life in a Fishbowl
Man from Reno
Me, Myself and Mum
Once My Mother
Sea Without Shore
- Excerpt: Not so Suite.
What We Did On Our Holiday
Young Bodies Heal Quickly
- Excerpt: Suiting its self-consciously strange, decidedly non-commercial bent, Young Bodies Heal Quickly aims to function more as provocation than big statement, but its lack of dramatic specificity places it in a precarious middle ground between exacting character study and ethereal parable.