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This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Feb. 27-Mar. 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: Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

Wide (United States)

Focus

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The Lazarus Effect

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Limited (United States)

Everly

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • 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

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A hard-hitting and disturbing documentary about the treatment of women who have been sexually assaulted on U. S. College campuses.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Maps to the Stars

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The Salvation

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • 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.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Ballet 422

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Blackhat

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The Boy Next Door

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Drunktown’s Finest

Mark Dujsik @ RogerEbert.com

  • Excerpt: The performances here are generally unrefined, with most of the actors–including Wilson and Moore–barely going beyond rote line readings.

The DUFF

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Fifty Shades of Grey

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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • 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.

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem’ Is Not Just Another Standard Courtroom Drama

Hard to Be a God

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

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Jauja

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jupiter Ascending

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Last Five Years

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • 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.

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • 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.

Match

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

McFarland, USA

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Mortdecai

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Out of the Dark

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Predestination

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Project Almanac

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Queen and Country

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: a more reserved, less sensational treatment than those familiar with Boorman’s earlier film will most likely be expecting

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • 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.

The Rewrite

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A funny and charming portrait of a burnt-out, middle-aged screenplay writer

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Check out time.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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Timbuktu

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VANish

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

What We Do in the Shadows

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Wild Tales

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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Alive Inside

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American Sniper

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Beneath

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

The Best of Me

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Birdman

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Black Coal, Thin Ice

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Book of Life

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Cake

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Calvary

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The Circle

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Citizenfour

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Deliver Us from Evil

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Devil’s Knot

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Foxcatcher

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The Gambler

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Hercules

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Honeymoon

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Ida

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The Imitation Game

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In Fear

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Into the Woods

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John Wick

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Leviathan

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Long Way Down

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Magic in the Moonlight

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National Gallery

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Nightcrawler

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Red Army

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Rosewater

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Selma

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Song of the Sea

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The Two Faces of January

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Whiplash

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

3 Holes and a Smoking Gun

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

All This Mayhem

Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Aussie Rules the World

Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Beyond Clueless

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Bluebird

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • 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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Drama about how a tragic incident in a working-class Maine town reverberates in the lives of six people.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Small-town tragedy wracks guilt in this muted character piece.

Boys

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Catch Me Daddy

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Coming Home

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Common Denominator

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

A Dark Reflection

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It is, as per usual for Hartley, a giddy, lightning-paced celebration of cheerfully terrible movies.

Family Goldmine

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Henri Henri

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Henri Henri might only be a 60 watt bulb, but it always looks like 100.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Life in a Fishbowl

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Man from Reno

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Me, Myself and Mum

Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Once My Mother

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Samurai

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Sea Without Shore

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Stray Dog

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Suite Francaise

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Not so Suite.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Young Bodies Heal Quickly

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • 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.
Updated: February 27, 2015 — 11:00 am

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