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: July 20, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises
Limited (United States)
The Well Digger’s Daughter
Limited (United Kingdom)
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
I Am Bruce Lee
In Your Hands
Revenge of the Electric Car
- Excerpt: Less thrilling than Paine’s 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, this follow-up takes a more personal approach
2012 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
21 Jump Street
The Amazing Spider-Man
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Casa De Mi Padre
Family Portrait in Black and White
God Bless America
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
Neil Young Journeys
Oslo, August 31
The Queen of Versailles
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Seeking a Friend For the End of the World
Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
To Rome with Love
The Turin Horse
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection
2012 Films Not Yet In Theaters
Beauty Beneath The Dirt
It’s Never Too Late
- Excerpt: Despite its more heavy-handed aspects, Fluk shows potential behind the camera, with a good eye for framing and a bravery when it comes to giving the mood of a scene time to develop.
The King is Dead
- Excerpt: The King is Dead has some great comic asides, and the finale paints Max and Therese into a genuinely dangerous and entertaining corner.
- Excerpt: Although never less than immersive, the documentary suffers from Solnicki’s freeform approach, which has a tendency to offer a lack of context.
The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Holligan
- Excerpt: Nevern is physical enough when the plot calls for it (which is probably less than most genre fans would like) but he aims to make his character, Mike, an everyman. Scenes of distress suggest not just anger but also vulnerability, making it easier for viewers to put themselves in his shoes, making the sort of threats that are two a penny on the big screen seem meaningful again.
- Excerpt: Hard-hitting period drama which although containing a carefully wrought love story, never romanticises the past.
- Excerpt: Adventurous and engaging, particularly for those who love Irish cinema
Phil Hall @ Film Threat
- Excerpt: A new documentary on singer/songwriter Levi Weaver.
- Excerpt: Tchoupitoulas posits time and space as internal experience, embracing subjectivity and uncertainty, not so much recording what happens as helping you to imagine possibilities.
The Unspeakable Act
- Excerpt: Sallitt brings an unusually stringent intellectual level to proceedings that marks his film out from the largely immature field of its peers.