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This Week, Part 2 (Aug. 21-23, 2015)

Because of embargoes, 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: August 21-23, 2015

Wide (United States)

American Ultra

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Hitman: Agent 47

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Sinister 2

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Limited (United States)

6 Years

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Distances itself from other flawed relationship narratives with excellent acting and a subversion of gender roles.

Digging for Fire

Kenji Fujishima @ Brooklyn Magazine

Grandma

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: it is a sheer delight to watch Tomlin interact with a widely varied supporting cast, putting subtle spins on each encounter that builds Elle Reid from the outside in.

Learning to Drive

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a lovely story of moving out of middle aged comfort zones during times of romantic crisis rendered both humorous and affecting by leads Clarkson and Kingsley.

She’s Funny That Way

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: While it’s tempting to fixate on the facets of modern Big Apple life that are missing from this decidedly concentrated portrait, it’s more fulfilling to look at what is there: a vision of the privileged class as a comically insular world, and its recognition of the idea that the paths taken by the privileged to reach their seemingly perfectly upheld lives haven’t necessarily been any less fraught with self-denied compromise and regret than those of less fortunate city dwellers.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

10,000 Saints

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Amnesiac

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Appropriate Behavior

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Being Evel

Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: But Being Evel is the sort of documentary you didn’t realize you needed until it was made.

Big Sky

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Boulevard

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Clouds of Sils Maria

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Cop Car

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The Curse of Downers Grove

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Cut Bank

José M. Robado @ CineCrítico [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Estupendo thriller que esconde una magnifica historia de redención entre generaciones.

Dark Places

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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The End of the Tour

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Extinction

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: El trabajo de dirección de Miguel Ángel Vivas eleva el material de esta propuesta post-apocalíptica que a la postre es una digna pero irregular serie B. Pese a todo, el mundo todavía gira.

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Fantastic Four

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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Final Girl

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Final Girl’ centres on a complete reversal of circumstances when a group of serial killers set their sights on the wrong victim.

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too bloody and violent for me, but this thriller proves Abigail Breslin is all grown up now and still ready for her close ups.

Fort Tilden

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: While Allie and Harper’s personalities may be like nails on the chalkboard, it takes a hell of a lot of work to create such irritating personas — that is a high compliment to Bliss and Rogers’ writing and the performances of Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott.

Gemma Bovery

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Gift

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The Harvest

Oktay Kozak @ DVD Talk

Insidious Chapter 3

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Jauja

Oktay Kozak @ DVD Talk

Jimmy’s Hall

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Come for the animation; stay for the poetry

The Longest Ride

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Meru

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: As intense as any action blockbuster at times. Don’t try and understand why some men must climb impossible peaks; your pleasure is to sit back and watch them do it.

Minions

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Mistress America

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One and Two

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Masterfully lensed by Autumn Durald, One and Two gives the allusion of a big budget studio film — perhaps a superhero origin story for Eva and Zac? Similar to what Chronicle did for Josh Trank, One and Two seems destined to catapult Palermo into the director’s chair of a Hollywood production.

Paper Towns

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Parallels

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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People Places Things

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: With People Places Things, writer-director James C. Strouse completes a trifecta of films about floundering single fathers. Grace is Gone might just be the best of the three films; but People Places Things, albeit much simpler, is a very close second, succeeding in its authentic, personal and sentimental approach to the subject.

Pressure

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Prince

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Queen of Earth

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: this dual character study, featuring a balls out performance from Moss and an eerie one from Waterston feels like so many other movies, everything from “3 Women” to “Your Sister’s Sister” to “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Repulsion,” yet defies coming into its own focus.

Return to Sender

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: Rosamund Pike plays a familiar role in ‘Return to Sender,’ which centres on a rape victim who goes to extreme lengths to regain control of her life.

Ricki and the Flash

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Rosenwald

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Enlightening documentary, detailing one man’s amazingly effective philanthropy…

Samba

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Straight Outta Compton

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Tag

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Tomorrowland

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Tracers

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Trainwreck

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Turbo Kid

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

All Is Well

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Ground We Won

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Christopher Pryor’s documentary about lower league rugby in rural New Zealand – shot in stunning black and white – is a fascinating fly-on-the-wall piece on masculinity, identity, and the merit of sports.

Hunterrr

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Marshland

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Without sacrificing its considerable entertainment value, ‘La isla mínima’ explores the murky depths of post-dictatorship Spain.

The Mayor

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: This heavy-handed would-be satire on political corruption in Brazil must rank as one of the most unsubtle films of all time.

The Mirror

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Pretentious, indulgent, and excruciatingly boring – Rodrigo Lima’s take on the kind of cinematic impressionism perfected by Tsai Ming-liang, Carlos Reygadas, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the worst kind of stereotypical art cinema.

Orion

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Plague

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

The Postman’s White Nights

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Treatment

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Updated: August 24, 2015 — 12:23 am

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