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This Week, Part 2 (Feb. 26-28, 2016)

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: Feb. 26-28, 2016

Wide (United States)

Eddie the Eagle

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Gods of Egypt

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Triple 9

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Limited (United States)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as lovelorn warrior Shu Lien this belated sequel to Ang Lee’s worldwide smash hit wuxia drama, directed by Hong Kong action legend Yuen Wo-ping.

The Last Man on the Moon

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A superb documentary that helps us to imagine what it was like to be an astronaut and to walk on the moon.

Kenji Fujishima @ Paste
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Spellbinding! A vital, wondrous piece of history is beautifully preserved.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The 5th Wave

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Amy

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Anomalisa

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The Benefactor

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The Big Short

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Bridge of Spies

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Brooklyn

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The Boy

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The Brothers Grimsby

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Camino

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: … a lean, rugged addition to the warrior princess subgenre … Bell once again metes out swift justice to men who badly underestimate her capacity to crack spines …

The Choice

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Contracted: Phase 2

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Works much better than expected, considering it largely disregards the ideas that made its predecessor so interesting.

A Country Called Home

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ RogerEbert.com

  • Excerpt: The third act in particular becomes an awkward mixture of broad comedy and pathos.

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: Lacks the clear vision to know how to distinguish itself from a hundred other similar movies.

Crocodile Gennadiy

[New Today] Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: The promise of more keeps us engaged and the absence of it disappoints. This is too bad because when it works it is captivating.

Deadpool

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Demolition

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Demolition, man.

Detective Chinatown

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Chen Sicheng follows up romantic anthology Beijing Love Story (2014) with this high-energy crime caper in which a down-at-heel detective in Bangkok’s Chinatown goes on the run after being implicated in a murder-robbery case.

Embrace of the Serpent

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A serpent is a slithery, spectacular thing.

Exposed

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: To call it disjointed is an understatement: Exposed is unintelligible. It feels like two completely different movies inelegantly Frankensteined together.

The Finest Hours

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The Forest

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Forsaken

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Green Room

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Hail, Caesar!

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The Hateful Eight

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High-Rise

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: The (High-)Rise and Fall…

Knight of Cups

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: L’ultimo dei grandi maestri degli anni ’70, il più isolato e schivo, il più geloso della propria privacy, continua a stupire.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Kung Fu Panda 3

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The Lady in the Van

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Listen to Me Marlon

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Mammal

[New Today] Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Human animal.

Mastizaade

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Mojin: The Lost Legend

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: After breaking box office records in China with his 2012 film, Painted Skin: The Resurrection, director Wuershan returns with the star-studded fantasy adventure Mojin – The Lost Legend, which follows a team of expert tomb raiders in search of a mythical stone that grants eternal life. Chen Kun, Shu Qi and Huang Bo star as the legendary “Mojin Xiaowei” adventurers, whose centuries-old team retires after Bayi (Chen) sees a hallucination of his long-dead first love while on a mission.

The Monkey King 2

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Cheang Pou-soi’s sequel to his own 2014 monster hit ($168m in China alone) is a considerably more coherent and assured production, boasting slick visuals and spirited central performances from Aaron Kwok and Gong Li.

Mountains May Depart

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Mr. Six

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: In Mr Six, an ailing, retired gangster returns to the fray after a group of rich-kid punks kidnap his teenage son. Feng Xiaogang, the blockbuster director of The Banquet, Aftershock and If You Are the One, steps in front of the camera to play the anti-hero, venting the frustrations of his generation in the process.

My All American

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Neerja

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Norm of the North

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Our Brand Is Crisis

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Race

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Rams

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Regression

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Revenant

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Ride Along 2

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Risen

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Rock the Kasbah

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Room

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Secret in Their Eyes

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Snowtime!

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Review of the Canadian animated feature.

Son of Saul

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Southbound

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Spotlight

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Straight Outta Compton

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Tag

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: Opening with a busload of schoolgirls being violently sheared in half by a malevolent wind, Sion Sono’s Tag certainly gets off to a promising start. But the provocative Japanese auteur soon finds himself wallowing in lurid exploitation and unpleasant misogyny.

Touched with Fire

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Trumbo

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Truth

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A War

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Where to Invade Next

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The Witch

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Woodlawn

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A film taken with the singular American delusion that Jesus loves football… though it also throws in a new delusion: Jesus hates the U.S. Constitution.

Zoolander 2

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Zootopia

Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]

  • Excerpt: It’s funny, surprisingly dark at times, and very timely. While it may not be quite up there with ‘Tangled’ and ‘Big Hero 6’, ‘Zootopia’ is a laudably mature effort from Disney.

2016 Films (Coming Soon)

2 Nights TIll Morning

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Marie-Josée Croze gives her best performance since ‘The Barbarian Invasions’

The Evil That Men Do

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Interior

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: No matter where you go, the universe is a total jerk.

La La La at Rock Bottom

James Marsh @ South China Morning Post

  • Excerpt: Director Nobuhiro Yamashita, who scored a massive hit with Linda Linda Linda, delivers another musically fuelled comedy drama about a young hoodlum who finds his voice fronting a traditional pop band.

The Lesson

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Mermaid

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Stephen Chow Sing-chi infuses his latest romantic comedy with a powerful ecological message, as a beautiful young mermaid is tasked with seducing the rich tycoon who is destroying her ocean home.

The Truth Commissioner

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: You can’t handle the truth commissioner…

Where You’re Meant to Be

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Updated: February 26, 2016 — 12:52 pm

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