This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Wide (United States)

23 Blast

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The clunky script and amateurish performances are not unexpected in the faith-based genre, but its dubious “inspiration” gives even diehard-atheist me pause.

John Wick

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Expanding (United States)

St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Citizenfour

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.

Laggies

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s true that adults don’t always have the answers and sometimes make childish mistakes, Laggies says as long as you look like Keira Knightley everything will be fine.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: hysterically rendered cohorts are even more irksome, a barrage of squeals, snarls, and gunshots that are more repulsive in their exaggerated acting than any of their heinous crimes.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: lurid camp

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: White Bird in a Blizzard lacks momentum as a tawdry mystery, but it’s worth seeing for Woodley, Green, and Araki’s intoxicating sense of mood.

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Too slow-moving for a thriller, but shocking ending is almost worth waiting for.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

3 Days to Kill

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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The Babadook

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Genuinely horrific and deeply scary in a way that draws on the most primal of emotions. A horror flick with rare emotional and psychological resonance.

David William Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: Elegantly focusing on the extended chills the genre can provide, rather than short sharp shocks, Kent’s film will not be for those who favour their horror with buckets of blood, but it may prove impossible not to be drawn into the increasingly insular world.

Big Men

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: This doc tells the true story, with impressive access and documentation, about a little Texas company that finds oil in Ghana.

Birdman

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The Blue Room

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The Book of Life

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Dear White People

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film isn’t as funny as it could be, largely because Simien’s tone isn’t as fueled by anger as [Spike] Lee’s films, but when he scores, it’s often a bullseye.

Default

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: Setting itself apart from a crowded field of Somali pirate movies is a goal Default reaches for, but in choosing meaningless action over all else it’s never achieved.

Dracula Untold

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Eternity: The Movie

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Exists

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: With nary an original flourish in its little brain, despite some fleeting moments of genuine creepiness, the distraction of its mechanics work as resolutely against its effectiveness like a majority of all films in this vein, wherein cameras stay indefatigably in action no matter the dangers faced, and obvious editing and musical cues interfere with the rules of the game.

Extraterrestrial

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Felony

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Foxcatcher

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Fury

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The Golden Era

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Gone Girl

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The Great Museum

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: The only real downside to this otherwise fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary is that it shamelessly plagiarises Nicolas Philibert’s ‘La ville Louvre’.

The Heart Machine

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: New York filmmaker Zachary Wigon’s concise introspective thriller, by contrast, is a rare example of a work that operates outside expected approaches, showcasing a genuine fascination with the mind/body split engendered by Skyping, online dating, and constant app usage through a plot that doesn’t fuel itself on received wisdom, instead considering its isolated characters as though through an anthropological lens.

Hollows Grove

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: A virtual compendium of found footage clichés, all assembled in an unoriginal, lackluster manner.

Housebound

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The Judge

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Kill the Messenger

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Kundo: Age of the Rampant

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Left Behind

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Life After Beth

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Life of Riley

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: With a finale that suggests an ‘all’s well that ends well’ ideal, Life of Riley is a highly styled exercise from a master filmmaker, a bittersweet addendum to an impressive body of work.

Listen Up, Philip

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Magic in the Moonlight

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Maps to the Stars

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Julianne Moore gives a brave performance, but at times the determination to shock the audience reeks of desperation.

The Maze Runner

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Nightcrawler

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: I’m giving you a night crawl…

The November Man

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One Chance

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Pride

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Private Violence

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Tthe lid is just beginning to lift from the black hole of domestic violence and its pervasive infiltration into American society – at all socio-economic levels.

Rudderless

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

See No Evil 2

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Stonehearst Asylum

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an injustice to its vintage source material. Anderson can be a director of excitingly high concept, offbeat material, but Stonehearst is too glossy and too lugubrious to consider seriously.

Summer of Blood

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Tusk

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The Two Faces of January

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The Way He Looks

David William Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: Daniel Ribiero’s deft expansion of his exquisite short film allows the simple narrative more time to feel through its characters. It helps greatly that the young performers are so natural, not just in Lobo’s astonishing believability at playing blind, but in their rhythms and ability to place delicate reactions inside scenes that might otherwise contain very little.

We Are the Best!

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Whiplash

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Winter Sleep

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Poco visual y mal contada, y sin embargo, muy interesante.

Yves Saint Laurent

Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Cak i oni gledatelji naviknuti na rutinske nedostatke suvremenih biografskih filmova osjetit ce se zakinutima.

2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Blue Jasmine

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Apesar de já ser bastante pesado, se não tivesse a comédia forçada – e sabemos que Allen não precisa disso – podia ser o filme do ano. Um dramalhão sobre uma mulher no ponto de ruptura, pode não ser fácil de vender, mas seria inesquecível.

Vikingdom

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Made by Malaysians and played out on CGI-sets that look like black metal album covers, ‘Vikingdom’ is an odd film whose stupid title telegraphs the level of sophistication involved.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

The Dark Valley

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Delicious

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: http://antestreia.blogspot.pt/2014/09/delicious-por-nuno-reis.html

Heimat: Home from Home

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]

Jauja

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Two things are new here in Alonso’s unyielding world: a leading lonely man with palpable emotions and motivations made clear to the audience rather than willfully obfuscated, and a willingness to allow the environment to assume the interior dimensions of this character.

Walking on Sunshine

Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Džuboks mjuzikl koji uspijeva ništa više ni ništa manje nego što je uspjela ‘Mamma Mia’.

Wolf

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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