This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 28-30, 2012)

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: September 28, 2012

Multinational Releases

Wide (United States)

Hotel Transylvania

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Looper

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Won’t Back Down

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Wide (United Kingdom)

The Campaign

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Resident Evil: Retribution

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Limited (United States)

Pitch Perfect

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Solomon Kane

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Limited (United Kingdom)

Barbara

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2012 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

10 Years

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About Cherry

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The Bay

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Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

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The Cabin in the Woods

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Chimpanzee

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Cloud Atlas

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The Cold Light of Day

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The Dark Knight Rises

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Dark Shadows

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Dreams of a Life

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Dredd

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End of Watch

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Head Games

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Hit and Run

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Hope Springs

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House at the End of the Street

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Hyde Park on Hudson

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Katy Perry: Part of Me

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Killing Them Softly

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Magic Mike

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The Master

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Moonrise Kingdom

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The Moth Diaries

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The Pact

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ParaNorman

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Premium Rush

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Prometheus

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Resident Evil: Damnation

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Room 237

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The Salt of Life

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The Samaritan

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Savages

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Sightseers

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Sinister

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Sister

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Snow White and the Huntsman

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The Source

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Strip Mahjong: Battle Royale

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Strippers vs. Werewolves

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Taken 2

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Ted

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To Rome With Love

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Trouble with the Curve

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V/H/S

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The Watch

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2012 Films Not Yet In Theaters

Caesar Must Die

George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

Dormant Beauty

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: E’ la notte in cui Eluana Englaro, la ragazza in coma vegetativo da 17 anni, viene trasferita da Lecco alla clinica La Quiete di Udine: qui finalmente pochi giorni dopo il suo corpo troverà la pace tanto attesa.; Il film di Marco Bellocchio comincia con quel viaggio in ambulanza, ma non racconta la storia di Eluana.

E stato il figlio

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Daniele Ciprì qui al suo debutto come regista, dopo i film girati in coppia con Franco Maresco, sembra guardare invece alla sua Palermo, filtrata dal romanzo di Roberto Alajmo, con un occhio grottesco e tragico in pari misura.

Headshot

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: One of the finest action films I’ve seen this year.

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

  • Excerpt: Headshot is not so much an action movie as it is an introspective, badass character study.

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: That Headshot is perhaps incorrectly acclaimed as a return is more due to the framework of familiarity provided by certain genre trappings. As much as Pen-Ek’s previous films, Headshot is about a character trying to find his bearings in unfamiliar territory.

Here and There

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Hole

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: The director’s choice of chilling images—a clownish doll, a ghostly little girl, and a faceless hulking figure—border on the cliche, but are invested with a primal quality of fear that perfectly applies to this story.

The Holy Quaternity

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

Jump

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Jump is a 2012 film from Kieron J. Walsh, best known for When Brendan Met Trudy. While his previous film was informed by the French New Wave and the Celtic Tiger, his new, darker film seems much more in the thrall of the American independent cinema of the 1990s and early 2000s.

Liv & Ingmar

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …while Bergman’s ability to be his own harshest critic made it unnecessary to invite the commentary of others in BERGMAN ISLAND, Ullman’s inability to look outside of her own tempestuous feelings call out for the inclusion of Bergman’s voice in something more extensive than a few letters read aloud by an actor.

Lore

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

Pietà

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: “Che cos’è il denaro? L’inizio e la fine di tutto.”; Il protagonista del nuovo film di Kim Ki Duk è uno spietato esattore, che lavora per conto di uno strozzino. Gang-do è veramente detestabile, ed è un personaggio di cui in fondo ci importerebbe poco, un’essere umano solo dal punto di vista biologico.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Reality

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Nel tentativo di stare con i suoi simpatici personaggi e pure di metterne in scena l’alienazione, Garrone finisce per slabbrare una sceneggiatura troppo esile e per non accontentare nessuno.; Un’occasione colta solo a metà.

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Odd Man Out feels wrong-footed from the start in that [director Marina] Zenovich, so effective in keeping any editorializing to a minimum in her previous Polanski doc, seems to aggrandize her own involvement with the filmmaker as a way of getting us into the story about Polanski’s subsequent 2009 arrest in Switzerland.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

To the Wonder

Tom Clift @ Moviedex

  • Excerpt: If To the Wonder is the kind of film we get when Malick is prolific, I’d rather he took another ten or twenty years off.

Wolf Children

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

2011 Films

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Ides of March

Dragan Antulov @ Aktual [Croatian]

Melancholia

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

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Moneyball

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

The Rum Diary

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Shark Night

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: With the proliferation of new takes on the old genre, it’s a bit surprising that something like Shark Night can’t distinguish its chum from the next teens-in-peril slasher flick.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Texas Killing Fields

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Trespass

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War Horse

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Wuthering Heights

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