This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 17-19, 2015)

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), 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: Apr. 17-19, 2015

Wide (United States)

Monkey Kingdom

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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True Story

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Unfriended

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Limited (United States)

Alex of Venice

[New Today] Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Beyond the Reach

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A nifty little morality play set in the Mojave Desert.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Child 44

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Child 44 doesn’t just lose the plot. It loses the point.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Dead Lands

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection
Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: The reality is that The Dead Lands is nothing more than a phony collection of storytelling clichés held under the banner of archetype and lent a modicum of weight by the splendor of the landscape and the detail of the face-paint jobs. Essentially, the Maoris remain unrepresented.

[New Today] Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Felix and Meira

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

5 to 7

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …like a marriage between American screwball romantic comedies and the French New Wave

Alien Outpost

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Amour Fou

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: What makes this little film such a gem? In good part it’s the dry-as-bones wit with which Hausner spins her tale of self-indulgent romanticism.

Black Sea

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Black Souls

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Blackhat

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Boy Meets Girl

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Broken Horses

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Cheatin’

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Cinderella

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Clouds of Sils Maria

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Danny Collins

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Desert Dancer

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: If you read a daily newspaper, you already know more than Desert Dancer

The DUFF

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The Duke of Burgundy

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Effie Gray

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Ex Machina

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Furious 7

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Girlhood

George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

The Gunman

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The Hand That Feeds

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A rousing documentary and the most hopeful political film of 2015 about the triumph of a small union.

The Harvest

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Secret Garden’ meets ‘Misery,’ anyone? McNaughton’s first film is far too long has much to recommend it, incluing a shriek-worthy performance by Morton. ‘No wire hangers, EVER!’

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

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The Human Experiment

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A harrowing look at the irresponsibility of the pharmaceutical industry and its continuing use of unsafe chemicals.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

It Follows

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Jauja

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Though admiring the filmmaker’s innovation and inclination for minimalism, the lack of linearity and narrative structure is to the film’s detriment.

Kill Me Three Times

Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online

  • Excerpt: It gives me no pleasure to tell you that Simon Pegg’s latest, “Kill Me Three Times,” is terrible. But perhaps it’ll bring you some solace that it’s not really Pegg’s fault.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Lambert & Stamp

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: You don’t need to be fan of The Who to enjoy this documentary. It’s universal themes include an analysis of opposites attracting, genius marketing, creative nurturing and the inevitable clashing dynamics of a rock ‘n roll band.

Last Knights

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Last Five Years

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The Lazarus Effect

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A Little Chaos

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Romantic and funny and smart and wise and just plain different. This is a historical costume dramedy romp about gardening. How cool is that?

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: A sumptuously filmed period piece from Alan Rickman (his second film as director after 1997’s The Winter Guest), A Little Chaos might be lightweight in conception, but it’s brought to vivid life through some evocative atmosphere and a pair of sympathetic performances in the lead.

The Longest Ride

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Lost River

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Maps to the Stars

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Marfa Girl

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: When not taking timeouts for gratuitous sex, Clark’s characters drone on and on about sex. This being the case, whatever the director has to say about life on the Texas border or the treatment of undocumented immigrants feels both inconsequential and disingenuous.

Merchants of Doubt

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Mortdecai

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Run All Night

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The Salt of the Earth

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The Sisterhood of Night

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: While very nicely fashioned, winds up as an oddly prosaic cautionary tale [with] the air of an upscale afterschool special.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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The Squeeze

[New Today] Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Won’t efface memories of the best caper pictures. Golfgers, however, may well find it a pleasant diversion. At least it shouldn’t tee them off.

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: One of my favorite golf movies!

Tangerines

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Trainwreck

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s that bitterness mixed with sensitivity that comes through and makes her personality someone we want to embrace.

Welcome to New York

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Who better to play a world-class letch than Depardieu whose Rebalaisian excesses on and off screen are legendary?

What We Do in the Shadows

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While We’re Young

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White God

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Wild Tales

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Woman in Gold

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Babadook

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The Guest

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The Homesman

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Into the Woods

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Mommy

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A Most Violent Year

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Mr. X

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Out to Kill

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: “Out to Kill” is one of many films of modern Queer Cinema that can’t quite seem to put all the pieces together to break out from its narrow demographic attachment.

Still Alice

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Amar Akbar and Tony

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

A Brilliant Young Mind

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Bypass

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Hopkins inclination to be artistic and creative, while admirable, does little but ensure this production revels far more in the style, and not quite so much in the substance.

The Dinner

George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Dying to Know

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Gay Dillingham’s profound, uplifting documentary takes us on a journey to that border no fence can keep us from crossing.

Glassland

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Little House

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The New Girlfriend

Panagiotis (Pete) Gkaris @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

The Noble Family

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sweet Georgia Brown

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: What is compelling is the subject matter — the corps of dedicated, patriotic women who served a country that still treated them officially as second-class citizens, discriminated against both by race and by gender.

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