This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (May 15-17, 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: May 15-17, 2015

Wide (United States)

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Pitch Perfect 2

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Limited (United States)

Animals

[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Every Secret Thing

[New Today] Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Documentarian Amy Berg’s narrative debut is a cool-to-the-touch abduction mystery deeply soaked in adolescent resentments but lacking her usual punch.

Good Kill

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: although all the pieces form a tidy little puzzle, the end result has about as much impact as spending two hours assembling a picture out of colored cardboard.

[New Today] Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]

I’ll See You in My Dreams

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: I’ll See You in My Dreams is not a movie about death any more than it’s about aging. At the risk of being corny, it’s a movie about life.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: It is a delight to see Danner in a lead role, and her character study bubbles with a relatable, melancholy feistiness bolstered by strong support…”I’ll See You in My Dreams” is a small scale marvel.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

1971

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Droll and whimsical, for the most part it’s good fun, a modern take on the old Ealing template.

About Elly

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The Age of Adaline

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Bravetown

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A weird combination of saccharine drama with ‘Footloose,’ deadly earnest but utterly nincredible, the good intentions overwheklmed by silly theatrics.

Cinderella

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Clouds of Sils Maria

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The Connection

[New Today] William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Although all the pieces form a tidy little puzzle, the end result has about as much impact as spending two hours assembling a picture out of colored cardboard.

The D Train

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Escobar: Lost Paradise

[New Today] Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]

Ex Machina

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Far from the Madding Crowd

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The Forger

[New Today] Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]

Gerontophilia

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Girlhood

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Hippocrates

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Hot Pursuit

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I Am Big Bird

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: We get the surface of who this man is, but—and perhaps this is a testament to the man himself—we want to know more.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

In the Name of My Daughter

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Eventually, just as we’ve started to get a handle on the tone, the film starts down the other side of the hill, becoming beguilingly more diffuse before a final, extended coda casts everything in a new light. It’s a film you may want to see more than once.

Infini

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Iris

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
[New Today] Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection
[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: The documentary leaves no doubt that Maysles was captivated by Iris Apfel, and it’s probable that you will be too.

Jimmy’s Hall

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Despite the serious subject matter, Jimmy’s Hall is one of the lightest and breeziest features in the long and distinguished career of director Loach.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Lazarus Effect

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Maggie

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Mortdecai

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Ned Rifle

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Piku

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Playing It Cool

Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Watching this disappointing movie left me with a bad case of the rom-com blues.

Predestination

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Reality

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: A strange and multi-layered narrative, you’ll either laugh or scratch your head at Quentin Dupieux’s latest.

La Sapienza

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Seymour: An Introduction

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Skin Trade

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Admittedly, Tony Jaa’s ability to speak English is stiff. Fortunately, he remains fluent in kicking ass, which he does several times throughout Skin Trade.

Slow West

[New Today] Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In John Maclean’s stealthily strange western, a blissed-out Scottish teen journeys across the American high plains, circa 1870, in search of his lady love. Reality intrudes in the form of Michael Fassbender as his grizzled spirit guide.

Tangerines

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Testament of Youth

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A compassionate, distressing tale of a woman’s determination to find her own purpose, full of heartbreaking moments that pile up until they’re unbearable.

Time Lapse

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

Underdogs

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Unfriended

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The Voices

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The Water Diviner

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The Wedding Ringer

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Welcome to Me

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: This isn’t funny. It’s sad and disheartening and demeaning…

White God

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Wild Canaries

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Wild Tales

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Connection

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: It may take Jimenez a tad too long to discover the heart of his own story but he does get there and the journey, while conventional, is at least a good time.

Rosewater

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Top Five

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Bikes vs. Cars

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Ivory Tower

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Life and Mind of Mark Defriest

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Malý pán (The Little Man)

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Weird, wild, and wonderfully inventive: director Radek Beran’s new film Malý pán (The Little Man) is the kind of children’s film they just don’t make any more. Filled to the brim with imaginatively-designed characters and surreal storytelling techniques, the movie continues a long tradition of superb Czech animated features, though it isn’t, technically, animated.

Pára-me de repente o Pensamento

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Peace Officer

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Roar

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: This has the same charm as Drafthouse’s “Miami Connection,” only with jungle cats instead of drug-dealing ninjas. It captures the very essence of a midnight movie during which people can knock back a few and have a lot of fun at the train wreck they see.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: An incoherent mess, a mesmerizing bore, and yet strangely compelling.

Der Samurai

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Selma

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A Woman Like Me

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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