This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Sep. 20-22, 2013)

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: September 20, 2013

Wide (United States)

Prisoners

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Wide (United Kingdom)

The Call

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Diana

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Limited (United States)

C.O.G.

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Enough Said

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Rush

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A Single Shot

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Thanks for Sharing

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Limited (United Kingdom)

Cold Comes the Night

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A familiar-feeling crime thriller is enlivened by unexpectedly down-to-earth, hardbitten characters weighed down by the mundane weariness of life on the edge.

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It’s not terrible, despite being riddled with problems, but commits an arguably worse crime: it’s utterly forgettable.

Hawking

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Metro Manila

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: One of the most enrapturing experiences I’ve had at the movies in 2013: fiercely, grandly humanist, and almost unbearably tragic.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

After Tiller

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And While We Were Here

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Best Kept Secret

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Between Us

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Blackfish

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Blancanieves

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Blue Caprice

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Bullet to the Head

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Byzantium

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The Captains: Close-Up

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CBGB

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Clandestine Childhood

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The Colony

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The Croods

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Drinking Buddies

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Europa Report

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The Family

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A Field in England

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Good Ol’ Freda

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Grand Masti

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The Great Beauty

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The Great Gatsby

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Greetings from Tim Buckley

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Herb & Dorothy 50×50

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Home Sweet Home

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I Declare War

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I Give It a Year

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In a World…

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Informant

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Insidious: Chapter 2

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The Internship

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Iron Man 3

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Jack the Giant Slayer

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Jewtopia

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John Dies at the End

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The Lords of Salem

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Mama

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Mother of George

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Mud

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Museum Hours

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No

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Oblivion

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One Direction: This is Us

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Out of the Clear Blue Sky

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Oz the Great and Powerful

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Pain & Gain

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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The Place Beyond the Pines

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Reality

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Riddick

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Salinger

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The Short Game

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Short Term 12

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Side Effects

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Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

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The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow

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Snow Queen

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Some Girl(s)

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

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Springsteen & I

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Stranded

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Things Never Said

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To the Wonder

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Wadjda

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War Witch

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Warm Bodies

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Wasteland

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We Are What We Are

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White House Down

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World War Z

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The World’s End

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2013 Films Not Yet In Theaters

The Animal Project

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Furries roam the streets of Toronto in indie filmmaker Ingrid Veninger’s latest.

Approved for Adoption

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from the Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Best Offer

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: And just as Virgil is drawn to Clare, so are we to the film, slowly becoming compelled to find out just where this story is going. Touching, heartfelt, and melancholy (but never manipulative), Tornatore carefully strings us along until the quietly devastating conclusion.

Burt’s Buzz

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: From Toronto Film Fest, a fun biopic about Burt’s Bees founder Burt Shavitz, a man trapped by his brand.

Cheap Thrills

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Dark Touch

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Estar a meio entre o drama social e o fantástico não ajudará a ficar lendário em nenhum dos géneros, mas certamente conseguirá atingir o patamar de culto perante muitos espectadores, mesmo os que não sigam regularmente o trabalho da cineasta, e aposto que os prémios não se ficarão por aqui.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A Rashômon­-esque pas de deux

Fighting Fish

[New Today] Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: What I find most interesting about Fighting Fish is that it serves as an example of why it is not a good idea to stereotype female filmmakers. Maybe that’s enough of a reason to give a film like this, some consideration.

Gabrielle

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival

The Husband

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Bruce McDonald’s dark comedy is a biting take on masculinity

I Play with the Phrase Each Other

[New Today] Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Last Days

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

  • Excerpt: Visualmente está muy bien, pero narrativamente es un desastre que no tiene ni pies ni cabeza, y sí toneladas y toneladas de aburrimiento.

The Last Tycoon

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Nobody’s Daughter Hae-Won

Jesse Cataldo @ Slant Magazine

Our Man in Tehran

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Documentary about former Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor’s role in the Iranian Hostage Crisis

The Painting

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Animation studios outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have two choices: emulate the CG comedies that flourish while likely feeling like a pale imitation or opt for something more creative and less conventional.

Rewind This

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Scenic Route

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

  • Excerpt: Not only do the Goetz brothers deliver an entertaining psychological thriller, but they also provide a harrowing journey of self-discovery, one where having a best friend along for the ride makes a world of difference.

Sisters & Brothers

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

  • Excerpt: Not having seen the two preceding this one or knowing how they were filmed, this movie is annoyingly episodic, changing emotional gears as often as it does conversations. It largely feels like a pilot for a possible TV series, a really crummy and frustratingly tedious show that would have been canceled immediately following its first night on the air.

Under the Skin

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival

Unforgiven (2013)

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Japanese remake of the Clint Eastwood western ‘Unforgiven’ holds its own against the original.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

James Marsh @ Twitch

You Are Here

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Fest, The “Mad Men” creator’s writing chops and compassion for flawed people overcomes a rocky transition to film in this Owen Wilson-Zach Galifianakis comedy.

2012 Films

The Assault

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Bully

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Chasing Ice

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A Liar’s Autobiography

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A Little Bit of Heaven

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Ping Pong

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Rising from Ashes

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: File it under the subgenre “feel-good documentary.” “Rising from Ashes” is simple, direct and ultimately uplifiting.

Sound of My Voice

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Space Junk 3D

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The IMAX format’s giant dimensions and powerful sound are ordinarily enough to sustain interest through the short 40-minute standard runtime. Removed from the six-story screen and its visceral soundtrack scaled back, Space Junk 3D lacks both the visuals and the substance to make a meaningful impression.

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