This Week, Part 1 (Oct. 16-18, 2015)

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. 16-18, 2015

Wide (United States)

Bridge of Spies

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Crimson Peak

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Goosebumps

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Expanding (United States)

Finders Keepers

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Steve Jobs

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Limited (United States)

The Assassin

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The Assassin cannot be reduced to some alternate, arty version of a wuxia movie. It is a wuxia movie in every sense and it is also overwhelmingly artful.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An enchanting cinematic work of art that turns a martial arts drama into a meditation on beauty and empathy.

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

Beasts of No Nation

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: What ultimately makes BEASTS OF NO NATION worthwhile are the two performances at its center. Elba is a formidable enough presence. Attah not only holds his own onscreen with Elba, the young actor occasionally eclipses him.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA

  • Excerpt: Beasts Of No Nation’ is a grim study in blistering, bruising and unrelenting misery. You should watch it immediately.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Undeniably hard to watch, but also a dramatically wrenching depiction of contemporary realities one might prefer to ignore—but shouldn’t.

Momentum

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Room

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: I wish I could have stopped the film — numerous times — simply to give myself a chance to step back from an emotional precipice of horror and tension.

Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive

  • Excerpt: The most vital aspects of the film, the lives of Joy and Jack, are when it is at its best. It is an uncompromising look at trauma, abuse and neglect and the tenacity and determination required to overcome life’s trials while remaining a steadfast and dependable parent and guardian.

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Tales of Halloween

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Truth

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: After two hours of distracting us from the real story, it has the nerve to feign grandiosity, weakly gesturing at observations about American journalism that were made with more strength and elegance ten years ago in Good Night, and Good Luck. Truth pretends to stand for the unvarnished virtues of pure journalism while partaking in the very same obfuscation and bias it condemns.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Intense and tantalizing, delving into the deplorable decline of modern journalism…

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

99 Homes

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Addicted to Fresno

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Ashby

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Big Stone Gap

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

  • Excerpt: A heartfelt and earnest homespun comedy about the family ties that bind us all together.

Black Mass

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The Boy from Geita

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

A Brilliant Young Mind

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Brooklyn

Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Lively and lovely, Brooklyn is a delight that will bring you to tears, but leave you smiling.

Dukhtar

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Everest

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The Final Girls

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The Forbidden Room

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

Freeheld

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Furious 7

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The Gift

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He Named Me Malala

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: A treat for film buffs.

The Inhabitants

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: It’s a step up from the Rasmussens’ John Carpenter collaboration The Ward because it isn’t afraid to let its mysteries exist without easy answers. There’s no attempt for twists, just a barebones, atmospherically tense ghost thriller moving at its own pace.

Inside Out

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Insidious Chapter 3

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Junun

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: It’s a very enjoyable lark, thanks not only to the great music on display, but also Anderson’s clear love for the setting, but a lark nonetheless. It’s an esoteric work from a major filmmaker, and one that looks like it provided a welcome opportunity for Anderson to get away from the grind of promoting Inherent Vice.

The Keeping Room

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Knock Knock

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Legend

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The Martian

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Mississippi Grind

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Nina Forever

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

No Escape

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Pan

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Partisan

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Pay the Ghost

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Sicario

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Stonewall

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Straight Outta Compton

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Tab Hunter Confidential

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Taxi

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Time Out of Mind

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Trash

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: The boys deliver truly engrossing performances full of drama and inexplicably the same amount of optimism despite it. Each one proving the capacity to instill change is within us all.

Victoria

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The Walk

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Yakuza Apocalypse

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

  • Excerpt: Yakuza Apocalypse may not be Miike’s best film, and lord knows he’ll try to top it ten times over, but it’s the only one to feature a kung-fu frog monster destroyer of worlds.

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Aaaaaaaah!

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

After Eden

Diego Salgado @ Diagonal [Spanish]

The Beach of the Drowned

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Bota

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Albania’s Oscar submission is a hidden gem.

The Club

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

De Palma

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: More edited than directed, “De Palma” is rightfully content to let the director of such classics as “Carrie” and “Scarface” tell the story of his career.

Drown

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

In the Room

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Invitation

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Jazbaa

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Miles Ahead

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Don Cheadle’s independently produced labor of love is an exquisitely polished love letter to the iconic genius who revolutionized music five times over during the 20th century.

Naciye

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Night of the Living Deb

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Parisienne

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Silence of the Flies

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Sky

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Surface

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

A Syrian Love Story

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Heart-breaking and important

Tig

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Tig manages to sort through the messiness of a tumultuous period in its subject’s life without completely smoothing them out. While that’s an admirable achievement, it also prevents the film from reaching much of a conclusion or a point of catharsis.

Where to Invade Next

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Where to Invade Next might be Moore’s shrewdest move yet.

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