This Week, Part 1 (Oct. 9-11, 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. 9-11, 2015

Wide (United States)

Pan

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Expanding (United States)

99 Homes

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The Walk

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Limited (United States)

The Final Girls

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Director Todd Strauss-Schulson milks it for every knowing wink at the genre’s filmmaking tropes while grounding it with a truly moving theme of grief and letting go.

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: The term “love letter” in terms of cinematic homage has never been used more accurately than in the case of Friday the 13th-esque THE FINAL GIRLS.

Steve Jobs

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: If Sorkin’s screenplay for The Social Network turned Mark Zuckerberg into Charles Foster Kane, Steve Jobs morphs its Silicon Valley anti-hero into King Lear. Only this time, the neglected daughter of the passion play is supplanted by three siblings of glass and aluminum.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Kinetic & enigmatic – it’s extraordinary entertainment, eminently suitable for its iconic, yet inscrutable subject.

Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound

  • Excerpt: An ingenious structure and Aaron Sorkin’s typically sharp dialogue elevate this exploration of the Apple icon beyond the standard biopic.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

45 Years

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: 45 Years’ is an exceptional film, rich in depth thanks in no small part to Haigh’s brilliant script, whose perfectly weighted dialogue has the serious wit and the incisiveness of Ozon, Leigh, and Bergman.

’71

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Alleluia

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Anomalisa

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: An inventive bit of stop-motion brilliance which seizes upon the inherent falsities of its chosen medium and employs them as a driving force in the examination of tedium and the apathetic perception of sameness as one grows old.

Ant-Man

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Bikes vs Cars

Greg Klymkiw @ The Film Corner

  • Excerpt: The movie, and by extension, Gertten’s entire mise-en-scene and editorial structure, sneak up on you. Once he and the film have you in their clutches, there’s very little to do but wend your way freely through the picture, perched very comfortably on what feels like a bicycle built for two.

Black Mass

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Blood Moon

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Bridge of Spies

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: By returning to the Cold War, Spielberg finds a very current set of problems, beginning with how we treat those arrested as enemies.

Brooklyn

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sweetly poignant assimilation story, enhanced by a superbly confident ensemble…

Clouds of Sils Maria

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The Connection

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Cop Car

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The Cut

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Dope

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Everest

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Faults

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Finders Keepers

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Finders Keepers isn’t as funny as it sounds but it sure is a twisty tale, one that garnered international attention.

The Forbidden Room

Greg Klymkiw @ The Film Corner

  • Excerpt: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to take a bath with Guy Maddin in his closet of tantalizing shame, his forbidden room. One story after another, either recounted by characters in one film and represented by another or told as stories within stories or, my favourite, as dreams within dreams, flash by us ever-so compellingly, taking us deeper into a liquid-like miasma, a ripe flatulence of wonder, a churning, roiling sea of volcanic lava – DEEPER, EVER-DEEPER INTO THE VERY CORE OF EXISTENCE AND CINEMA!!!!!

Freeheld

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Goodnight Mommy

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The Green Inferno

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Guilty

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

He Named Me Malala

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Hitman: Agent 47

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Hungry Hearts

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: L’abbiamo odiato dal primo minuto all’ultimo. Ai festival succede. Nulla di personale.

The Inhabitants

Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

  • Excerpt: Thankfully, the filmmaking siblings Michael and Shawn Rasmussen put an ignited and distinctive spin on the conventional ghost story formula with their taut homegrown New England-based fear fable. Absorbingly chilly, methodically intense and suggestive, ‘The Inhabitants’ succeeds with its bare-bones blend of gory mythology that taps into the realm of nostalgic ghouls, witches and possessed sacrifices.

The Intern

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The Invoking 2

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Jauja

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Jimmy’s Hall

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June

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Jurassic World

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Labyrinth of Lies

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film is at its best contrasting camp survivor’s stories with the actions of those, like the police, who see no reason to press charges. The banality of evil is on view everywhere, yet where is the line drawn?

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Engrossing and enlightening, it’s Germany’s Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

Legend

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Macbeth

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: All hail Macbeth…

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Manglehorn

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Manson Family Vacation

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The Manson subtext not only gives the film a darkly comic bent, but deepens its emotional context. This little film is both familiar yet not, marking the debut of a unique voice.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: A slight twist on a familiar story makes this fast paced brother dramedy fresh and entertaining.

The Martian

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Mississippi Grind

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The Nightmare

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Partisan

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Pawn Sacrifice

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Pay the Ghost

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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Room

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Resilient & cathartic, combining a wondrous metaphor with a suspenseful thriller…

The Sand

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

She’s Funny That Way

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Sicario

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Southpaw

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Straight Outta Compton

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Suffragette

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The first feature film ever about the women who fought for their right to vote is glorious. It is angry and passionate and defiant. It is essential.

The Tainted Veil

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Visit

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What We Do in the Shadows

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Youth

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Al Purdy Was Here

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Al Purdy Was Here imparts the pleasure in sharing one’s appreciation for the arts with fellow Canadians.

The Houses of Halloween

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jack

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Koza

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Sloviak’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film is not a contender.

Me and Kaminski

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: A smart deconstruction of the notion of “grand artistic lives”. It doesn’t form a satisfying whole, but its parts are undoubtedly enjoyable.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: This symphonic film mixes world cinema and world music to create its own beautiful harmony.

The Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycle Thieves

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

A Perfect Day

Donald Jfay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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