This Week, Part 2 (Aug. 14-16, 2015)

Because of embargoes, 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: Aug. 14-16, 2015

Wide (United States)

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

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Straight Outta Compton

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Limited (United States)

Mistress America

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Along with the soaring Frances Ha, Mistress America is evidence that Gerwig the actor is at her best when interpreting the words of Gerwig the screenwriter. She plays Brooke to perfection, making her delusions of having been wronged or of opening a restaurant pitiably transparent while always keeping her charismatic and magnetic enough to buy that Tracy would be in her thrall.

People Places Things

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: People Places Things is an unexpected pleasure.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

10,000 KM

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: While 10,000 Km is by no means an enjoyable experience, the amazing naturalism of Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer’s performances transform Marques-Marcet’s film into an intriguing experience.

Absolutely Anything

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Advantageous

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Serving as a feminist diatribe, of sorts, Advantageous showcases the horrors of a masculinized world driven by marketing, profit and beauty.

Air

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Amnesiac

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Amy

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Best of Enemies

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Big Sky

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Brothers

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Child 44

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Cop Car

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Counting

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Dark Places

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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Eden

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The End of the Tour

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Extinction

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Fantastic Four

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Five Star

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: The toned-down and thoughtful approach of Five Star establishes a nuanced perspective of the mundanities of life as a gangster. Miller follows up Welcome to Pine Hill with yet another naturally positive portrayal of a black gang member that impressively shatters cinematic stereotypes.

Gemma Bovery

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Gift

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Guidance

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: There’s a little bit of a bad teacher in everyone, but Mills’ saucy substitute is no rotten apple.

Hard to Be a God

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It’s a film buff’s film, a cult-classic-to-be. It’s Orson Welles conceived in Hieronymus Bosch, dragged through a Pasolini latrine and stomped on by Werner Herzog hobnail boots.

Homme Less

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Thomas Wirthensohn’s Homme Less will certainly alter most people’s preconceptions about homelessness.

Horse Money

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Infinitely Polar Bear

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Irrational Man

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Jellyfish Eyes

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Jurassic World

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: One can easily imagine a theater filled with baffled adults and suddenly tired or antsy children.

Listen to Me Marlon

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The Look of Silence

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Love at First Fight

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Meru

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk climbed Meru, base to peak, and that’s a mind-blowing example of mental, emotional, and athletic excellence. But a great film would explore the driving force behind that excellence, the moment-to-moment elemental challenges it poses, and the very real repercussions, external as well as internal, of pursuing it.

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[New Today] Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: A must see for climbing buffs and anyone fascinated by the strength and resilience of the human body and spirit.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Mr. Holmes

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Paolo Coelho’s Best Story

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Daniel Augusto’s messy biopic samples three periods of the Brazilian author’s career, and flits about between them like a writer with adult ADD, without providing much insight

Paper Towns

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Phoenix

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Pixels

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Prince

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: …de Jong’s work boasts a naked sentimentality that Refn’s roundly lacks, and for all of its stylistic flourishes, Prince ultimately reads as anti-Refn.

Ricki and the Flash

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Self/less

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

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Sneakerheadz

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Soaked in Bleach

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: This is a documentary that will most likely re-enliven the debates surrounding Cobain’s death; it will also provide Love’s enemies with all the more reason to despise her. For Love’s fan base, however, Soaked in Bleach will be nothing short of sheer heresy.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Stray Dog

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Whether it is his natural personality or his trust in Granik, Hall’s life appears to be an open book. Granik adopts a purely observational perspective and Hall is unabashedly himself in front of the camera.

Tangerine

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Terminator Genisys

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To the Fore

James Marsh @ Screendaily.com

  • Excerpt: Dante Lam returns to sports-based drama after the success of 2013’s Unbeatable, which scored US$5.7m at the Hong Kong box office (and US$18.5m in China) to become the year’s most successful homegrown offering. Throwing his net wider than the MMA cages of that film, To The Fore follows a trio of professional cyclists as they ascend into the sport’s top tier.

Tom at the Farm

[New Today] Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: Tom at the Farm film sits somewhere between a satisfying genre exercise and the complete vision of its filmmaker, sullying the idea of what could be if both are working at their highest level.

Trainwreck

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The Tribe

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Two Step

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Two Step is a contemplation on laziness and the American dream of getting rich quick.

Unexpected

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Unexpected perceptively illustrates the contrasts and similarities of unplanned pregnancies across Sam and Jasmine’s polarized races, classes and ages.

Unfriended

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Welcome to Me

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When Marnie Was There

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White God

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Ardor

Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit

  • Excerpt: Pablo Fendrik’s Ardor slyly inserts elements of magic realism into a highly referential Neo-Western, yet the purposefully cryptic characterization of Kai really convolutes the story.

The Price of Fame

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: It may not hit all the right notes but Xavier Beavois’ dramedy about the abduction of Charlie Chaplin’s coffin is still an amusing, bittersweet look at the immigrant experience.

Seashore

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Sound of Trees

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The Sound of Trees creeps up on you and leaves roots that hold strong.

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