This Week, Part 2 (Aug. 7-9, 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. 7-9, 2015

Wide (United States)

Fantastic Four

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Gift

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Ricki and the Flash

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

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Limited (United States)

Cop Car

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Jon Watts’ Cop Car aims to be a lean action thriller with a dark blend of humor and violence and a delightfully villainous role for Kevin Bacon. In execution, it does all those things but it only does them halfway.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Dark Places

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The Diary of a Teenage Girl does one of the things that movies, and art in general, do only when they’re at their best. It makes us see the world entirely from another person’s point of view.

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: It shouldn’t be radical to see a movie treat a girl with this level of appreciation and understanding of her most intimate inner self. Yet it is.

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: That The Prophet may encourage habit-based viewers to broaden their tastes even a little bit after watching the film more than makes up for the occasional kinks in its overall narrative design.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

’71

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The Age of Adaline

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Amy

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Appetites

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Bangistan

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Best of Enemies

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Cartel Land

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The End of the Tour

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The film doesn’t simply give us the content of these conversations, which are fascinating enough on their own merits. It offers up context for and within those discussions…

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Not necessarily a journey, but a fluid conversation about…well, just about everything. Remember the best talk you ever had? Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg will make it seem as if you were chatting about the weather.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Though for most it will succeed more as an exceptional acting showcase than as a revealing portrait of the artist as a young man, it’s nonetheless a worthy effort on that basis alone.

The Gallows

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Gemma Bovery

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Goodnight Mommy

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: An expertly made, distinctly Austrian horror film in the vein of Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’.

Harbinger Down

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Plays like the world’s longest special effects demo reel.

Hippocrates

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Other than the suspect ending, Hippocrates functions well enough showcasing a health care system barely treading water and perhaps even as a warning to the audience: do not get sick lest you end up in the caring and supportive arms of a labyrinthine bureaucracy and its semi-functioning, thousand-yard stare medical staff.

Homme Less

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ RogerEbert.com

  • Excerpt: A fascinating account of a man who plays a role in order to hide the reality of his life.

Inside Out

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Irrational Man

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A LEGO Brickumentary

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A 90-minute, family-friendly infomercial…

Listen to Me Marlon

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Like Kapadia’s “Amy,” “Listen To Me Marlon” restores the subject’s actual persona from the dinged and dented media creation in his own words.

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Max

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Minions

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Mr. Holmes

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Paper Towns

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Phoenix

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The Phoenix Project

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Pixels

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Poltergeist

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The Runner

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [I]t might have benefited from a little more of an emotional outlook on the way of things beyond its shoulder-shrugging attitude…

Southpaw

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Intense and provocative, as role-playing goes horribly awry.

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I can’t say I enjoyed The Stanford Prison Experiment, but I did respect the craft that when into making it.

Tangerine

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Ted 2

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Trainwreck

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Vacation

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Wild City

James Marsh @ TwitchFilm

  • Excerpt: Ringo Lam’s first feature in 12 years sees the Hong Kong director return to familiar territory, as a former cop and his tearaway younger brother take on a violent gang of Taiwanese thugs after their paths cross that of a beautiful mainland woman. Since the 2003 Jean Claude Van Damme actioner In Hell, Lam has been all but absent from the filmmaking scene, with only a segment in 2007’s Triangle to his name in the interim. Wild City, which Lam also wrote, sees the helmer of City On Fire and Full Contact return to the bullet strewn streets of Hong Kong in typically assured fashion.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet isn’t a perfect film, and it doesn’t really burrow into the grieving process the way another thoroughly humane family film, Tiger Eyes (2013), does but it is a visually stunning, entertaining film loaded with sight gags and some genuine adventure.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A typical Jeunet film, which means that it’s amazingly accomplished from a technical point of view but synthetic and emotionally remote…a truly personal effort that has to be taken on its own terms or not at all.

Youth

Emanuel Levy @ www.Emanuellevy.com

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Corazón silencioso

José M. Robado @ CineCrítico [Spanish]

Dead Shadows

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Death of a Gentleman

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ek Paheli Leela

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Get Well Soon

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Home Care

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: In Slávek Horák’s Domácí péce, middle-aged nurse Vlasta (Alena Mihulová) is told she has half a year to live. Doctors can’t do anything to cure her cancer or even prolong her life, and offer her only painkillers to help her deal with the pain.

Marshland

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Monk Comes Down the Mountain

James Marsh @ Screendaily.com

  • Excerpt: Packed with action and steeped in tradition, Chen Kaige’s return to the wuxia genre is an exhilarating drama, as concerned with the philosophy behind martial arts as with their lethal execution. Wang Baoqiang embraces a rare starring role as the titular monk sent on a journey of self-discovery, whose travels see him cross paths with the likes of Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Lin Chiling and Yuen Wah.

Monster Hunt

James Marsh @ Screendaily.com

  • Excerpt: Former Dreamworks animator Raman Hui has scored a major commercial success on his return to Hong Kong with Monster Hunt, a polished fantasy adventure that blends broad comedy with period hijinks alongside first rate CG character work. Hui’s film broke China’s single-day record when it opened on July 16 and stormed past the RMB1 billion ($162.2 million) mark in just 8 days. But its uneven tone and wayward plotting could prove a bar to similar levels of success in international markets, despite its family-friendly tale of a baby monster being smuggled across medieval China.

Never Let Go

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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