This Week, Part 2 (Dec. 16-18, 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: 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.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: There is only so much of this we can take in before the movie starts to feel like a repetitive exercise in despair.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

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
[New Today] Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Prentension

  • Excerpt: Momentum can’t sustain its interesting groundwork, becoming a fairly by-the-numbers chase film with too little action and too few ideas.

Room

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: On the page, we can fill in the gaps with our own imagination, but “Room” is content to offer us Jack’s while Ma’s endured horrors remain confined in words.

[New Today] David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: Ultimately, Room is an experience that juxtaposes light and dark, and youthful heaven with grown-up despairs in almost every frame. It is a remarkable achievement of cinema.

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.

[New Today] Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Rich with emotion as it is hope, Room is a rare celebration of the mother-son bond, intertwined with an escape narrative that will have you holding your breath.

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Tales of Halloween

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
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…

[New Today] Daniel Schindel @ Movie Mezzanine

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

99 Homes

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Addicted to Fresno

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Alleluia

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Ashby

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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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.

Carol

[New Today] David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: The film is so restrained that Carol and Therese’s love feels as immaculately furnished as anything else in Carol’s home. Except for the fireplace; this movie’s temperature is too low for that.

Dope

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Dukhtar

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Everest

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Everly

[New Today] Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt/everest-2015-1662663 [Portuguese]

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.

Hotel Transylvania 2

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

[New Today] David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: More than any sparkling fixture of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Ingrid Bergman was a restless spirit. Other marquee names went through phases of career (and spouses) like the changing fashion of seasons, but the Swedish born Bergman, who would have turned 100 this year, went through all of life with a transcendentalist flair.

The Inhabitants

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
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.

[New Today] Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: An interesting and likeable watch

The Keeping Room

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Knock Knock

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: A change of pace for Eli Roth, “Knock Knock” is a perverse, slightly satirical cheap-thrills entertainment that goes off its rocker into taboo territory and turns female empowerment into a deadly weapon.

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]

Assassination Classroom

[New Today] Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt/everest-2015-1662663 [Portuguese]

The Beach of the Drowned

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Beeba Boys

[New Today] Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Deepa Mehta pulls a Ruba Nadda with Beeba Boys. The great Canadian arthouse director, like Nadda did with 2012’s Inescapable and again with 2014’s October Gale, tries her hand at genre and finds herself out of her element.

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.

The Diabolical

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Drown

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Experimenter

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A thought-provoking film about obedience to authority figures.

Food for Thought, Food for Life

[New Today] Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: The covered topic is broad enough to fit satisfactorily in a 22-minute short movie. It is the equivalent of a nutritious and delicious meal comprised in a fast-food package.

I Believe in Miracles

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

In the Room

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Invitation

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Jazbaa

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Lobster

[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

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

No Home Movie

[New Today] Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt/everest-2015-1662663 [Portuguese]

North v South

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Parisienne

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Silence of the Flies

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Sky

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Summer

[New Today] Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A touching portrait of a shy 16-year-old whose life is transformed by her encounter with an outsider.

SuperBob

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

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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