This Week, Part 2 (Dec. 18-20, 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: Dec. 18-20, 2015

Wide (United States)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

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Sisters

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Limited (United States)

Son of Saul

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

(T)error

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

45 Years

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99 Homes

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The Assassin

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Attack on Titan. Part 2

[New Today] João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Bajirao Mastani

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Ballet 422

John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com

  • Excerpt: In the faces it depicts and the way its camera moves, this stellar documentary says everything it wants to say without actually saying anything at all.

Best of Enemies

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The Big Short

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Bridge of Spies

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Brooklyn

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Boy and the World

Daniel Schindel @ Movie Mezzanine

By the Sea

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Carol

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Cartel Land

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Chi-Raq

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Concussion

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony

  • Excerpt: Though overly melodramatic at times and absent the full details of the toll CTE really takes, Concussion is at its best when operating as an underdog story.

Counting

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Daddy’s Home

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Couldn’t be father from the truth.

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Danish Girl

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Dope

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Girlhood

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

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Goodnight Mommy

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The Hateful Eight

David Crow @ Den of Geek

  • Excerpt: A strange and potent blend of Stagecoach and Reservoir Dogs, Ten Little Indians and The Thing, Hateful is a bloody unique cinematic concoction from one of Hollywood’s most iniquitous mixers. And it leaves a hell of an aftertaste worth savoring.

[New Today] Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Hotel Transylvania 2

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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I Smile Back

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In the Heart of the Sea

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India’s Daughter

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A searing documentary about the chauvinism and patriarchy which undergirds one rape of a woman every 20 minutes in India.

It Follows

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James White

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Joy

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Jupiter Ascending

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Killing Them Safely

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: The film’s methods might be cinematically unremarkable, but the picture it paints is nonetheless fairly compelling.

Krampus

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The Look of Silence

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Love the Coopers

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Macbeth

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The Martian

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Mistress America

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My All American

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The Peanuts Movie

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The Revenant

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Ricki and the Flash

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Room

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Spotlight

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Steve Jobs

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Tamasha

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Trainwreck

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Trumbo

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When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Winter on Fire

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Youth

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Daddy or Mommy

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Dressmaker

[New Today] João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Little Prince

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Sparks and Embers

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

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