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This Week, Part 2 (Feb. 5-7, 2016)

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: Feb 5-7, 2016

Wide (United States)

The Choice

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Hail, Caesar!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Limited (United States)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Greenaway’s] unique visual style is carefully composed of rich, painterly tableaux, his themes encompassing puzzles, murder, architecture, sex and death. They are all evident here, yet it is difficult to take “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” entirely seriously.

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Greenaway’s habit of repeating old tics and playing around with virtuosic form for the sake of it might give off the impression of a director bored with his material, but what comes through clearly by the end of the film is the act of one artist’s eccentric generosity breathing new awareness into the life of another.

Rams

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

  • Excerpt: A satisfying and quirky slice-of-life film set in rural Iceland.

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Southbound

Mark Harris @ About.com
C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie
[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [T]here’s a sense of some overarching mythology to this highway. Each short reveals another aspect of it without giving away or explaining too much.

[New Today] Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Tumbledown

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: Touching story that honors the mystery of the odd ways people survive, share, and care for each other.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

45 Years

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The 5th Wave

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88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

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The Abandoned

[New Today] Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Not even impressive visuals can detract from an overwhelming sense of sameness.

Anesthesia

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Is that all there is?

Anomalisa

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The Beauty Inside

[New Today] Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk.com

The Boy

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Boy and the World

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Burnt

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Carol

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Certain Women

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Chloe & Theo

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Creed

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Dad’s Army

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Danish Girl

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Dirty Grandpa

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The Finest Hours

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The Forest

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Goosebumps

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The Hateful Eight

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How to Change the World

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: On its own, Hunter’s text and the newly produced interviews of others wouldn’t be enough to create as captivating a film as How to Change the World proves. To do that you need the right archival footage to visualize these tales as they’re recounted and the Greenpeace gang serendipitously documented everything during those early years to give Rothwell exactly that.

In the Heart of the Sea

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Bergman was always restless. “There is a bird of passage inside me, always wanting more,” she says, and her life was a celebration of the idea that fulfillment is found by following your passions.

Jane Got A Gun

Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources

  • Excerpt: Maybe it’s not fair to say Ramsay would have made a better movie. But you know what? It’d be almost impossible for her not to have.

Kung Fu Panda 3

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The Lady in the Van

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The Monkey King 2

James Marsh @ Screen International

  • Excerpt: Cheang Pou-soi’s sequel to his own 2014 monster hit ($168m in China alone) is a considerably more coherent and assured production, boasting slick visuals and spirited central performances from Aaron Kwok and Gong Li. Tackling more familiar segments of Wu Cheng’en’s mammoth source text, The Monkey King 2 proves more accessible to overseas and casual viewers, while local audiences should return in great numbers over the Lunar New Year as Asia welcomes in the Year of the Monkey.

Moonwalkers

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: There are numerous homages to Kubrick, including nods to 2001, plenty of the old ultra-violence from A Clockwork Orange, sexual flights of fancy á la Eyes Wide Shut, and an American general not unlike Dr. Strangelove’s Buck Turgidson. But the gap between the talents of Kubrick and Bardou-Jacquet dwarfs the distance from Earth to the moon.

Norm of the North

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A Perfect Day

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Point Break

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Rabin, the Last Day

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Revenant

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Son of Saul

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A Native-American brother and sister try in their own ways to find where they belong.

Spotlight

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Steve Jobs

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Straight Outta Compton

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Theeb

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The Treasure

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It takes a lot of digging, but there’s something valuable to find.

The Veil

[New Today] Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Not even Thomas Jane’s diabolical acting can prop up this limp effort.

Viva

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

When Marnie Was There

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Where to Invade Next

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Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

[New Today] Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: Filmmaking from the front lines

2016 Films (Coming Soon)

Belgica

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Birth of a Nation

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Christine

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Dark Side of the Moon

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Pretentious and unintentionally funny, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is a subpar thriller that bites off more than it can chew.

Dog Lady

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Driftwood

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Slamdance Review

The Eyes of My Mother

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Fear of 13

[New Today] Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

The Fits

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Frank & Lola

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Fundamentals of Caring

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

If There’s a Hell Below

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Slamdance Review

Kate Plays Christine

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Sundance Review

Land and Shade

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Lovesong

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Lure

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Monday at 11:01 A.M.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

Nena

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Nice People

[New Today] Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: The spirit of ‘Cool Runnings’ endures!

Nise: The Heart of Madness

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

One Floor Below

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Paulina

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Pearl Button

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The exquisite beauty of Katell Djian’s cinematography, the extraordinary ethnographic photographs of a disappearing people, the heartrending recollections of a handful of surviving Kawésqar elders, and the reflections of a few contemporary poets and oceanographers and philosophers, all work together to weave an enchanting, exhilarating, and profoundly disturbing work of cinematic poetry.

The People vs Fritz Bauer

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Road to La Paz

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Sanam Teri Kasam

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Sand Storm

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Sleeping Giant

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Spa Night

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Taking Stock

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Updated: February 5, 2016 — 7:31 pm

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