This Week, Part 2 (Jan. 22-24, 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: Jan. 22-24, 2016

Wide (United States)

The 5th Wave

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Dirty Grandpa

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: If the idea of Robert De Niro saying ‘vagina’ a lot or visual gags that portray Efron as a pedophile are your idea of funny, “Dirty Grandpa” will fit the bill.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [De Niro is] invested in this character as much as any actor imaginably could be, and boy, is that fact disheartening.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
[New Today] Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Dirty Grandpa parties like it’s 1965. Just go with it.

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Every once in awhile a movie comes around that’s so repulsive that you leave it certain that the theatre is in need of fumigation, and get home feeling a desire for a quick shower. ‘Spring Breakers’ was such a monstrosity, and last year ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2. filled the bill. Such a picture is the abysmal ‘Dirty Grandpa.’

Limited (United States)

Bleak Street

[New Today] Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Ip Man 3

[New Today] Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com
Kenji Fujishima @ Paste Magazine
Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Ip Man 3 continues the pattern of interrupting what could be thought-provoking marital arts drama with the absurd by casting Mike Tyson as the behind the scenes villain who is even outacted by Ip Man’s wooden kung-fu practice contraption.

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: There’s a kind of grace in Yen’s movements that makes me think of Gene Kelly.

Mojave

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Mojave is a movie about a screenwriter who comes to realize he has no control, and the movie also serves as an example of what it’s about.

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: The opening prepares us for an arduous journey of revenge and one-upmanship where two men are fiercely driven to destroy the other rather than survive themselves. Instead it’s a tonally out there character study as divisive as The Counselor and almost as oddly eccentric.

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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45 Years

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Advantageous

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

  • Excerpt: A thought-provoking sci-fi drama about parenting, education, the commodification of women’s bodies, and female unemployment.

Airlift

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Anomalisa

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Band of Robbers

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It sounds awful, like yet another delayed-sequel/origin-story/cinematic-universe Product from an art form bent on telling “new” stories based on familiar elements. So maybe it’s due to mere expectation that ‘Band of Robbers’ is so wonderful – sharp, funny, big-hearted, and absolutely true to the spirit of the author in question.

The Benefactor

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The Big Short

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Brooklyn

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Chi-Raq

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Creed

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Dreams Rewired

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: Science fiction becomes reality in this funny and disturbing collection of filmed techno-history

The Final Girls

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The Forest

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The Hateful Eight

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Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

[New Today] Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Hotel Transylvania 2

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In the Shadow of Women

[New Today] Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Intern

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Jem and the Holograms

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Jeruzalem

[New Today] Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: It’s by no means perfect, but things get tense once the demons rise and the rest simply falls away. The cool creature design and authentic first-person cinematography/lighting later on will have you forgiving any early shortcomings.

The Lady in the Van

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Maggie

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Martyrs

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist
C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie

Meet the Patels

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Mustang

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No Home Movie

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: those willing to submit to the filmmaker’s vision may be surprised that a film consisting of minutes-long takes of barren, arid landscapes, her mother’s Brussels apartment and the occasional conversation can have such a powerful emotional build.

Norm of the North

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Our Brand Is Crisis

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The Peanuts Movie

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A Perfect Day

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Point Break

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Results

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The Revenant

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Ricki and the Flash

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Ride Along 2

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Room

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Sinister 2

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Son of Saul

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Straight Outta Compton

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The Treasure

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Don’t expect a big payoff in Corneliu Porumboiu’s long-build satire about some hapless diggers for buried treasure; the journey is the joke here.

Trumbo

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The Vatican Tapes

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A War

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: While this is extremely universal in its message, it’s very much a re-tread of topics covered at great length in previous films.

Western

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: A poignant story of a traditional, peaceful and productive way of live ripped apart by drugs and politicians.

Where to Invade Next

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2016 Films (Coming Soon)

The Demons

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Surprise film at Canada’s Top Ten has enormous visual power.

One Floor Below

C.J. Prince @ Way Too Indie
Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

This Is Bossa Nova

[New Today] Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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