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This Week, Part 2 (Jan. 29-31, 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. 29-31, 2016

Wide (United States)

Fifty Shades of Black

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The Finest Hours

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Kung Fu Panda 3

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Limited (United States)

88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
(Animation) Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
(Live-Action) Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
[New Today] (Animated) MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The wonderfully weird, hilariously morbid “World of Tomorrow” crams in more disturbing, sinister science-fiction ideas than a decade’s worth of blockbusters.

[New Today] (Live-Action) MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: “Day One” is a wartime drama the likes of which we have not seen before, with a marvelous Layla Alizada as an interpreter with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

[New Today] (Documentary) Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Documentary Short nominees reviewed

[New Today] (Live-Action) Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Live Action Short nominees reviewed

[New Today] (Animated)Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Animated Short nominees reviewed

Saala Khadoos

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

2015 & 2016 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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The 33

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45 Years

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400 Days

Allyson Johnson @ TheYoungFolks.com

The 5th Wave

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Advantageous

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Amy

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Anesthesia

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A discourse on existential angst in the modern world, the ensemble piece comes across as sadly familiar, and as emotionally desiccated as its pallid characters.

The Assassin

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B.C. Butcher

Mike McGranaghan @ Daily Grindhouse

  • Excerpt: A great introduction to 17-year-old Kansas Bowling, a filmmaker of real promise.

Backtrack

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Big Short

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Bleak Street

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: Every shadow becomes a dagger, every fire escape a prison in this beautiful B&W noir.

The Boy

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Up until a bonkers 11th-hour plot twist, “The Boy” is plenty dim and so very dull, jumpy dream sequences and smart-as-a-peach character decisions becoming its fallbacks.

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

  • Excerpt: Highly recommended if you enjoy shouting at movie characters about how stupid they are.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Forty years ago or so it might have passed muster; now it comes across like a well-preserved genre antique.

Boy and the World

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.

Bridgend

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Carol

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Chi-Raq

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Creed

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The Danish Girl

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The Daughter

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A hidden gem from last year’s festival circuit.

Dirty Grandpa

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The End of the Tour

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Exposed

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: This gloomy film is confusing and very difficult to follow.

Felt

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The Forest

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Goosebumps

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Guilty

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Hateful Eight

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Heart of a Dog

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Infinitely Polar Bear

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Ip Man 3

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James White

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Jim: The James Foley Story

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Joy

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Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Lazer Team

[New Today] Kevin Carr @ Fat Guys at the Movies

  • Excerpt: “Lazer Team” is meant to be a fun science fiction adventure that should appeal to those who grew up watching these kinds of movies as kids. However, with the filmmaker’s background in YouTube and Internet obsession that the younger generation can enjoy it as well.

Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

The Lazarus Effect

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Love & Mercy

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Mad Max: Fury Road

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Mojave

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Monster Hunt

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: Do me a favor: just rent “Willow” instead. “Monster Hunt” is a garbled mess.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: An oddball mélange of action, slapstick, sentimentality and ghoulishness, all wrapped up into one big, galumphing package. It’s more a curiosity than a delight, but the adventurous might want to give the sweet-and-sour dish a try.

Mustang

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Noble

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

One and Two

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Our Brand Is Crisis

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: Chic new doc about the ‘Mistress of Modern Art’.

Point Break

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: The novelty of combining classic romance fiction with horror elements can only carry the film so far, and the other elements can’t make up the rest of the distance.

Rabin, the Last Day

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

  • Excerpt: A docu-drama exploring the dire effects of extremism in politics, religion, and speech.

Requiem for the American Dream

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

  • Excerpt: An interview with Noam Chomsky that illuminates the sad and scary state of affairs in “Two Americas.”

The Revenant

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Room

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Sisters

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Son of Saul

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Spotlight

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2016 Films (Coming Soon)

Belgica

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The “Broken Circle Breakdown” director returns with the story of the kind of nightclub that only exists in dreams…or the movies.

Cain’s Children

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Devil’s Mistress

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: She was the Czech version of Marlene Dietrich, but this campy Third Reich melodrama doesn’t do her justice

Eat That Question

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

The Elite

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Fencer

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Good Morning Karachi

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Jeremy Lalonde manages to balance the sweet and the crass in this look at small-town sex.

The Land of the Enlightened

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: In De Pue’s eyes, this is a country still in the dark ages, set back centuries by war and foreign occupation, and still looked down upon with scorn, even as militarized troops are sent by the thousands as aids to suppress the terrorist cells still lurking within its borders. By giving his film the provocative title The Land of the Enlightened, the filmmaker implies that the nation’s seeming naïveté is in fact a sort of simple sophistication in which they could live relatively happy lives, if uncomplicated by the greater interests of the world at large. – See more at: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/the-land-of-the-enlightened-review#sthash.VgG4vCvI.dpuf

Magicarena

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: Is it magic that makes the opera bright?

Marvel Renaissance

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidic

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

One Floor Below

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘One Floor Below’ takes a common, adrenaline-fuelled plot and turns it into a slow burning thriller in which the anxiety gradually increases until it reaches the boiling point.

Plaza de La Soledad

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: As an aesthetically elementary, yet emotionally complex account of prostitution among the aged in a Mexican metropolis, Plaza de la Soledad speaks volumes on the contradictions implicit in the human heart and community acceptance. – See more at: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/plaza-de-la-soledad-review#sthash.YcMttAfU.dpuf

Sand Storm

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: A refreshing new multigenerational family drama from the edge of Israel.

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Sundance couldn’t have asked for more fireworks for their opening night than this.

Trash Fire

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: A warped family tale from the director of “Excision.”

Unlocking the Cage

[New Today] Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Cinematically inventive it is not, but with Tommy and Kiko’s well being in the balance and the famed animal rights lawyer leading the charge, it’s hard not to get swept up in the fervor. Free the Chimps! Free the Chimps!

You Carry Me

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Updated: January 29, 2016 — 7:55 pm

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