This Week, Part 2 (Nov. 6-8, 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: Nov. 6-8, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Peanuts Movie

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Spectre

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Limited (United States)

Brooklyn

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In Jackson Heights

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A fascinating documentary that immerses us in a diverse and lively Queens neighborhood where community activism is alive and well.

Miss You Already

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …isn’t entirely free of genre cliche, but screenwriter Morwenna Banks has created a protagonist whose vanity and selfishness is exacerbated by her cancer diagnosis, a bold move which gives the film an emotional reality.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The film is unafraid of doing two things: showing the effect of Milly’s illness and allowing humor to come through in even these difficult times.

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Why, through everything she experienced and suffered, was Guggenheim “addicted” to art? That should be fertile ground to explore but Vreeland is content to offer simply that it’s because her subject was “lonely.”

Spotlight

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Theeb

Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis

Trumbo

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Bryan Cranston delivers a powerhouse performance in this eloquent bio-pic, delineating the most shameful period in Hollywood history.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

99 Homes

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The Armor of Light

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A conscience stirring documentary about two Christians and their crusade for gun control.

The Assassin

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Beasts of No Nation

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Black Mass

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Blind

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: For most of us blessed with functional eyesight, that visual sense is a major factor tethering us to our concept of reality. The sudden loss of sight, Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt suggests, can leave a person unmoored.

Bone Tomahawk

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Bridge of Spies

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Burnt

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Coming Home

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: There’s a lot of hysterical laughter in the clips and stories on display here, and in the reminiscences of the players. But ultimately, if you were around at all for that Camelot of comedy, this documentary will leave you feeling more reminded than enlightened.

Experimenter

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Flowers

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An alluring drama of love and loss that will bloom in your consciousness and soul.

Frame by Frame

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: As befits a documentary on such a subject, Frame by Frame is beautiful to look at. The cinematography (by the directors) exhibits a professional’s understanding of composition.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Since Going Clear opts for sensationalism, it can be too readily rejected as propaganda by Miscavige and his ilk – a calmer, less speculative film would be harder to ignore. It is a riveting watch, but I doubt it will have much of an effect.

He Named Me Malala

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Horse Money

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The artistic value is high, but the story is so vague, insular and shadowy that, unless you’re an expatriate Cape Verdean intellectual or a careful follower of director Pedro Costa’s career, there’s not much to latch on to.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv

  • Excerpt: Filled with genuine thrills, gripping tension and rallying hero moments galore, the trilogy comes to a close in epic fashion, befitting its awesome heroine.

Inside Out

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Jem and the Holograms

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

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The Last Witch Hunter

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The Leisure Class

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

Lost in the Sun

[New Today] Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Love

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Macbeth

[New Today] Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: There’s a lot to admire in this new Macbeth. If it doesn’t best the Welles or Polanski versions, it comes awfully close.

Making Rounds

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A healing and helpful medical documentary with fresh insights on the importance of the patient-physician relationship.

The Martian

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Nasty Baby

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Our Brand Is Crisis

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Parabellum

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The film has nothing to say and has chosen a very demanding and exploratory way of saying it. Haneke without the brain, Parabellum finishes up looking quite silly and it gets pretty dull.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

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Paul Taylor: Creative Domain

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It will appeal mostly to dance aficionados; for the less passionate, it would be like someone not interested in tennis watching a documentary about Roger Federer doing stretches and calisthenics and drills in preparation for Wimbledon. The genius is apparent, but the process is not for everyone.

Peace Officer

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

The Pearl Button

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Patricio Guzmán, whose latest is a companion piece to his extraordinary last film, “Nostalgia for the Light,” is some kind of cosmic, philosophical, naturalist historian with a keen talent for expressing his deeply humanist, spiritual ideas in cinematic terms.

Rock the Kasbah

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Room

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

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Sex, Death and Bowling

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com

Spy

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Steve Jobs

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Suffragette

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Tales of Halloween

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Time Out of Mind

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Tokyo Tribe

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Truth

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Victoria

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We Come As Friends

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The Sudan is big, unruly, magnificent, chaotic, sometimes beautiful, often painful. This movie is a lot like that too.

Woman in Gold

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The Woods

Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine

  • Excerpt: Hardy has vision and creativity to spare, as well as an eye for sharp, lush visuals, though you may be too busy quivering under the film’s spell to fully appreciate them.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com
[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Narratively speaking, there isn’t much to it, but for a genre piece on a lean budget, it stands as a nifty future calling card.

Youth

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Z for Zachariah

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Cub

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Flesh for the Inferno

Rob Gonsalves @ Efilmcritic

Haraamkhor

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Hetman

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The real strength of the picture is in the loving relationship between the two brothers, and especially Chutikul’s warm, moving performance as Ek.

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

Derek Deskins @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia has the visuals of a museum IMAX film and the heart that was so often missing.

Kill Your Friends

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

NN

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Peru’s Oscar submission has good intentions, but little drama.

The Notorious Mr. Bout

Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: He’s far from a kingpin and yet his success altered perception into believing he was. This is the angle I hoped to learn rather than the basic history lesson into his illegal deeds that’s ultimately supplied.

Of Dogs and Men

Derek Deskins @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Most will find it hard to watch and some may argue that Ozias is being a bit manipulative in his insistence to show the atrocities in their entirety. However, to Ozias’ credit, to spare the viewer of facing the problem and incidents head on, would be a disservice to the cause.

Paperback

Derek Deskins @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: Paperback and its fearless leader Adam Bowers refuse to succumb to mediocrity. It is a film removed from time, one that is a combination of 70s intellectualism, 90s indie auterism, and the sarcastic search for self that seems appropriate for today.

Remember

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Ronaldo

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

She’s the Best Thing In It

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: She’s an actress who believes in disappearing into her roles, and keeping her own personality out of the spotlight

Truman

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Until 20

Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

  • Excerpt: Googling “James Ragan” will give you articles about his story. The beautiful and affecting documentary UNTIL 20 lets him tell it to you.

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