This Week, Part 2 (Sep. 11-13, 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: Sep. 11-13, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Visit

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Limited (United States)

Coming Home

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Goodnight Mommy

[New Today] Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online, Pajiba

  • Excerpt: Seek out Goodnight Mommy if you dare. Hang in their through its most savage sequence, and you’ll come out the other side with the kind of electrifying cinema experience you’ll brag about for years.

Sleeping with Other People

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While it’s nice to see Sudeikis stretch from his usual comedic roles into something more heartfelt and real, the film frequently makes no sense. Even worse, it’s not funny.

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
[New Today] Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Aside from a gratuitous sight gag where a character’s water breaks in public, and a scene where Jake picks apart a girlfriend’s insecurities a bit too ruthlessly, the mean-spiritedness of Headland’s Bachelorette is mercifully gone. In its place is the bubbly chemistry of Sudeikis and Brie, who energize Headland’s mechanical shot/reverse-shot cutting patterns and rise above the script’s awkward attempts at hipness.

Time Out of Mind

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …worth seeing for Gere’s performance, but the film itself is a meandering tone poem.

Wolf Totem

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Presented in IMAX 3D, there are scenes in this film that are literally breathtaking when they are not capturing or breaking the heart.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Ultra

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Before We Go

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Nelson makes clear that his film is no mere historical account. It’s a smoking gun; a pointed finger; a call to action.

[New Today] Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: It will be an eye opener for those with preconceived notions, an audience which unfortunately will be less inclined to seek it out.

Bloodsucking Bastards

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Boychoir

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Burying the Ex

[New Today] Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The D Train

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Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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Dirty Weekend

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Dragon Blade

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Everest

James Marsh @ TwitchFilm

  • Excerpt: Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur tackles his largest Hollywood project to-date, with this epically staged account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in which eight climbers perished on the Himalayan peak in a single day. Featuring a robust ensemble cast and thrilling set pieces, Everest largely avoids the he-said, she-said controversies raised by journalist Jon Krakauer’s first-person account, Into Thin Air, instead presenting a diplomatic and stirring tale of Man vs Nature at the top of the world.

Good Kill

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Grandma

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Gueros

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …shows the influence of the French New Wave and Fellini, even dipping into David Lynch territory with its unique sound design

[New Today] Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: Güeros is that rare, remarkable work that conjures a time and place with splendid precision in order to educe timeless truths about the human yearning for identity and purpose.

Hero

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Hitman: Agent 47

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Hyena

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: O elevado número de personagens não é difícil de acompanhar, infelizmente algumas delas são tão ridículas que são logo ignoradas por se perceber que não terão interesse na história. Quando todo o tabuleiro está montado e esperávamos um conclusão decente, é o próprio filme que se começa a desmoronar, numa série de cenas sem ritmo, investigações inconclusivas e situações pouco credíveis.

Irrational Man

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Jupiter Ascending

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Learning to Drive

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Legend

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Tom Hardy is fab, but this is GoodFellas-lite, depicting violent sociopaths as glamorous, even amusing, and lacking all understanding of what made them tick.

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Works like gangbusters.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Magic Mike XXL

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: The only slightly original element of the first film — the Maze — is gone, and now we’re in not simply a generic afterscape but every sci-fi afterscape.

[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Meet the Patels

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The directors, brother and sister, cut from their main story to animated bits to stock footage and back at a pace that starts off feeling restless and fidgety, as if they don’t have enough confidence in their project to let it play without gaudy adornments. Eventually, and thankfully, they settle into moving at a pleasantly brisk clip, allowing them to approach with levity their examination of the overlap between what people want out of life and family and what years of tradition have made them think they want.

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood
[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The movie offers montage after montage to give us a sense of the hectic nature of this endeavor, while sacrificing our ability to get to know Ravi in any meaningful way.

The Mend

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: If the characters’ histories are subtle, Magary’s technique is far from that.

Mistress America

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Queen of Earth

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Return to Sender

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: … in the tradition of such female-revenge thrillers as Siegel’s ‘Beguiled’ and Miike’s masterful ‘Audition’ … Deserved better than to be shipped off to Video-on-Demand Land.

Ricki and the Flash

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The Second Mother

[New Today] Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A warm and funny tale of clashes both personal and social, and an engaging showcase for a wonderfully rich performance by Regina Case.

Sinister 2

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Spy

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Tales of Halloween

[New Today] Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: É um trabalho conjunto de amigos adultos que celebram o Halloween como se fossem crianças. E nós autorizamos com muito gosto, pois ao terror que nos deram ao longo dos anos, é óbvio que adoram assustar toda a gente.

The Transporter Refueled

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Turbo Kid

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A Walk in the Woods

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We Are Your Friends

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Welcome Back

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

While We’re Young

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The Wolfpack

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Yakuza Apocalypse

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Mas depois de uma estrutura tão bem montada, o desfecho tinha obrigatoriamente de ser memorável e aquele inimigo final – o “boss” – é único, é memorável, e arruina o filme completamente.

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

The Belier Family

João Pinto @ http://www.portal-cinema.com [Portuguese]

Die Demokratie ist los!

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: An unopologetically leftist examination of Switzerland’s system of direct democracy and the problems that increasingly arise from it.

The Fencer

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Finland’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film is an inspiring contender in this year’s Oscar race.

Goddess of Love

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Howl

[New Today] Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Quem desejar ver um filme sobre tudo o que a humanidade e a sociedade têm de mau – condimentado com algumas presas e garras – tem de dar uma oportunidade a “Howl”.

The Invitation

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Com um ritmo lento e muito diferente do terror imediato que temos sido acostumados a ver, “The Invitation” é uma proposta diferente. Para o ver é preciso estar tranquilo, não ter traumas por resolver, e aguentar hora e meia de um jantar problemático, mas que nada tem de terror além das acusações paranóicas de Will que vão sendo rebatidas uma a uma sempre que são apresentadas.

Knight of Cups

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: It’s more consistent than ‘The Tree of Life’, but, beautiful imagery aside, it is still a frustrating watch, pompously hollow and infuriatingly preachy.

Mia Madre

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Scherzo Diabolico

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Uma ideia com muito potencial e filmada de forma despretensiosa, dá o mote para um filme que se vai vendo bem e que surpreende quanto baste. O pior é que o grande plano de Aram não era assim tão grande – apesar de ser brilhante – e tem algumas falhas que se virão a revelar problemáticas para a narrativa.

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