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: Mar. 27-29, 2015
Wide (United States)
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
Man from Reno
- Excerpt: An evocative film noir set in San Francisco and a nearby small town.
The Salt of the Earth
- Excerpt: Wim Wenders delivers another generously appreciative fellow-artist collaboration with this luminous portrait of epic photographer Sebastião Salgado, whose knack for unearthly imagery is less intriguing than his empathic optimism.
While We’re Young
- Excerpt: While “Greenberg” had pointed observations to make about a middle aged egotist and his relationship with the younger generation and his own past, this one is muddied by unclear intent and sketchily defined female characters.
- Excerpt: In this imaginative but inept cautionary parable—the Un Certain Regard prize-winner at Cannes—a girl searches for her beloved dog, who becomes a canine Spartacus after being brutalized by a cruel dog-fighting ring.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Boy Next Door
Clouds of Sils Maria
- Excerpt: Clouds of Sils Maria belongs to a small battery of recent films, including Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (both 2014), which meditate on the process of actors creating new realities as they wrestle with the purity of the text and the complexity of existence. The corollary to his recurring theme is that Olivier Assayas knows that however much artists might wish it and be facilely in love with the notion of art and life conjoining, it never does.
The Dead Lands
- Excerpt: Pretty darned tasty.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
- Excerpt: A stultifyingly dreary costume drama that’s far too timid and tasteful for its own good.
- Excerpt: Making quite the connection…
From the Dark
- Excerpt: Vamping it up, Irish style.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
- Excerpt: Girl House isn’t even close to being high art and won’t be winning any awards for originality—or any awards, period—but it’s waywardly entertaining and well-made for what it is.
The Girl Is in Trouble
Growing Up and Other Lies
- Excerpt: One of those exasperating, totally fraudulent New York-centric indies about how tough it is to make it in the big city…without actually showing how tough it is to make it in the big city.
- Excerpt: Everything about the movie has a sloppy, throwaway feel to it.
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Excerpt: A lo-fi, intimate indie horror-romance about what it means to be human.
- Excerpt: Let’s just say there’s barely a trace of an interesting plot to be found.
- Excerpt: A riveting and rigorous examination of lying.
- Excerpt: A chipper woman-hating comedy about a serial killer… that wants us to feel sorry for him? This is disgusting, repulsive, and enraging.
The Water Diviner
- Excerpt: Not quite a wash…
- Excerpt: Piles of noirish exposition get the better of Jason Statham in this unpleasantly retrograde crime drama. What happened in Vegas should have stayed there.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
A Most Violent Year
Penguins of Madagascar
- Excerpt: Its tonal shifts undercut its narrative momentum, leaving it feeling scattershot and kind of sloppy. This just doesn’t feel like a professionally shot documentary.
- Excerpt: Indispensable.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery
- Excerpt: What constitutes ‘real art’?
Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police
- Excerpt: …more for “Police” fans than it is for the uninitiated.
- Excerpt: The tack De Matteo takes to this story recalls the amorality of privilege and the immorality of envy found in The Bling Ring (2013), suggesting that Gen X filmmakers (De Matteo is 49) are acutely aware of the worm riddling our new Gilded Age and are seeking to examine and expose it.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
- Excerpt: Talk about a bad film Cannon…
- Excerpt: Damián is the sleeper character in this film, and his obsession with Bárbara the driving force in a truly unsettling tale of revenge. Like the Spanish, director Carlos Vermut moves us slyly between the poles of reason and passion. The final victory, perhaps unsurprisingly, goes to the bull.
Open Up to Me
- Excerpt: Although this is a film that will draw attention because of its unique central character, the real takeaway is that honesty, no matter what its cost, is the most rewarding way to go through life and that eventually those we love can learn to live with the truth. In the film’s best moment, Pinja and an emotionally overcome Maarit are reunited. Pinja’s matter-of-fact last line is, “Dad, your make-up is running.”
The Price of Desire
- Excerpt: The price is wrong.