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: February 6-8, 2015
Wide (United States)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: A documentary providing ample evidence of ballet as art form that puts on display the breathtaking beauty of bodies in motion.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts
[REC] 4: Apocalypse
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Black or White
The Boy Next Door
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
The Duke of Burgandy
- Excerpt: A deliciously deviant romp into sexual adventure grounded in the real life struggle for enduring intimacy.
- Excerpt: “Girlhood” is a stunner.
- Excerpt: When compared to her first two tour de force films, “Girlhood” reveals itself to be every bit as insightful and authentic a cinematic representation of a personal female coming-of-age experience in modern-day France.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
- Excerpt: There are so many flaws in “The Loft” that it becomes impossible to ignore the bad and focus on the good elements.
- Excerpt: The Loft is a prime example of a movie that does not trust the rather elegant simplicity of its premise.
- Excerpt: Stripped down and heartfelt essay on what it takes to love and be loved.
Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter
- Excerpt: By the time we get to the closing singalong (with Jesus!), you’ll be left wondering if [director] Satrapi’s the one who’s been taking Jerry’s meds.
The Water Diviner
- Excerpt: If noble intentions were art, The Water Diviner would be as great as it clearly wants to be. But they aren’t and it’s not.
- Excerpt: ‘Wild Card’ is a disjointed narrative about a man who is many things, but would be more captivating if he would choose just one.
Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Before I Go to Sleep
The Best of Me
- Excerpt: The contrast between airplanes and birds makes for an interesting metaphor, but while the film boasts good performances, cinematography, and other scattered points of interest, ‘Bird People’ never really takes off.
The Expendables 3
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Imitation Game
Let’s Be Cops
A Most Violent Year
- Excerpt: There are enough pieces of this story missing or detached from context that hockey here does start to become the kind of metaphor that the movie seems to want to avoid.
Revenge of the Mekons
The Theory of Everything
Two Days, One Night
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
Chuck Norris vs Communism
- Excerpt: The only thing that is holding back Chuck Norris vs Communism itself is that although it was gloriously shot by cinematographer Jose Ruiz to look like a taut thriller set amongst the retro apartment fittings and basement recording studios in which these VHS tapes were illegally produced and consumed, it lacks the narrative tension to hold us firmly through the already slim 80 minute feature.
- Excerpt: Within this focused narrative, Ovashvili nurtures important themes and ethical quandaries. The quiet dedication the duo gives to its corn not only allows for the vegetables to grow, but effects growth in their own lives, as well.
I Am Michael
Last Days in the Desert
- Excerpt: A light-hearted romantic comedy about jealousy.
Next to Her
On the Trail of the Far Fur Country
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts
The Royal Road
Sleeping with Other People
Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
- Excerpt: The Tribe grips its audience from the start, and then proceeds to tighten that grip consistently as the film rolls on. It is as unsettling as it is fascinating, a bold experiment in how stories are told.