This Week at the Movies (Feb. 6-8, 2015)

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)

Jupiter Ascending

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Seventh Son

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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Limited (United States)

Ballet 422

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • 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

’71

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87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

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[REC] 4: Apocalypse

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Appropriate Behavior

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Black or White

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Black Sea

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Blackhat

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The Boy Next Door

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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Duke of Burgandy

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: A deliciously deviant romp into sexual adventure grounded in the real life struggle for enduring intimacy.

Girlhood

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Girlhood” is a stunner.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • 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.

Human Capital

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The Humbling

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

The Loft

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: There are so many flaws in “The Loft” that it becomes impossible to ignore the bad and focus on the good elements.

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The Loft is a prime example of a movie that does not trust the rather elegant simplicity of its premise.

Match

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: Stripped down and heartfelt essay on what it takes to love and be loved.

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Mortdecai

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Paddington

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Project Almanac

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Shamitabh

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Something, Anything

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Taken 3

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True Story

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Voices

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • 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.

Wild Card

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • 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

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Sniper

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Annie

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Automata

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Before I Go to Sleep

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The Best of Me

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Bird People

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • 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.

Birdman

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Cake

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The Captive

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

The Drop

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The Expendables 3

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Foxcatcher

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The Giver

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The Homesman

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Horns

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Ida

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The Imitation Game

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The Interview

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Let’s Be Cops

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Mommy

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A Most Violent Year

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Mr. Turner

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Nightcrawler

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Red Army

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • 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

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Selma

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Starred Up

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Still Alice

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The Theory of Everything

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Two Days, One Night

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Uzumasa Limelight

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Whiplash

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Wild

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Body

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Brooklyn

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Chuck Norris vs Communism

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • 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.

Corn Island

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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.

Dearest

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Les Gazelles

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Grandma

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Hawaizaada

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

I Am Michael

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Last Days in the Desert

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Li’l Quinquin

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Lovesick

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A light-hearted romantic comedy about jealousy.

Mardan

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Next to Her

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

On the Trail of the Far Fur Country

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Partisan

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Ratter

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Royal Road

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Sleeping with Other People

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]

Stinking Heaven

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Supernova

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Tender

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Tribe

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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.

The Witch

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Woods

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

X + Y

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Z for Zachariah

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

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