This Week at the Movies (May 8-10, 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: May 8-10, 2015

Wide (United States)

The D Train

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Hot Pursuit

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Limited (United States)

5 Flights Up

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A demonstration by a long-married couple of what it means to truly be in sync with each other.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: There is little suspense in where “5 Flights Up” is headed, but Keaton and Freeman’s movie marriage is a good investment.

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to think of a more agreeable couple to spend a little sentimental movie time with than the wonderful Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.

I Am Big Bird

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Four years after “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” promoted the idea that a Muppet character embodied love, along come the documentarian duo Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker to reinstate the legacy of Sesame Street’s original star.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Maggie

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Plus a few words on ULTRON.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: With its imagined horrors, “Maggie” celebrates life.

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Maggie is a creative attempt to fashion a low budget, indie film about emotional and physical collapse with just a splash of zombie gore which never takes off; it stumbles and plods along as a stereotypical zombie would.

Noble

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The true story of charity founder Christina Noble’s empathy in action.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

5 to 7

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

About Elly

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: An unmistakable takeaway of Asghar Farhadi’s masterful thriller is to make it abundantly clear to American viewers that, guess what, Iranians are a lot like us.

The Age of Adaline

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Amira & Sam

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Big Game

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Game on…

Black Souls

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Boy Meets Girl

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smarter, warmer, more honest depiction of human sexuality than this roundrobin of emotion and attraction. I love this movie.

Closer to the Moon

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: A Romanian cast would have given the movie more depth and credibility, but these stars, ably supported by some fine character actors, keep it dancing, against a melancholy undercurrent.

The Duke of Burgundy

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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Furious 7

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Get Hard

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Goodnight Mommy

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

Hyena

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Iris

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Splashy and stylist, just like Iris, who dubs herself “a geriatric starlet.”

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Kung Fu Killer

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Above all, Kung Fu Killer is a love letter to Hong Kong martial arts movies.

The Lazarus Effect

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Marie’s Story

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Misery Loves Comedy

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If you’re fascinated by what makes comedians tick, you’ll learn something, and enjoy the moments, or some of them anyway, as they tick slowly by.

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: If you want to be a comedian, see this enlightening, amusing — and a bit scary — documentary first.

Of Horses and Men

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Pitch Perfect 2

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

Playing It Cool

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan surely brighten the film in spots and make it watchable, but despite some light laughs, how “Playing It Cool” plays it isn’t original, sharp, or charming enough.

Preggoland

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Still

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Tribe

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Unfriended

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Welcome to New York

Don Lewis @ Consequence of Sound

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Big Eyes

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Big Hero 6

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Boyhood

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Concerning Violence

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A meditation on Frantz Fanon’s plea to oppressed people to use violence against their colonial oppressors.

Fury

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Gone Girl

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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Rosewater

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Top Five

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Violette

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Una biopic interesante y muy bien actuada, que nos muestra a uno de esos personajes secundarios de la historia sobre los que debiéramos saber más.

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

In Transit

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Peace Officer

Don Lewis @ Hammer to Nail

La Sapienza

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: In the end it’s all about space and light, form and meaning, passion and ideals. We’re never too old to learn, and never too young to know.

Spooks: The Greater Good

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

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