This Week at the Movies (Nov. 28-30, 2014)

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: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Wide (United States)

Horrible Bosses 2

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Penguins of Madagascar

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Expanding (United States)

The Theory of Everything

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Limited (United States)

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth’s most mysterious continent.

The Babadook

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Before I Disappear

Nicholasb Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Bad Hair

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: A tight knit and brutally honest essay on familial conflicts and the complications of living a Western dream in an environment of limited possibilities.

Beyond the Lights

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Big Hero 6

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The Boxtrolls

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Camp X-Ray

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Citizenfour

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Diplomacy

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Diplomacy’ is the consummate composite work of Schlöndorff, Gély, Arestrup, and Dussollier – a minimalist chamber play about the human side of war.

Dumb and Dumber To

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Extraterrestrial

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Finding Vivian Maier

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Force Majeure

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Foxcatcher

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Frank

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Occasionally the creation comes across as a bit of an appropriation. However director Ana Lily Amirpour melds the inspirations in a way that cherishes them while creating something new.

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: With no real plot to speak of, ‘Girl’ is a bit of a tease, although the film’s exotic originality is seductive.

Goodbye to Language

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Goodbye to Language is not enough of an incoherent stinker to make me bid adieu to Jean-Luc Godard, even if it does give me serious pause

Happy Christmas

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Happy Valley

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Bar-Lev lets his subjects off easy, but that’s partly because they do so much damage to themselves.

Her Name Was Torment

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Dustin Mills combines performance, photography and sound to create a palpable feeling of madness. Insanity wafts from the film like the smell of rot rising from a pile of trash.

The Homesman

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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I Am Ali

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Ida

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Interstellar

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Late Phases

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Late Phases is a sharp cut above in the lycanthropic sub-genre that will be remembered mainly for Nick Damici’s kick-ass, ultimately poignant turn.

Listen Up, Philip

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Monk With a Camera

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The life and work of a Western abbot in a Tibetan monastery in India who serves as a bridge-builder.

The Mule

Nicholasb Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: Mahony and Sampson don’t structure the film advantageously, lumping us right away into the dramatic thrust before plateauing into a countdown hinged on its protagonist’s bowel movement.

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Nightcrawler

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Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Ouija

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Paddington

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Phobia

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Phobia’ – A Freaky But Flawed Little Fright Film

Point and Shoot

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Selfies

Rosewater

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Siddharth

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Starry Eyes

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Stonehearst Asylum

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The Taking of Deborah Logan

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: The found-footage fad needs to die already, and here’s my first piece of evidence.

V/H/S: Viral

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Whiplash

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Wild

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Willow Creek

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

New World

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Korean screenwriter-turned-director Hoon-jung Park blends a tale of intra-mob warfare with an undercover cop psychological drama, and the result is an engrossing, tightly plotted thriller.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

The Ambassador to Bern

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Tense Hungarian thriller.

Jack Strong

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ack Strong seems to have outsmarted his American allies in the cinematic spy game: this is one stealthy thriller! – See more at: http://www.cinemablographer.com/2014/11/euff-review-jack-strong.html

Little Black Spiders

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from the European Union Film Festival

Menu for Two

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Stations of the Cross

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Vis-à-Vis

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Who knew the Balkans could do mumblecore?

Writers

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: Screenwriting bromedy that shows Bollywood is not that much different than its American counterpart.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: Then, again, so are many corporations.

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Back in black…

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