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: Apr. 11-13, 2014
Wide (United States)
Expanding (United States)
The Raid 2: Berandal
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: …like a new sitcom with a great cast that’s so badly conceived and executed it’s yanked after two episodes. Only the genuine sweetness between Frost and Jones and McShane’s wacky casting make this film remotely bearable.
Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
- Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.
- Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
- Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.
Only Lovers Left Alive
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
50 to 1
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
- Excerpt: Earnest but cliche-ridden.
- Excerpt: One of the great things Coogan does with his ambitious, self-absorbed, offensive, cowardly and not-as-bright-as-he-thinks-he-is character is make him capable of guilt and regret, always keeping us holding out for his redemption.
- Excerpt: It gets you laughing and leaves you thinking, grabbing you from minute one and not letting go until its haunting final shot. Brilliant.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Excerpt: Law conjures a somewhat dim man who yet has quite the way with words, a hair trigger guy who might cry or bite your face off at any given moment. It’s a balls to the wall performance and utterly entertaining.
- Excerpt: Self-consciously written and directed redemption saga, it’s certainly not as compelling as other dramas in this British gangland genre.
- Excerpt: A charming, funny and oddball drama about a gentle, quiet, and sensitive florist who knows how to give women pleasure.
The French Minister
- Excerpt: Crónicas diplomáticas es divertida, y a veces lo es mucho, porque ves cómo funciona un ministerio desde dentro, y Tavernier te lo cuenta con un gran reparto y un ritmo rapidísimo.
God’s Not Dead
- Excerpt: God’s Not Dead is a movie with its heart in the right place and its head up its butt. It contains a microcosm of an idea, debating God’s place in the natural order, but spends most of the time as a recruitment drive for the Christian faith in which you are recruited with your arm twisted behind your back.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
In the Blood
Jews of Egypt
The Lego Movie
- Excerpt: Eric Shapiro’s Living Things is, very likely, the most exhausting movie you’ll ever see. And yet, there are no car chases, no gun battles, no cacophony of sound design. Here is a movie that is constructed almost entirely out of words. It contains only two actors, seated at a dinner table debating each other for just over an hour.
- Excerpt: When I get home, I spend a majority of my time on the computer. I don’t think I’m alone. This is the landscape of the 21st century, and I suspect that I am not alone in the opinion that we are less than five years away from the development of computers that can think for themselves. Will I be so dependent then? Having seen Caradog James’ effective science fiction thriller The Machine, I have reason to think not.
The Monuments Men
Muppets Most Wanted
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
The Quiet Ones
- Excerpt: There aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky.
- Excerpt: It will leave anyone but the newest of horror converts feeling let down.
Stranger by the Lake
That Demon Within
- Excerpt: Hong Kong’s reigning champion of pyrotechnic mayhem continues to move outside of his comfort zone with the psychological crime drama That Demon Within, but the results fail to hit the mark as poor plotting, loose direction and an increasingly preposterous script do their best to undermine a spirited central performance from Daniel Wu.
Under the Skin
The Unknown Known
- Excerpt: It’s easier, for us and frankly for them, to dismiss those whose politics and policy decisions we abhor as monsters or Bond villains and leave it at that. What’s more interesting — in our interactions, and in our understanding of history — is to understand how smart people can make giant miscalculations, and dig in their heels.
- Excerpt: To his supporters, he will come off as a no-nonsense, witty, unflappable sage. His detractors will see a smug, narcissistic sociopath to whom his architecture of the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and the devastation of America’s economy and prestige, are matters to be dismissed with a quip and a smirk.
- Excerpt: “The Unknown Known” is a valuable window inside the warped mind of an irrational sociopath who, like those around him during his time in Office — Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, etc. — acted with unfathomable incompetence that they were able to disguise with the complicity of corporate news media.
War of the Worlds: Goliath
Young & Beautiful
- Excerpt: For his latest filmic exploration François Ozon addresses a complex mix of sexual, personal, social, familial, gender-based, and technological issues, inexorably honing in on a striking synthesis of generational catharsis.
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Ernest & Celestine
The Fifth Estate
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr. Banks
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
3D Naked Ambition
- Excerpt: Brimming with colloquial Hong Kong humour and plenty of bare flesh, Lee Kung-lok’s jolly romp through the Japanese AV (adult film) scene is slight yet entertaining fare, and likely to offend only the most bashful of audiences.
- Excerpt: A sociopath on the loose, Creature has no empathy for his prey. He delights in the chase and his hunger happily motivates his hunt for the next meal.
The John Hines Show
- Excerpt: Talking movies (NOAH) with WCCO host John Hines
A Long Way Down
José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Pascal Chaumeil sigue abriendo zanja internacional en su trabajo con esta floja adaptación de la novela de Nick Hornby que sacrifica su mordacidad para abrirse a un discurso más bien meloso.
A Long Way Down
- Excerpt: Shamelessly cloying, so misguided and vacuous it made me want to scream, A Long Way Down is an unusually bad test of your patience that is bound to induce squirms.
The Other Woman
- Excerpt: The Other Woman is frustratingly indecisive.
Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence
- Excerpt: An elegant and enlightening portrait of the life and ministry of Father Thomas Keating, one of the towering figures on the global spirituality scene.