This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Apr. 24-26, 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: Apr. 24-26, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Age of Adaline

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Little Boy

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Expanding (United States)

Ex Machina

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Limited (United States)

Adult Beginners

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: has the misfortune of being an awful lot like last year’s Sundance hit “The Skeleton Twins” without nearly as many laughs.

After the Ball

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

The Water Diviner

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

24 Days

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Told from Ruth’s POV, the movie is nonetheless a tense police procedural as we keep company with the Halimi family undergoing confusion, fear, rage, hope and ultimately grief.

About Elly

Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • Excerpt: This pot-boiler takes the viewer by surprise after a slow start, but the start is too long and the surprise too short.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Beyond the Reach

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: … a survival-of-the-fittest thriller than benefits from spectacular terrain and decent performances by the two principals …. Douglas makes up in sarcasm and animal cunning what he lacks in physical prowess.

Child 44

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Forbidding and forgettable, this adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s suspenseful best-seller just doesn’t translate onto the big screen.

Closer to the Moon

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A provocative, darkly comedic, absurdist drama – based on a true story.

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Clouds of Sils Maria

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The Dead Lands

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Dior and I

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This exceptional [cross cutting] structure allows the past to continue informing the present, reaching a climax after lights out in the ateliers, Tcheng projecting old Dior imagery over the white toiles that are the blueprints of Simons’ first collection.

It Follows

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The Farewell Party

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Houellebecq’s writing advice to Mathieu is “to have nothing to do, to be bored, and then something happens in your head.” The movie is a little like that.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Lost River

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut may be a boondoggle but it’s a highly entertaining boondoggle.

Love at First Fight

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: A fantastic debut feature.

Monkey Kingdom

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Monsters: Dark Continent

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Suffers from a terrible case of cinematic aphasia. Clearly thinks it’s saying something important and deep, but makes no damn sense at all.

Northmen

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Run All Night

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Skin Trade

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: As the story spins its wheels, the audience grows bloodthirsty, and we must slake our cravings.

True Story

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Unfriended

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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The Good Lie

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The Imitation Game

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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Cole Smithey @ colesmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” throws another damning chapter of accusations at America’s openly racist authoritarian system that surreptitiously condones the murder of its black citizens. Call it what it is, genocide-by-degree.

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

All This Mayhem

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Dark Horse

Matt Looker @ TheShiznit.co.uk

  • Excerpt: The nags-to-riches journey of Dream Alliance becoming a short-lived racing favourite doesn’t exactly set the world alight, but it makes for some triumphant moments.

The Deadly Alive

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: One of the most anger inducing feature films you’ll ever be witness to. In a good way.

The Falling

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: Illusory and farcical, and while evidently aware of this fact, playing up to it somewhat, Morley doesn’t do so quite enough.

Glassland

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: It promises great things, important things from Reynor and Barrett and, if you’re able, you should watch.

Helios

James Marsh @ Screendaily.com

  • Excerpt: After the commercial success of their debut Cold War (the highest-grossing Hong Kong film in 2012) writer-director team Longman Leung and Sunny Luk set their sights higher with Helios, a pan-continental terrorism thriller that sees law enforcement agencies from South Korea, China and Hong Kong scramble to recover a stolen nuclear weapon.

Roar

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The craziest, most breathtakingly bizarre motion picture you are ever likely to see. Imagine Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom as reimagined by Stephen King.

Robot Overlords

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Robot Overlords may beat Hollywood at their own game but it is just as shallow.

Speed Sisters

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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