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: Aug. 1-3, 2014
Wide (United States)
Get on Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
Expanding (United States)
A Most Wanted Man
Limited (United States)
Child of God
- Excerpt: A horror film that challenges us to never exclude anyone from our hearts.
- Excerpt: One must credit Franco’s ambitions to adapt these hard-to-film pieces of literature, though this film proves that literal adaptations are not his strongest suit.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
And So It Goes
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
- Excerpt: Pulling a terrific cast down with it, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” tries to waver every which way and strikes as too ineffective in all directions. The one that ends up earning the reason to be angry is the viewer.
- Excerpt: The movie didn’t have to be called Citizen Koch. In fact, the title leads us to expect a level of insight into the brothers that it does not begin to deliver.
- Excerpt: In terms of establishing a narrative, McGarry sees his story as a two-pronged deal: personalities and procedure. One leads to the other, and the filmmaker spends a lot of time interviewing the young doctors he shadows, finding out what motivates them not just at the time of filming, but also the things that initially pushed them toward this type of medicine.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
- Excerpt: A poignant documentary about the great Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music speak out for justice.
The Fluffy Movie
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
- Excerpt: In many ways, this documentary creates an itch to know more about Gore Vidal, rather than scratching it.
- Excerpt: Like a person who takes forever to get to their point, filled with entirely too much inarticulateness, the film is more mundane life than interesting cinema. Reliably observant and unforced as it is, “Happy Christmas” is also a frustrating paradox: it begins agreeably, eventually grows tedious and then ends pointlessly.
- Excerpt: Audiences could debate the authenticity of a contemporary relationship that doesn’t contain some form of mediation, but Hard Drive is so consciously cleansed of impersonal gizmos that one must see the absence of technology as part of the point.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Kill Team
- Excerpt: The Kill Team starkly asks for us to try to reconcile the shifting gaps between patriotism and imperialism, aiding and oppressing, recreation and self-preservation. Hint: It can’t be done, as long as the innocent continue to be punished for trying to do what is everyone’s moral responsibility. – See more at: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/the-kill-team-review#sthash.IADcAQ0e.dpuf
The Last Sentence
- Excerpt: At the heart, if that’s the right word, of this movie is the superb performance by Christensen (perhaps best known here as the villainous Mr. White in recent Bond movies.)
Magic in the Moonlight
Manuscripts Don’t Burn
A Master Builder
Nothing Bad Can Happen
Only Lovers Left Alive
Planes: Fire & Rescue
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step
- Excerpt: This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds.
The Protector 2
The Purge: Anarchy
Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity
- Excerpt: A uplifting tribute to the polymath Rabindranath Tagore, a truly extraordinary Indian poet and philosopher.
- Excerpt: Third Person is the sort of film that loses from shooting high and then shooting itself in the foot. In the end, there’s really nothing to take away, except to wonder how an interesting conceit and talented people on both sides of the camera could so terribly miss the mark.
Venus in Fur
Very Good Girls
- Excerpt: A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college.
- Excerpt: Overall, “Very Good Girls” is pleasant but tough to get overly excited about when it doesn’t add up to very much in the end. Fanning and Olsen are very good, though.
- Excerpt: Some fresh insights and new slants on the pesky question: can a man and a woman be friends and not lovers?
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Evergreen: The Road to Legalization
- Excerpt: The film is a bumpy ride at times, but it remains a charming expedition.
Nowhere in Moravia
- Excerpt: Director Miroslav Krobot combines elements of biting satire with droll comedy – not always successfully – in Díra u Hanušovic, a frustratingly deadpan account of small-town apathy in Middle-of-Nowhere, Czech Republic.
These Final Hours
Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
- Excerpt: The latest film from Robert Lepage is a beautifully brainy essay on our relationship with art.