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. 15-17, 2014
Wide (United States)
The Expendables 3
Expanding (United States)
Magic in the Moonlight
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: a funny, goofy movie with some serious things to say about art and madness, band dynamics, broken dreams and selling out.
The Trip to Italy
- Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: And that it could be a grandchild to that 1983 homecoming classic is neither here nor there because, whether or not it will grow with age, “About Alex” is still a satisfyingly smart and low-key slice-of-life of the moment.
- Excerpt: What is promised in the film’s title is an issue that is asked but quickly abandoned. Truthfully, America: Imagine the World Without Her should really be called “Should America Be Ashamed of Itself?” That’s actually a more potent question.
At the Devil’s Door
- Excerpt: Classily executed and often indelibly creepy, AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR fills one with dread and the pleasure that a horror film can be an emotionally visceral experience rather than a copy-and-paste job. Best left to go into completely cold and be led blindly down its insidious path.
- Excerpt: A bittersweet reminder that while the scientific method may be coolly rational, the people who do science are deeply emotionally caught up in their work.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
- Excerpt: This is undoubtedly the weirdest Dragon Ball Z story I’ve ever seen and that’s really saying something.
Fifi Howls from Happiness
- Excerpt: Mohassess creates us as he sees us. Bodies obsessed with basic instinctual needs tussling in conflict.
José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Arrolladora adaptación de la novela de Irvine Welsh menos cochina que su referente, sí, pero perfectamente fiel a sí misma en su salvajismo desaforado. No pasará a la historia, pero es recomendable.
- Excerpt: Finding Fela! the documentary is almost as much a paradox as the man himself, stuffed full of information but leaving nagging questions, making us move to the music before hammering us into submission.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Into the Storm
The Maid’s Room
- Excerpt: For a life beyond mere DVD supplementary material, Mr. X could use a dose of rigor to balance out its steady stream of congratulatory pit stops.
- Excerpt: Writer/director/editor Richie Mehta (“Amal”) has created a modern day “Bicycle Thieves” with this devastating tale of an illiterate man trying to find his son with next to nothing to go on amidst the teaming masses of India.
Step Up: All In
- Excerpt: Without Channing Tatum,, this franchise falters, except for the dance sequences.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Under the Skin
A Will for the Woods
- Excerpt: An enlightening look at the Green Burial Movement and its ecological and spiritual dimensions.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Deserves credit for pushing boundaries, regardless if those boundaries actually needed to be explored or not.