This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Aug. 22-24, 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: Aug. 22-24, 2014

Wide (United States)

If I Stay

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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When the Game Stands Tall

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Every personal setback, medical emergency, or tragedy is just what happens in between one season, game, or practice and the next.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Workmanlike rather than inspired…well-intentioned but heavy-handed.

Expanding (United States)

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Apart from one element it’s a thoroughly likable, though hardly overwhelming, travelogue.

Limited (United States)

14 Blades

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: 14 Blades will most likely only entertain its core audience of martial arts aficionados. But kudos to anyone who can recall the intended purpose for each blade.

Are You Here

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Originally titled You Are Here when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, it’s as if the refashioning of statement to question is posed for anyone left in the audience that stayed until the end credits.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: It’s fairly certain that while watching it you’ll wish you were somewhere else.

Love Is Strange

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The One I Love

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To Be Takei

Kristy Puchko @ CinemaBlend.com

  • Excerpt: To Be Takei is radiant with the joy of the man has captured the hearts and imaginations of untold fans. It left me smiling ear to ear, and with some serious food for thought.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Abuse of Weakness

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: If Abuse of Weakness is autobiography, it’s a challenging, uncategorizable use of the form: based on personal events but decidedly resistant to resuscitating the subjective experience of living through them—or, especially, providing any discernible commentary on them.

Boyhood

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Boys of Abu Ghraib

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Calvary

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Cheap Thrills

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Dancing in Jaffa

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: Proof that dancing is a healing force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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The Dog

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The Expendables 3

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Frank

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The Giver

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God Help the Girl

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: A quaint, pretentious film, representative of a quaint, pretentious band.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Into the Storm

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Jersey Shore Massacre

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: An irredeemably awful film.

Journey to the West

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Land Ho!

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Let’s Be Cops

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ is a pretty disposable movie, the kind of picture that seems destined for Sunday afternoons on TBS. Many of the comic set pieces are sort of half-thought-out, and the climax makes the mistake that police comedies have made since ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’ of taking their shoot-outs and crime plots seriously (as if anyone actually cares).

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: So rotten that you have the right to refrain.

Life After Beth

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Like its titular zombie, this film makes a good first impression, but before long you can tell the neurons are not quite firing correctly.

Lucy

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The Lunchbox

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Magic in the Moonlight

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May in the Summer

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It quickly slips into an overly familiar melodrama, throwing us into a sort of foreign born It’s Complicated scenario -.

Need for Speed

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Rich Hill

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

Swelter

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: puny modern day western propped up against the influence of Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Robert Rodriquez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico, yet it can’t approach either of those films, it comes off more as a showcase of violence in slow-motion than developing any kind of character.

The Rover

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Sex Tape

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Trip to Italy

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Veronica Mars

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Visitors

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We Are the Best!

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What If

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Zero Theorem

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Cam2Cam

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Cam2Cam’s rudimentary grappling with the inherent dangers of online prostitution and the false security of interacting via digital platforms already seems about a decade behind the times.

The Inbetweeners 2

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Kooky

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: A 6 year old’s imagination and alter ego, the little teddybear, transmigrate into a fantasy forest of good guys and bad guys. There is a mixture of puppets and toy cars with live butterflies, dogs, nature and people. Squirrels and birds are friends, garbage, especially plastic bottles and industrial waste, is the enemy.

Sunflower Hour

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Tom at the Farm

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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