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: December 12-14, 2014
Wide (United States)
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
- Excerpt: sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
After the Fall
- Excerpt: the film ultimately seems like an archaic example of the dangerous follies of patriarchy
Before I Disapper
- Excerpt: It’s an original, intoxicating, giddily alive movie.
Big Hero 6
Dying of the Light
Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Get On Up
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- Excerpt: I fear that Peter Jackson has been suffering from a similar affliction to the dwarf king’s “dragon sickness”: a compulsive lust for epicness.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The Imitation Game
Last Days in Vietnam
- Excerpt: In the film, the morass of strategic confusion, political convenience, and stubborn personalities pushing an agenda is the prelude to a story of startling moral clarity.
Life of Riley
- Excerpt: On paper, Life of Riley makes for a wry little tale about self-delusion and faux-virtuous narcissism, but Resnais makes some unfortunate choices in the process of bringing it to life.
Penguins of Madagascar
Point and Shoot
- Excerpt: Point and Shoot provides valuable context for VanDyke’s personal evolution and his choices, turning an American footnote to the Arab Spring into a deeply human story.
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
- Excerpt: This is an ultimate case of style over substance, and the style is absolutely worthy. Though Cattet and Forzani’s style may be indefensibly pretentious at times, they throw so much at your eyes and ears that it becomes an exhaustive marvel.
The Theory of Everything
Two Days, One Night
- Excerpt: The film correlates depression, an invisible state of crippling, with the equally hard-to-discern nature of financial distress in a modern Western state, where the accoutrements of suburban life give an illusion of stability that can become a perpetual goad to anxiety.
Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
- Excerpt: [I]t feels unfair to fault the soft edges of Unbroken since Jolie’s direction favours the light of Zamperini’s tale rather than the darkness from which it emerges.
- Excerpt: Starting off as a great military/industrial complex send-up, the story flounders in the home stretch when it grasps at the serious and ends up in slapstick.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Un drama bien concebido sobre dos personas que cargan con fardos del pasado y que se descubren como salvadors el uno del otro en una jornada en la que pasan por todas las emociones.
- Excerpt: While unreservedly entertaining in parts, unfortunately Ali struggles to lift himself up out of the realm of conventionality, with a hackneyed take on the revenge plot thriller.
- Excerpt: The cheese has a distinctly local flavour, but ‘Ragnarock’s Cabin’ is fun for what it is.
Single by Contract
Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]