This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Dec. 12-14, 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: December 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Top Five

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Expanding (United States)

The Pyramid

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Limited (United States)

Inherent Vice

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: sweet and surprisingly charming, even though it never transcends its choppy staginess

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

After the Fall

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: the film ultimately seems like an archaic example of the dangerous follies of patriarchy

The Babadook

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Before I Disapper

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s an original, intoxicating, giddily alive movie.

Big Hero 6

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Citizenfour

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Dying of the Light

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Finding Fela!

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Get On Up

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.

Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald

The Homesman

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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The Imitation Game

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Interstellar

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John Wick

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Last Days in Vietnam

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • 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.

Late Phases

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Life of Riley

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • 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.

Mommy

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National Gallery

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Nightcrawler

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Ouija

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Penguins of Madagascar

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Point and Shoot

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • 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

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • 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

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Tip Top

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Two Days, One Night

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • 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.

Unbroken

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.

Whiplash

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Wild

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Zero Motivation

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics

  • 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)

Going Away

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.

Montana

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • 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.

Ragnarock’s Cabin

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • 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]

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