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: February 20-22, 2015
Wide (United States)
Limited (United States)
Digging Up the Marrow
Queen and Country
- Excerpt: …a light, nostalgic military coming of age story with mournful undercurrents. While the film may feel slight compared to its precursor, Boorman deftly manages shifting tones while preserving post-war memories in a very specific time and place.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts
The Duke of Burgundy
Fifty Shades of Grey
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Last Five Years
- Excerpt: The Last Five Years’ Is A Romance Made For The Bitter, And The Sappy
Lily & Kat
- Excerpt: Review from the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
- Excerpt: Josue’s film (her first) is a work of raw, unfiltered emotion.
- Excerpt: An almost unbearably heartbreaking documentary rehumanizes the LGBT icon… and makes him newly tragic all over again.
- Excerpt: Old-fashioned is right. Like how the Taliban is old-fashioned. Behold some pretty despicable passive-aggressive othering of women in the name of “respect.”
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
What We Do in the Shadows
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
- Excerpt: Kiah Roache-Turner exhibits a real talent for highly charged genre cinema with this gory, world-gone-mad zombie flick, a movie that had me thinking it’d bested the likes of “28 Days Later” until fatigue sets in its latter half.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Big Hero 6
The Foxy Merkins
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
- Excerpt: A harrowing yet also inspiring portrait of the American pop music icon as he copes with the rapid deterioration of Alzheimer’s.
Goodbye to Language
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
- Excerpt: It contains scenes of exhilarating, and devastating power, including a leviathan-like appearance near the end of the devouring jaws of modern machinery. But there are flaws in the storytelling, which can be both disconnected and, at nearly two and a half hours, heavy-handedly drawn out.
Love Is Strange
Monster High: Freaky Fusion
A Most Violent Year
Song of the Sea
- Excerpt: [Moore] turns to Irish folklore for his story, incorporating the Pictish markings of stone carvings and shapes from nature into his stunning animation design. ..resembles a mosaic not unlike the Scottish jewelry made from the dyed stems of heather
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Two Days, One Night
Two Night Stand
The Way He Looks
- Excerpt: Ribeiro and his cast keep the touch light, poignant, and honest.
We Are the Best!
Winter in the Blood
- Excerpt: As a work of Native American cinema, a field that’s not overly crowded, ‘Winter in the Blood’ ranks as a minor standout.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: August Winds is a contemplative, nearly formless depiction of rural life. Mascaro regularly hangs back, adopting an unobtrusive vantage point, letting the moments form so that his characters can live out their lives.
- Excerpt: Like a Dutch Divergent or a Euro Hunger Games, Boy 7 is an exciting example of teen-targeted dystopian film.
- Excerpt: As these things go, “Cowboys” is entertaining, if not entirely memorable. Director Tomislav Mrsic has a nice sense for pacing and an inconspicuous visual style, making for a genial comedy about some fairly okay outsiders finding purpose in the arts.
Dying to Know
- Excerpt: Gay Dillingham’s profound, uplifting documentary takes us on a journey to that border no fence can keep us from crossing.
Felix and Meira
- Excerpt: Yaron’s lovely performance forms the heart of the film as Felix and Meira finds its quiet power in her restrained and delicately observational turn.
From Vegas To Macau II
- Excerpt: Chow Yun Fat returns for a second helping of comedic hijinks in the follow-up to Wong Jing’s 2014 holiday blockbuster From Vegas To Macau (released in mainland China as The Man From Macau). A bankable supporting cast and exotic locations should prove an attractive combination over the Lunar New Year break, but beyond Chow’s perennial popularity, sloppy plotting and colloquial humour will likely see From Vegas To Macau II have limited international appeal.
A Girl at My Door
I Can Quit Whenever I Want
I Need a Dodge! Joe Strummer on the Run
In Her Place
- Excerpt: In Her Place marks Shin as one of the most extraordinary new filmmakers on the Canadian film scene today… the power and scope of In Her Place is bound to floor you.
Lake Los Angeles
- Excerpt: Ott and crew tell a tale of two immigrants
Life in a Fishbowl
- Excerpt: Honestly, if this were a Hollywood film, the cartoonish confluence of tragedy would be ridiculed as so much Oscar bait. It’s slick, to be sure, but all the hand-wringing shakes out very little insight into the characters or their sadness, much less what lies beyond.
Life’s a Beach
Maya the Bee Movie
A Place on Earth
Secrets of War
- Excerpt: Most of the script’s turns are fairly easy to predict, be they the fissures between the children or their eventual reconciliations. Even so, a strong young cast and a clean presentation should make “Secrets of War” intriguing for junior cinephiles who may not yet have the same film vocabulary as their parents.
- Excerpt: Western sees their eye for subtle symbolism and ear for poetic soundscapes pushing further into the affectingly abstract, masterfully guiding us along a forlorn tour of a west where the hopes and dreams promised by the American frontier have begun to dissolve in a flood of offscreen drug fueled bloodshed.