This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Feb. 20-22, 2015)

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)

McFarland, USA

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Limited (United States)

Digging Up the Marrow

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Queen and Country

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Wild Tales

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

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The Duke of Burgundy

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Fifty Shades of Grey

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The Humbling

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Jupiter Ascending

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

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The Last Five Years

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: The Last Five Years’ Is A Romance Made For The Bitter, And The Sappy

Lily & Kat

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Josue’s film (her first) is a work of raw, unfiltered emotion.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: An almost unbearably heartbreaking documentary rehumanizes the LGBT icon… and makes him newly tragic all over again.

Mortdecai

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Old Fashioned

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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.”

Project Almanac

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Seventh Son

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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Timbuktu

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The Voices

Mark Harris @ About.com

What We Do in the Shadows

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Mark Harris @ About.com

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Sniper

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The Babadook

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Big Eyes

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Big Hero 6

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Birdman

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Boyhood

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Cake

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Citizenfour

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Coherence

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The Double

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Foxcatcher

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The Foxy Merkins

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

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Horns

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The Imitation Game

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The Immortalists

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Inherent Vice

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Interstellar

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The Interview

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Into the Woods

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Leviathan

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • 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.

Locke

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Love Is Strange

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Maidan

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Memphis

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Monster High: Freaky Fusion

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

A Most Violent Year

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Mr. Turner

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Nightcrawler

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Red Army

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Rosewater

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The Rover

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Selma

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The Signal

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Song of the Sea

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

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Starred Up

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Still Alice

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Stonehearst Asylum

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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Tusk

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Two Days, One Night

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Two Night Stand

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Unbroken

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The Way He Looks

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Ribeiro and his cast keep the touch light, poignant, and honest.

We Are the Best!

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Whiplash

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Winter in the Blood

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • 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)

August Winds

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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.

Black Souls

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Boy 7

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Like a Dutch Divergent or a Euro Hunger Games, Boy 7 is an exciting example of teen-targeted dystopian film.

Cowboys

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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.

Down Dog

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Dying to Know

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • 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

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • 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

James Marsh @ Screen Daily

  • 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

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Grump

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

I Need a Dodge! Joe Strummer on the Run

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

In Her Place

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • 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

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Ott and crew tell a tale of two immigrants

The Lesson

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Life in a Fishbowl

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Limited Partnership

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Lyle

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Maya the Bee Movie

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

My Mistress

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

A Place on Earth

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Roy

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Secrets of War

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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.

Western

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • 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.

Xenia

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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