This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jan. 16-18, 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: Jan. 16-18, 2015

Wide (United States)

Blackhat

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Paddington

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The Wedding Ringer

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: When a joke does land … it’s more a matter of luck than of craft.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: This ‘Wedding’ is by no means a classy affair, but in the post-‘Hangover’ era it’s not the worst comedy to come along.

Expanding (United States)

American Sniper

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Limited (United States)

Little Accidents

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Good aspirations are undermined by the watered-down characters and conventional outcome.

Still Alice

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2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Beloved Sisters

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Dark Summer

Mark Harris @ About.com

Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Giuseppe Makes a Movie wisely leaves auteur analysis to the viewer, instead focusing on the concrete benefits of Giuseppe’s practice. The result is an amusing portrait of wayward weirdoes bound together through creative collaboration.

Human Capital

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It’s All So Quiet

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Killers

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: the film goes on too longer than it can sustain itself. Still Stamboel and Tjahjanto have a flair for visuals and a great ear for music.

Love, Rosie

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: At its most outré, Love, Rosie becomes something like a rom-com spin on The Tree of Life, a disparate collection of briefly-glimpsed vignettes that seems to convey nothing less than the complexities of life itself.

Predestination

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Preservation

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: If you’ve seen the Spanish ‘King of the Hill,’ the denouement won’t come as a surprise. Still, the basic situation is so primal what young filmmaker wouldn’t want to attempt a knockoff?

Taken 3

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Vice

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Wild Tales

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Szifrón deconstructs the veneer of bourgeois society like the Luis Buñuel of ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’ and ‘The Phantom of Liberty’.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

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The World Made Straight

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Babadook

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Beyond the Lights

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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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Calvary

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The Equalizer

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Frank

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Fury

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Gone Girl

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The Green Prince

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The Imitation Game

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Inherent Vice

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Interstellar

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Into the Woods

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Locke

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Lucy

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Mommy

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A Most Violent Year

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A Most Wanted Man

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Nightcrawler

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Noah

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The Raid 2: Berandal

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Selma

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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St. Vincent

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

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The Theory of Everything

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The Two Faces of January

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Unbroken

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A Walk Among the Tombstones

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Winter Sleep

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Zero Motivation

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: It is hardly the most essential film coming from this newly focused Israel-Palestine cinema, but is definitely one of the most entertaining and different voices to stand out.

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Fidelio: Alice’s Journey

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Li’l Quinquin

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Non c’è dubbio invece che Dumont abbia ritrovato la felicità espressiva dei suoi esordi, liberandola dal giogo di una crudeltà troppo spesso inutilmente esibita. La ritrovata capacità di dialogare col suo pubblico è come un nuovo inizio. Non resta che attenderne la conferma.

The Look of Silence

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

The Scarehouse

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Now on home video, ‘The Scarehouse’ is twisted fun.

Testament of Youth

David Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: While the film lives away from combat, the emotional pull of Brittain’s fiercely committed experience provides more than enough testament to the tragedy of the war and the heroism of those who lived and died through it.

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