This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jan. 23-25, 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. 23-25, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Boy Next Door

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Mortdecai

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Limited (United States)

Americons

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Americons is like The Wolf of Wall Street without the skill, depth, nuance, humor, or poignancy.

Black Sea

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A parabolic film about a middle-aged man who decides to fight back after being reduced to being a nobody.

Cake

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The Duke of Burgundy

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Peter Strickland’s latest begins with a bit of an ick factor as his opening lesbian S&M scenario ends with a behind-closed-door ‘punishment’ that sounds dreadful, but trust in this auteur as “The Duke of Burgundy” blossoms into a louche hothouse Gothic that plays like Dario Argento’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating” or Peter Greenaway’s “Angels and Insects.”

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.

Mommy

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R100

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Song One

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An emotionally rich drama about the healing powers of music.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Appropriate Behavior

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Appropriate Behavior’ is the novel story from up-and-comer Desiree Akhavan about a young Brooklynite attempting to balance being a good Iranian daughter and a politically correct bisexual.

Black or White

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Costner’s never been better than he is here. But although Binder’s hit on a complex, current issue and surefire conversation starter, he’s wrapped his film in cloying Hallmark sentiment with a cutesy score (Terence Blanchard, “Red Tails”) that undermines much of what he’s trying to achieve.

Blackhat

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Ex Machina

David Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: While the visceral world of Alex Garland’s imagination is one of almost generic modernity, this simple canvas emboldens his realisation of a trio of characters whose subjectivity and agency is consistently in question.

Hard to Be a God

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Human Capital

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The Humbling

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: I’m sure Barry Levinson had no idea Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was making the all-too-similar “Birdman.” While Michael Keaton’s performance will be remembered, Al Pacino’s probably will not.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Now that “Birdman” has collected awards and Oscar nominations, it’s sour grapes to suggest that an injustice has been done to “The Humbling.” Nonetheless, it [“The Humbling”] is a better movie.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: An uneven, hit-and-miss affair, but it represents a comeback for Pacino and, to some extent, for Levinson.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: A crownign achievement, perhaps?

Little Accidents

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Loitering With Intent

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Newbie filmmakers (director Adam Rapp and screenwriter-actors Michael Godere and Ivan Martin) flail toward making a cohesive movie about a couple of New York City actors on an upstate retreat to crank out a screenplay in 10 days.

Love, Rosie

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Maps to the Stars

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Paddington

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Predestination

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Serena

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Wedding Ringer

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

20,000 Days on Earth

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Advanced Style

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

American Sniper

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Annabelle

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As Above / So Below

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At the Devil’s Door

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The Battery

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Big Hero 6

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Birdman

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The Boxtrolls

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Boyhood

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Citizenfour

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Coherence

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Force Majeure

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Fury

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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The Giver

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Hercules

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Horns

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Horrible Bosses 2

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The Imitation Game

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In Bloom

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

Into the Woods

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Kill the Messenger

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Last Days In Vietnam

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Leviathan

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Life After Beth

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Life Itself

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Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

Lucy

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The Maze Runner

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Men, Women & Children

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A Most Violent Year

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Mr. Turner

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Obvious Child

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Planes: Fire & Rescue

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Pride

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Selma

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Siddharth

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

The Skeleton Twins

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St. Vincent

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Starred Up

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Still Alice

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Tammy

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Theory of Everything

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Two Days, One Night

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Unbroken

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Whiplash

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Wild

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The Zero Theorem

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

The Great Chicken Wing Hunt

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: A meta film that mixes culture and cuisine.

Hill of Freedom

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Infinite Man

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

Melbourne

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Owners

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Paper Planes

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: A funny, enchanting, disturbing vision from an extraordinary artist.

The Salvation

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Sepideh

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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