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
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Americons is like The Wolf of Wall Street without the skill, depth, nuance, humor, or poignancy.
- Excerpt: A parabolic film about a middle-aged man who decides to fight back after being reduced to being a nobody.
The Duke of Burgundy
- 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.”
- 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.
- Excerpt: An emotionally rich drama about the healing powers of music.
2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Excerpt: An uneven, hit-and-miss affair, but it represents a comeback for Pacino and, to some extent, for Levinson.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
- Excerpt: A crownign achievement, perhaps?
Loitering With Intent
- 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.
Maps to the Stars
The Wedding Ringer
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
20,000 Days on Earth
As Above / So Below
At the Devil’s Door
Big Hero 6
Exodus: Gods and Kings
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Horrible Bosses 2
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Kill the Messenger
Last Days In Vietnam
Life After Beth
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
The Maze Runner
Men, Women & Children
A Most Violent Year
Planes: Fire & Rescue
The Skeleton Twins
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Theory of Everything
Two Days, One Night
The Zero Theorem
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Great Chicken Wing Hunt
- Excerpt: A meta film that mixes culture and cuisine.
Hill of Freedom
The Infinite Man
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
- Excerpt: A funny, enchanting, disturbing vision from an extraordinary artist.