This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 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. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Wide (United States)

Black or White

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Project Almanac

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Visually hysterical, narratively nonsensical time-travel cheapie.

Expanding (United States)

A Most Violent Year

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Limited (United States)

Amira & Sam

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: The film flirts with fantasy, but that fantasy is laid atop a foundation of realism and experience. Figment or no, it works.

The Devil’s Violinist

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Timbuktu

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Sissako deflates this tension with laughs for a time, before changing gears again and using the comedy again as contrast to a story that is almost unfathomably disturbing.

Supremacy

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

’71

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88

Gregory Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s tangled, but you never get the sense the knots are worth working out, a suspicion confirmed in the final reveal.

2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

Americons

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Appropriate Behavior

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Black Sea

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The Boy Next Door

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The Duke of Burgundy

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Hoovey

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

The Humbling

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Little Death

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Monsters: Dark Continent

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Mortdecai

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Out of the Dark

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Predestination

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Son of a Gun

Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Song One

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Strange Magic

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Let’s just say it’s a bizarre, bad ‘Dream.’

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
Betty Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Great songs, a fun story and fascinating animation. One of the most delightful animated musicals I’ve ever seen.

Taken 3

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What We Do in the Shadows

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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American Sniper

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Annabelle

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Art and Craft

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: A fascinating documentary following a master forger and the expert trying to stop him.

Begin Again

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Big Hero 6

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The Boxtrolls

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Cake

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The Captive

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Dear White People

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Divergent

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Dumb and Dumber To

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Force Majeure

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Foxcatcher

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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The Imitation Game

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Inherent Vice

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Into the Woods

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Leviathan

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Zvyagintsev builds to a crescendo with the force of an ocean storm…”Leviathan” is a great, literary work of existential despair, as magnificent as its titular creature.

Jamie Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Zvyagintsev is more concerned with letting his audience settle into the lives of his characters than he is the more conventional happenings of the script outline. He lets us discover who Dmitry is and why he’s visiting Kolia and what Kolia is so angry about matter-of-factly, the way we might were we just casually observing.

Mommy

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The Mule

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Nightcrawler

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Pump

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: You will be shocked, I am sure, to discover that Big Oil has put its profits before all else (including you).

Ragnarok

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Selma

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Still Alice

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The Theory of Everything

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Two Days, One Night

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Venus in Fur

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Wild

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Words and Pictures

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

Zero Motivation

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

The 50-Year Argument

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Book lovers rejoice!

Actress

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …is Burre giving a ‘performance’ or using [Greene’s] camera as a life-altering confessional? The compelling but not exactly sympathetic portrait is one hell of a risky audition.

Beautiful Noise

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

City of Gold

Jordan Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Gold’s culinary commentary is some of the very best cultural criticism found anywhere, as it’s of the sort that not only helps readers to sort through our junk culture to find the gems hidden within, but actually unearths greater meaning about ourselves, our fellow humans and how the fabric of our cultures are woven together as one thanks to the unequivocal joys of eating. With City of Gold, Gabbert has authored a loving celebration of both man and metropolis, the glories of culturally rich cuisine and the kind of critique that inspires a thousand meals.

The Crow’s Egg

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Dark Horse

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

David Bowie Is

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Dolly Ki Doli

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Duel at the Mound

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The End of the Tour

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: an honorable depiction of a beautiful mind unfettered by the trappings of a generic biopic.

Experimenter

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: a cold, clinical portrait of a man whose own familial background informed his timely social experiment

The Forbidden Room

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: majestic culmination of Maddin’s prowess in silent cinema tropes, a delirious, maddening rabbit hole of rippling nightmares that somehow, inextricably, fashion themselves into a cohesive narrative made up of cascading tangents

Grace of Monaco

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: O filme é sobre uma actriz e para uma actriz, ninguém mais podia ser visto, ninguém mais podia ficar com os louros da vitória naquela fria guerra.

Labyrinth of Lies

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [[Spanish]]

Man from Reno

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Once My Mother

Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

Pale Moon

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Red Amnesia

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Royal Road

Jordan Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Though she takes Kushner’s sound advice that looking to the future is more productive than ruminating on the past, Olson can not help herself. In shooting landscapes, she documents them in time and space, creating a version of them that becomes portable and personal and wistfully reflective of a time that only moves further away. With heartbreaking candor and rigidly honed research that melds personal, cinematic and national history into one contemplative critique, The Royal Road attempts to memorialize these locales while unpacking the aberrant psychology of a filmmaker whose romantic pursuits are haunted by history before they even begin.

The Russian Woodpecker

Jordan Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Vibrating with a reckless creative urgency, The Russian Woodpecker is a call for political integrity lost long ago, attempting to drill through invalid indoctrinations through sheer will and sobering truth. The world could use more brave souls like these, using research and authenticity as a weapon for political progress.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Aardman Studios return to the big screen in cracking form with another rip-roaring roller coaster of action, smart humour and lovable characters. Shaun The Sheep Movie promises to delight fans of all ages, and long-time aficionados of the studio’s signature claymation style can rest assured they have not lost their magic touch.

The Summer of Sangaile

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: But beat by strained beat, there’s nothing innovative or subtle in this adolescent’s journey to spreading her wings and, literally, flying high.

Tangerine

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: a glorious poem that never shies away from harsh realities even as it celebrates the vibrant dreams, desires, and lives existing within in a city stereotyped for its apathy and sterility as concerns human connection.

Tokyo Tribe

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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