This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jan. 9-11, 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. 9-11, 2015

Wide (United States)

Taken 3

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Liam Neeson’s third outing as over-protective family man Bryan Mills sees him on the run for murder after his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) turns up dead in his apartment. Forest Whitaker heads the investigation, which soon enough uncovers the involvement of nasty Russian gangsters, but Olivier Megaton’s uneven, anaemic direction ensures Taken 3 fails again to recapture the magic of the original.

Expanding (United States)

Inherent Vice

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Selma

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Limited (United States)

It’s All So Quiet

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Obviously striving for “elemental,” It’s All So Quiet winds up torpid and vacuous, yet another willfully emptied-out exercise in festival-friendly austere naturalism.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: [REC] 4 may not put itself in the vein of the first two installments, but as a visceral, relentlessly paced ride, it works like a flesh-ripping charm.

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: [REC] 4 may not put itself in the vein of the first two installments, but as a visceral, relentlessly paced ride, it works like a flesh-ripping charm.

The Beautiful Risk

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Take a risk on something else.

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Somewhere in between “Horrible Bosses” and “Very Bad Things” lies “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,” a slight but mildly morbid and wryly twisted indie black comedy.

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Somewhere in between “Horrible Bosses” and “Very Bad Things” lies “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,” a slight but mildly morbid and wryly twisted indie black comedy.

Predestination

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Those who were floored by “Looper” need to check this out – it’s a far better film, despite a lower budget look and features a breakout performance from Sarah Snook who’s like a cross between Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan in this role.

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s a neat trick.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: A cerebral sci-fi time-travel puzzler that proves consistently engrossing and, for all its contrivance and complication, satisfying.

Seventh Son

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Pobre nuevo intento de seducir a la muchachada desde parámetros fantásticos naturalmente franquiciables. No aporta nada, tampoco ofende; se ve y se olvida. Poca sorpresa, la verdad.

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

At the Devil’s Door

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Big Eyes

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The Better Angels

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Edwards’s impressionistic approach gives a flavor of backwoods life in the early 19th century, but doesn’t really explore what made Abe tick.

Birdman

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Enemy

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Foxcatcher

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Fury

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If You Don’t, I Will

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: What is it that entices filmmakers to make movies about disagreeable couples whose marriage is falling apart?

The Gambler

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Horrible Bosses 2

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The Imitation Game

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The Interview

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The test of Workman’s collection of clips and stories will be not so much in whether it breaks new ground, but in its success in bringing a new audience to its subject, and in reminding Welles’s fans of what amazing things he accomplished, and what a tantalizing lot he left undone.

Mr. Turner

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Stage Fright

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Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket

The Theory of Everything

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Wild

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Winter Sleep

Emanuel Levy @ www.emanuellevy.com

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Corner Gas: The Movie

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Aka ‘Tim Horton’s: The Movie’

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.

Fall

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Michael Murphy (Away from Her) gives an exceptionally subtle performance as Father Sam. He plays the conflicted clergyman with a caring, beleaguered grace.

I Put a Hit on You

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This darkly charming indie drives a bullet straight at the heart

Messi

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

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