This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 11-13, 2014)

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: Jul. 11-13, 2014

Wide (United States)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Expanding (United States)

Begin Again

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Limited (United States)

Boyhood

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …will have you reflecting on your own life, all those moments big and small, many of which represented crossroads you may not have seen at the time.

Land Ho!

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Katz’s team-up with Martha Stephens (she made 2012’s Pilgrim Song, which I have not seen), Land Ho!, is full of respectable filmmaking acumen but contains none of the quirk that makes a movie rise above mere time-passing. It’s a pleasant enough experience on the surface but its lack of identity leaves a void into which rushes, whether intentionally or not, some of the more regrettable aspects of its lead characters.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A charming comical confection and en enticing Islandic travelogue…

Long Way Down

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

22 Jump Street

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America

Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Excerpt: D’Souza seems to have a marksman’s gift for shooting himself in the foot.

A Brony Tale

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com

  • Excerpt: A breezy, well-made introduction to adults who love My Little Pony

Coherence

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Deliver Us from Evil

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The Fault in Our Stars

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The Grand Seduction

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Charming comedy, filled with breezy Irish blarney.

Heatstroke

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: While the characters can be irritating and problematic at times, they are not unrealistic.

Hellion

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: This troubled teenager drama gets its strength from Kat Candler’s solid writing and steady, unobtrusive direction, and especially from its cast. The standout is young Josh Wiggins.

The Hornet’s Nest

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: Great live action footage fails to make up for poor narration and organization.

Ilo Ilo

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The Immigrant

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Life Itself

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Locke

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Obvious Child

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Palo Alto

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Radio Free Albemuth

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: A tale of pink, pro-rock n’ roll aliens beaming hallucinatory political advice to subversives from a satellite orbiting earth, “Radio Free Albemuth” is totally baffling if you don’t know the backstory behind it. It may be even stranger if you do.

Rage

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Tedious. dim-witted action thriller – a total waste of time.

River of Fundament

Anton Bitel @ FilmLand Empire

  • Excerpt: ambitious, uncompromising art of the highest ordure.

The Rover

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Sabotage

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Snowpiercer

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Tammy

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They Came Together

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Those weaned on every Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl starrer will surely get a kick out THEY CAME TOGETHER, a spoof of romantic comedies that is just the right kind of so-stupid-it’s-funny and closer to parody than what we’ve been treated to as of late.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Venus in Fur

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: fleet, funny and ferocious

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It’s an erotic firecracker of a movie; at once coy and vivacious, fascinating and mysterious.

Zero Theorem

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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The Place Beyond the Pines

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Reaching for the Moon

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Before the Winter Chill

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: It’s sad to think that French Kristin Scott Thomas films are an endangered species.

Gabrielle

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: The film forcefully stresses the universality of Gabrielle’s trajectory throughout, right up to the saccharine choral-concert finale—a self-consciously heart-warming cap designed to leave the audience convinced that all is right in the world.

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Open Windows

Diego Salgado @ Dirigido Por [Spanish]

Real Lies

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]

Video Nasties: Draconian Days

Anton Bitel @ Film Divider

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