This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 18-20, 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. 18-20, 2014

Wide (United States)

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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The Purge: Anarchy

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Sex Tape

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Limited (United States)

Alive Inside

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An extraordinary documentary about the healing power of music as medicine for the soul.

I Origins

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A spiritual movie about the eyes, science, reincarnation, and the great mysteries of life.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a bunch of mumbo jumbo parading as deep thought, a concept in search of a movie.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Mood Indigo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Breathtaking imagery and heaps of whimsical charm, but is often exhausting at the same time.

Video Games: The Movie

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Wish I Was Here

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Braff has made a coming of age saga for a grown man. It works in part, his central theme a good one, but his more puerile filmmaking tendencies weaken its impact. Hudson, however, is excellent, the most mature element of a too fanciful film.

Kristen Lopez @ Award

  • Excerpt: Wish I Was Here is a vanity project trying to recapture the same themes, but Braff is no longer adrift

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Never becomes anything more than an enemic sit-com leavened with heavy-handed doses of mawkishness. ‘Wish I Was Here’ will make you wish you weren’t.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

22 Jump Street

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Begin Again

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Blood Ties

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A total gong show of terrible acting. Even Marion Cotillard doesn’t get off easy in this review…

Borgman

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Boyhood

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Coherence

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Cold in July

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The Congress

Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robots

  • Excerpt: ‘The Congress’ fails to deliver on its initial promise.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Deliver Us from Evil

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Earth to Echo

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Heatstroke

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: An uneven but entertaining look at the animal in all of us.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Joe

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Life Itself

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Me and You

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A coming-of-age drama about a boy whose dream of being alone is shattered when his older half-sister brings him back to messy reality.

Rage

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Sabotage

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The Scarecrow Club

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The enthusiasm is there in this Ottawa-made political thriller, but the thrills and political stuff, less so.

Snowpiercer

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Tammy

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Third Parson

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Puzzling and implausibly fractious, it requires interminable patience and forgiveness.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Venus in Fur

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Yves Saint Laurent

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a shallow, cliched biopic treatment from…Jalil Lespert. Niney is incredibly well matched physically to Saint Laurent but it is Gallienne who creates the more memorable character here

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: If YVES SAINT LAURENT is frustrating as a barely fleshed out biography, it is equally exciting as a sumptuous visual feast.

2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Battle of the Year

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In a World…

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Gabrielle

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

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

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: Powell’s picture is the ultimate insider’s journal, intent on expressing the “Antarctic life” as it is actually lived.

Días de vinilo

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Cuatro amigos en Buenos Aires, relacionados con la música, intentan sobrevivir a la crisis de la mediana edad.

Hungry Ghost Ritual

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Nick Cheung follows a string of critical and commercial hits with his debut as writer-director, a seasonal horror flick in which he also takes the leading role. While Cheung has a keen eye for detail when it comes to the traditions associated with the Hungry Ghost Festival, his scripting is flimsy and cliched while his direction lacks atmosphere or genuine chills.

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