This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jul. 25-27, 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. 25-27, 2014

Wide (United States)

And So It Goes

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Hercules

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Lucy

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Expanding (United States)

Wish I Was Here

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Limited (United States)

Happy Christmas

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An appealing comedy filled with authentic everyday life scenes revolving around marriage and siblings.

Magic in the Moonlight

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A Most Wanted Man

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Very Good Girls

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [E]very conflict here arises from situations that could be easily resolved if the characters sat down to talk for a few minutes…

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Alive Inside

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival audience award obviously has a hugely worthy subject, so it is all the more infuriating that every time we’re about to be transported with the power of his message, Rossato-Bennett yanks us back to earth with another haranguing lecture.

America

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The biggest problem with America is that one may find it difficult if not impossible to see it without one being blinded by one’s own viewpoints.

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: What is promised in the film’s title is an issue that is asked but quickly abandoned. Truthfully, America: Imagine the World Without Her should really be called “Should America Be Ashamed of Itself?” That’s actually a more potent question.

Begin Again

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Boyhood

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Calvary

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Cannibal

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: In the end its marvelously crafted images don’t give you enough to chew on–intellectually, of course.

Chef

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Deliver Us from Evil

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Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Double Play’s visuals repeatedly stress [a] quest for connection and understanding.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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I Origins

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The end result is a one-sided but emotionally compelling view. It will make you angry but it will also make you profoundly sad.

Ironclad: Battle for Blood

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Jersey Boys

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Land Ho!

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: This intermittently funny, sometimes touching tale of two senior citizens who seize the day when they’re not getting on each others nerves is most consistent as an Icelandic travelogue.

Life After Beth

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: an indistinguishable and messy zombie comedy with a lot of talent but not a lot of laughs.

Life Itself

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A Master Builder

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A soul-stirring screen adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s brilliant novel about pride, ruthlessness, erotic power, and loss.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

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The Monuments Men

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Mood Indigo

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Everything here has some foundation in the real world, but all of it is tuned to a higher frequency.

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Omar

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Persecuted

Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak

  • Excerpt: A truly vile piece of reactionary propaganda, “Persecuted” gives Christian conservatives a bad name.

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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The Purge: Anarchy

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Rage

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The Rover

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Sex Tape

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Snowpiercer

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Son of God

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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

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Under the Skin

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Veronica Mars

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Words and Pictures

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Blue Is the Warmest Color

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Lost for Life

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Miss Violence

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The film is ultimately about control and how everyone loses when someone enforces their will but it is a dishonest film because, I suspect, none of this stuff really keeps Avranas awake at night.

The Ultimate Accessory

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

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