This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Jun. 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: Jun. 27, 2014

Wide (United States)

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Limited (United States)

Begin Again

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A romantic drama that captures and conveys the healing power of music.

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

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The documentary’s release as the net neutrality debate rages will only underscore what we have lost.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Despite some shortcomings, it remains a deeply compelling documentary about some of the most important issues of the Information Age.

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: A cautionary tale about the power of entrenched financial interests in an era of unlimited information access.

Snowpiercer

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A dystopian masterwork illustrating the moral rot of dividing the population into a winning class versus everybody else as poor scum of the earth.

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Deftly explores the themes of everyday society but taken to the extreme and heightened in a restricted setting, punctuating its narrative with bouts of thrilling and expertly choreographed action alongside moments of welcome humour.

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Berlinger’s work has revealed the warped wheels of the American justice system before, garnering a groundswell of support for the West Memphis Three. With “Whitey,” he’s casting an ever wider net.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

22 Jump Street

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Blended

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Borgman

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Boyhood

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: One of the best and most memorable films ever made about the art of improvisation as a path of wisdom, creativity, and personal renewal.

Code Black

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

A Coffee in Berlin

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film’s finale is so strong, it almost convinces you you’ve seen a better film than you actually have.

Coherence

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Cold in July

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The Dance of Reality

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Edge of Tomorrow

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Frequencies

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Galapagos Affair

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Jonathan Richards Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: There’s a bit of hagiography at work in Nicholas Wrathall’s documentary Gore Vidal The United States of Amnesia, but its subject stands up to the treatment.

Happy Christmas

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: More meandering and less polish than Swanberg’s previous effort, though the film contains similar charm and a lighthearted spirit.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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I, Frankenstein

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Ida

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Jersey Boys

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

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The Lego Movie

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Lucky Them

Jonathan Richards Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: This slight, modestly entertaining movie owes everything to the talents of its actors, starting with the redoubtable Toni Collette.

McCanick

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: A solid premise gives way to wobbly psychology in McCanick, a police story that ends up being carried on the shoulders of its considerable lead performer.

Mood Indigo

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Michel Gondry vuelve a hacer una de las suyas. Y esta vez, la frase no es un elogio.

Night Moves

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Noah

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Non-Stop

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Obvious Child

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Odd Thomas

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Omar

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The Other Woman

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Palo Alto

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Rage

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

Rigor Mortis

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: What is probably an acceptable horror flick for Eastern audiences offers subtleties that are lost on us poor Westerners. Glutinous rice?

The Rover

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The Signal

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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

That Awkward Moment

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Think Like a Man Too

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Transcendence

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Violette

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: For the first two hours or so of this absorbing examination of the life and career of Violette Leduc, the mood is as dark and grim as the leaden skies of a Parisian winter. But there are occasional shafts of brightness that break through the clouds as the story goes along; and then, toward the end, the sun comes out.

We Are the Best!

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Who Is Dayani Cristal

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Back in 1941, during the Great Depression, Preston Sturges made a classic satirical film called Sullivan’s Travels, in which a successful Hollywood director of light comedies (Joel McCrea) decides to make a hard-hitting movie about the lot of the downtrodden by hitting the road as a hobo and experiencing the life first hand. Bernal’s obviously heartfelt presence here smacks a little of Sullivan’s noble delusion.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

9-Month Stretch

Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: ako ima par lucidnih trenutaka, mnogi koji odgledaju ovu francusku komediju osjecat ce se kao da su odsjedili kaznu iz naslova.

All the Wrong Reasons

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Strong ensemble includes Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, and the late Cory Monteith

Citizen Koch

Jonathan Richards Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The movie didn’t have to be called Citizen Koch. In fact, the title leads us to expect a level of insight into the brothers that it does not begin to deliver.

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Hide and Seek

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Ironclad: Battle for Blood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Maïna

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Well-intentioned film plays like a hybrid of soap opera romance and those Canadian heritage minutes that used to play during the commercial breaks of Hockey Night in Canada.

The Physician

Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Jedno od neobicnijih ostvarenja današnjeg kino-repertoara koje vec zbog toga zaslužuje publiku.

A Place in Heaven

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

The Wonders

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This wacky film by Avi Nesher is worth the trip down the rabbit hole.

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