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. 6-8, 2014
Wide (United States)
Edge of Tomorrow
The Fault in Our Stars
Expanding (United States)
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Writer/director Alex van Warmerdam’s (“Grimm”) latest parable is dark, tense and often funny, playing like a mashup of “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and Hanaeke’s “Funny Games,” but just when you think you’ve got a handle on his meaning, events conspire to undermine it.
- Excerpt: Robespierre’s camera is not ostentatiously mannered nor is it assertively “realistic,” which usually just means jittery and handheld. In a commendably assured way for someone making a first feature, Robespierre’s filmmaking never calls attention to itself.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
- Excerpt: Meyers has distilled an overwhelming amount of celebrity anecdotes, weaving them throughout the film relating Gordon’s history. And what a story it is!
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
3 Days to Kill
22 Jump Street
- Excerpt: 22 Jump Street is the kind of funny that leaves your stomach sore and face hurt.
- Excerpt: Might as well jump…
300: Rise of an Empire
Cold in July
The Dance of Reality
- Excerpt: Hopefully, “The Dance of Reality” will usher in more films from a brave filmmaker whose imagination, inspiration, and execution is pure.
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
For No Good Reason
- Excerpt: Paul and Depp don’t get us very deep under the skin of Steadman the man, but what this film does to brilliant effect is to take us through the Steadman creative process.
Gebo and the Shadow
- Excerpt: The overwhelming stasis of Gebo and the Shadow is hardly indicative of a creative impasse; on the contrary, the film finds its director, even while indirectly confronting his own mortality, as sharp and crafty as ever.
The Grand Seduction
- Excerpt: Breezy, mildly confusing and charmingly off-kilter The Grand Seduction is an English-language Canadian film that tickles the funnybone in its cheeky conviction detailing the desperate economical times of a financially-strapped Newfoundland fishing village.
Just a Sigh
- Excerpt: The lovers don’t set off a spark, just a sigh, but they give us a pleasant hour and 45 minutes in Paris, a little sex, a little wine, a little conversation, and how bad can that be?
- Excerpt: A beautiful performance by Toni Collette
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A Million Ways to Die in the West
The Monuments Men
- Excerpt: ‘Night Moves’ is a decent eco thriller, but never adds up to more than that.
- Excerpt: Methodical, moody and breezily reflective, Reichardt’s suspense piece has a slow-footed pacing but registers with quiet resonance in its message about lingering environmental indifference and the retaliation against the establishment that allows for such blatant negligence.
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Two Faces of January
- Excerpt: “The Two Faces of January” could be discredited as derivative or slow, but Amini has a knack for timing his pay-offs, cultivating a milieu possessed by maleficence .
We Are the Best!
- Excerpt: There are sweet moments and Grosin’s dynamic performance percolates, but “We Are the Best!” is more tedious than anarchic.
Words and Pictures
- Excerpt: Binoche is a marvel playing a painter whose rheumatoid arthritis is curtailing the scope of her art and life.
- Excerpt: Erudite if uninspiring…Binoche and Owen deserve better.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Ernest & Celestine
Escape from Tomorrow
Some Velvet Morning
- Excerpt: It’s like a 90 minute ticking time-bomb that’s ready to explode at any moment, and in the end it does detonate.
- Excerpt: …this black comedy is missing the unique conceptual meta-humor of Quentin Dupieux’s first two movies. It plays more like mildly edgy sketch comedy—it’s almost mainstream.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: Writer-director J. Rick Castaneda’s indie film Cement Suitcase has an off-kilter winning spirit that soars above its quirky pathos…Infectiously witty, irreverent and bouncy…
I Put a Hit On You
Razing the Bar
Spaces and Reservations
- Excerpt: ‘Time Lapse’ gives you a look at your dark, twisted future.