This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 13-15, 2015)

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: Mar. 13-15, 2015

Wide (United States)

Cinderella

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Run All Night

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Limited (United States)

Home Sweet Hell

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Save for Katherine Heigl’s killer turn, “Home Sweet Hell” leaves a sad, bitter aftertaste in one’s mouth.

It Follows

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: David Robert Mitchell pulls off a tricky balance with his ingenious response to 80’s horror films where teenage sex meant death and monsters walked leafy suburban streets in broad daylight by presenting his original, nightmarish idea via an homage to John Carpenter.

The Wrecking Crew

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

’71

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87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

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Amour Fou

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Amour Fou is as droll a film as one can imagine. The actors all underplay their scenes, a parody of the polite society to which their characters belong. But Hausner tends to trap her characters at the bottom of frames, inside window panes, and below heavy, sashed curtains.

Ballet 422

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Chappie

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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Duke of Burgundy

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Eastern Boys

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

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Girlhood

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Hunting Ground

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Intruders

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: In ‘The Intruders,’ a young woman feels something sinister is afoot in her creepy new house, but debates whether it’s imaginary, supernatural or corporeal.

The Last Five Years

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The sheer singing talent of Ana Kendrick compels me to give this a pass.

The Lazarus Effect

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The Mafia Only Kills in Summer

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Maps to the Stars

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Out of the Dark

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Despite the grim, ghastly ghosts, it’s a forgettable film.

Queen and Country

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The Salvation

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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These Final Hours

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest

  • Excerpt: In the blistering and noteworthy 2003 Australian apocalyptic low-budget film ‘These Final Hours’, writer-director Zak Hilditch delivers a somber and sleek story about mass paranoia and the redemptive vibes of one man caught up in the hysteria of the catastrophic bleakness that persists.

Unfinished Business

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What We Do in the Shadows

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Wild Canaries

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Wild Tales

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Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Acclaimed Hong Kong cinematographer Peter Pau takes another swing at directing a major motion picture with this grand scale fantasy about legendary demon queller Zhong Kui. Assisted by co-director Zhao Tianyu and featuring some spirited performances, the result is a bumpy, yet enjoyable tale of otherworldly romance and adventure.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Sniper

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Birdman

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Calvary

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Foxcatcher

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Goodbye to Language

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The Imitation Game

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Inherent Vice

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Into the Woods

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John Wick

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Life of Riley

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Merchants of Doubt

Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: Come and learn the names of the folks hired by Big Oil to lie to you about climate change

Oculus

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Red Hollywood

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Never before has there been such a cogent examination of the filmic thematic social commentary (of films made by socially responsible filmmakers in the ‘40s and ‘’50s) that the House Committee on Un-American Activities seized upon for its falsely posed premise for ramming a fascistic form of capitalism down the throats of Americans.

Selma

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Third Person

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Haemoo

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Hotel Nueva Isla

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Janitor

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Murder in Pacot

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The latest film from Raoul Peck is a slow burn that strikes hard.

Ratter

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Refugiado

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Royal Road

Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

La Sapienza

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Alexandre’s desire to retain existing elements for new construction, as Borromini did, reminds us that cities and towns are an amalgamation of styles from throughout history; Green’s reference to an archeological dig further reinforces the fact that human life on Earth has been built, layer by layer, on the foundations of the past, a repudiation of modernity and its overweaning ego.

The Snake Brothers

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Real-life brothers Matej and Kryštof Hádek play a pair of down-and-out, small-town siblings whose relationship is tenuous at best in Kobry a užovky (English title: The Snake Brothers), a startling realist drama from director Jan Prušinovský with a wicked comedic streak.

Standby

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Charming Irish ditty featuring ‘MadMen’s Jessica Pare

Storm in the Andes

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Stranger

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Target

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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