This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Mar. 14-16, 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: Mar. 14-16, 2014

Wide (United States)

Need for Speed

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Limited (United States)

Bad Words

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U Want Me 2 Kill Him?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Director Andrew Douglas’s cyberspace teen crime caper Uwantme2KILLhim? is refreshingly imaginative and quite compelling in its suspenseful skin…a twisted treat of teen torment and acceptance.

Le Week-End

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

300: Rise of an Empire

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Bethlehem

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Might not offer new insights into a terrible conflict, but depicts the human cost on the ground with often startling power.

Better Living Through Chemistry

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Featherweight, subtly idosyncratic black comedy, most memorable for its clever, slightly raunchy one-liners.

The Face of Love

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: in the Barbara Bel Geddes role, Robin Williams is more a creepy neighbor than wanna-be-more-than-platonic friend, as if he hasn’t shaken one of his serial killer roles.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Grand Piano

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The Island of St. Matthews

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: It would be misguided and insensitive to disparage this more-than-noble exercise. It’s equally debatable, however, to suggest that its good-natured ambitions and unconventional form alone constitute a cinematic success.

The Monuments Men

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Muppets Most Wanted

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Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Only Lovers Left Alive

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The Railway Man

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: With echoes of Bridge on the River Kwai and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, the WWII POW scenes are easily the most effective aspect of The Railway Man.

RoboCop

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The Rocket

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Son of God

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Veronica Mars

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Frozen

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Fruitvale Station

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Hellbenders

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Clancy Brown leads the multi-denominational dirty half-dozen, a band of badass kamikaze exorcists who behave more like a motorcycle gang than ordained priests. Even their name sounds like a gang: The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints.

Labor Day

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Philomena

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People of a Feather

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Canadian doc features some outstanding underwater cinematography

Post Tenebras Lux

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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

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Teenage

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A creative, daring, and enlightening documentary about the twists and turns taken by youth who during the last century sought to find their place in a confusing and war-despoiled world.

The Wind Rises

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

The Auction

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Gabriel Arcand gives a performance of subtle power.

The Autobiography of Karl Krogstad

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: For those not yet exposed to Krogstad’s more than 60 films since the 1960s, this autobiography is a great introduction to Seattle’s most creative filmmaker and artist.

The Cold Lands

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A likeable drama about an eleven-year old who survives living on his own in the forest but finds it more difficult to get by when he returns to civilization.

Domestic

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Romanian comedy is a quirky delight.

Gun Woman

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Capitalising on a spirited central performance from Japanese actress Asami as the eponymous heroine, Mitsutake Kurando’s blood-soaked US-based crime thriller rises above its budgetary limitations in suitably sleazy style.

Himizu

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Ignasi M.

Diego Salgado @ Fandigital [Spanish]

Jodorowsky’s Dune

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.

Queen

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Remote Area Medical

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: “RAM” shows us a forgotten America where the invisible live in a culture without hope or access to basic care.

La Selva Tranquila

Donald Levit @ FilmSnobbery

Under the Starry Sky

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Senegalese drama is a touching story about migration and globalisation

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