This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 1-3, 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: May 1-3, 2015

Wide (United States)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Limited (United States)

Far from the Madding Crowd

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An amazing meditation on yearning and the brimming hearts of three men and the woman they all want to marry.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today.

Hyena

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Welcome to Me

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: By the end, though, when Alice must begin making amends to the people she wronged during her unchecked and well-funded manic episode, it becomes clear that Welcome to Me isn’t concerned at all with the topic of mental illness it seems to want credit for addressing. Piven flirts early on with the dangerous allure of Alice’s psychotic abandon but we come to understand that the screenplay by Eliot Laurence has employed borderline personality disorder to contrive conflict just so it could contrive its resolution.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A frolicsome comedy that gives Kristen Wiig a chance to strut her stuff.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

1915

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

24 Days

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Adult Beginners

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The Age of Adaline

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Blackbird

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Boy Next Door

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Clouds of Sils Maria

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Cymbeline

George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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Ex Machina

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Felix and Meira

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Freetown

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Freetown, the newest feature film in the annals of serious Mormon cinema, does a respectable job of showing the horrors of the Liberian civil war through civilian eyes.However, given that this is a Mormon feature film, we were not going to get the graphic violence…

Focus

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Furious 7

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Jupiter Ascending

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Just Before I Go

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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The Lazarus Effect

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Little Boy

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Lost River

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McFarland USA

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: It might be a familiar story, but it told with sincerity, which makes it much better than one might give it credit for.

Of Horses and Men

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Dark humor with tragic outcomes form a unique glimpse into an Icelandic horse-riding community.

Paddington

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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The Rewrite

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

She’s Funny That Way

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Director Peter Bogdanovich’s first (theatrical) film since The Cat’s Meow bowed 14 years ago, She’s Funny That Way is fast and loose and a whole lotta fun. Part Woody Allen, part Cluny Brown, it’s the kind of good-natured comedy they just don’t make any more.

Skin Trade

James Marsh @ The Society For Film

  • Excerpt: Fans of Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa who were left unsated after his all-too-brief appearance in Furious 7 should be more than happy with his turn in Ekachai Uekrongtham’s Skin Trade. Written and produced by Dolph Lundrgen, the veteran Swedish action star wisely gifts most of the heavy lifting (and kicking) to his diminutive co-star, as they team up to take down Ron Perlman’s crew of Serbian human traffickers.

Stray Dogs

Pete Gkaris @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Tangerines

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Tracers

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Another terrible film with Taylor Lautner…

George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Unfriended

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The Voices

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The Water Diviner

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Sniper

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Annie

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Before I Go to Sleep

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Boyhood

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Divergent

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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If I Stay

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Inherent Vice

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Locke

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The Pyramid

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Alexandre Aja eleva desde la producción el interés industrial de la típica castaña pseudo slasher de siempre. Un punto de partida simpático y una criatura majeta pero cutrísima no justifican este plomo. Fatal en general.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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Still Alice

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

7500

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Asylum

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Difret

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Insecure

George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]

Murieron por encima de sus posibilidades

Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]

Parasyte – Completion

James Marsh @ TwitchFilm

  • Excerpt: Much like how Parasyte Part 1 suffered from being all set-up, so its sequel, Parasite – Completion, is similarly hobbled by being mostly a series of climactic stand-offs and philosophical summations, with precious little build-up or satisfactory pay-off.

Reality

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Sexo fácil, películas tristes

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Spooks: The Greater Good

Matt Looker @ TheShiznit.co.uk

  • Excerpt: This tense, taut and intelligently plotted British thriller makes more generic instalments in the genre – like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – seem like a dumb jock movie by comparison.

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