This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 16-18, 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: May 16-18, 2014

Wide (United States)

Godzilla

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Million Dollar Arm

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Limited (United States)

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An enlightening Danish documentary about one of the world’s most famous and creative human rights activists.

Chinese Puzzle

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A delightful French film about a writer, his many female friends and lovers, his adventures in Manhattan, and his yen for being a good father.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

3 Days to Kill

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All Cheerleaders Die

Mark Harris @ About.com

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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App

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Belle

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Blue Ruin

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Cyber-Senoirs

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A touching and humorous Canadian documentary about teenage mentors who teach a group of elders how to use computers and the Internet.

Devil’s Knot

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The Double

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Draft Day

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Enemy

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Fading Gigolo

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Gambit

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s a treat to watch Colin Firth demonstrate perfect comic timing and a knack for slapstick comedy in this amusing remake of the 1966 film.

The German Doctor

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God’s Pocket

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: John Slattery’s feature directing debut is an agreeably gritty and illusion-free dark comedy about low-rent hoods and working-class grief based on a clutch of resonant performances, particularly Philip Seymour Hoffman and Richard Jenkins.

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: There’s plenty to like about this movie – an excellent cast, a gritty sense of place, a handful of memorable scenes; but it muddles along, trying this and then that, and it’s not until deep into the movie that it decides that what it really wants to be is a dark comedy.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Grand Piano

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Hateship Loveship

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Ida

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Pawlikowski examines life, the role of religious commitment and choices. What corrupts life? What corrupts people? Are there ways to escape our own corrupt nature?

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: It may have been quite clever and hilarious a dozen or more years ago when it was conceived, written by a guy in his late 20s bucking the Hollywood system. Unfortunately, this just isn’t a movie that works in 2014.

Joe

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Justin Bieber’s Believe

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

The Legend of Hercules

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Like Father, Like Son

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Locke

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Moms’ Night Out

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: “Moms’ Night Out” is the kind of movie you can take your mother to without worrying that she’ll get offended, and you can still have a good time with it.

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: …tedious and unimaginative. Moms’ Night Out is meant to be innocuous and filled with breezy moralistic zip but the flat shenanigans feel outrageously strained in this toothless suburban working-mommy romp.

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: here are no laughs in Moms’ Night Out. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Bupkis. Maybe there’s a smile, but that’s not exactly high praise. When you can say that about a comedy, it pretty much empties out the entire picture. Here’s a movie in which the only comic highpoint is a shout-out to Pinterest – it does them no favors.

The Monuments Men

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Muppets Most Wanted

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Neighbors

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Noah

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Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Only Lovers Left Alive

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Palo Alto

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: For a first feature and for a film, period, “Palo Alto” is strong stuff. It doesn’t have a big, thinly veiled statement to make, but it’s poignant, beautifully crafted, and keenly aware of what makes a teenager tick.

Pompeii

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The Sacrament

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: A living nightmare mounted with simmering, suffocating tension and stomach-dropping intensity, “The Sacrament” would make a chilling double feature with Kevin Smith’s “Red State.” It is minimalist, all-too-real terror that pulls no punches in its visceral response.

Son of Batman

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Stage Fright

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That Awkward Moment

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Transcendence

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Under the Skin

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Ender’s Game

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Saving Mr. Banks

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The Wind Rises

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Absence

James Wegg @ JWR

  • Excerpt: Distance—real or perceived—as the key to it all

The Babadook

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

In Your Eyes

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Despite the concept being moderately interesting, poor and straightforward execution renders the film mostly ineffective.

Jimi: All Is by My Side

Bev Questad @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Writer/Director Ridley, scriptwriter for “12 Years as a Slave,” captures Benjamin’s uncanny channeling in the months preceding Hendrix’s June 18, 1967, break-through performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.

The Zero Theorem

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

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