This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (May 9-11, 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 9-11, 2014

Wide (United States)

Neighbors

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Limited (United States)

Chef

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An appealing comedy about food, career transitions, and the bonding between a busy father and his 10-year-old son.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While “Chef” is bound to formula with its father-and-son-bonding, rising-from-the-ashes road trip tale, Favreau is in complete command, creating comfort food seasoned by a master chef.

The Double

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Set in a dystopian London of underground cube farms, block house apartments depressing cafes and dingy alleys, Ayoade’s sophomore film plays a lot like a murky, schizophrenic version of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.”

Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: The reigning king of dark comedies for 2014, “The Double’ picks up where “The Office” leaves off.

Fed Up

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …although Dr. Atkins may not have gotten everything right, clearly he was a forerunner in understanding a lot of what’s chewed on in “Fed Up,” without receiving even a passing mention

Palo Alto

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film is beautifully acted, shot (cinematography by Autumn Durald, whose evening exteriors are stunning) and edited (Leo Scott, “Trash Humpers”), Coppola achieving a film that flows in story, visuals, sound and music

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Stage Fright

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

3 Days to Kill

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: If the bottom-line goal of a live-music documentary is to capture a sense of what it would have been like to be at these shows, Apocalypse is a definite, albeit unremarkable, success. But what’s distinctive about Banks’s film is the way it captures something beyond the stage: the feeling of touring and extended transit, both major themes in Callahan’s work.

Blue Ruin

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Bright Days Ahead

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A French dramedy about the love affair that brings pleasure to a married 64 year old woman and a 41 year-old computer teacher.

Centro Histórico

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Divergent

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Healing

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

In Your Eyes

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Longwave

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Physician

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Despite the narrative flaws, The Physician is a handsomely mounted period epic that represents a nice change-of-pace from the more action-oriented Hollywood films of the same type.

The Railway Man

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Sabotage

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Sheep

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Transcendence

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Under the Skin

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Blackfish

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Europa Report

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The Fifth Estate

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Insidious: Chapter 2

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The Last Days on Mars

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Lovelace

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One Direction: This is Us

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V/H/S/2

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Synevir

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

The Wind Rises

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You’re Next

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

All Cheerleaders Die

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

All Cheerleaders Die

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The American Nurse

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Belle

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Using only minor dramatic license, Sagay and director Amma Asante have crafted a historical period romance that tackles racism with all the social intricacies of a Jane Austen novel.

Belle

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: An engrossing, beautifully appointed, if somewhat prosaic and historically loose, docu-drama.

Devil’s Knot

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …a good performance from Reese Witherspoon but little else (unless reality show level reenactments are your bag)

Devil’s Knot

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Don Peyote

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Stoners who are already salivating over the trippy trailer will likely find ‘Don Peyote’ hits the psychedelic sweet spot… The sober-minded are not as likely to be amused.

The Girl and Death

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Next Goal Wins

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: I could not possibly care less about football, and I fell hopelessly in love with this movie, and with the can-do amateur team it introduces us to.

No God No Master

Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Great history and plenty of bombs and explosions but lacking the glitz to be a great crime thriller.

The Sacrament

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Walk of Shame

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: If you don’t think it’s hilarious that a woman dressed for a night out would “naturally” be mistaken for a prostitute, there is nothing here for you.

Whitewash

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

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