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: Nov. 14-16, 2014
Wide (United States)
Beyond the Lights
Dumb and Dumber To
Limited (United States)
- Excerpt: Sturdy, bleak and understated – or, as one wag said, it’s No Country for Crazy Women.
- Excerpt: A bloody, brutal bore…
- Excerpt: At its best, the film is a whirring, eclectic oddity without a clear target audience, which is why its eventual turn toward muddled father-son hokum and strained commentary on the duality of human psychology (good and evil impulses exist in us all, but we must learn to tame the evil!) registers as a disappointment.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
20,000 Days on Earth
ABCs of Death 2
Before I Go to Sleep
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
- Excerpt: An entertaining and edifying portrait of the gay scene in Zurich from the 1950s to 2003.
Elsa & Fred
The Expendables 3
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
- Excerpt: One of the best SF series ever deepens its critique of the power of propaganda in ways complicated, intriguingly contradictory, and a little bit horrifying.
The Imitation Game
- Excerpt: A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.
- Excerpt: A marvelous combination of thrilling intellectual adventure and sensitive portrait of a man ahead of his time both personally and professionally.
Into the Storm
- Excerpt: Before going to the proverbial swamp for abrupt, jittery attacks by a screaming dead girl and shots of drippy faucets, “Jessabelle” is a tepid gumbo gaining some mileage out of its lived-in location.
Kill the Messenger
Let’s Be Cops
Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Men, Women & Children
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
- Excerpt: Heartbreaking, joyous, sad, and glorious, Mommy is pure exhilaration
A Most Violent Year
A Most Wanted Man
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
- Excerpt: Teen ponies play music to save the world
- Excerpt: ‘The Overnighters’ is the captivating story about a series of despondent men trying to turn their luck around in the North Dakota oil fields and the pastor risking everything to help them do it.
Point and Shoot
- Excerpt: As Curry jumps between his interview, Vandyke’s footage, and eventually news broadcasts, you may find your impression of his subject in flux. It’s a great psychological portrait, even as we’re always aware of image modeling.
- Excerpt: Constant gear shifting makes the pacing feel uneven and the underlying message disjointed despite the intriguing premise.
The Theory of Everything
Venus in Fur
Viva la Liberta
A Walk Among the Tombstones
We Are the Giant
- Excerpt: …strip away the package and you have a tribute to those unafraid to rattle the cages of government.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
- Excerpt: It’s easy to imagine that watching Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is the next best thing to actually making a movie with Shion Sono. It’s nothing but smiles and blood and pure, unadulterated affection for everything that cinema is capable of.
- Excerpt: A soul-stretching movie about surviving in the wilderness, a solid mother and daughter relationship, and bringing out the best in yourself.
- Excerpt: Bristles with emotional resonance and enlightenment.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
5 to 7
- Excerpt: 5 to 7 sees itself as a fanciful, classic romance, and occasionally hits on just the right notes, but it’s too cloying to be anything more than a dalliance.
Big Stone Gap
- Excerpt: A heartfelt and earnest homespun comedy about the family ties that bind us all together.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
The Lives of Hamilton Fish
- Excerpt: Wow! Talk about creativity and originality. This rock opera film has both — and more!
Richness of Internal Space
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Rise of the Legend
- Excerpt: Close to twenty years since folkloric action hero Wong Fei Hung last graced the big screen, director Roy Chow Hin Yeung and star Eddie Peng Yuyan bring him back to life in thumpingly confident fashion. Employing an origin story that transforms a vengeful orphan into the poster child of proletarian righteousness, Rise Of The Legend lays the foundations for a whole new generation of Wong Fei Hung adventures.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
A Special Day
- Excerpt: A nice toast of Prosecco. A Special Day is light and bubbly, a picturesque coming of age story, and a cautionary tale of aimless excess poured into one tall glass that goes down easy.
- Excerpt: Trash es una película yincana, y para pasar de una pista a otra, la trama da demasiados pasos; pero curiosamente, para resolver conflictos importantes, cogen atajos y los resuelven de la forma más simple e inverosímil posible.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
- Excerpt: The continuing escapades and creative pranks of the Yes Men whose espousal of Crazy Wisdom bothers corporations and government agencies.