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

Wide (United States)

Beyond the Lights

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Dumb and Dumber To

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Limited (United States)

Foxcatcher

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The Homesman

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Sturdy, bleak and understated – or, as one wag said, it’s No Country for Crazy Women.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rosewater

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Wolves

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A bloody, brutal bore…

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • 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

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ABCs of Death 2

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Before I Go to Sleep

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Big Hero 6

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Birdman

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The Book of Life

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The Boxtrolls

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The Circle

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An entertaining and edifying portrait of the gay scene in Zurich from the 1950s to 2003.

Dracula Untold

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The Drop

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Elsa & Fred

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Expendables 3

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Force Majeure

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The Gambler

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Horns

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A marvelous combination of thrilling intellectual adventure and sensitive portrait of a man ahead of his time both personally and professionally.

Inherent Vice

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Interstellar

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Into the Storm

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Jessabelle

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • 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.

John Wick

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Kill the Messenger

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Let’s Be Cops

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Men, Women & Children

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A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Mommy

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: Heartbreaking, joyous, sad, and glorious, Mommy is pure exhilaration

A Most Violent Year

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

A Most Wanted Man

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Mr. Turner

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com

  • Excerpt: Teen ponies play music to save the world

Night Moves

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Nightcrawler

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Open Windows

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The Overnighters

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • 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.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Penance

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Point and Shoot

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Sex Ed

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine

St. Vincent

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Starry Eyes

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Constant gear shifting makes the pacing feel uneven and the underlying message disjointed despite the intriguing premise.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

The Theory of Everything

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Venus in Fur

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Viva la Liberta

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

A Walk Among the Tombstones

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We Are the Giant

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • 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?

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • 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.

Wild

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A soul-stretching movie about surviving in the wilderness, a solid mother and daughter relationship, and bringing out the best in yourself.

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: Bristles with emotional resonance and enlightenment.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

5 to 7

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • 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

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: A heartfelt and earnest homespun comedy about the family ties that bind us all together.

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Lives of Hamilton Fish

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • 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

James Marsh @ Screen

  • 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. 

Saint Laurent

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

A Special Day

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • 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.

Trash

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • 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 Tribe

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The continuing escapades and creative pranks of the Yes Men whose espousal of Crazy Wisdom bothers corporations and government agencies.

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