This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Nov. 15-17, 2013)

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: November 15-17, 2013

Wide (United States)

The Best Man Holiday

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Wide (United Kingdom)

In Fear

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It’s not exactly reinventing the jump-scare but it does everything it can to squeeze every drop of claustrophobic atmosphere and tension out of the situation and on that level it succeeds admirably.

Limited (United States)

Charlie Countryman

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Faust

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Nebraska

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

12 Years a Slave

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2 Guns

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About Time

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After Earth

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All Is Lost

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The Armstrong Lie

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Ass Backwards

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At Berkeley

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Best Man Down

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Between Us

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Blue Jasmine

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The Book Thief

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Captain Phillips

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Carrie

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The Company You Keep

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Dallas Buyers Club

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Ender’s Game

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Enough Said

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Escape from Tomorrow

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Europa Report

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The Family

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Fast & Furious 6

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The Fifth Estate

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Frances Ha

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Free Birds

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The Future

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Gravity

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The Great Beauty

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The Hangover, Part III

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How I Live Now

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In a World…

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Inside Llewyn Davis

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Insidious: Chapter 2

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Kill Your Darlings

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Machete Kills

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Man of Steel

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Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

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Mr. Nobody

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Mud

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No Place on Earth

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Now You See Me

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Oblivion

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Our Nixon

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Paris Countdown

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Parkland

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The Past

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Post Tenebras Lux

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Prisoners

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R.I.P.D.

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The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

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Stories We Tell

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Thor: The Dark World

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A Touch of Sin

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Touchy Feely

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Tricked

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2013 Films Not Yet In Theaters

After Lucia

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: ‘There’s little gentleness here. Actions designed to wound create visible gouges.’

Antboy

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: ‘As comic book heroes move increasingly towards the dark side, it’s worth remembering that a core target audience of the source material is potentially being left behind. Antboy is the film which makes an effort to note that down’

Child of God

Travis Hopson @ Examiner.com

Child’s Pose

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Ciascuno recita la sua parte di fronte al destino, senza comprendere sino in fondo il ruolo assegnatogli, ma continuando a perpetuare paure, speranze e rapporti di forza, come in balia degli eventi. Ed allora l’unica cosa che li accomuna è l’amarezza della sconfitta. La sua trasversalità.

Commie Camp

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Commitment

Pierce Conran @ Twitchfilm

  • Excerpt: The film oscillates aggressively between thriller, high school and dramatic elements, doing well with each, without ever coming close to a cohesive whole.

Cottage Country

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Cottage Country suffers when Punch’s saucy presence exits the picture, but Masha’s garbled speeches about making the perfect Caesar and the European sex trade are outrageous enough to keep the gas going for a few minutes after she is chopped and dropped in the lake.

Crux

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: Writer-director Bryan Boykins delivers a timely message about the fragile state of mankind and the sacrificial stakes facing an individual who has lost his way in the favor of the all-mighty dollar in the thought-provoking spiritual fantasy drama Crux. Penetrating, imaginative and insightful, Crux is a message movie about humanistic priorities and the importance of what wealth really is intrinsically to one’s true soul.

The Five

Pierce Conran @ Twitchfilm

  • Excerpt: Unapologetically straightforward and treading a well-worn path with tongue-in-cheek aplomb, The Five is a very good time.

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

House with a Turret

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: I am admittedly a sucker for contemporary movies that look like something from a classic era of filmmaking, but this is definitely one film to seek out.

Ilo Ilo

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Jake Squared

Travis Hopson @ Examiner.com

Morning Star

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: It’s not just that I was unaware of the existence of Morning Star, but that it’s not every day that you get to see a French movie with Iggy Pop.

Non-Fiction Diary

Pierce Conran @ Twitchfilm

  • Excerpt: Intense, engaging and just a little menacing, Non-Fiction Diary is a fascinating snapshot of Korea’s evolving national psyche in the 1990s.

Oil Sands Karaoke

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This objective and original eco doc could have could have some viewers reconsidering their tune.

The Painting

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery.

Personal Space

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Mumblecore bumbles when the lingering talkiness of Personal Space dawdles a little too much.

The Railway Man

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

  • Excerpt: The Railway Man will leave a mark on your soul, not only for the brutal barbarity of war but for the sheer power of screen stories.

The Retrieval

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: ‘a film as confident as it is occasionally empty of narrative movement’

The Rolling Stones ‘Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live’

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Salma

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Story of My Death

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Truth About Emanuel

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Wakolda

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: ‘The looming of Brendemühl feels like it is representative of something else; a pervading ideology which, though we may feel we have comfortably destroyed, still exists in certain corners.’

2012 Films

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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ATM

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The Collection

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The House I Live In

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LOL

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The Rabbi’s Cat

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That’s My Boy

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