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. 21-23, 2014
Wide (United States)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Limited (United States)
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: Mariana Rondón’s narrative works through the many contradictions brewing inside Junior in the wake of his personal actualization without ever feeling like a dramatic checklist.
Before I Go to Sleep
Beside Still Waters
- Excerpt: an honest film that thinks outside of the box for a story that could have easily been a rehash of something I’ve seen many time before
Beyond the Lights
- Excerpt: at its most prolific moments, a first-wave feminist sort of film.
Big Hero 6
- Excerpt: Slovak political dramedy is sharp and incisive.
The Case Against 8
- Excerpt: Feels more like a pat-on-the-back for itself and a history lesson for those who know little about the subject.
Dumb and Dumber To
Get on Up
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Great Invisible
The Imitation Game
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
- Excerpt: Thoroughly thought-provoking, insightful and steeped in revelation concerning the student debt crisis Ivory Tower cleverly investigates the country’s spiraling financial burdens of obtaining a college education
Keep On Keepin’ On
- Excerpt: You don’t have to know jazz to enjoy the new music documentary Keep on Keepin’ On, though by the end of this story about trumpet player Clark Terry and one of his protégés, Keep on Keepin’ On will certainly give you a taste for it.
Let’s Be Cops
- Excerpt: Charming, quirky and breezily spirited, Fogel presents a chippy but honest character study of female empowerment that is certainly infectious and relatable.
Listen Up, Philip
- Excerpt: Largely tone-deaf and just strange to be strange, “Miss Meadows” would be more startling if weren’t so complacent with its own off-kilter cuteness, which becomes irritating in ten minutes. You can say toodle-oo to this odd bird.
Rocks in My Pockets
- Excerpt: Latvia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film is a wry, funny, and insightful stroke of genius.
The Skeleton Twins
The Theory of Everything
Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger
- Excerpt: …[a] revealing, absorbing and troubling documentary. Berlinger brings Bulger’s wicked and warped world to the forefront enough so that we witness a breakdown of trust and a taste of tragedy to try and comprehend with disbelieving eyes.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: a marvel of color, light, music and dance. Let it envelop you in the dark on the big screen.
I’m Ten, Then I’ll Catch Eleven
- Excerpt: A quiet, lovely little film, one that conveys a child’s complex and elusive feelings with marvelous nuance.
The Salt of the Earth
- Excerpt: It’s a stirring, cathartic experience, seeing photographer Sebastião Salgado recount his adventurous life that made him lose faith in humanity and gain hope for combating the evils that haunt this beautiful planet.
Story of My Death
- Excerpt: Those familiar with the Catalan filmmaker’s work will recognize Story of My Death’s long-winded scenes and inflexible static shots as auteurist tics (though, to be sure, he’s hardly a game-changer in this regard), but here they register as mere affectation.
- Excerpt: It’s tempting call the concept behind writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe a gimmick, but to do so would undersell the film’s merits as a bold formal and dramatic achievement.
2015 Films (Coming Soon)
- Excerpt: plays like an icily precise neo-noir, but it’s really an acidic black comedy as concerns the overriding selfish nature of humans.
What We Do in the Shadows
- Excerpt: An absolutely hilarious mockumentary combination of utter silliness, social satire, pop-culture cramdown, and heartfelt pathos. And vampires.