This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Nov. 21-23)

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

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Limited (United States)

V/H/S: Viral

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Babadook

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Bad Hair

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • 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

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Beside Still Waters

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • 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

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Big Eyes

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: at its most prolific moments, a first-wave feminist sort of film.

Big Hero 6

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Birdman

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The Boxtrolls

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The Candidate

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Slovak political dramedy is sharp and incisive.

The Case Against 8

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Feels more like a pat-on-the-back for itself and a history lesson for those who know little about the subject.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Dumb and Dumber To

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The Equalizer

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Force Majeure

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Foxcatcher

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Frank

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Fury

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Get on Up

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

The Great Invisible

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony

Happy Christmas

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The Homesman

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Honeymoon

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I Origins

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The Imitation Game

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

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Interstellar

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Ivory Tower

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • 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

Jessabelle

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John Wick

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The Judge

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Keep On Keepin’ On

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • 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

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The Liberator

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Life Partners

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • 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

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Miss Meadows

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • 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.

National Gallery

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Nightcrawler

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Rocks in My Pockets

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Latvia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film is a wry, funny, and insightful stroke of genius.

Rosewater

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The Skeleton Twins

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Starry Eyes

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The Theory of Everything

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Viktor

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Whiplash

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Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • 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.

Wild

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Flamenco, Flamenco

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a marvel of color, light, music and dance. Let it envelop you in the dark on the big screen.

Hermitage Revealed

Donald J. Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

I’m Ten, Then I’ll Catch Eleven

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: A quiet, lovely little film, one that conveys a child’s complex and elusive feelings with marvelous nuance.

Late Phases

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
Mark Harris @ About.com

The Salt of the Earth

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • 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

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • 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.

The Tribe

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • 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)

Human Capital

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • 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

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: An absolutely hilarious mockumentary combination of utter silliness, social satire, pop-culture cramdown, and heartfelt pathos. And vampires.

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

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