This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 10-12, 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: October 10-12, 2014

Wide (United States)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: a feeling akin to the difference between joking about an easy target like Christian Scientologists, and then, say, being forced to attend an eight hour seminar that seriously teaches its religious tenets.

Dracula Untold

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The Judge

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Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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Limited (United States)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living.

Kill the Messenger

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One Chance

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The Overnighters

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: In Jesse Moss’ taut and morally complex documentary, a pastor opens his church to homeless men looking for work in the booming North Dakota oil fields and faces the wrath of a small town nervous about their community’s rapid transformation.

St. Vincent

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…

Whiplash

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: To Chazelle’s credit, he asks questions seriously and seriously ponders the myriad outcomes. In the end, though, his film never uses its fangs enough for the questions to leave a mark.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A mesmerizing drama about the toxic fallout from perfectionism and unbridled ambition.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

20,000 Days On Earth

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

22 Jump Street

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ABCs of Death 2

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

All Cheerleaders Die

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Altina

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Annabelle

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Automata

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Ibanez stands out as an exciting new voice in the genre with this emotionally resonant and thematically rich film.

Blended

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The Blue Room

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The Dance of Reality

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Deliver Us from Evil

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

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Drive Hard

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Disappointing potboiler that runs out of gas far too quickly.

The Equalizer

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Fishing Without Nets

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: Piracy on the high seas up close and personal.

Gone Girl

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The Good Lie

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: Sure, it’s Reese Witherspoon whose face is plastered on all of the ads, but this film doesn’t belong to her, and The Good Lie is all the better for it.

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Green Prince

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Hercules

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Horns

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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The Imitation Game

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Imitation of life…

The Immigrant

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Inherent Vice

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A jaunty screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s comic 2009 novel about the demise of the hippie era of free love and pot-happy endings.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Inherent Vice” is a tweet-tweet-arf-arf movie for stoners.

Kite

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: While a faithful adaptation would have seemed gratuitous, this end product is unable to elicit any kind of response at all, feeling utterly uninspired in look, tone, or content.

Last Days In Vietnam

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Left Behind

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The Liberator

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While it’s disappointing the film never gets as in depth as it could, perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that The Liberator leaves us wanting to learn more.

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: The lavish war epic comes back to life is this swashbuckling tale of treachery and charisma.

Magic in the Moonlight

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Mr. Turner

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An extraordinary portrait of the last stages in the life and career of Joseph Mallord William Turner, the painter of light.

Nas: Time is Illmatic

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: A celebration of the seminal album’s 20th anniversary, but also a dissection of the influences that allowed a street poet like Nas to create such an influential album.

No No: A Dockumentary

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Oculus

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Open Windows

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The Pact 2

Mark Harris @ About.com

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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Pride

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Reasonable Doubt

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Red Army

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A crowd-pleasing documentary about the adventures of the Soviet national ice-hockey team.

Rob the Mob

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The cast is very good and the writing is generally pretty good and it takes the time to make you care about these outsiders. Thoroughly entertaining though hardly flawless, Rob the Mob is a pleasant surprise.

Sex Tape

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Snowpiercer

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Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: King has (or had) a unique flair for creating intriguing and sometimes empowered female protagonists, but the suburban housewife anchoring the lukewarm scenario here isn’t nearly as well-honed as the film necessitates.
Mark Harris @ About.com

Third Person

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Tusk

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Two Days, One Night

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A triumphant drama by the Dardenne brothers about a heroine who demonstrates grace under pressure.

Two Night Stand

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

You’re Not You

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: A much more interesting focal point would have been the character played by the lovely Loretta Devine, but we’ll have settle with at least getting to see her on the sidelines. –

The Zero Theorem

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Fruitvale Station

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Basic but indispensible.

Gringo Trails

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

How I Live Now

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Interesante propuesta que escapa de los presupuestos habituales del cine teen prosofocón amoroso y apuesta por la elegancia y la languidez a la hora de presentar su inquietante realidad.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

10,000 Km

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: An emotionally powerful look into long distance relationships that few are able to capture.

Attila Marcel

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Chomet has an eye for an interesting or odd image and the film does feel pleasantly homemade. It is just a pity that its best moments – the moment with the rain playing the ukulele in particular – feel like non-sequiturs.

Chanthaly

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Chiméres

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Evolution of a Criminal

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: A straight-A student turned teenage bank robber returns home years later to talk to friends, family and accomplices about what pushed him into such a shocking act in this mature, meditative documentary.

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

I Am a Girl

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

In Order of Disappearance

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Though the film is amusing throughout and quite a good parody of its genre, which is too often used as a simple framework for gruesome violence and bad writing, it is difficult to work out why it exists. It is a good deal of fun, but the film really could have used a point.

Pasolini

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Portraits in a Sea of Lies

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: A scary and stirring reporting of the reality of life on the Mexican / US border.

Timbuktu

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Torrente 5: Operación Eurovegas

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Wild Tales

Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Si el placer de ir al cine implica, muchas veces, ver escenas increíbles ejecutadas brillantemente, entonces Relatos salvajes es un placer casi constante.

WolfCop

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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