This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 17-19, 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 17-19, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Best of Me

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The Book of Life

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Fury

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Expanding (United States)

Men, Women & Children

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St. Vincent

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Limited (United States)

Algorithms

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Sight-challenged Indian teenagers push to become championship chess players in this disappointingly slight, surface-dwelling documentary.

Birdman

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Camp X-Ray

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Featuring a dynamic performance from Maadi and thoughtful one from Stewart, the claustrophobic drama only falters when it leans too heavily on obvious metaphors and screenwriting cliches in its final moments.

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: Sattler deserves a medal for giving us Kristen Stewart’s finest performance to date, and Peyman Moaadi has a star-making turn here.

Dear White People

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Listen Up, Philip

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: an aggravating, arrogant, and entertaining portrait of the toxicity of ill-suited relationships and the narcissistic danger of letting success consume your livelihood.

Young Ones

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

20,000 Days on Earth

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Addicted

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: let’s face it, films seeking mainstream affirmation, whatever the market it is aimed at, are not comfortable portraying women seeking sexual fulfillment without proving how sick, twisted, or downright whorish they are for attempting to explore sexual inclinations

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

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And So It Goes

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Annabelle

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Automata

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Too many thoughts, not enough focus in this neatly realized futurist film

The Blue Room

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Blue Ruin

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The Boxtrolls

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Citizen Autistic

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Double

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Dracula Untold

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Edge of Tomorrow

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The Equalizer

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Foxcatcher

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A richly developed psychological drama about the fire of ambition in the lives of a gold-medal winning wrestler and a multimillionaire wrestling enthusiast.

Frank

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Get on Up

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Godzilla

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Gone Girl

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The Good Lie

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Housebound

Mark Harris @ About.com

I Am Ali

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: At best, I AM ALI is a primer for the few that a long line of documentaries about this extremely well documented sports and Civil Rights figure has thus far eluded. At worst, I AM ALI is a forgettable CliffsNotes-style profile that hits many of the landmark moments in Ali’s life while avoiding the dissenting points of view concerning his controversial stances on the Vietnam war and the Black Muslim movement.

Inherent Vice

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Judge

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Kill the Messenger

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Nas: Time Is Illmatic

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Neighbors

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One Chance

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The Pact II

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Somewhere wrapped up in its inconsistencies is a strange little movie that might have had some potential

Snowpiercer

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Stretch

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Trip to Italy

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United We Fall

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

What If

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Whiplash

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Black Coal, Thin Ice

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

  • Excerpt: Mucho Oso de Oro, pero no es buena.

Citizen Marc

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Fun doc about irreverent pot activist Marc Emery invites a wider debate.

Dioses y Perros

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Grace of Monaco

Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]

  • Excerpt: Savršenstvo vanjske forme ovdje manje nadoknaduje, a više istice ispraznost i promašenost sadržaja.

Grace of Monaco

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Lives of Hamilton Fish

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: In my book, the very best film of 2014.

Maps to the Stars

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: There’s something a little off kilter about this tale – and not in a good way. For a comedy-drama set amongst the politics of La la Land, the ambiance is surprisingly lethargic.

Marshland

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

  • Excerpt: Estás tan metido en la película, que hasta que no termina, no te das cuenta de las trampas que tiene.

Northern Soul

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Stonehearst Asylum

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Edwardian thriller offers formula instead of vision

These Final Hours

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Fantástico thriller apocalíptico que sumerge al espectador en las horas postreras de una humanidad entregada al fin de los tiempos. Muy bien maquinada desde el guion y su puesta en escena, una propuesta tan sorprendente como aterradora en su racional consistencia.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: A charming slice of British comedy that will contain many-a-moment recognisable to anyone who’s ever been on a holiday with their family.

WolfCop

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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