This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 18-20, 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: October 18-20, 2013

Multinational Releases

Escape Plan

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Wide (United States)

Carrie

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The Fifth Estate

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Wide (United Kingdom)

Captain Phillips

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Enough Said

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Limited (United States)

12 Years a Slave

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All Is Lost

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Boss

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Kill Your Darlings

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

A.C.O.D.

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About Time

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After Tiller

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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As I Lay Dying

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The Bling Ring

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Broadway Idiot

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Computer Chess

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Concussion

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The Conjuring

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Curse of Chucky

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The Dirties

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Don Jon

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Escape from Tomorrow

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God Loves Uganda

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Gravity

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Her

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Hey Bartender

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I Used to Be Darker

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I Will Follow You Into the Dark

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I’m So Excited

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

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The Institute

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Inuk

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Machete Kills

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Maniac

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Nebraska

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Paradise

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The Place Beyond the Pines

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Prisoners

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Romeo & Juliet

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Rush

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Snow Queen

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This Is the End

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Vehicle 19

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Wadjda

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The Way, Way Back

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Zero Charisma

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2013 Films Not Yet In Theaters

Blood Brother

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Camille Rewinds

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Enzo Avitabile Music Life

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A compelling documentary by Jonathan Demme that makes an altar out of our ears.

Enzo Avitabile Music Life

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Enzo Avitabile, Music Life” is a music lover’s dream.

The Exhibition

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Exhibition is a 360-degree look at the broad range of issues surrounding a Vancouver-area farmer who admitted to killing 49 women, the vast majority of them First Nation prostitutes, during the 1990s and 2000s, and a successful artist named Pamela Masik who undertook a project to paint huge portraits of all of the victims in what she calls “The Forgotten” series. For me, The Exhibition offers another exposition of an issue I find an eternally fascinating conundrum: the line between expression and exploitation.

The Fear (La Por)

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Brutally blunt in its depiction of domestic violence. I almost wish I hadn’t seen this film, it’s that almost completely unbearable…

Ghostlight

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: Though the scares don’t always land, writer/director Jeff Ferrell relies on solid, old-fashioned storytelling, making for a thoroughly watchable ghost story.

H4

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: A modern version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV pts. 1 and 2 is told from an African-American point of view. The rousing, beautifully performed film is led by Harry Lennix, whose successful appeal to Kickstarter donors made the film possible.

Horror Stories

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Immigrant

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Mars Project

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: “Mars Project” raises interesting questions about how we define and treat mental illness, and how those definitions impact not just the afflicted, but their families.

Melaza

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Economic privation is on the minds of people throughout the world, and filmmakers are reflecting their times. What makes Melaza so vital is not the seriousness and timeliness of its subject, but rather its extraordinary and absurd look at how a particular set of people react to the ruin of their way of life.

Mister John

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Mister John gestures at ideas without addressing any of them, making points only by vague suggestion and, ultimately, not really sure what its conclusions are. The film, hence, has more to do with political speeches than with art – it talks but it doesn’t say anything.

Mystery Road

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Only Lovers Left Alive

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Somewhere around the lovely scene of Tilda Swinton dancing, freely and wholeheartedly, to the old soul record, Jarmusch’s M.O. becomes clear: Only Lovers Left Alive is a hanging-out move, just with vampires.

The Painting

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: If the story had been sketched out with as much loving detail as the beautiful Impressionist-styled artwork, this might have been a masterpiece, rather than something that’s just nice to look at.

The Right Kind of Wrong

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Would be a sweet rom-com if not for the anti-blogger venom.

Sandcastle

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

See You Tomorrow, Everyone

Peter Gutierrez @ CineVue

Side by Side

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Misses more marks than it attempts to hit, but there’s a refreshing sweetness to this child’s-eye view of grief and tragedy.

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