This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Oct. 24-26, 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 24-26, 2013

Multinational Releases

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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Wide (United States)

The Counselor

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Wide (United Kingdom)

Closed Circuit

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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One Chance

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Chance your arm on this one…

Limited (United States)

Blue Is the Warmest Color

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The Square

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Limited (United Kingdom)

A Magnificent Haunting

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: A Magnificent Haunting doesn’t achieve the grand heights it aspires to and it probably won’t haunt you for very long, but it has some interesting ideas and it contains some very impressive work.

Muscle Shoals

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

1

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12 Years a Slave

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2 Jacks

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The Act of Killing

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The Armstrong Lie

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At Berkeley

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Birth of the Living Dead

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Blue Jasmine

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Broken

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Camille Claudel 1915

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The Canyons

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Captain Phillips

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Carrie

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Dario Argento’s Dracula

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Don Jon

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The Don Juans

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Elysium

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Escape from Tomorrow

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Escape Plan

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The Fifth Estate

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The Grandmaster

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Gravity

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The Hangover, Part III

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Her

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I Used to Be Darker

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

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Kill Your Darlings

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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Lenny Cooke

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Machete Kills

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Monsters University

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Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

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The Network

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Paradise

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Parkland

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The Patience Stone

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Philomena

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Prisoners

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R.I.P.D.

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Romeo & Juliet

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Rush

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Saving Mr. Banks

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

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Stories We Tell

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Thor: The Dark World

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A Touch of Sin

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Trance

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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The Unknown Known

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We Are What We Are

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The Wind Rises

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World War Z

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2013 Films Not Yet In Theaters

Child of God

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Tratto dal romanzo omonimo di Cormac McCarthy, Child of God è un’altro degli adattamenti impossibili di James Franco, che segue il più sperimentale As I lay dying, presentato ad Un certain regard a Cannes: siamo sempre nell’america rurale, solo mezzo secolo dopo.

The Congress

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A hugely ambitious film reminiscent of The Matrix and the works of Terry Gilliam while also carving out its own apocalyptic sci-fi space.

Eastern Boys

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Whether or not she intended to, Chiemi Karasawa filmed a much different, much more valuable film than the one I thought I was going to see, one in which we are brought uncomfortably close to the tail end of a life, one now filled with infirmity.

Eliza Lynch Queen of Paraguay

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Gerontophilia

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Da dimenticare…

Ghost Burger

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: It’s a cute premise that could easily result in a one joke movie but Ghost Burger defies expectations by delivering a continually entertaining tale.

Joe

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Il nuovo film di David Gordon Green è un classico racconto di formazione, con un figlio alla ricerca di un padre ed un uomo battuto dalla vita, in attesa di un’occasione di riscatto, per dare un senso alla propria esistenza.

K2: Siren of the Himalayas

Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com

  • Excerpt: The latest and greatest in a string series of films about the second highest mountain in the world and the pilgrims who try to climb it.

The Last of the Unjust

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Locke

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Steven Knight costringe Tom Hardy ad un tour de force attoriale di rara efficacia. Chiuso nell’auto del protagonista per tutta la sua durata, Locke ci accompagna per un’ora e mezzo in un viaggio nella notte, lungo le strade che portano a Londra.

Locke

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

McCanick

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Miss Violence

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Perchè una ragazzina, attorniata dai suoi familiari, in occasione del suo undicesimo compleanno, si suicida gettandosi improvvisamente dalla finestra? Miss Violence è la risposta disturbante, spesso insostenibile, a questo interrogativo.

Mistaken for Strangers

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end…

Night Moves

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: La Reichardt spreca il potenziale paesaggistico delal storia, rimane in superficie su tutto, a partire dal perchè i tre decidono di far saltare la diga, in un film che si distingue per ottusità mascherata da una dose esagerata di presunzione. Una delusione assoluta, ma non inattesa.

Night Moves

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Only Lovers Left Alive

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Palo Alto

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Esordio di Gia Coppola, nipote di Francis, che adatta sullo schermo uno dei racconti di Palo Alto di James Franco. Nonostante il cast di giovani talentuosi ed una certa abilità nella direzione degli attori, il film non si discosta troppo dal tradizionale racconto adolescenziale.

Pioneer

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

A Promise

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Girato incomprensibilente in inglese da un regista francese e tratto da un racconto dell’austriaco Zweig, Une promesse è un altro dei film inutili di questa Mostra.

Sacro GRA

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Sacro GRA è cinema del reale, in cui i limiti tra racconto e documentario si fanno però molto labili: che il cinema italiano possa/debba ricominciare proprio da qui? Noi continuiamo a preferire il barocco di Sorrentino. Leone d’oro a sorpresa

Salvo

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Stalingrad

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Still Life

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Uberto Pasolini è stato il produttore di Full Monty e poi il regista della commedia Machan, presentata al Lido qualche anno fa. Ritorna alla regia con questo Still Life, verso il quale proviamo un sentimento diviso.

Strange Frame: Love & Sax

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Imagine dropping a hefty dose of LSD on the set of “Blade Runner,” and you walk through a door and suddenly you’re in the “Star Wars” cantina. Now, imagine that experience animated by the team behind “Fantastic Planet” working under the direction of Ralph Bakshi, take that result and square the weirdness quotient, and you have some inkling of what “Strange Frame”‘s visuals.

Stray Dogs

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Il cinema di Tsai Ming Liang è sempre una sorpresa, un’epifania, una lenta discesa nell’anima dei suoi personaggi. Per coglierla però occorre entrare in sintonia con il respiro del suo cinema

sxtape

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: There’s no reason or logic in this found-footage yawner, and nothing rises to the level of even adolescent notions of sexy-scary.

Tall as the Baobab Tree

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: After a son falls from the village baobab tree and breaks his leg, there is no money for the necessary medical care – unless dad sells a daughter off for marriage.

Tall as the Baobab Tree

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: Tall as the Baobab Tree considers every point of view in its drama, and avoids being preachy, letting the truth of the scenario speak for itself.

Tom at the Farm

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Quarto film dell’enfant prodige canadese, Xavier Dolan, vincitore a vent’anni della Quinzaine e poi ospitato a Cannes altre due volte con Les amours imaginaires e con Laurence Anyways, debutta al Lido con questo adattamento dalla piece teatrale di Michael Marc Bouchard.

Tom at the Farm

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Tracks

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Il film di Curran segue la sua protagonista in un viaggio tipicamente seventies, tra la sabbia rossa del deserto e il sole a picco sulla testa, con il miraggio del mare da raggiungere solo alla fine.

Traitors

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Tangeri. Malika è una ragazza ambiziosa e determinata: di giorno lavora in un call center e la sera suona con il suo gruppo punk, in cerca del successo. Il padre ha un’officina di riparazioni, ma le cose vanno male e la sua famiglia rischia lo sfratto.

Trap Street

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: It’s never intense enough for the paranoid thriller it wants to be, but it has some chilling things to say about the dangers of the not-quite all-seeing eye of a total-surveillance society.

Under the Skin

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Tratto dal romanzo di Michel Faber, Under the skin è il terzo film di Glazer che torna alla Mostra nove anni dopo Birth con un film sperimentale e rarefatto, minaccioso e cupo, lontanissimo dall’esordio di genere di Sexy Beast, ma anche dal film con la Kidman.

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

Michael Pattison @ Front Row Reviews

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Sion Sono è così: irriguardoso, esagerato, barocco, incontenibile. I suoi film sembrano lontani l’uno dall’altro per temi ed esiti, ma i festival fanno a gara ad assicurarsene la presenza.

The Zero Theorem

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: E’ imbarazzante e spiacevole dover scrivere l’ennesima stroncatura di un film del concorso in questa contraddittoria e sinora deludente 70°Mostra di Venezia, ma The Zero Theorem di Terry Gilliam è un film veramente sbagliato, asfittico, superficiale, di cui si attende solo la fine.

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