This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 12-14, 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: Sep. 12-14, 2014

Wide (United States)

Dolphin Tale 2

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The Drop

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Limited (United States)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: One of Best Films of 2014 with its fresh insights into love, loss, marriage, and family life.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Green Prince

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: A real life spy thriller proving the truth is stranger than fiction.

Honeymoon

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Honeymoon is a minimalist, spectacularly acted something-in-the-woods chiller that burrows its way under the skin like a fungus. Good luck cutting it out.

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

I Am Eleven

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.

My Old Lady

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A well-acted psychological drama revolving around a homeless American, an aged bohemian, and her angry daughter.

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Top-notch performances by Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas!

The Skeleton Twins

Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: Funny, touching, and heartfelt, “The Skeleton Twins” is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean.

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Hader and Wiig have made a bold choice for their first major dramatic turn. Their performances as Milo and Maggie allow them to subtly tweak their own comic personas, playing the same basic types that made them famous but more or less showing what they’d be like on their worst days.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

And So It Goes

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As Above / So Below

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The Blue Room

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: In adapting a Georges Simenon story, Mathieu Amalric follows in the footsteps of cinema giants like Duvivier, Renoir, Carné, Clouzot, Chabrol, and Tarr – and he fits right in: his is a film that is refined, subtle, well-crafted, and expertly staged.

The BoxTrolls

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away.

Boyhood

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Clouds of Sils Maria

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Great performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart!

The Congress

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Deliver Us from Evil

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Enemy

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The Expendables 3

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Frank

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The Giver

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God Help the Girl

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: unlike most things that get slapped with the label “hipster,” the film never comes across as ironic or condescending, it’s incredibly warm and sincere, bathed in a youthful nostalgia that is hard to resist.

The Guest

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: “[C]inema is over, man, and there’s nothing left but a death spiral of sarcastic self-reference reflecting and refracting around a dismal hall of movie mirrors and taunting us with the echoing emptiness our creatively bankrupt souls.”

Hercules

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The Identical

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Jersey Boys

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Kelly & Cal

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

  • Excerpt: Feels like a tiny little miracle.

The Kill Team

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: While “The Kill Team” is well worth watching, the jury’s out.

Last Days in Vietnam

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Although Kennedy follows the standard documentary format of archival footage and stills edited with current day interviews, she has constructed her telling of the story so expertly that her work is both moving and riveting.

Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com

  • Excerpt: Emotion packed thriller of America’s Southeast Asia Dunkirk.

Life of Crime

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No No: A Dockumentary

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Pride

David Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: One scene, a quiet scene involving the making of the most weakly flavoured sandwiches you may ever see, typifies the film’s wonderfully observed character interactions, putting together two characters we’ve barely seen interact but know have a deep history (it’s hard to avoid in a village this tight-knit) for a gentle revelation that lies at the heart of the film’s understanding of the world.

Rocks in My Pockets

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Bauman identifies her film as one of mystery and redemption. There is no stigmatizing or shaming – and no sense that the condition is pre-determined to end badly. We understand and we see pathways to light.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Wetlands

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: You’ll never see anything like it again, and you probably won’t want to, but one thing is for sure – Wetlands is one of a kind.

Wild

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This is how you do a great adaptation.

2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

At Berkeley

David Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: The multiplicity of this life, this place is prodigiously captured, intimate and overwhelming all at once.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Autumn Blood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Beats of the Antonov

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Mark Hartley’s unofficial biography of Cannon Films impresarios Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus is equal parts reverent and dumbfounded in its depiction of these maverick Hollywood outsiders. Bottling the same level of ravenous reportage for Cannon’s bountiful output as Hartley pumped into his Ozploitation expose Not Quite Hollywood, he again creates a roller coaster ride that is as crude, cocky and shamelessly entertaining as the films themselves.

Elephant Song

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Tense psychological drama starring Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood, and Catherine Keener

Iboga Nights

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

In Order of Disappearance

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: A man avenging his son’s death has the potential to make for compelling cinematic territory, and when you throw someone with the credentials of Skarsgård in to the mix, it helps infinitely.

The Look of Silence

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: ‘Killing’ is tough act to follow, but ‘Silence’ is a worthy companion film.

Mommy

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Dolan proves himself a cinematic force with this searing, audacious film.

October Gale

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Ruba Nadda tries her hand at genre again and Patricia Clarkson wields a shotgun like a motherfucker.

Serial (Bad) Weddings

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Hailed by many as “the new ‘Intouchables'”, ‘Bon Dieu’ is too crowded, too slight, and ultimately too conventional to be deserving of the comparison. Amusing, yes, but almost instantly forgotten.

Teenage

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: In some ways, it feels more like a good start than a complete picture. Even so, if the topic sounds appealing and you like looking at alternative historical timelines, Teenage enlightens and entertains.

Wet Bum

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Feature debut for writer/director Lindsay MacKay goes swimmingly.

Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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