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. 19-21, 2014
Wide (United States)
The Maze Runner
This Is Where I Leave You
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Limited (United States)
20,000 Days on Earth
- Excerpt: Goth rocker turned postmodern bluesman Nick Cave turns himself inside-out for this transformative, electrifying documentary about the dark and often mundane wizardry of creativity.
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
Are You Here
At the Devil’s Door
Before I Go to Sleep
- Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep is a terrible movie, but it’s also a highly entertaining one: this positively idiotic thriller – which is basically Memento told in chronological order – gets sillier and sillier as it goes along, up to the point where I was struggling (and failing) to contain my laughter. It requires so much suspension of disbelief that it might as well require the viewer to have amnesia, too.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Dolphin Tale 2
- Excerpt: All things being equal…
The Fault in Our Stars
The Galapagos Affair
If I Stay
The Imitation Game
- Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival
- Excerpt: Tiresome, incoherent – don’t bother….
The Last of Robin Hood
Life After Beth
Life’s a Breeze
- Excerpt: A terrific Irish dramedy about clutter, family solidarity, and an 80-year-old woman’s response to a major gift she is given.
Love Is Strange
A Most Wanted Man
My Old Lady
- Excerpt: In Horovitz’s world, redemption and forgiveness come about too quickly, but so much of his dialogue really sings in the hands of Smith and Kline.
No Good Deed
- Excerpt: Not bad enough to be the topic of conversation at parties, and it’s too dumb to be that riveting or make you sleep with a knife under your pillow.
No No: A Dockumentary
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Un drama de la Segunda Guerra que intenta darnos lecciones sobre las heridas que causa el conflicto en los no combatientes, pero que termina siendo una sucesión antipática de elementos demasiado escabrosos para ser creíbles.
- Excerpt: Gloriously bonkers!
The Skeleton Twins
Space Station 76
- Excerpt: it’s a space set soap opera made as if it were in the 1970’s and meant as an homage to those classic films from the time period that inventively attempted to visually prophesize the space age. – S
- Excerpt: This retro-futuristic ‘ melodrama is a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch that goes on far too long.
Warrior King 2
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
The Wind Rises
- Excerpt: Why does the world need art? THE WIND RISES is the perfect reply to this question. Miyazaki’s latest – and probably last – is a gorgeously animated, alternately buoyant and melancholic, tremendously moving, and infinitely subtle ode to the will to create.
- Excerpt: Wrong cops, wrong criminals, wrong everything in Quentin Dupieux’s latest foray into experimental WTF filmmaking, a short & senseless little Reno 911!-like riff that seems destined to appeal to no one.
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Bang Bang Baby
- Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Fest, Jane Levy shines in a wonderfully weird musical about a small town girl with big city dreams and incentive to leave once a chemical spill causes mutation.
- Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Fest, Of the many unexpected delights in this irreverent action comedy, Samuel L. Jackson gives one of his most heartfelt performance in years.
- Excerpt: The film proves TIFF to be the Launchpad of several awards races including, well, the Golden Raspberries.
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
The Keeping Room
- Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Fest, A female-led cast and an unusual setting give extra oomph to this siege thriller, which features a convincing, compelling turn from Brit Marling.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
- Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival.
Leave the World Behind
- Excerpt: The fractures that really led to the decision start to emerge as the fifty concerts rack up. That’s the most interesting part of Christian Larson’s tour film, seeing the public image give over to the private reality.
A Little Chaos
- Excerpt: ‘A Little Chaos’ is a lot of fun.
Maps to the Stars
- Excerpt: Fucked up in every best possible way.
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Night Will Fall
- Excerpt: Though undoubtedly an underwhelming documentary, this remains an important piece of cinema, as it documents a barbaric brutality we have a duty to explore and study.
- Excerpt: This isn’t a narrative about the death of a great man, but a scattershot of an ordinary day in an extraordinary life.
Roger Waters: The Wall
- Excerpt: The film easily jumps to the top of the list of great concert docs.
- Excerpt: Julianne Moore continually amazes me.
The Wanted 18
- Excerpt: he Wanted 18 is one of the most entertaining and enlightening films you’ll see this year.
Who Am I
- Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Fest, “A Coffee in Berlin” star Tom Schilling finds the strength in anonymity as a hacker in the exuberant cybercrime thriller from the director of “The Silence.”
X + Y
- Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Fest, Morgan Matthews’ debut fuses logic with emotion beautifully in this story of an autistic teen (Asa Butterfield) who embraces math to understand the world.