This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 19-21, 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. 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Maze Runner

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This Is Where I Leave You

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Tusk

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A Walk Among the Tombstones

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Limited (United States)

20,000 Days on Earth

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • 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.

The Guest

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Tracks

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Zero Theorem

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Almost Human

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Are You Here

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At the Devil’s Door

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Before I Go to Sleep

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • 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.

Bird People

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Cheap Thrills

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Chef

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

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Dolphin Tale 2

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The Drop

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The Equalizer

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: All things being equal…

The Fault in Our Stars

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The Galapagos Affair

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The Giver

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Honeymoon

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

If I Stay

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The Imitation Game

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival

Innocence

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Tiresome, incoherent – don’t bother….

Jersey Boys

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The Last of Robin Hood

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Life After Beth

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Life’s a Breeze

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • 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

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Maleficent

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Moebius

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

A Most Wanted Man

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My Old Lady

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • 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

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Notebook

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.

The Rover

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The Scribbler

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Gloriously bonkers!

The Skeleton Twins

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Space Station 76

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • 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

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: This retro-futuristic ‘ melodrama is a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch that goes on far too long.

Warrior King 2

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Wind Rises

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • 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.

Wrong Cops

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • 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

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • 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.

Big Game

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • 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.

The Cobbler

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The film proves TIFF to be the Launchpad of several awards races including, well, the Golden Raspberries.

Cut Snake

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Gabor

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

The Keeping Room

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • 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

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Leave the World Behind

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • 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

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘A Little Chaos’ is a lot of fun.

Maps to the Stars

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Fucked up in every best possible way.

Mea Culpa

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Night Will Fall

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • 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.

Pasolini

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • 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

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: The film easily jumps to the top of the list of great concert docs.

Starry Eyes

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Still Alice

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Julianne Moore continually amazes me.

The Wanted 18

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: he Wanted 18 is one of the most entertaining and enlightening films you’ll see this year.

Who Am I

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • 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

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • 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.

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