This Week at the Movies, Part 1 (Sep. 26-28, 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: September 26-28, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Boxtrolls

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The Equalizer

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Limited (United States)

The Song

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Press materials for The Song describe it as “the sexiest faith-based movie ever.” While that’s technically true, it’s also an incredibly low bar to clear.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

As Above / So Below

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Bad Words

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Begin Again

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Boyhood

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Coherence

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The Congress

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Deliver Us from Evil

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The Drop

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Frank

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Frontera

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, there should be a nice straight stretch of highway somewhere near the southern border marked with a sign saying “Adopted by Frontera.”

The Giver

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God’s Pocket

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Goodbye to Language

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Grand Piano

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A snappy and satisfying adult parable about a therapist’s quest to find the meaning of life.

Honeymoon

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Horses of God

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch uses the 2003 terror bombings in Casablanca to build an affecting, persuasive blueprint for the making of a fanatic.

Housebound

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

I Origins

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Ida

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If I Stay

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Interior. Leather Bar.

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Jackpot

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

Jealousy

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Jealousy is not really very much about jealousy. There’s a bit of the green-eyed monster, but more than that it’s about relationships, and how they bloom and fade.

Jimi: All is By My Side

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: John Ridley’s fractured and narrowcast, unauthorized Jimi Hendrix biopic (read: no Hendrix compositions) wrongly assumes that André Benjamin’s intuitive inhabiting of the musician’s skittish soul will entice audiences as much as it does the women around him.

Khoobsurat

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

A Life in Dirty Movies

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Love Is Strange

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Lucy

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Magic in the Moonlight

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The Maze Runner

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A Most Wanted Man

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My Old Lady

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Pump

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Thought-provoking documentary about the lunacy of only fueling cars with gasoline loses credibility the more it turns into a single-minded broadside.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A snappy, creative, and optimistic social issue documentary on the end of the oil era and the start of a new era of alternative fuel.

The Railway Man

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The Signal

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The Skeleton Twins

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Snowpiercer

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Starred Up

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Stop the Pounding Heart

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: Like a significant portion of low-budget, serious-minded independent work taking place today, Stop the Pounding Heart falls squarely in the trend of on-location, non-actor-employing, process-oriented hybrid filmmaking. Thankfully, though, it bares no disingenuous traces of bandwagon-hopping.

They Came Together

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This Is Where I Leave You

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The Trip to Italy

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Tusk

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Very Good Girls

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

A Walk Among the Tombstones

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The Zero Theorem

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Girl Rising

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Above All Else

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Above All Else shows just how close big business is willing to threaten the lives of individuals as it forges ahead in the name of “progress.”

The Circle

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: Mixing documentary and feature film is a boldly original, refreshingly un-Swiss move, but while ‘The Circle’ works perfectly fine during its journalistic passages, its scripted scenes are hamstrung by a cast of disappointingly underperforming actors.

Good People

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Human Capital

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

  • Excerpt: An inventively structured, compelling study of two families irrevocably brought together. A string of impressive performances and a unique approach to storytelling ensures this is a film worth catching.

David William Upton @ So So Gay

  • Excerpt: Human Capital is a valuable idea running through narrative structures that are simply too tired, and that here, unsupported by limp fades as events repeat themselves, don’t particularly benefit the story. It doesn’t need to wind itself up because the society being depicted is tangled and twisted enough as it is.

The Hypnotist

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Maps to the Stars

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, doubles down on the dysfunction with its tragicomic take on the intersecting fortunes of two Tinseltown dynasties and the hidden histories of violence that continue to haunt them.

Metro Manila

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

The New Girlfriend

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s great to see Ozon return to the insidious playfulness that’s marked some of his greatest achievements. The New Girlfriend is creepy, weird, and a lot of fun.

Of Horses and Men

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: Just what one is supposed to gain from seeing Of Horses and Men remains obscure up to the not-so-bitter end. Even though it may motivate hopeful close readings, it is nowhere near interesting, arresting, or indeed astute enough to sustain such efforts for a very long time.

Rio, I Love You

João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews [Portuguese]

Saturday Night

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: After long being in limbo, James Franco’s unvarnished look at the week leading up to an “SNL” taping sees the light of day & it was worth the wait.

Sea Fog

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Bong Joon Ho’s collaborator on “Memories of Murder” steps into the spotlight with this suspense-filled high-seas thriller.

The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: By far, the best and most inspiring, enlightening, and creative social issue documentary on climate change.

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