This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 10-12, 2015)

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

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: Apr. 10-12, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Longest Ride

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Expanding (United States)

Woman in Gold

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Limited (United States)

Black Souls

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Black Souls’ is an old school, Italian mafia movie reminiscent of ‘The Godfather’ in its understated tone and approach.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Black Souls” hurts.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: one of the truly great films about acting, “All About Eve” refracted through the lens of Bergman’s “Persona,” squared.

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ is an intelligent and incredibly self-reflexive film, featuring stellar performances by Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[New Today] Emanuel Levy @ www.emanuellevy.com

  • Excerpt: Olivier Assayas intrguing anatomy of the insecurities built into the life of a middle-aged actress, beautifully played by Juliette Binoche

Desert Dancer

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: Desert Dancer is the dramatization of a life story that rarely doesn’t feel like a dramatization.

Ex Machina

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Kill Me Three Times

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: …despite an interestingly assembled cast and the unique location of Eagles Nest, Australia, Stenders’ film is akin to watching someone move chess pieces around a board.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Kill Me Three Times’ – The Best Tarantino Movie That Tarantino Never Made

Lost River

Matt Looker @ The Shiznit

  • Excerpt: What we have here is a muddied mess of erratic ramblings, a movie that contains a lot of individual surreal elements and has nothing to hold it all together apart from Gosling’s own blind faith that weird = clever.

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Gosling shows a certain kind of promise and I’m sure he’ll make a great movie one day as a director. This just isn’t it.

The Sisterhood of Night

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Row Three

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

About Elly

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: A seemingly innocent matchmaking scheme goes horribly awry in this deft and delicate 2009 drama from Asghar Farhadi.

Beyond the Mask

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Wannabe Christian swashbuckler throws a lot of stuff up on the screen in the hopes that something will stick as exciting and romantic. None of it does.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: It wants to be a faith-based film, a historical drama, and an action/adventure movie at the same time. Those three things are blended together awkwardly, leading to shifts in tone that can be jarring.

Big Voice

James Wegg @ JWR

Boychoir

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Cut Bank

[New Today] Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Less ‘Fargo Lite’ than ‘Fargo Flat’…a thoroughly pedestrian stroll through Coen brothers territory.

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: An entertaining but slow-paced thriller about fraud and murder in a small town.

Danny Collins

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Deli Man

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: A delectable, artery-clogging delight…

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Dial a Prayer

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Dior and I

[New Today] Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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Effie Gray

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Focus

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Furious 7

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Get Hard

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The Harvest

[New Today] Kimberly Gadette @ doddle

  • Excerpt: The primary horror in THE HARVEST comes from watching the superlative talents of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton wasted on such secondary swill.

Home

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It Follows

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Last Knights

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Last Knights’ has an exhilarating ending and an archetypal display of loyalty as Clive Owen proves his devotion to Morgan Freeman.

A Little Chaos

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

The Salt of the Earth

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Seymour: An Introduction

[New Today] Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: While the film includes a thin narrative about Bernstein’s first performance in over three decades, Seymour: An Introduction’s essence lies in the pianist’s expansive insights into art, success, and meaning.

Stray Dogs

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

That Guy Dick Miller

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

The Water Diviner

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While We’re Young

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White God

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Aftermath

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: The crime melodrama, which its makers have dubbed a ‘black comedy thriller,’ has a few oddball moments but is never funny, and it certainly isn’t thrilling.

Annie

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The Book of Life

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The Boxtrolls

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Citizenfour

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Jesus Town, USA

James Wegg @ JWR

John Wick

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Listen Up, Philip

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Rudderless

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Starry Eyes

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Arctic Spleen

James Wegg @ JWR

As We Were Dreaming

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: It’s a vivid reenactment of Leipzig in the early 90s, but, saddled as it is with a mediocre scipt, it’s more fun to think about it than to actually watch it.

A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A beautifully filmed documentary in which John O’Donohue explains the importance of landscape in Celtic spirituality.

Farah Goes Bang

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Fear of Darkness

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Luna

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Port of Call

[New Today] James Marsh @ Screen Daily

  • Excerpt: Based on real events, Philip Yung’s latest exploration into Hong Kong’s disaffected youth details the grisly murder of a teenage prostitute and the efforts of an eccentric police detective (played by Aaron Kwok) to understand the motives of both the victim and her killer. Blending social commentary with police procedural, Port of Call – which was shot by Christopher Doyle – is an absorbing and at times grisly portrayal of modern Chinese society and adolescent apathy that hits enough genre beats to ensure it a life beyond local audiences.

A Wonderful Cloud

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: A split couple avoid making things official in this awkward but honest relationship tale.

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