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. 4-6, 2014
Wide (United States)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Limited (United States)
Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2
Under the Skin
2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
- Excerpt: A tense thriller that’s full of surprises.
- Excerpt: With his first published screenplay, Robert Lewis treads a familiar path, but the devil’s in the details and some well handled subtext on preconceived notions.
- Excerpt: Blood Ties is one of those skillfully crafted “adult” crime thrillers that would have been made by Sidney Lumet and William Friedkin back in the 1970s/early-1980s. While not everything pays off in the filmmakers’ ambitious eyes, it’s still quite compelling.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
The Face of Love
- Excerpt: The Face of Love is a serious look at grief and finding romance after losing the person most important to you.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Excerpt: A somber, monotonous cure for insomnia if there ever was one.
Hide Your Smiling Faces
- Excerpt: Remains too translucent and void of any real substance to prosper on mood and poetic storytelling alone.
Hide Your Smiling Faces
In the Blood
- Excerpt: Carano has a small talent for acting. However, when handed heavy emotional scenes, it’s revealed that she is a fighter by trade and an actor on the side.
In the Blood
In the Blood
- Excerpt: In the Blood has nearly the same plot as the Liam Neeson thriller Taken but it is much easier to swallow. Here again is another movie about someone who finds that their loved one has been kidnapped and must twist and turn into a seamy underworld to bring them back.
- Excerpt: Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
The Little Rascals Save the Day
- Excerpt: The most “rascally” this film gets is when the kids crank up their pet-spa, which will bring smiles and remind fans of the original short that spawned it. Too bad the whole film wasn’t more like this.
The Monuments Men
Muppets Most Wanted
Need for Speed
Only Lovers Left Alive
- Excerpt: Eric Valette tries to keep it grounded in action scenes built on a physicality that is more authentic than the overkill of CGI spectacle.
The Raid 2: Berandal
Rob the Mob
- Excerpt: Director Raymond De Felitta clearly loves this kind of film, long on New York iconography and staffed by a panoply of Italian-American actors who directors like Sidney Lumet and spiritual descendant Spike Lee kept working for years but have fallen out of fashion with the retirement of THE SOPRANOS.
- Excerpt: It’s an intriguing glimpse behind the curtain for those interested in acting, but it’s a narrow, esoteric slice, and it’s hard to see the film holding much interest for muggles outside of the theater’s magic circle.
U Want Me 2 Kill Him?
- Excerpt: It’s a ripped-from-the-headlines cyber-nightmare that should resonate even as it predates social media networks. However, a true story doesn’t automatically translate to a plausible story on screen.
Wolf Creek 2
2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas
12 Years a Slave
- Excerpt: Beneath is both a tribute to monster-in-the-woods and the creature-under-the-water horror and a genuine indie drama in the guise of a horror film.
The Big Wedding
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Camille Claudel 1915
La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
- Excerpt: Follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant. It’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent.
Dallas Buyers Club
The Happy Poet
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
In a World…
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The Lone Ranger
Now You See Me
Romeo & Juliet
Stories We Tell
Thanks for Sharing
This Is the End
Thor: The Dark World
Tyler Perry’s Temptation
White House Down
The Wolf of Wall Street
2014 Films (Coming Soon)
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
- Excerpt: Nice little Cuban film has something for everyone.
- Excerpt: From the team behind Taiwanese epic Seediq Bale comes a rousing big screen sports saga telling the incredible true story of the Kano baseball team, a multiethnic squad of rural highschoolers who made it to the national championships in Japan in 1931.
The Pirate Fairy
- Excerpt: The Pirate Fairy is a film for the whole family, and that’s what allusions to a beloved Disney animated classic can do: expand the audience to the kind Disney has always prized.