This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Apr. 4-6, 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: Apr. 4-6, 2014

Wide (United States)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Limited (United States)

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Under the Skin

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

13 Sins

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A tense thriller that’s full of surprises.

Alien Abduction

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • 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.

Anita

Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket

Blood Ties

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • 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.

Cesar Chavez

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Cheap Thrills

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Divergent

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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Enemy

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The Face of Love

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • 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

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Hateship Loveship

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: A somber, monotonous cure for insomnia if there ever was one.

Hide Your Smiling Faces

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Remains too translucent and void of any real substance to prosper on mood and poetic storytelling alone.

Hide Your Smiling Faces

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

In the Blood

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • 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

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

In the Blood

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • 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.

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • 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

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • 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 Lunchbox

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The Monuments Men

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Muppets Most Wanted

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Need for Speed

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Noah

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Non-Stop

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Only Lovers Left Alive

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The Prey

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • 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.

Proxy

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Raid 2: Berandal

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Rio 2

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Rob the Mob

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • 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.

Sabotage

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The Tightrope

Jonathan Richards @ jonrichardsplace.com

  • 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?

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • 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.

Watermark

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Le Week-End

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Wolf Creek 2

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

12 Years a Slave

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Adore

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American Hustle

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The Attack

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Beautiful Creatures

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Beneath

Sean Axmaker @ Indiewire

  • 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

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Blue Jasmine

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Breathe In

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

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Camille Claudel 1915

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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • 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

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Don Jon

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Gravity

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The Happy Poet

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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In a World…

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Inside Llewyn Davis

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The Internship

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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The Lone Ranger

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Mud

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No

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Now You See Me

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Oldboy

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Pacific Rim

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The Past

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Romeo & Juliet

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Stoker

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Stories We Tell

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Thanks for Sharing

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This Is the End

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Thor: The Dark World

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Tim’s Vermeer

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Trance

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Tyler Perry’s Temptation

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White House Down

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The Wolf of Wall Street

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Cowboys

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Habanastation

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Nice little Cuban film has something for everyone.

Kano

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • 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

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • 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.

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