This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 1-3, 2014)

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: Aug. 1-3, 2014

Wide (United States)

Get on Up

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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Expanding (United States)

A Most Wanted Man

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Limited (United States)

Calvary

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Child of God

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A horror film that challenges us to never exclude anyone from our hearts.

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: One must credit Franco’s ambitions to adapt these hard-to-film pieces of literature, though this film proves that literal adaptations are not his strongest suit.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Alive Inside

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

And So It Goes

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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Pulling a terrific cast down with it, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” tries to waver every which way and strikes as too ineffective in all directions. The one that ends up earning the reason to be angry is the viewer.

Begin Again

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Beneath

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Boyhood

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Citizen Koch

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The movie didn’t have to be called Citizen Koch. In fact, the title leads us to expect a level of insight into the brothers that it does not begin to deliver.

Code Black

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: In terms of establishing a narrative, McGarry sees his story as a two-pronged deal: personalities and procedure. One leads to the other, and the filmmaker spends a lot of time interviewing the young doctors he shadows, finding out what motivates them not just at the time of filming, but also the things that initially pushed them toward this type of medicine.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Edge of Tomorrow

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Exhibition

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Fanny

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Fault in Our Stars

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Finding Fela!

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A poignant documentary about the great Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music speak out for justice.

The Fluffy Movie

Patrick Bromley @ About.com

Godzilla

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: In many ways, this documentary creates an itch to know more about Gore Vidal, rather than scratching it.

Happy Christmas

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Like a person who takes forever to get to their point, filled with entirely too much inarticulateness, the film is more mundane life than interesting cinema. Reliably observant and unforced as it is, “Happy Christmas” is also a frustrating paradox: it begins agreeably, eventually grows tedious and then ends pointlessly. 

Hard Drive

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Audiences could debate the authenticity of a contemporary relationship that doesn’t contain some form of mediation, but Hard Drive is so consciously cleansed of impersonal gizmos that one must see the absence of technology as part of the point.

Hercules

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Ida

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Jersey Boys

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

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The Kill Team

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: The Kill Team starkly asks for us to try to reconcile the shifting gaps between patriotism and imperialism, aiding and oppressing, recreation and self-preservation. Hint: It can’t be done, as long as the innocent continue to be punished for trying to do what is everyone’s moral responsibility. – See more at: http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/the-kill-team-review#sthash.IADcAQ0e.dpuf

Land Ho!

[New Today] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie

  • Excerpt: In Land Ho!, two elderly gentlemen travel across Icelandic landscapes but fail to mold a corresponding story. They are merely on a documented trip with some amusing conversations.

The Last Sentence

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: At the heart, if that’s the right word, of this movie is the superb performance by Christensen (perhaps best known here as the villainous Mr. White in recent Bond movies.)

Life Itself

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Lucy

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Magic in the Moonlight

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Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Marius

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

A Master Builder

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

The Monuments Men

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Mood Indigo

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Noah

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Nothing Bad Can Happen

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Only Lovers Left Alive

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Persecuted

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

A Promise

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds.

The Protector 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Purge: Anarchy

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Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A uplifting tribute to the polymath Rabindranath Tagore, a truly extraordinary Indian poet and philosopher.

Rich Hill

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Sex Tape

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Snowpiercer

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Stage Fright

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Third Person

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Third Person is the sort of film that loses from shooting high and then shooting itself in the foot. In the end, there’s really nothing to take away, except to wonder how an interesting conceit and talented people on both sides of the camera could so terribly miss the mark.

Vampire Academy

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Venus in Fur

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Very Good Girls

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A difficult yet rewarding summer for a teenager getting ready to leave for college.

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Overall, “Very Good Girls” is pleasant but tough to get overly excited about when it doesn’t add up to very much in the end. Fanning and Olsen are very good, though.

What If

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: Some fresh insights and new slants on the pesky question: can a man and a woman be friends and not lovers?

Wish I Was Here

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

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2014 Films (Coming Soon)

4 Minute Mile

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Dishkiyaoon

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Fort Tilden

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: The film is a bumpy ride at times, but it remains a charming expedition.

Found

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Nowhere in Moravia

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Director Miroslav Krobot combines elements of biting satire with droll comedy – not always successfully – in Díra u Hanušovic, a frustratingly deadpan account of small-town apathy in Middle-of-Nowhere, Czech Republic.

These Final Hours

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Triptych

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: The latest film from Robert Lepage is a beautifully brainy essay on our relationship with art.

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom

[New Today] James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Jacob Cheung’s new retelling of Liang Yusheng’s bestselling novel makes a royal mess of its source material as well as bearing little resemblance to Ronny Yu’s much-loved 1993 adaptation. Conflicted over whether to favour action, intrigue or romance, the film fails to strike a consistent tone, while its two leads offer little chemistry to steam up the screen.

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