This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Aug. 15-17, 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. 15-17, 2014

Wide (United States)

The Expendables 3

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The Giver

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Let’s Be Cops

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Enthusiastically performed at best and exasperatingly unfunny at worst. Watching it in a theater of smart, discerning moviegoers will be like witnessing the sound of a pin drop or crickets chirping.

Expanding (United States)

Boyhood

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Magic in the Moonlight

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What If

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Limited (United States)

Frank

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: a funny, goofy movie with some serious things to say about art and madness, band dynamics, broken dreams and selling out.

Jealousy

[New Today] Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Ragnarok

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

The Trip to Italy

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: More very funny impersonations from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

20,000 Days on Earth

[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

About Alex

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: And that it could be a grandchild to that 1983 homecoming classic is neither here nor there because, whether or not it will grow with age, “About Alex” is still a satisfyingly smart and low-key slice-of-life of the moment.

America

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: What is promised in the film’s title is an issue that is asked but quickly abandoned. Truthfully, America: Imagine the World Without Her should really be called “Should America Be Ashamed of Itself?” That’s actually a more potent question.

At the Devil’s Door

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Classily executed and often indelibly creepy, AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR fills one with dread and the pleasure that a horror film can be an emotionally visceral experience rather than a copy-and-paste job. Best left to go into completely cold and be led blindly down its insidious path.

Boyhood

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Calvary

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Chef

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Dinosaur 13

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A bittersweet reminder that while the scientific method may be coolly rational, the people who do science are deeply emotionally caught up in their work.

The Dog

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The documentary, directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is the study of a man in love with his own legend.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: This is undoubtedly the weirdest Dragon Ball Z story I’ve ever seen and that’s really saying something.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Mohassess creates us as he sees us. Bodies obsessed with basic instinctual needs tussling in conflict.

Filth

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Arrolladora adaptación de la novela de Irvine Welsh menos cochina que su referente, sí, pero perfectamente fiel a sí misma en su salvajismo desaforado. No pasará a la historia, pero es recomendable.

Finding Fela!

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Finding Fela! the documentary is almost as much a paradox as the man himself, stuffed full of information but leaving nagging questions, making us move to the music before hammering us into submission.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: A rich white man tours the misery of others to learn about happiness. Yes, it is as offensive as it sounds.

Hercules

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Into the Storm

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Land Ho!

[New Today] Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: LAND HO! never gets over-sentimental nor does it indulge in the kind of slapstick humor one would see in a geezer comedy like GRUMPY OLD MEN. Instead, the exploration of Iceland’s solitary alien landscape serves as an apt metaphor for our inquest into the inner life of these forever young old-timers.

Lucy

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Magic in the Moonlight

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The Maid’s Room

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Mr. X

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: For a life beyond mere DVD supplementary material, Mr. X could use a dose of rigor to balance out its steady stream of congratulatory pit stops.

Need for Speed

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Siddharth

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director/editor Richie Mehta (“Amal”) has created a modern day “Bicycle Thieves” with this devastating tale of an illiterate man trying to find his son with next to nothing to go on amidst the teaming masses of India.

Singham Returns

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Step Up: All In

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Without Channing Tatum,, this franchise falters, except for the dance sequences.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Under the Skin

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Venus in Fur

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What If

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A Will for the Woods

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An enlightening look at the Green Burial Movement and its ecological and spiritual dimensions.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Miss Violence

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Deserves credit for pushing boundaries, regardless if those boundaries actually needed to be explored or not.

One Mile Above

[New Today] Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: The story of this film’s creation, often with just a bucket of water to serve all purposes, is almost as heroic as Shuhao’s ride. Fraught with heat, loneliness, inexperience, unfamiliarity with the terrain, bitter cold, wild animals, fatigue and accidents, this isn’t your ordinary bike adventure.

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