This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 13-15, 2013)

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: Dec. 13-15, 2013

Multinational Releases

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Wide (United States)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

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Limited (United States)

American Hustle

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Liv & Ingmar

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Saving Mr. Banks

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

12 Years a Slave

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20 Feet from Stardom

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Adore

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After Earth

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After Tiller

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All Is Lost

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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The Armstrong Lie

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Blue Jasmine

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The Book Thief

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

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Carrie

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Contracted

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The Crash Reel

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Dallas Buyers Club

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Dirty Wars

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Drinking Buddies

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Ender’s Game

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Enough Said

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Escape from Tomorrow

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Fast & Furious 6

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Faust

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Frozen

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The Great Beauty

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The Great Gatsby

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Her

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Homefront

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Hunt

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Inside Llewyn Davis

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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

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Jayne Mansfield’s Car

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The Last Days on Mars

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Lenny Cooke

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Leviathan

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Lone Survivor

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Man of Tai Chi

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Movie 43

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Narco Cultura

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Nebraska

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Oldboy

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Out of the Furnace

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The Past

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Philomena

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The Punk Singer

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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The Smurfs 2

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Stories We Tell

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A Teacher

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These Birds Walk

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This Is the End

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Thor: The Dark World

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Tricked

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Welcome to Pine Hill

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What Richard Did

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White Reindeer

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The Wind Rises

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2013 Films Not Yet In Theaters

Bridegroom

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Corazón de león

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Una de esas comedias románticas con protagonistas separados por un inconveniente imposible de superar, que se apoya en el carisma de sus protagonistas

The Day of the Crows

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Complex and immersive, funny but with a sense of danger lurking in its darker moments, this is the sort of film that children and adults will watch to the end and then want to watch again.

The Deflowering of Eva van End

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Easy to get into but tough to finish completely satisfied, “The Deflowering of Eva van End” should interest those with a taste for dark, offbeat American indie comedies.

Kami’s Party

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: The film, like their trip, is intermittently interesting but the journey becomes wearing.

Late for My Mother’s Funeral

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: “Late For My Mother’s Funeral” can be dry, but the intriguing concept lets us peek behind the veil at an uncommon family within their cultural context.

Like Father, Like Son

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

  • Excerpt: With his reliably controlled style, Koreeda’s film explores issues of nature vs. nature with a subtle, humanistic touch.

Mourning Has Broken

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Of Horses and Men

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson captures Iceland at its wildest and yet this is also a tale of intimacy without romanticism.

Persistence of Vision

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: After watching “Persistence of Vision,” stream the version of “The Thief and the Cobbler” available on Netflix. It will break your heart.

Some Velvet Morning

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

The Upper Footage

[New Today] Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: When the dust settles and The Upper Footage has inevitably exhausted any potential credibility through the filter of time and inexplicable appearance of its key players in other projects, it will have only its tenuous merits as merely one among countless found footage genre films to stand on.

Wolf Children

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: An imaginative Japanese animation film about a resilient single mother trying to prepare her two strange children for the world.

2012 Films

Holy Motors

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