This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Dec. 19-21, 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: December 19-21, 2014

Wide (United States)

Annie

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Expanding (United States)

Wild

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Limited (United States)

Mr. Turner

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Birdman

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Dumb and Dumber To

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Foxcatcher

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Fury

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The Gambler

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The Gambler, as it turns out, has a lot in common with a lot of other movies. There’s nothing wrong with Wyatt being influenced by the Coens or Cassavetes or Scorsese but there comes a point where a film’s own power and competence – both things this one has in abundance – are overshadowed by all the better films it calls to mind.

Get On Up

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Gone Girl

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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The Imitation Game

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Inherent Vice

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Interstellar

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Into the Woods

[New Today] Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Tuneful and enchanting – dare I say it’s even better than the stage version? Because Stephen Sondheim’s intricate music and insightful, tongue-twisting lyrics are crystal-clear.

John Wick

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A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: If you ever had the intense desire to see what Robin Williams would be like if he played a character that channeled Archie Bunker, then you might have your wish granted by the comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Yet, this is a dull, mean-spirited comedy about a family that gets together at Christmas, they fight, they scream, they hate each other, and their basic demeanor is about as warm as a jar full of hornets.

Mood Indigo

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A Most Violent Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A Most Violent Year, more than any other film this year, truly feels like it’s about something…

Cole Smithey @ colesmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Writer-director JC Chandor’s first three films (“Margin Call,” “All is Lost,” and “A Most Violent Year”) reveal a masterful auteur building a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood’s relentless barrage of garbage.

A Most Wanted Man

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The Mule

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Nightcrawler

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The Sacrament

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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The Skeleton Twins

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St. Vincent

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Still Alice

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Julianne Moore renders an extraordinary achievement in a drama that sits comfortably in the sudsy water of a sentimental tearjerker.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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Top Five

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Unbroken

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Wetlands

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …the world’s first art-house gross-out romantic comedy.

Whiplash

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

Kon-Tiki

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

2014 & 2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Ask Me Anything

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Boys

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Deep Sleep

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

  • Excerpt: Does your life suffer from a recent lack of sleazy erotica, black-gloved killers holding straight-razors, and stage blood the color of Heinz ketchup? If so, this is the movie for you.

Jauja

[New Today] Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]

Serena

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Lawrence and Cooper’s next project together can’t be any worse than Serena is, so it’s true that there’s a silver lining to everything.

The Sheik

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators

  • Excerpt: So, you’re saying that the WWE is scripted?

Stations of the Cross

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

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