This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jul. 4, 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: Jul. 2, 2014

Wide (United States)

Deliver Us from Evil

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Earth to Echo

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Tammy

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Limited (United States)

The Girl on the Train

[New Today] Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Life Itself

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2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

22 Jump Street

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Bad Words

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Begin Again

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Belle

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Bobby Jasoos

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Borgman

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Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: Some of the scenes aren’t executed as well as they could be, but there’s plenty of moments that will make your skin crawl. Unfortunately, the characters aren’t very well developed, and once the blood washes away, you’ll forget about them soon enough.

The Case Against 8

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A poignant documentary on five-year battle of LGBT community to gain marriage equality in California.

Le Chef

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Frothy but only mildly amusing aperitif….

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

Drones

Travis Hopson @ Examiner

  • Excerpt: While Rick Rosenthal’s Drones has the balls to attack the issue head on, the lack of nuance in tackling a complex issue undermines his efforts and that of a game cast.

Ek Villain

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Endless Love

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Enemy

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Godzilla

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com

  • Excerpt: The inevitable Jackass follow-up hodgepodge

Jersey Boys

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Joe

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Land Ho!

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com

  • Excerpt: A wonderful and quirky film about two quite different seventy-somethings and their adventures during a trip to Iceland.

Maleficent

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Manakamana

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Manakamana’ is an ethnographic documentary composed of 11 long takes chronicling the cable car pilgrimage to worship at Nepal’s Manakamana temple.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Non-Stop

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Nothing Bad Can Happen

Mark Harris @ About.com

Obvious Child

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Premature

Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine

Radio Free Albemuth

Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures

  • Excerpt: “Radio Free Albemuth” explores some interesting issues. Unfortunately, it is saddled with many low-budget constraints that take away its level of theatrical experience that a film like this should have.

Rage

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Nuevo pagadeudas de Nicolas Cage, en esta ocasión con el español Paco Cabezas detrás de las cámaras. Esperemos que al cineasta le sirva para abrir puertas en Hollywood, porque no le vemos más utilidad a este mini thriller de acción.

The Rover

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Snowpiercer

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They Came Together

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: They Came Together is smart and incisive satire of the scorched-earth variety.

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘They Came Together’ is a clever parody of the romantic comedy featuring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as a couple who experience all the typical ups and downs generally prescribed by the genre.

Third Person

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: One of those imperfect films that’s nevertheless more intriguing than conventionally stronger but less challenging ones.

Tracks

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A career-best performance from Mia Wasikowska

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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The Two Faces of January

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Las dos caras de enero tiene buenas interpretaciones (aunque Mortensen es demasiado joven para el papel, e Isaac demasiado mayor), visualmente es elegante, llena de planos muy bien compuestos y bonitos, pero Dios mío, qué poca tensión tiene y qué aburrida es.

Willow Creek

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Young & Beautiful

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

The Banshee Chapter

[New Today] Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The Banshee Chapter is that rarest of modern cinematic beasts: a genuinely creepy horror film.

Journey to the South Pacific

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Spectacular!

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Beyond Clueless

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: It does for High School what Los Angeles Plays Itself did for L.A., albeit featuring a few more scenes of a young man fighting his own possessed hand.

Gabrielle

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Gabrielle targets a simplistic triumph-of-the-human-spirit sentiment even as it can’t help but expose the troubling realities of its narrative circumstances.

Gagarin – First in Space

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Go Down Death

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: Viewers on the same surrealistic wavelength as Eraserhead and Cowards Bend the Knee will likely find a dark diversion or two within Go Down Death.

Grace of Monaco

Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]

Me and You

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci ends a 10-year hiatus with a stimulating portrait of damaged youth in ‘Me and You.’

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: It is an enduring character study that eschews clichés in favor of the elemental truths governing how young people mature through the choices they make.

Open Windows

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Lo nuevo de Nacho Vigalondo es un thriller de nueva generación que justifica su esfuerzo de producción desde un plano técnico verdaderamente tremendo. Resulta un poco agotadora, pero es una propuesta notable.

Diego Salgado @ IGN España [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Third and best film from Nacho Vigalondo.

We Always Lie to Strangers: The Incredible True Story of Branson, Missouri

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com

  • Excerpt: Unsurprising darkness beneath the glitter of the Bible Belt’s Vegas

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