This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 20-22, 2015)

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: March 20-22, 2015

Wide (United States)

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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The Gunman

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Limited (United States)

Danny Collins

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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Zombeavers

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: What more do you need to know about “Zombeavers” beyond its inspired, to-the-point title? The joke is right there, but “Zombeavers” never succeeds on the glorious levels of “Snakes on a Plane,” “Piranha 3D,” or even the pair of “Sharknado” movies.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: The film works as both an original spin on the zombie myth and as a satire of the undead genre’s tropes.

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

  • Excerpt: Obviously aiming for camp cult status, but unlike the beavers the makers don’t have the chops to pull it off.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

’71

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87th Oscars: Nominated Shorts

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Accidental Love

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: If David O. Russell was able to disown this brain-dead disaster, it will be much easier for the audience to boycott enduring a single minute of it. Other than that, it’s a beautiful motion picture.

Backcountry

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: This isn’t about the bear. This is a film about two people who get in way over their heads in thinking they know nature and each other, only to learn that they know very little of either.

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Backcountry’ – Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Woods

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: …a primal, gripping, realistic survival thriller that is as much about the will to survive and the terror in the wilderness as it is about a relationship being taken to the next step.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: Almost traumatically intense!

Blackhat

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The Boy Next Door

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Chappie

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Cinderella

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The Cobbler

[New Today] Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘The Cobbler’ is an uncomfortable mix of family drama and silly comedy as a man confronts his roots while exploring his newfound ability to change his physical appearance at will.

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Meant to be whimsical and muster pathos, “The Cobbler” starts off well enough but then paints itself into a corner and seriously loses its way.

Dark Summer

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Felix and Meira

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

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Ghoul

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Home

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Propuesta animada que resulta simpática pero que no trascenderá por nada en especial. Buen trabajo técnico y diversión para los peques, que es lo que cuenta. Para los papás poca cosa, más allá de la abusiva explotación comercial de la figura de Rihanna.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Science fiction with training wheels, fine for sucking the kiddies into geekery but with little appeal for grownup fans of animated genre adventure.

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Honeymoon

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Human Capital

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The Humbling

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The Hunting Ground

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The film uses those pesky things known as facts—statistics and reports and anecdotal evidence—to argue with thoroughly convincing precision that this is an epidemic.

It Follows

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Jauja

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: Viggo Mortensen brings what he can to this languorously unhurried and reality-blurring ghost western about a man chasing after his runaway daughter in late-19th-century Argentina.

Kidnapping Mr Heineken

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Maps to the Stars

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Maya the Bee Movie

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Nina Forever

Oktay Kozak @ The Playlist

Run All Night

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The Salt of the Earth

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Magnificent! A dazzling documentary, filled with indelible imagery.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Secret of Water

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A meditative and luminous documentary about water, the source of all life and the bloodstream of the Earth.

Seventh Son

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Seymour: An Introduction

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: The director thinks we would enjoy meeting Bernstein … Hawke is correct.

These Final Hours

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Timbuktu

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Unfinished Business

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What We Do in the Shadows

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White God

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A poignant Hungarian parable about the terrible things that can happen when there is no reverence for dogs as fellow companions.

Wild Card

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Wild Tales

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The Wrecking Crew

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘The Wrecking Crew’ Introduces The Musicians Behind American Pop Music’s Biggest Records

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Sniper

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Annie

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Art and Craft

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Babadook

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Big Eyes

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Big Hero 6

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The Canal

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

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Doc of the Dead

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Edge of Tomorrow

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The Great Museum

[New Today] Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

Inherent Vice

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Interstellar

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Into the Woods

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The Judge

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The Lego Movie

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Life of Riley

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Lilting

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Merchants of Doubt

[New Today] James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: ‘Merchants of Doubt’ – A Documentary That Every Media Consumer Should See

My Old Lady

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The November Man

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On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Ouija

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Selma

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Song of the Sea

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Still Alice

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The Theory of Everything

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They Came Together

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Top Five

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Tusk

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Under the Skin

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West

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Christian Schwochow, who was born and grew up in East Germany, has begun to examine this past. His 2012 miniseries The Tower, dealt with the crumbling of communist rule in East Germany, observing life in the former Soviet bloc country near the final approach of reunification. West takes a step back to the 1970s for a look at life for East Germans who were granted permission to emigrate to the west.

Whiplash

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2015 Films (Coming Soon)

Ava’s Posssessions

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

A Borrowed Identity

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

A Chair Fit for an Angel

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Christmas, Again

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A realistic and revealing portrait of a lonely young man selling Christmas trees on a street corner.

Closer to God

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Court

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An arresting courtroom drama that depicts the divisions in contemporary Indian society.

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A bold and unconventional portrait of a teenager who at 15 finds herself caught up in a surge of sexual experiences and emotions.

Eden

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Field of Dogs

[New Today] Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

The Frontier

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Hip Hop-eration

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Hungerford

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Lamb

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Last Impresario

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Listen to Me Marlon

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Liza, the Fox-Fairy

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Manny Lewis

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

La Marche à suivre

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Narrow Frame of Midnight

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: There’s only one real problem with The Narrow Frame of Midnight, albeit a very big one, and it’s the shattered chronology and storyline with which Hadid presents the drama.

Le Nez

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Pasolini

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Portrait of the Artist

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Price We Pay

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Few docs probe the economics of the contemporary grey area of cyber capitalism quite as well as The Price We Pay does.

She’s Lost Control

[New Today] David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Even when we arrive at what should be the emotional climax, there’s a complete lack of catharsis because it’s as if the events are merely being documented by an unconcerned alien race. Everything in She’s Lost Control is carefully thought out but the result is more akin to a director’s reel than a finished film.

Suspension

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Well

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

White Settlers

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

The Wonders

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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