This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Mar. 6-8, 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: Mar. 6-8, 2015

Wide (United States)

Chappie

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Unfinished Business

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: One can see it on the actors’ faces: This was a mistake.

[New Today] MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Apparently made by snickering 12-year-olds who like naked boobies and have heard rumors about the phenomenon known as “the business trip.”

[New Today] Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: At times, when “Unfinished Business” gets into this madness and just goes for it, you get a sense that the inherent weirdness is on the verge of coalescing into something big and brilliant and spectacular, but that never happens.

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Limited (United States)

Merchants of Doubt

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Kenner scores by securing candid interviews with a handful of the already small number of people who did this kind of work. They’re so confidently unrepentant, it’s almost easy to start liking them until Kenner reminds you of the impact of their lies.

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The blatancy with which industries and lobbyists lie to the public…is enraging, of course, but Kenner’s pretty much negated the point of his own work here.

2015 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

’71

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Buzzard

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: Compelling in its uncomfortableness, this indie dark comedy just works.

Digging Up the Marrow

Mark Harris @ About.com
Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Digging Up the Marrow is a surprisingly gore-free but not tension-free funhouse trip for genre loyalists and those who go aaahh! at the sight of a real monster.

The DUFF

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Ejecta

Mark Harris @ About.com

Ex Machina

José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Alex Garland debuta como director con una propuesta que recauchuta con elegancia campos y temáticas largamente exprimidos por la ciencia-ficción universal. Delicada, limpia, atrevida y turbadora a ratos, se atasca un poco en sus giros, pero es una propuesta notable y hermosa.

Faults

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: simply executed, at first providing us with broadly moderated laughs before degenerating into a sobering, nihilistic portrait of the ease with which insanity transpires.

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Focus

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Girlhood

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

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It Follows

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Wait. Really? Horror movies are still doing the punishing-girls-for-having-sex thing? Ah, but this is 80s retro, so it’s “okay,” then.

Jupiter Ascending

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film starts off well enough, even as we struggle to determine just who is who and how they are related, but once the crime has been committed, the only real pleasure to be found is in Hopkins engaging in psychological warfare.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: This foreseeable crime drama falls flat – yet it does pose this thought: “There are two ways a man can be rich in this world: you can have money you you can have friends. But you cannot have both.”

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Without committing to any particular narrative focus, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken devolves into something like an interminable newscast of the actual events, intercutting perfunctorily between the clumsily scheming captors, their confused loved ones back home, and the increasingly delirious prisoners.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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The Last Five Years

[New Today] Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: What The Last Five Years has going for it is a nice showcase for Anna Kendrick to sing. She could sing the dictionary and it would sound delightful.

The Lazarus Effect

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Maps to the Stars

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McFarland, USA

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October Gale

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: a framework that recalls classic ‘women’s pictures’ of the studio era, something we’d most likely have seen from a Cukor or Negulesco and starring the embittered likes of a Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck

Out of the Dark

Mark Harris @ About.com

Playing It Cool

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Playing it Cool’ is an ambitious rom com starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan about a commitment-phobic bachelor who finally finds his ideal match only to learn she’s the one that’s hard to get.

Predestination

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Project Almanac

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The Salvation

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Spring

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Timbuktu

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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

Two Men in Town

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Bouchareb’s tapestry of everyday life in this Southwest community is egalitarian and liberal in the manner of John Sayles. Both filmmakers are interested in the under-explored lives of those on the common fringe.

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

  • Excerpt: a standard dramatic exercise that ends in more or less the same place as it begins—a wide open expanse of dry, empty space.

The Wedding Ringer

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What We Do in the Shadows

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Wild Canaries

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: For suckers of whodunits where a would-be detective dresses in a Columbo trench coat, sunglasses and a floppy hat, and ducks behind trees when trailing the suspect, “Wild Canaries” is entirely inconsequential but utterly likable.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: This ozploitation flick is balls-out, cuckoo-bananas, unwholesome fun, a confident feature debut that’s also inventive and creatively resourceful in its carnage and overall filmmaking.

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

American Sniper

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Before I Go to Sleep

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Beyond the Lights

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Big Hero 6

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Blended

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The Book of Life

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Citizenfour

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Force Majeure

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Frank

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Fury

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Inherent Vice

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The Interview

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The Judge

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Kill the Messenger

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Life of Riley

[New Today] Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lucky Them

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Lucy

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

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A Most Violent Year

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Nightcrawler

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The Overnighters

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Sex Tape

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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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This Is Where I Leave You

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Whiplash

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White Bird in a Blizzard

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Wild

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Wolves

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

2015 Films (Coming Soon)

3 Hearts

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A well-acted French film about the seventh sense of heart intelligence

40-Love

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An exploration of the ethical disarray in the lives of an unemployed father and his 11-year old son who dreams of making it to the big time as a tennis pro

Alone

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

BFFs

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Big News from Grand Rock

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: ‘Big News from Grand Rock’ is a low-key comedy about a newspaper reporter who tries to save his paper with fake stories only to discover one of them may have been closer to the truth than he thought.

Breathe

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: An exploration of the astonishing emotional dynamite of adolescent friendship

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Clown

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Dragon Blade

James Marsh @ Screen Daily

  • Excerpt: The Roman Empire takes on China’s mighty Han Dynasty in Daniel Lee’s latest period action adventure, as Jackie Chan’s Silk Road guard and John Cusack’s renegade centurion form an unlikely partnership against Adrien Brody’s despicable Roman general.

Eastern Boys

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Eat Your Bones

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A rough and grim portrait of a band of gypsies in northern France

Exit

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: The sexual and vocational adventures of a globe-trotting seawoman

Fighters

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: French film about two adventuresome youth who go into training for the end of the world

Gaby Baby Doll

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A French film about two lonely and sad people who are brought together by the antics of a frisky dog

Ghoul

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Ghoul is so close in conception to Blair Witch – and so woefully outdated – that I cannot imagine who it will appeal to. In a market over-saturated with this kind of product, it brings nothing new to the table.

Hippocrates

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A thought-provoking film with heart about the developing friendship between two interns at a Paris hospital

In the Name of My Daughter

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A French thriller revolving around the theme of betrayal by those you trust

The Last Impresario

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

May Allah Bless France!

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: A gritty memoir of a talented young black man who struggles to free himself from a world of crime

Party Girl

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice

  • Excerpt: French film about a middle-aged woman struggling with all the changes in her life

Samba

Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]

  • Excerpt: An engaging, if at times overly contrived, look at the immigrant experience in 2010s Paris from the directors of ‘Intouchables’.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

Take it Back and Start all Over

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

That Guy Dick Miller

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

That Sugar Film

[New Today] Sarah Ward @ artsHub

The Treatment

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Valley Below

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Maybe if Alice Munro and Raymond Carver got all liquored up and listened to the CBC, they might conceive something like this.

X/Y

[New Today] Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

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